India exempts biometric enrolment for cruise tourists arriving with e-visa aims to boost tourism

Posted on:03 Jan 2018 10:56:55
India exempts biometric enrolment for cruise tourists arriving with e-visa aims to boost tourism
03 January 2018 Current Affairs: India an attractive cruise tourist destination the central government has exempted cruise tourists arriving with e-visa from the requirement of biometric enrolment for a period of three years i.e. till 31.12.2020.

The decision was taken by Ministry of Home Affairs on request of the Ministry of Shipping.

This will make immigration clearance of such passengers faster, leaving them with more time to spend on shore.

This is also an important factor that helps cruise lines decide whether or not to include a destination in their itinerary.

The Ministry of Shipping has been working towards simplifying the immigration clearance procedure and providing passengers with a customer friendly and hassle-free logistics process when they embark on or disembark from their cruise at the Indian ports. E-Visa has been in place in the five major ports of Mumbai, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, and Chennai.

Till now biometrics of passengers were required at a port of the first arrival for immigration clearance.

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