Coming on the heels of talks held between Chinese President Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu, India has announced out a substantially more relaxed e-visa regime for Chinese nationals, reports ANI.
"October 2019 onwards, Chinese nationals can apply for an e-Tourist visa (e-TV) of a 5- year validity with multiple entries. The visa fee for this 5-year multiple entry e-TV will be $80," an official statement reads.
Prospective Chinese visitors will be able to get a single-entry 30-day e-TV for a reduced rate of $25, while the same visa between April to June will only cost $10 in fees.
The one-year multiple-entry e-TV can also still be availed by Chinese citizens, but at a reduced rate of $40. Other e-visa types such as the e-medical visa, e-conference visa, etc will continue to be available but with no changes in fees structure.
The fee reductions and relaxations are expected to help boost people-to-people connections between the two countries and help India’s rise as an international tourist destination.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 999/year is the best way you can support our efforts.