Finnish Visitors to India Don’t Need to Apply for Visa

Finnish nationals will no longer need to apply for visa before visiting India, a move which India hopes will generate more tourist arrivals. Initially, only citizens of Singapore, New Zealand, Luxembourg and Japan will share this privilege.
“The government has decided to introduce visa on arrival on a pilot basis for citizens of Singapore, Finland, New Zealand, Luxembourg and Japan,” Tourism Minister Kumari Selja on Tuesday said in a press briefing about the difficult situation in 2008 and 2009 of the Indian tourism sector.
Currently, no Scandinavians are allowed arrival in India without having obtained a visa prior to their departure.
Finnair has committed itself to an extensive service on India and this might have been part of the decision to include Finland among the new visa-free countries.
Till October this year, about 4.02 million foreign tourists visited India. The figure was seven percent lower compared to the corresponding period last year.
In 2008, a total of 5.37 million tourists had visited India.
“We are making all efforts to ensure that the experiences of tourists, are worth sharing so that most of them become repeat visitors to India in future years,” she said.

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