New Delhi : Tourist visa on arrival for 40 more countries including US, UK and Germany could become a reality soon, with the Plan panel convening a meeting of the ministries concerned on February 5 to remove the last hurdle. The proposal is stuck as Home Ministry has not given its nod so far to extend the facility of on-arrival tourist visa to the citizens of these 40 more countries.

Last year in October, the Commission had called a meeting to discuss this proposal which was attended by its Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan, Additional Home Secretary and representatives from the Intelligence Bureau and the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office), among others. All these officials would meet again next month to review status and progress made on the action points that emerged in the last meeting held in October. Countries for which visa on arrival facility are proposedinclude Canada, Brazil, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, rance, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Norway and Ireland.

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