E-Visa Current Affairs - 2020

India extends Visa-on-Arrival facility to UAE nationals

India has now granted visa-on-arrival facility to the citizens of United Arab Emirates (UAE) with an aim to enhance people to people contacts and trade relations as well as strengthen strategic ties between the two countries. The move is a ‘special gesture’ for the UAE with whom India has a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Key Highlights

The visa-on-arrival facility for the nationals of UAE will be available for a period of up to 60 days (2 months) with double entry for tourism, business, medical purposes and conference. The facility came into effect on 16 November 2019.

This facility is available at six designated International Airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.

Eligibility: The visa-on-arrival facility will be available only to those UAE nationals who have earlier obtained an e-Visa or a normal paper visa for India. This eligibility condition is irrespective of whether person actually visited India or not.

Those UAE nationals visiting India for first time are advised to apply for e-Visa or a normal paper visa.  Moreover, Pakistan Origin UAE nationals will not be eligible for Visa-on-Arrival Scheme.

NOTE: Japan and South Korea are the other two countries whose citizens are offered visa-on-arrival facility by India. However, India extends e-Visa facility to around Citizens of 170 countries.

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India, Sierra Leone sign six agreements including $30 mn line of credit

To expand the bilateral relations in various fields, India and Sierra Leone signed six agreements including extending a credit line of $30 million for rice cultivation. The agreement was signed during the second leg of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s five-day visit to the West African countries, as part of which he reached Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone.

During the visit, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio showed committed towards further strengthening bilateral relations.

Key Highlights of Visit

In support of the Line of Credit extended by India to the tune of $30 million for Irrigation development in Tomabum to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production, an agreement was also signed with EXIM Bank of India in this regard.

UNSC Reforms: Both countries also agreed to push for United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reforms so that one-third (33%) of mankind residing in Africa and India occupy their rightful place in decision making bodies of UN. Moreover, UN also need to be reformed to reflect realities of today and address current global challenges.

India announced its decision to establish a High Commission in Sierra Leone.

Both countries have agreed to enhance cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure development, food processing, capacity building and Information Technology.

MoU Signed

For Sierra Leone to participate in India’s Pan-African tele-Education, tele-Medicine initiatives, e-Arogya Bharati and e-VidyaBharati.

To initiate a cultural exchange program between governments of India and Sierra Leone for the years 2019-23.

India- Sierra Leone

UNAMSIL: India was among the first countries to contribute to United Nation Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) with the deployment of 4000 strong Indian Military contingent.

So far, India’s developmental assistance to Sierra Leone is about $217.5 million for various sectors such as water resources, agriculture, energy and telecommunication.

e-Visa facility: India has extended e-Visa facility to the nationals of Sierra Leone for ease of mobility and both sides are also negotiating a visa waiver agreement for holders of diplomatic and official passports thus enhancing people-to-people linkages between the two countries.

During the recent visit, India proposed a line of credit for construction of a new President’s Office complex in Freetown.

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