Ministry of External Affairs Current Affairs - 2019

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India to offer e-Tourist Visa fee based on tourist footfall

India will introduce a flexible e-tourist visa regime for more than 160 countries based on tourist footfall. As per this the e-tourist visa fee would be higher for peak season of July to March and a considerably lower fee during lean period of April to June. The objective behind the move is to encourage foreign tourists to visit India.

Both the Union Home Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) have given approval to the flexible e-tourist visa regime.

Key Highlights

Fee for e-visa with a validity of 30 days to 5 years ranges between $10 and $80.

There will be no visa fee for tourists from belonging to Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC), which consists of 14 Pacific Island nations namely- Cook Islands, Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Niue Island, Samoa, Fiji, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Tonga. Visa fee will also be exempted for tourist from Mauritius, Uruguay, Myanamar, Indonesia, Jamaica, Seychelles and South Africa and Argentina.

Tourists from all countries to which India has extended e-visa facility will pay $10 for 30 day e-visa during lean season and will have to pay $25 during peak period. Tourists from these nations will have to pay $40 for 1-year e-visa and $80 for 5-year e-visa validity.

For Sri Lanka, Japan and Singapore, the 30-day lean period visa fee is suggested to cost $10, and for peak season 30-day visa and for 1-year and 5-year e-visa fee is $25.

40 Indian Origin Youth take part in 54th Know India Programme

40 Indian Origin youth have taken part in 54th Edition of Know India (KIP) Programme. This edition is scheduled from 1st August to 25th August, 2019. Punjab and Harayana are partner sates for this edition. These 40 participants are from 9 countries, namely Fiji (7), Trinidad & Tobago (7), Mauritius (7), Guyana (6), Suriname (5), Myanmar (3), South Africa (2), Israel (2) and Reunion Island (1) out of which 26 are female and 14 are male.

About Know India Programme (KIP)

It is important initiative of Union Government aimed to engage and make students and young professionals of India Diaspora in age group of 18-30 years. It was launched in 2004. It is 25-day orientation programme organized by Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in partnership with one or two States including visit to States for 10 days. It seeks to give sense of connect to Indian origin youth with their motherland and motivate and inspire them by the transformation taking place in India.

Objective of KIP: (i) Give Indian origin youth exposure to various aspects of contemporary India’s forms of art, heritage and culture. (ii) Promote awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by country in various fields such as industry, education, science and technology, information & communication technology (ICT), climate and power and renewable energy etc.

Selection of Participants: They are selected on basis of nominations recommended by the Indian Missions or Posts abroad.

Implementation Status: Since 2004, MEA has conducted 53 editions of KIP with participation of 1821 Overseas Indian youth.