New Delhi, Apr 16 UNI | 3 months ago

India has extended the facility of Tourist Visa-on-Arrival to Republic of Korea (ROK), an official spokesman said here today.

The decision was taken after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assurance to South Korean President Madame Park Geun-hye during her State Visit to India in January.

The Visa-on-Arrival facility which came into effect yesterday, will have a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry facility at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi airports at a fee of 60 USD or equivalent amount in Indian Rupees.

Tourists can also continue to avail the facility of obtaining visas at the Embassies of India and Seoul, prior to their travel to India.

The facility will, however, not be applicable to holders of diplomatic/official passports, whose travel will continue to be governed by the existing agreements between the two countries.

Visitors can apply for the visa on arrival up to twice a year, with a minimum of a two month gap between the visits.

Tourists can also apply online prior to their travel through the Indian Visa Application Centre in Korea.

The latest move comes after India decided to extend the country's limited visa-on-arrival scheme to tourists from 180 countries, starting from October in an attempt to boost tourism and business.

(Posted on 17-04-2014)