Durban - There’s good news and bad news for South Africans wanting to visit India in future – some visa restrictions have been lifted, but visas will soon no longer be free.
The earlier restriction in which a tourist to India could not return within a period of two months has been lifted, Indian High Commissioner Virendra Gupta told a gathering of travel agents and airlines at a tourism seminar, organised by the High Commission in Sandton last week.
“I think this is right because tourists use India as an entry point and from there make short side trips. We have been facing this difficulty and we have had to grant exemptions, so fortunately that will not be required any longer,” he said.
But Gupta also confirmed that the Indian missions in South Africa would soon be outsourcing the issuing of visas, which had been issued free of charge from offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town until now.
There will be a service fee to this when the service starts at a date to be announced.