A proposal to grant long-term tourist visa to Bangladeshi nationals above 65 years of age is under examination of the Home Ministry, Lok Sabha was informed today.
“A proposal to grant multiple entry long-term tourist visa for a period of 5 years to Bangladeshi nationals above the age of 65 years is under consideration in consultation with all stakeholders,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said replying to a written question.
The Minister said concerns of the stakeholders, including the state governments and security agencies, will be duly considered before taking a final decision in the matter.
Ahir, however, said there is no proposal to grant visa free-entry to Bangladeshi nationals under the age of 18 years and above the age of 65 years.
The Minister said at present, e-tourist visa scheme is available to nationals of 150 countries at 16 international airports in India.
“Inclusion of more countries in e-tourist visa scheme is a continuous process which is done after due consultation with the stakeholders,” he said.