Cracking down on corruption in India’s tourist industry could make it easier for it to gain entry to the country.
In recent years, there have been reports of people coming into the country from Bangladesh and Nepal, as well as Nepal and Bangladesh.
However, visa offices in those countries are only able to issue visas for people who have been in India for more than six months.
A ban on travel by those who have already entered India from those countries could help crack down on those who may have entered through such channels.
“This will make it harder for people coming in from those areas,” says Anand Kumar, a former executive director of the Indian Council of Social Service (ICSS) and now a director at the Centre for Policy Research.
According to the government’s own figures, there are about 2.4 million tourists in India, of which about 1.4 billion are Indian nationals.
The country’s visa policies are geared towards attracting tourists and those who are interested in visiting.
In addition, most Indian companies are registered in the country and they are therefore required to register with the Indian government, which requires them to submit information on the foreign company.
“The visa system is designed to be transparent and open.
People coming from abroad, especially from the tourist sector, are not the only ones who come in,” Kumar says.
The visa rules have become an issue since the introduction of the visa-free regime in 2015, which was meant to help bring the country’s tourism sector back to life after years of decline.
But critics say the rules are being abused and are contributing to the increase in corruption.
The government has also been accused of being overly strict on entry into India, which in turn has increased the number of visa applications from India.
According a recent report by the think tank, the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), the number one reason for Indian tourists to travel abroad is to visit family members in India.
But many of those same tourists, including Indian nationals, have also been caught using the visa system to seek jobs in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia.
“Indian companies are doing business in the United States and Australia, but they don’t have the visa.
That is the real problem,” Kumar explains.
India has also seen an increase in cases of people trying to enter the country illegally, with nearly 20,000 Indians being arrested for illegally entering the country in 2017 alone.
In March this year, an Indian woman was sentenced to 20 years in jail after she tried to enter India from Bangladesh using the same visa-related loophole.
In the meantime, many Indians who are in the process of entering the UK have begun to use the visa route to get to the UK.
“It’s going to become more common as India’s economy starts to recover from the crisis,” Kumar adds.
“There is no way India can continue to have this kind of tourist visa policy and not tighten the rules.”