The Indian government is mulling the addition of Bangalore and Hyderabad to the list of airports where international visitors can avail of visas on arrival.
India currently offers visa on arrival to visitors from 11 countries at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata airports.
India's Tourism Ministry has already sent a proposal on the addition of Bangalore and Hyderabad to the Ministries of External Affairs and Home, which have the final say on the expansion.
Introduced to boost tourist arrivals in the country, the visa on arrival scheme has evoked a good response.
During the period January-March 2013, India issued 5,744 visas on arrival at the four airports compared to 3,905 during the same period in 2012, marking a growth of 47%.
Currently citizens of Japan, New Zealand, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Finland, Luxembourg, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos enjoy access to visa on arrival at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata airports.
The maximum number of visas under the scheme were issued to visitors from Japan (2,251), New Zealand (985), Indonesia (739) and the Phillipines (631) in the January-March 2013 period.
Foreign visitors landing at Delhi airport (3,371) received the highest number of visas on arrival followed by Mumbai (1,239), Chennai (778) and Kolkata (356).
India is also considering expansion of visa on arrival to 10 more countries including France, Germany and Russia.