To boost international group travel, the Indian government will provide tourists with collective landing permits.
Foreign tourists in groups of four or more arriving by air or sea and sponsored by Indian travel agencies approved by the country's Ministry of Tourism and with a pre-drawn itinerary will be granted a collective landing permit for a maximum period of 60 days.
The group travelers will also be issued multiple entry facilities to enable them to visit neighboring countries.
Tourists and travel agencies wishing to avail of the new policy must fill out an online application.
A complete list of travelers along with printed visa applications and their itinerary should be submitted by the tourists or travel agencies to the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office/Foreigner’s Registration office at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut, Goa and Lucknow 72 hours in advance.
The tourists or travel agencies must also provide an undertaking to conduct the group as per the itinerary and extend a further assurance that no individual would be allowed to drop out from the group at any place.
Global media coverage to violent incidents in New Delhi in recent months has given India a black mark and fearing the impact on tourist arrivals, the Indian government has been proactive lately with visitor friendly policies.