Excellent news for tourists planning to visit India. If all goes to plan, tourists arriving to India via an e-visa will receive a SIM card free of charge beginning September 27. Though the SIM card will only be valid for 30 days, which is the same length as the validity of the e-visa, this is still a huge move forward.
Previously, getting a SIM card in India was a monumental struggle of bureaucratic red tape. The amount of obstacles made it feel like one was receiving national security clearance. The best step was simply to have someone who already lived in India simply buy a prepaid SIM for you. Now, thankfully this will all simply be nightmares of the past as India continues to make accessibility easier for prospective tourists.
The electronic visa, or e-visa, which now extends to 150 countries, has resulted in an increase of 1.3 million tourists in 2015 as compared to 2014. As more and more countries are added to the list, the numbers should continue to rise with time. India’s is dirt cheap for foreign tourists, right now one dollar is equal to 66.91 Indian rupees, and Indian domestic flights and trains are among the cheapest in the world.
All in all, this is wonderful news for tourists who had India on their bucket list of places to visit, and even for those who visit periodically via the e-visa. With recent news of a new civil aviation policy and possible international flights to Agra, there should be plenty of good news still to come.