Posted on 03/13/2017 | About India

Effective immediately, The Ministry of Tourism for the Government of India has launched an initiative that will provide a pre-loaded Sim Card to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture said that the unique initiative will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India.

Earlier, the Ministry of Tourism had also launched a 24/7 Tourist Helpline 1-800-111363 in twelve languages so that the foreign tourists can get information and help in their own language.

The Minister presented the First Kit containing Sim to a representative of Travel and Tourism sector.

Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Shri J.S. Deepak, Secretary, Ministry of Communications and senior officers were present on the occasion.

This initiative has been launched in association with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., (BSNL), who will distribute the pre-loaded SIM Cards to those foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa.

The facility will be initially available in the Indira Gandhi International Airport (T3 Terminal), New Delhi and later cover remaining 15 international airports, where e-Visa facility is currently available.

To issue a pre-loaded Sim Card, BSNL will collect a copy of the e-Visa and the first page of passport from eligible tourists on arrival at the airport.

Sim cards will be pre-loaded with a value of Rs.50 ($1.00) talk time and 50 MB data and will be activated on immediate basis so as to enable them use the facility instantly.