On Wednesday, Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma launched pre-loaded SIM cards for tourists arriving in India on e-visa.
These SIM cards will be provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, will have Rs. 50 talk time and 50MB Internet data at free of cost.
“It will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after they land in India,” Sharma said.
He added “Also, they can get information in their own language using our 24×7 Tourist Helpline, which provides service in 12 foreign languages. A Russian-speaking or Japanese speaking tourist can use the helpline easily.”
Though initially, this facility would be available at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, which will later cover remaining 15 international airports in the country.
According to Vinod Zutshi, Tourism Secretary said the e-visa service was being provided to citizens of 161 countries and 10 lakh e-visas were issued in 2016.