Australia to provide three year multipleentry visa to Indian travellers
Australia will now be offering a three-year multiple entry visa to the Indian travellers. The announcement was made as part of the Australian Government’s 2016-17 Budget to boost Australia’s future tourism growth.To be launched on trial basis by July 2016, the new visa will permit Indians to make multiple visits to Australia on the same visa, with each stay valid for up to three months. The trial will be applicable to those visiting the country for tourism or business purposes. The new visas will also be valid for those visiting from Thailand, Vietnam and Chile.Hopeful about the new development, Harinder Sidhu, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, said, “We welcome the tremendous interest Indians have in visiting Australia for tourism and business. With India among Australia’s nine key tourism markets, the trial will naturally drive our tourism growth from this part of the world.”“The three year multi-entry Australia visa is a forward-looking strategy and will effectively serve to catalyse demand for Australia, a destination that is already seeing strong uptake from Indians for leisure, in addition to b-leisure and VFR,” added Rajeev D Kale, President & Country Head for Leisure Travel & MICE, Thomas Cook India.