22 January 2019
Bhubaneswar: Becoming the 27th airport in the country to have the e-Visa provision, Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) is all set to see a surge in tourists as the much awaited facility has finally launched here.
The e-Visa counter started operating at the airport from January 16 and the approval came through the Centre’s notification dated December 31 last year, informed BPIA director Suresh Chandra Hota. Earlier, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh several times for introduction of the facility at the airport to boost tourist footfalls to Odisha.
The main advantage of the facility is that the passengers are no longer required to visit the Indian embassy or consulate for obtaining a visa as an application can be filed online now. The Indian e-visa allows for double entry, with a maximum stay of 60 days per entry.
Currently, Air India and Air Asia are the two airlines providing international flight services from BPIA to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, respectively. With the commencement of this provision, other airlines such as Jet Airways and Spice Jet starting operations from Bhubaneswar to international destinations is likely to go up.