The Government of India’s Ministry of Tourism has launched an initiative to provide pre-loaded SIM cards to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa. It is aimed at facilitating foreign tourists in communicating with their contacts immediately after arriving in India.
The Ministry of Tourism also launched a 24 x 7 Tourist Helpline in twelve foreign languages, giving foreign tourists the chance to get relevant information in their own language.
The SIM card initiative has been launched in association with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), which will distribute pre-loaded SIM cards to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa. It will initially be available at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (T3 terminal), New Delhi, and later at the remaining 5 international airports where the e-Visa facility is currently available.
To give out pre-loaded SIM cards, BSNL will collect an e-Visa copy and the first passport page from foreign tourists on arrival at the airport. The facility is only available for tourists arriving in India on e-Visa. SIM cards will be pre-loaded with a value of Rs. 50 talk time and 50 MB data, and will be activated immediately to be able to use the facility instantly.