Australia launches online visa trial to increase Indian tourists

australiaAustralia has launched a new pilot program for online lodgement of subclass 600 visas for Indian business and tourism visitors through selected travel agents in India.

Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment said, “India is one of the world’s fastest growing outbound travel markets. This trial will make it easier for Indian visitors to apply for visas to travel to Australia.”

“Under the Australian Government’s national tourism strategy, Tourism 2020, India has the potential to contribute between $1.9 and $2.3 billion annually to our tourism industry by 2020. That’s why in the first half of 2015, the Australian Government is rolling out a trial of online visa applications to capitalise on this rapidly growing visitor market and create jobs,” added Robb.

In January, Robb led Australia’s largest ever trade mission to India for Australia Business Week. He said, “The trade mission and this visa trial are putting runs on the board under the Australia-India Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism, signed by me during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Australia in November 2014.”