On 30 November 2016, the GOI authorised the further liberalisation, simplification and rationalisation of the visa regime in India. He also announced that other countries would be on the list of electronic visas.  The e-visa is valid for 60 days and could be applied for by foreigners up to four months before the visit.  Five ports – Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Goa and Mangalore – are said to welcome tourists who come on an electronic visa.  Citizens of the following countries do not pay visas – Argentina, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Niue Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay and Vanuatu.   Visa applications can be sent personally or by mail to an Indian consulate. It may also be submitted to a specific visa service provider in certain countries.  Costs vary from consulate to consulate and region to region. Some visa handling services also charge a small fee to verify that the completed application form meets all requirements and file the documents on behalf of the applicant.  4. The visa waiver for OCI cardholders was retained until the Indian government lifted the ban on international passenger travel to/from India. Any foreigner (including the holder of an OCI card) who wishes to travel to India for compelling reasons can apply to the nearest Indian mission for a new visa. (Empty MHA OM No.
F.NO.26011/Miscellaneous/83/2020-OIC of 5 May 2020). In January 2016, it was announced that the extension would take place until March 2016.  In November 2015, it was announced that the validity of the visa would be extended to 180 days.  The Minister of Homeland Security may waive this limitation of the VWP if he finds that such a waiver is in the interest of U.S. criminal prosecution or national security. These waivers are granted only on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking, the categories of travellers who could benefit from an exemption are as follows: the Government has also considered the need to relax visa and travel restrictions for other categories of foreigners wishing to travel to India. Foreign nationals referred to in paragraphs B(i) to (v) must obtain from Indian missions/couriers abroad a new visa of the corresponding category….