A pilot programme was launched today to make it easier for Indian business and tourism visitors to apply online for travel to Australia.
The pilot programme, which has been kicked off on a trial basis, covers online lodgement of subclass 600 visas for Indian business and tourism visitors. It will be rolled out through selected travel agents across India.
“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,” Australia Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb, who also has the responsibility for tourism, said at the launch.
“The trade mission and this visa trial are putting runs on the board under the Australia-India Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Australia in November last year,” Robb said.
Under the MoU, Australia and India will work together to encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders in Australia and India.