As a New Year gift to Buddhist pilgrims, the government has decided to extend visa-on-arrival facility to five ASEAN countries from January 1.

“It is being decided that visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility will be extended to Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar. The scheme will be operational from the New Year, 2011,” a senior Tourism Ministry official said.

The single-entry visa, to be issued at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata airports, will have a validity of 30 days. “The decision was taken after due discussion with the Ministries of External Affairs and Home,” the official said.

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