The Government of India introduced the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) Scheme in January 2010, as a means to attract more foreign tourists, encouraging travelers to plan short notice trips to India. The TVOA Scheme was eventually extended to the nationals of eleven countries, namely, Singapore, Japan, Philippines, Finland, Luxembourg, Cambodia, New Zealand, Laos, Indonesia Vietnam, and Myanmar. The Tourist Visa on Arrival facility is available for arrivals at the international airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad and Bengaluru with plans to include Goa airport. Holders of Diplomatic/Official passports or foreigners with permanent residence or occupation in India can apply for India visa of other types.

Those persons from the eligible countries can take advantage of the Tourist Visa on Arrival for single entry for up to 30 days, twice in a calendar year. The only reasons for visiting India with the TVOA are recreation, sightseeing, casual business trips or to meet family or friends, or for short duration medical treatment. Travelers must hold a passport that is valid for six months as well as re-entry permit should the country of nationality of the applicant so require. The person must be of assured financial standing, be in possession of a return ticket, and have sufficient funds for the duration of the stay in India. Persons must complete a Visa application Form on arrival for the Immigration Officer at the designated airport to grant the Tourist Visa-On-Arrival.