250 visas per match for Pakistan cricket fans
As many as 250 visas will be issued to Pakistani fans for each cricket match to be played between the two arch rivals in India, Indian Deputy High Commissioner Manpreet Vohra has said.Cricket visas will be issued to ticket holders, he told reporters here.
Vohra said that the media officials and guests of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would be issued extra visas.
Those holding a one-day cricket match ticket will be able to stay in India for four days and those with test match tickets would be allowed a seven-day stay.
Surprisingly, Vohra said the Indian diplomatic office had received only a few queries on the visa-issuing procedure and required documentations.
The PCB has assigned the distribution of tickets to the American Express, the Daily Times quoted Vohra, as saying.
Indian and Pakistan will soon review their bilateral visa agreement and this will be further liberalised, Vohra said.
The new visa agreement will have sufficient leverage and flexibility, and will make special concessions for categories like senior citizens and create more categories, he said.
Under the present visa regime, there is no tourist visa category, he added.
“But we have been liberal in issuing visas and our policy actually outstrips the visa agreement,” he said.
At present, the only categories that exist are that of visitor visas, which are given to members of divided families and visas to pilgrims in additional to the usual business, diplomatic and government visas.