According to a representative for the airport, the Manohar International Airport (MIA) in Goa is now a recognised immigration checkpoint for the entry of people with e-visas. On July 21, a flight from London-Gatwick airport arrived at the MIA to kick off the start of the international flights, he said. The GMR Goa International Airport Ltd (GGIAL), a division of the GMR Airports Infrastructure Ltd, is the company that created and runs the MIA, which is situated in North Goa. According to a spokesperson’s statement to the media, the MIA is now a recognised immigration check point (ICP) for persons in possession of e-visas. The MIA has earned the prestigious title of an official ICP for the entry of people with e-visas in an endeavour to offer a streamlined and hassle-free experience for foreign passengers.
Foreigners are given e-visas if they want to travel to India for vacation, business, medical treatment, or to visit friends and family, he said. According to the spokesman, only specified international airports and seaports are able to let people with e-visas into India. International visitors should anticipate a simple entry process now that the MIA’s e-visa system is open. The progressive addition of more international carriers to the airport’s lineup is something that it greatly welcomes, he added.
On December 11, 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the airport. According to domestic traffic figures from March 2023, it started operating domestically on January 5, 2023, and in just three months, it has earned a spot among India’s top 20 airports. The MIA started its international operations journey seven months after its creation, he claimed. The implementation of the e-visa facility marks another outstanding milestone for the MIA, according to R V Sheshan, CEO of GGIAL.
In order to facilitate foreign travel, our airport is now furnished with cutting-edge infrastructure, including the crucial e-visa, immigration, and customs services. According to him, there is a critical need for improved air connectivity between Goa and brand-new international locations. In addition to increasing tourism in Goa, “establishing connections with additional international destinations will catalyse socio-economic development in the region,” he said.