Armenia's migration authorities report unprecedented growth in Indians travelers' number
The State Migration Service of Armenia, an adjunct body of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development, reports an unprecedented increase in the number of Indian citizens crossing Armenia’s state border or seeking a permanent residence in the country.
In the first half of 2018 alone, 10,237 Indians crossed the country's border as opposed to the 3,915 in 2015.
The growth is largely attributed to the visa policies pursued by the Armenian authorities since 2017. Particularly, under a government decision adopted in February 2017, Indian citizens are allowed to obtain entry permits for Armenia only in foreign countries’ diplomatic representations and consulates (also without an invitation), while those residing in the Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar may obtain visas at the border checkpoints upon arrival.
Later the same year, the Government passed another decision facilitating the entry procedures for Indians. Under the measure, dated November 2017, invitations are no longer a requirement for Indian citizens wishing to travel to Armenia; they can obtain visas either from embassies or at border checkpoints, as well as through electronic procedures (E-Visa).
The Armenian Government permanently takes steps towards improving visa issuance procedures and enhancing control over irregular migration with a strong focus on anti-discrimination policies (as the core underlying principle behind the said actions).
Under the law of Republic of Armenia “On Foreign Citizens”, entry visas are issued for a period of 21 and 120 days (with a state duty of AMD 30,000 or approx. $30), with a possibility of extension for a maximum period of 60 days (state duty: AMD 15,000 or approx. $60).