Turns out that over in India, the government is considering something similar. Recently, the country’s home Ministry has given the approval for a proposal by the Tourism Ministry in which visitors to the country will be given a mobile SIM card for their use in the country during their stay.
According to a Home Ministry official, “Even though there are issues of security, communication is important for any visitor. Since we are giving e-tourist visa to citizens of a limited number of countries and that too after proper verification, we are giving our approval to the proposal of giving SIM cards to tourists.”
This gift will consist of a SIM card, map booklets, and a CD containing information about various tourist destinations. However as the statement above reads, this only applies to tourists who come to India on an e-tourist visa, which right now is only applicable to 113 countries, with plans to raise it to 150 countries by March this year.
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