Fastest 3G internet service provider BSNL come with another innovative scheme for e-visa tourists offering FREE SIM card pre-loaded with talk time under GSM mobile services.

State run Telecom Company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced to offer FREE SIM card to foreign Nationals arriving in India on e-Visa at various International Airports through BSNL’s own counter.

As per latest information, the Home Ministry has already given approval for BSNL to provide SIM cards to foreigner tourists when they land in India at International Airports. BSNL competent authority instructed all its crew to take necessary arrangement for supplying of FREE SIM card.  BSNL aimed at projecting India as a global tourist destination among foreign travelers as well as addressing the security concerns launched this new idea.

For opening of BSNL Pos/KIOSKs at International airports the Ministry of Tourism has directed to co-ordinate with Ministry of Civil Aviation for providing space, power and other amenities at all IN airports.

In a statement on this occasion Central Minister for Tourism Shri Mahesh Sharma said ‘We had a number of meetings with the Home Ministry with regard to facilitating FREE SIM card to foreigner tourists when they land in India. The Ministry has finally agreed to our proposal’.

BSNL already offering 'FREE National Roaming for Voice and Data Services' and help foreign tourists to stay connected with their friends and family members with BSNL SIM card not only connecting India also Connecting World.

This FREE SIM Card come with a ‘Welcome Kit’ which is pre-loaded with talk value balance and consist of maps, tourism booklets with information about various tourist destinations and details of whom to contact in case of emergency.

Details about activation/establishing of BSNL SIM card to foreign Nationals arriving in India on e-visa at International airports
  • E-Visa tourist will present his e-Visa and passport for issue of free SIM card and Welcome KIT.
  • BSNL official will issue Free SIM along with 'Welcome Kit' and take acknowledgement slip duly signed by the foreign national.
  • Copy of passport and e-Visa is to be taken while getting signed acknowledgement from e-Visa tourist.
  • This acknowledgement slip is to be preserved for future use.
  • The initial validity of SIM will be 30 days and there will be No International Roaming facility. This will carry a nominal free talk value of Rs 50/- and free 50 MB data.
  • Initially this SIM will have only facility of sending SMS only.
  • Customer will be required to send SMS of format ACT to 9440087000 for activation of Incoming/Outgoing/data & other facilities on SIM.
  • BSNL's inventory management system (Sancharsoft) will send closure request if Visa Validity is less than 30 Days.
  • BSNL telecom circles needs to make arrangement for Printer cum Copier, Tables & chair for BSNL POS (Point of Sale) at International Airports. 
  • A Mobile App based activation procedure is being developed and will be intimated separately.

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