An official statement announcing the reopening of India’s borders for international tourists could be released in the coming days, the country’s media have reported. As a bonus, half a million visas will be issued free of charge.

For the first time in one-and-a-half years, India could welcome foreign travelers by the end of this month, the country’s biggest news agency, the Press Trust of India (PTI), said on Sunday. A formal announcement is expected within the next 10 days, according to PTI, citing a source in India’s Ministry of Home Affairs.

Authorities are still deciding whether to apply any limiting conditions for travelers, such as proof of vaccination, or whether to restrict arrivals from certain countries, a source added. (RT)