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Published on : Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Commencing from 27th November 2014 e-Tourist Visa facility was available until 25th February 2016 for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 Airports in India. The Government of India has extended this scheme for citizens of 37 more countries w.e.f 26th February 2016 taking the tally to 150 countries. Status of achievements in respect of e-Tourist Visa availed by International tourists visiting India last year in 2015 has been surpassed in the first 06 months of the current calendar year 2016.
The following are the important highlights of e-Tourist Visa during June, 2016:
(i) During the month of June, 2016 a total of 36,982 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 15,557 during the month of June, 2015 registering a growth of 137.7%.
(ii) During January- June 2016, a total of 4,71,909 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1,26,214 during January-June 2015, registering a growth of 273.9% .
(iii) This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 150 countries as against the earlier coverage of 76 countries.
(iv) The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during June, 2016 were as follows:
USA (23.22%), UK (14.16%), China (6.91%), Australia (5.59%), France (4.10%), Germany (4.03%), Canada (4.02%), Singapore (2.62%), Malaysia (2.53%) and Spain (2.40%).
(v) The percentage shares of top 10 ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during June, 2016 were as follows:
New Delhi Airport (42.15%), Mumbai Airport (22.94%), Bengaluru Airport (9.95%), Chennai Airport (9.80%), Hyderabad Airport (3.76%), Kochi Airport (3.52%), Kolkata Airport (2.72%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.16%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.15%) and Trivandrum Airport (1.08%).