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  • The Government of India has launched e-Tourist Visa on 27.11.2014 with a view to facilitate foreign tourist visiting India. Initially, the scheme was introduced for 43 countries. However, the scheme has since been extended to 150 countries. A list of these countries is attached as Annexure-I.  The visa service under the scheme is being rendered in time bound manner and decision is communicated to applicant via e-mail within 72 hours of making online application.

     The e-Tourist Visa has simplified the procedure for seeking India visa for international tourists.  The e-Tourist Visa enables the prospective visitor to apply for an Indian Visa from his/her home country online without visiting the Indian Mission and also pay the visa fee online.

     As a result, the year 2015 witnessed a growth rate of 4.5% in terms of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India.   During 2015, FTAs were 8.03 million as compared to 7.68 million in 2014.  FTAs during the period January-March 2016 were 25.08 lakh with a growth of 10.0% as compared to the FTAs of 22.81 lakh in January-March 2015. The foreign exchange earnings during January - December 2015 was Rs.135193 crore as compared to Rs.123320 crore during 2014 thereby registering the growth of 9.6%.

     The e-Tourist Visa has been extended to 150 countries w.e.f. 26.02.2016.  During January-December 2015 a total of 4,45,300 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 39,046 during January-December 2014 registering a growth of 1040.4%.  During the month of January-March 2016, a total of 3,21,049 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 75,859 during the month of January-March 2015 registering a growth of 323.2%.

     Sr. No.       Name of Country

    1.                 Albania

    2.                 Andorra

    3.                 Anguilla

    4.                 Antigua & Barbuda

    5.                 Argentina

    6.                Armenia

    7.                Aruba

    8.                Australia

    9.                Austria

    10.              Bahamas

    11.              Barbados

    12.              Belgium

    13.              Belize

    14.              Bolivia

    15.              Bosnia & Herzegovina

    16.              Botswana

    17.              Brazil

    18.              Brunei

    19.              Bulgaria

    20.              Cambodia

    21.              Canada

    22.              Cape Verde

    23.              Cayman Island

    24.              Chile

    25.              China

    26.              China- SAR Hongkong

    27.              China- SAR Macau

    28.              Colombia

    29.              Comoros

    30.              Cook Islands

    31.              Costa Rica

    32.              Cote d'lvoire

    33.              Croatia

    34.              Cuba

    35.              Czech Republic

    36.              Denmark

    37.              Djibouti

    38.              Dominica

    39.              Dominican Republic

    40.              East Timor

    41.              Ecuador

    42.              El Salvador

    43.              Eritrea

    44.              Estonia

    45.              Fiji

    46.              Finland

    47.              France

    48.              Gabon

    49.              Gambia

    50.              Georgia

    51.              Germany

    52.              Ghana

    53.              Greece

    54.              Grenada

    55.              Guatemala

    56.              Guinea

    57.              Guyana

    58.              Haiti

    59.              Honduras

    60.              Hungary

    61.              Iceland

    62.              Indonesia

    63.              Ireland

    64.              Israel

    65.              Jamaica

    66.              Japan

    67.              Jordan

    68.              Kenya

    69.              Kiribati

    70.              Laos

    71.              Latvia

    72.              Lesotho

    73.              Liberia

    74.              Liechtenstein

    75.              Lithuania

    76.              Luxembourg

    77.              Madagascar

    78.              Malawi

    79.              Malaysia

    80.              Malta

    81.              Marshall Islands

    82.              Mauritius

    83.              Mexico

    84.              Micronesia

    85.              Moldova

    86.              Monaco

    87.              Mongolia

    88.              Montenegro

    89.              Montserrat

    90.              Mozambique

    91.              Myanmar

    92.              Namibia

    93.              Nauru

    94.              Netherlands

    95.              New Zealand

    96.              Nicaragua

    97.              Niue Island

    98.              Norway

    99.              Oman

    100.            Palau

    101.            Palestine

    102.            Panama

    103.            Papua New Guinea

    104.            Paraguay

    105.            Peru

    106.            Philippines

    107.            Poland

    108.            Portugal

    109.            Republic of Korea

    110.            Republic of Macedonia

    111.            Romania

    112.            Russia

    113.            Saint Christopher and Nevis

    114.            Saint Lucia

    115.            Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

    116.            Samoa

    117.            San Marino

    118.            Senegal

    119.            Serbia

    120.            Seychelles

    121.            Singapore

    122.            Slovakia

    123.            Slovenia

    124.            Solomon Islands

    125.            South Africa

    126.            Spain

    127.            Sri Lanka

    128.            Suriname

    129.            Swaziland

    130.            Sweden

    131.            Switzerland

    132.            Taiwan

    133.            Tajikistan

    134.            Tanzania

    135.            Thailand

    136.            Tonga

    137.            Trinidad & Tobago

    138.            Turks & Caicos Island

    139.            Tuvalu

    140.            UAE

    141.            Ukraine

    142.            United Kingdom

    143.            Uruguay

    144.            USA

    145.            Vanuatu

    146.            Vatican City-Holy See

    147.            Venezuela

    148.            Vietnam.

    149.            Zambia

    150.             Zimbabwe

  • With terror and security scares against tourists filling many headlines in the past few months, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has released a new research report quantifying for the first time the links between tourism and peace.

    While Travel & Tourism has often been recognised for its ability to drive peace, security, and understanding, to date, there has been little empirical evidence to support this link.

    The report, Tourism as a Driver for Peace, conducted with the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP), the world’s pre-eminent think tank measuring peace, shows how important an open and sustainable tourism sector can be for the levels of peace in a country.

    Countries with more open and sustainable tourism sectors* have higher levels of peace and lower levels of conflict and violence. Increases in tourism sustainability can lead to improvements in the functioning of governments.  As governments respond to tourism demand and create a welcoming environment for further tourism expansion, this ultimately increases future peace, the report states.

    Over the last decade the world has become increasingly unequal in terms of its levels of peacefulness, with the most peaceful countries enjoying increasing levels of peace and prosperity, while the least peaceful countries are facing greater levels of violence and conflict.

    This research shows that the more sustainable and open a country’s tourism sector, the less peace levels have declined. Even in conflict affected countries, all of which saw their levels of peace drop in the period between 2008 and 2015, those that had more open and sustainable tourism saw a significantly lower drop in peace than countries with less sustainable tourism sectors.

    Mr. David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC, said: “Travel & Tourism’s economic impact is now well established and widely recognised, and governments around the world are increasingly looking to the sector to provide livelihoods and jobs, and drive economic development.  However, the benefits of tourism as a force for good, its ability to bring peace, security, and understanding have been harder to quantify. I am delighted that this research now shows that Travel & Tourism does have a strong link to creating peaceful societies.

    In a world of increasing risk and security concerns, this research is compelling evidence of why governments should continue to focus on tourism development for the good of their people, and make policy decisions that balance the safety of their citizens with the continued facilitation of travel for business and leisure purposes.”

    Mr. Steve Killelea, Founder & Executive Chairman, IEP, said: “The data shows how tourism and peace can support each other and increase societal resilience, prosperity, and peace in the long term. This also shows how the tourism sector is one of the key areas in which the private sector can play a positive and tangible role in contributing to global peace.”


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