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  • 179.9% Growth in Tourists Arrival on E-Tourist Visa in May 2016 over the Same Period in 2015

    USA Continues to Occupy Top Slot followed by UK and China Amongst the Countries Availing E-Tourist Visa Facility During May 2016

    A total of 43,833 tourists arrived in May 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 15,659 during the month of May 2015 registering a growth of 179.9%.

    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. The following are the important highlights of e-Tourist Visa during May, 2016.

    The followings are the important highlights of e-Tourist Visa during May, 2016:-

    (i)            During the month of May, 2016 a total of 43,833 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 15,659 during the month of May, 2015 registering a growth of 179.9%.

    (ii)           During January- May, 2016, a total of 4,34,927 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1,10,657 during January - May 2015, registering a growth of 293.0% .

    (iii)          This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 150 countries as against the earlier coverage of 43 countries.

    (iv)         The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during May, 2016 were as follows:

    USA (18.52%), UK (15.63%), China (8.17%), France (5.16%), Germany (4.91%), Australia (4.50%), Canada (4.49%), UAE (3.01%), Russian Fed. (2.79%) and Malaysia (2.12%).

    (v)          The percentage shares of top Ten ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during May, 2016 were as follows:-

    New Delhi Airport (45.11%), Mumbai Airport (22.50%), Bengaluru Airport (9.00%), Chennai Airport (6.63%), Kochi Airport (3.68%), Goa Airport (2.86%), Hyderabad Airport (2.75%) Kolkata Airport (2.63%), Trivandrum Airport (1.42%) and Ahmadabad Airport (1.26%).

  • 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


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