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1987.9 per cent growth registered in tourist visa on arrival

A growth of 1987.9 per cent has been registered in Tourist Visa on Arrival (TvoA) in October 2015, over October 2014. The Government of India had launched TvoA, enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), presently known as e-Tourist Visa scheme, on November 27, 2014. At present, the e-tourist Visa facility is available for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 airports in India. e-tourist visa fee structure has been revised w.e.f. November 3, 2015, by clubbing the 113 countries into four groups for charging differential rates: US$ 25, US$ 48 and US$ 60. Bank charges have also been reduced from US $ two to 2.5 per cent of the e-Tourist Visa fees.

During the month of October, 2015 a total of 56,477 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 2,705 during the month of October, 2014 registering a growth of 1987.9 per cent. During January-October, 2015 a total of 2,58,182 tourist arrived on e-tourist visa as compared to 21,995 during January-October, 2014 registering a growth of 1073.8 per cent. This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 113 countries as against coverage of earlier TVoA scheme for 12 countries.

Tourists from the UK availed the most e-tourist visa during October, 2015 with 22.80 per cent, followed by the US (16.70 per cent), France (7.09 per cent), Germany (7.02 per cent), Australia (5.53 per cent), Canada (4.39 per cent), Russian Fed. (3.99 per cent), China (2.93 per cent), Ukraine (2.14 per cent) and Spain (2.11 per cent).