Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Growth in Tourists Arrival on E-Tourist Visa in May 2016

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%). 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Extension of e-Tourist Visa scheme to 37 more countries from 26th February 2016

Press Note
Extension of e-Tourist Visa scheme to 37 more countries from
26
th February 2016
Government of India has launched e Tourist Visa on 27th November
2014. Till now the scheme has been extended to 113 countries at nine
airports designated for providing e-Tourist visa service. Since the launch of
scheme above 7.50 lac Visas have been issued under the scheme. At
present on an average 3500 e-Tourist Visas are being granted daily to
foreign nationals.

In the budget announcement 2015-16 it was committed to extend the
scheme to 150 countries by March 2016. We are now going to extend this
facility to 37 more countries from 26th February 2016. The new countries
included in e-Tourist Visa scheme are

1. Albania
2. Austria
3. Bosnia & Herzegovina
4. Botswana, 5. Brunei
6. Bulgaria
7. Cape Verde
8. Comoros
9. Cote d'lvoire
10. Croatia
11. Czech Republic
12. Denmark
13. Eritrea
14. Gabon
15. Gambia
16. Ghana
17. Greece
18. Guinea
19. Iceland
20. Lesotho
21. Liberia
22. Madagascar
23. Malawi
24. Moldova
25. Namibia
26. Romania
27. San Marino
28. Senegal
29. Serbia
30. Slovakia
31. South Africa
32. Swaziland
33. Switzerland
34. Tajikistan
35. Trinidad & Tobago
36. Zambia
37. Zimbabwe

With this addition the total count of countries under the scheme will
become 150 (One hundred fifty).