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Friday, 16 December, 2016, 12 : 00 PM [IST]

India records 63.9% growth in e-Tourist Visa arrivals during Nov

A total of 1,36,876 foreign tourists arrived to India in November 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared with 83,501 during the same month last year, registering a growth of 63.9%.

The UK (22.3%) continues to occupy top slot followed by USA (12.9%), Russian Federation (8.7%) France (6.3%), China (6.1%), Germany (4.6%), Australia (4.1%), Canada (3.6%), Netherlands (1.8%) and Ukraine (1.8%) during November 2016.

The facility of e-Tourist Visa has been made available by the Government of India to the citizens of 155 countries, arriving at 16 international airports in India.

During January-November 2016, a total of 9,17,446 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared with 3,41,683 during January-November 2015, registering a growth of 168.5%. This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 155 countries as against the earlier coverage of 113 countries.

The percentage shares of top 10 ports in arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during November, are New Delhi Airport (44.99%), Mumbai Airport (18.53%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport (14.19%), Chennai Airport (5.26%), Bengaluru Airport (5.23%), Kochi Airport (2.99%), Kolkata Airport (2.32%), Hyderabad Airport (1.94%), Trivandrum Airport (1.32%) and Amritsar Airport (1.11%).

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