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Tuesday, 12 July, 2016, 17 : 00 PM [IST]

137.7% growth in tourists arrivals on e-Tourist Visa

USA continues to occupy top slot among the countries availing e-Tourist Visa
A total of 36,982 tourists arrived in India in June 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 15,557 during the month of June 2015 registering a growth of 137.7%. Commencing from November 27, 2014 e-Tourist Visa facility was available until February 25, 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. February 26, 2016 taking the tally to 150 countries. Status of achievements in respect of e-Tourist Visa availed by International tourists visiting India last year in 2015 has been surpassed in the first six months of the current calendar year 2016.

During January-June 2016, a total of 4,71,909 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1,26,214 during January-June 2015, registering a growth of  273.9%. This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 150 countries as against the earlier coverage of 76 countries.

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

USA (23.22%), UK (14.16%), China (6.91%), Australia (5.59%), France (4.10%), Germany (4.03%), Canada (4.02%), Singapore (2.62%), Malaysia (2.53%) and Spain (2.40%).

The percentage shares of top 10 ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during  June, 2016  were as follows:

New Delhi Airport (42.15%), Mumbai Airport (22.94%), Bengaluru Airport (9.95%), Chennai Airport (9.80%), Hyderabad Airport (3.76%), Kochi Airport (3.52%), Kolkata Airport (2.72%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.16%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.15%) and Trivandrum Airport (1.08%).
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