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Saturday, 17 September, 2016, 17 : 00 PM [IST]

196.6% growth in tourists arrival on e-Tourist Visa in August 2016

As per the PIB release, a total of 66,097 tourists arrived in August 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 22, 286 during August 2015 registering a growth of 196.6%.

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 - August 2016, a total of 6,06,493 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1,69,976 during January-August 2015, registering a growth of 256.8% . This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 150 countries as against the earlier coverage of 113 countries.

The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during August, 2016, were UK (19.4%), USA (13.2%), China (6.7%), France (6.4%), Spain (6.1%), UAE (5.5%), Germany (4.6%), Australia (3.7%), Canada (3.5%) and  Republic of South Korea (2.4%).

The percentage shares of top 10 ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during August, 2016, were New Delhi Airport (45.30%), Mumbai Airport (21.53%), Chennai Airport (8.82%), Bengaluru Airport (7.58%), Kochi Airport (4.60%), Hyderabad Airport (3.52%), Kolkata Airport (2.07%), Amritsar Airport (2.01%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.44%) and Trivandrum Airport (1.36%).

 
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