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Friday, 18 November, 2016, 17 : 00 PM [IST]

India registers 86.4% growth in foreign tourists arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during October

A total of 1,05,268 foreign tourists arrived in October 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 56,477 during October 2015 registering a growth of 86.4%. UK (22.9%) continues to occupy top slot followed by the USA (12.1%) and France (6.6%) amongst countries availing e-Tourist Visa facility during October 2016.

The facility of e-Tourist Visa has been made available by the Government of India to the citizens of 150 countries, arriving at 16 international airports in India.

During January to October 2016, a total of 7,80,570 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 2,58,182 during January to October 2015, registering a growth of  202.3% . 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  October, 2016  were as follows:

UK (22.9%), USA (12.1%), France (6.6%), China (5.8%), Russian Fed (5.6%), Germany (5.5%), Australia (4.5%), Canada (3.6%), Spain (2.3%) and Netherlands (2.1%).

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

New Delhi Airport (51.67%), Mumbai Airport (18.65%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport (6.20%), Bengaluru Airport (5.18%), Chennai Airport (4.97%), Kochi Airport (3.15%), Amritsar Airport (2.42%) Hyderabad Airport (2.18%), Kolkata Airport (2.08%) and Trivandrum Airport (1.28%).

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