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Indian Government Might Provide E-Visas For 36 Countries

13 Jul 2016


e-tourist visa

Since the launch of the online visa scheme which was launched in November 2013, tourists are getting more and more attracted to it. Indian government has seen a remarkable growth on e- tourist visa scheme. In 2016, from January- June 4,71,909 tourists arrived on e-tourist visa which is quite high as compared to the previous record which is showing a growth rate of 273.9%. The growth attributed 189 countries compared to the previous 76 countries earlier.

Seeing this success of the e-tourist visa scheme, the Union Ministry plans to extend its visa program by adding extra 36 countries in the scheme. The countries which are included are Iran, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Italy, Nigeria, Turkey, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Morocco are few  among the new addition. In June 2016 a total of 36,982 tourists arrived in the mentioned countries as compared to the 15,557 during the last year in same period a registering a growth on13.7%.

Ministry has stated that the e-visa facility was most popular for the country United States that drew the maximum number of tourists of 23.22% followed by UK with 14.16%, China 6.91%, Australia 5.59% and France 4.10% in May 2016. Among the other top 10 source countries were Germany 4.03% at sixth place, Canada 4.02%, Singapore 2.62%, Malaysia 2.53% and Spain 2.40%.

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