Extension of E-Visa to Boost Tourism in India

By | May 4, 2016
(Last Updated On: May 4, 2016)

Extension of E-Visa to Boost Tourism

The Government of India has launched e-Tourist Visa on 27.11.2014 with a view to facilitate foreign tourist visiting India. Initially, the scheme was introduced for 43 countries. However, the scheme has since been extended to 150 countries. A list of these countries is attached as Annexure-I.  The visa service under the scheme is being rendered in time bound manner and decision is communicated to applicant via e-mail within 72 hours of making online application.

 

The e-Tourist Visa has simplified the procedure for seeking India visa for international tourists.  The e-Tourist Visa enables the prospective visitor to apply for an Indian Visa from his/her home country online without visiting the Indian Mission and also pay the visa fee online.

 

As a result, the year 2015 witnessed a growth rate of 4.5% in terms of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India.   During 2015, FTAs were 8.03 million as compared to 7.68 million in 2014.  FTAs during the period January-March 2016 were 25.08 lakh with a growth of 10.0% as compared to the FTAs of 22.81 lakh in January-March 2015. The foreign exchange earnings during January – December 2015 was Rs.135193 crore as compared to Rs.123320 crore during 2014 thereby registering the growth of 9.6%.

 

The e-Tourist Visa has been extended to 150 countries w.e.f. 26.02.2016.  During January-December 2015 a total of 4,45,300 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 39,046 during January-December 2014 registering a growth of 1040.4%.  During the month of January-March 2016, a total of 3,21,049 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 75,859 during the month of January-March 2015 registering a growth of 323.2%. 

Sr. No.Name of CountrySerial.NoName of Country
1Albania45.Germany
2.Andorra46.Ghana
3.Anguilla47.Greece
4.Antigua & Barbuda48.Grenada
5.Armenia49.Guatemala
6.Aruba50.Guinea
7.Australia51.Guyana
8.Austria52.Haiti
9.Bahamas53.Honduras
10.Barbados54.Hungary
11.Belgium55.Iceland
12.Belize56.Indonesia
13.Bolivia57.Ireland
14.Bosnia & Herzegovina58.Israel
15.Botswana59.Jamaica
16.Brazil60.Japan
17.Brunei61.Jordan
18.Bulgaria62.Kenya
19.Cambodia63.Kiribati
20.Canada64.Laos
21.Cape Verde65.Latvia
22.Cayman Island66.Lesotho
23.Chile67.Liberia
24.China68.Liechtenstein
25.China- SAR Hongkong69.Lithuania
26.China- SAR Macau70.Luxembourg
27.Colombia71.Madagascar
28.Comoros72.Malawi
29.Cook Islands73.Malaysia
30.Costa Rica74.Malta
31.Cote d’lvoire75.Marshall Islands
32.Croatia76.Mauritius
33.Cuba77.Mexico
34.Czech Republic78.Micronesia
35.Denmark79.Moldova
36.Djibouti80.Monaco
37.Dominica81.Mongolia
38.Dominican Republic82.Montenegro
39.East Timor83.Montserrat
40.Ecuador84.Mozambique
41.El Salvador85.Myanmar
42.Eritrea86.Namibia
43.Estonia87.Nauru
44.Fiji88.Netherlands

 

89.

Finland139.Vatican City-Holy See
90.France140.Venezuela
91.Gabon141.Vietnam.
92.Gambia142.New Zealand
93.Georgia143.Nicaragua
94.Palau144.Niue Island
95.Palestine145.Norway
96.Panama146.Oman
97.Papua New Guinea147.Zambia
98.Paraguay148.Zimbabwe
99.Peru     149.Argentina
100.Philippines     150.Honduras
101.Poland  
102.Portugal  
103.Republic of Korea  
104.Republic of Macedonia  
105.Romania  
106.Russia  
107.Saint Christopher and Nevis  
108.Saint Lucia  
109.Saint Vincent & the Grenadines  
110.Samoa  
111.San Marino  
112.Senegal  
113.Serbia  
114.Seychelles  
115.Singapore  
116.Slovakia  
117.Slovenia  
118.Solomon Islands  
119.South Africa  
120.Spain  
121.Sri Lanka  
122.Suriname  
123.Swaziland  
124.Sweden  
125.Switzerland  
126.Taiwan  
127.Tajikistan  
128.Tanzania  
129.Thailand  
130.Tonga  
131.Trinidad & Tobago  
132.Turks & Caicos Island  
133.Tuvalu  
134.UAE  
135.Ukraine  
136.United Kingdom  
136.Uruguay  
137.USA  
138.Vanuatu  

This information was given by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

 

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