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 Country Serial.No Name of Country
1 Albania 45. Germany
2. Andorra 46. Ghana
3. Anguilla 47. Greece
4. Antigua & Barbuda 48. Grenada
5. Armenia 49. Guatemala
6. Aruba 50. Guinea
7. Australia 51. Guyana
8. Austria 52. Haiti
9. Bahamas 53. Honduras
10. Barbados 54. Hungary
11. Belgium 55. Iceland
12. Belize 56. Indonesia
13. Bolivia 57. Ireland
14. Bosnia & Herzegovina 58. Israel
15. Botswana 59. Jamaica
16. Brazil 60. Japan
17. Brunei 61. Jordan
18. Bulgaria 62. Kenya
19. Cambodia 63. Kiribati
20. Canada 64. Laos
21. Cape Verde 65. Latvia
22. Cayman Island 66. Lesotho
23. Chile 67. Liberia
24. China 68. Liechtenstein
25. China- SAR Hongkong 69. Lithuania
26. China- SAR Macau 70. Luxembourg
27. Colombia 71. Madagascar
28. Comoros 72. Malawi
29. Cook Islands 73. Malaysia
30. Costa Rica 74. Malta
31. Cote d’lvoire 75. Marshall Islands
32. Croatia 76. Mauritius
33. Cuba 77. Mexico
34. Czech Republic 78. Micronesia
35. Denmark 79. Moldova
36. Djibouti 80. Monaco
37. Dominica 81. Mongolia
38. Dominican Republic 82. Montenegro
39. East Timor 83. Montserrat
40. Ecuador 84. Mozambique
41. El Salvador 85. Myanmar
42. Eritrea 86. Namibia
43. Estonia 87. Nauru
44. Fiji 88. Netherlands

 

89.

Finland 139. Vatican City-Holy See
90. France 140. Venezuela
91. Gabon 141. Vietnam.
92. Gambia 142. New Zealand
93. Georgia 143. Nicaragua
94. Palau 144. Niue Island
95. Palestine 145. Norway
96. Panama 146. Oman
97. Papua New Guinea 147. Zambia
98. Paraguay 148. 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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