A total of 1,69,976 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa during January-August 2015 as compared to 17,120 during January-August 2014, registering a growth of 892.9%.
“This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 113 countries as against coverage of earlier Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) scheme for 12 countries,” Ministry of Tourism said in an official release.
In August 2015, a total of 22,286 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 2,705 during the same month in 2014, registering a growth of 723.9%.
The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facility during August 2015 were as follows:
USA (25.93%), Germany (10.00%), UAE (8.92%), France (8.76%), Australia (7.20%), Canada (6.39%), Republic of Korea (4.23%), Japan (3.41%), Russian Federation (2.37%) and Singapore (2.22%).