“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.
During the month of September, a total of 31,729 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 2,170 during the same month in 2014, registering a growth of 1362.2%.
The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facility during September were as follows:
USA (18.71%), UK (9.24%), Australia (8.50%), Germany (7.22%), China (6.36%), France (5.22%), Canada (4.54%), Israel (3.61%), Japan (2.83%), and Mexico (2.66%).
The Government of India launched Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), presently known as e-Tourist Visa scheme on 27th November 2014. At present e-Tourist Visa facility is available for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 Airports in India.