November 2015 recorded a total of 83,501 foreign tourists arrived in the country on E-Tourist visa registering a growth of 2713.4% as compared to 2,968 during the month of October, 2014. UK continues occupies top position followed by USA, France and Germany amongst the countries availing E-tourist visa facility says an official release.
During January-November, 2015 a total of 3,41,683 tourist arrived on e-Tourist visa as comp
ared to 24,963 during January-November, 2014 registering a growth of 1268.8% . This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist visa for 113 countries as against coverage of earlier TVoA scheme for 12 countries.The top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist visa facilities during November, 2015 were UK (23.93%), USA (16.33%), Russia (8.17%), France (7.64%), Germany (5.60%), Australia (4.82%), Canada (4.71%), China (3.26%), Ukraine (2.03%) and Netherlands (1.75%).
The top 10 ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during November, 2015 were New Delhi Airport (45.04%), Mumbai Airport (17.72%), Goa Airport (14.62%), Bengaluru Airport (5.57%), Chennai Airport (5.16%), Kochi Airport (3.56%), Kolkata Airport (2.27%), Hyderabad Airport (2.19%), Trivandrum Airport (1.44%) and Ahmedabad Airport (0.93%). Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), presently known as e-Tourist visa scheme was launched on November 27, 2014. At present e-Tourist visa facility is available for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 Airports in India. E-Tourist Visa fee structure has been revised w.e.f November 03, 2015 by clubbing the 113 countries into four groups for charging differential rates viz. USD 0, USD 25, USD 48 and USD 60. Bank charges have also been reduced from USD 2 to 2.5% of the e-Tourist Visa fees.