November has seen a total of 1,36,876 foreign tourists arriving on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 83,501 during the corresponding month last year registering a growth of 63.9%. Moreover, UK (22.3%) continues to occupy top slot followed by USA (12.9%) and Russian Fed (8.7%) amongst countries availing e-tourist visa facility During November 2016.
The facility of e-Tourist Visa has been made available by the Centre to the citizens of 155 countries, arriving at 16 International airports in India. The number of e-Tourist Visa availed by foreign tourists visiting India during the month of November, 2016 has registered a substantial growth rate over the corresponding month of 2015.
Officials said that during January- November 2016, a total of 9,17,446 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 3,41,683 during January-November 2015, registering a growth of 168.5% . This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 155 countries as against the earlier coverage of 113 countries.
Top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during November, 2016 included UK (22.3%), USA (12.9%), Russian Fed (8.7%), France (6.3%), China (6.1%), Germany (4.6%), Australia (4.1%), Canada (3.6%), Netherlands (1.8%) and Ukraine (1.8%).
Similarly, top 10 airports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during November, 2016 included New Delhi Airport (44.99%), Mumbai Airport (18.53%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport (14.19%), Chennai Airport (5.26%), Bengaluru Airport (5.23%), Kochi Airport (2.99%), Kolkata Airport (2.32%), Hyderabad Airport (1.94%), Trivandrum Airport (1.32%) and Amritsar Airport (1.11%).