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Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) register a growth of 772.3% in July 2015 over July 2014 USA accounts for One Third of TVoAs in July 2015

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 77 countries (including 3 countries for which the facility was extended on 31st July 2015) arriving at 9 Airports in India.

The following are the important highlights of e-Tourist Visa during July, 2015:

(i) During the month of July, 2015 a total of 21,476 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 2,462 during the month of July, 2014 registering a growth of 772.3%.

(ii) During January-July, 2015 a total of 1,47,690 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 14,415 during January-July, 2014 registering a growth of 924.6% .

(iii) This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 74 countries as against coverage of earlier TVoA scheme for 12 countries.

(iv) The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facility during July 2015 were as follows:

USA (33.67%), Australia (7.74%), France (7.13%), Germany (6.80%), UAE (6.71%), Canada (6.30%), Republic of Korea (5.57%), Mexico (2.80%), Japan (2.38%) and Russian Federation (2.29%).

(v) The percentage shares of different ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during July 2015 were as follows:

New Delhi (42.98%), Mumbai (20.72%), Bengaluru (10.36%), Chennai (10.32%), Hyderabad (5.30%), Kochi (5.15%), Kolkata (2.53%), Trivandrum (1.99%) and Goa (0.65%).

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