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A total of 68,809 foreign tourists arrived in September 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 31,729 during the month of September 2015 registering a growth of 116.9 percent.

Among the India bound tourists, the UK (15.5%) continues to occupy top slot followed by USA (12.4%) and China (9.0%) as countries availing e-tourist visa facility during September 2016.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the facility of e-Tourist Visa has been made available to the citizens of 150 countries, arriving at 16 International Airports in India.

The number of e-Tourist Visa availed by foreign tourists visiting India during the month of September 2016 has registered a substantial growth rate over the corresponding month of 2015. The salient highlights of e-Tourist Visa for and up to the month of September during 2016 are as follows:-

During the month of September 2016, a total of 68,809 foreign tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 31,729 during the month of September 2015 registering a growth of 116.9%.

During January- September 2016, a total of 6,75,302 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 2,01,705 during January-September 2015, registering a growth of 234.8%.

This high growth is credited to the introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 150 countries as against 113 countries covered earlier.

The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during September 2016 were as following.

  • UK (15.5%)
  • USA (12.4%)
  • China (9.0%)
  • Australia (6.0%)
  • Germany (4.8%)
  • France (4.3%)
  • Spain (3.6%)
  • Canada (3.1%)
  • UAE (2.6%)
  • Malaysia (2.6%).

The percentage shares of top 10 airports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during September 2016 were:-

  • New Delhi Airport (51.71%)
  • Mumbai Airport (21.06%),
  • Bengaluru Airport (6.44%)
  • Chennai Airport (6.27%)
  • Kochi Airport (3.50%),
  • Hyderabad Airport (2.45%)
  • Kolkata Airport (2.34%)
  • Trivandrum Airport (1.35%)
  • Amritsar Airport (1.18%)
  • Dabolim (Goa) Airport (1.11%).