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%).