Encouraged with the overwhelming response to the e-tourist visas scheme, the Centre has proposed to further liberalise the procedure by introducing multiple entry for foreign nationals besides allowing them to stay for 100 days rather than the 30-day period now offered to them.
Speaking at the inaugural of the 32nd edition of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (Iato) today, Union tourism secretary Vinod Zutshi said the ministry had "in-principle" agreed to liberalise the e-tourist visa rules permitting multiple entry from single entry allowed now and also extending the period of stay to one hundred days from 30 days provided at present. "It will be matter of time to implement these," he added.
According to latest figures from MoT, UK Continues to Occupy Top Slot followed by USA and China Amongst Countries Availing e-Tourist Visa Facility During August 2016.
A total of 66,097 tourists arrived in August 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 22, 286 during the month of August 2015 registering a growth of 196.6%
Commencing from 27th November 2014 e-Tourist Visa facility was available until 25th February 2016 for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 Airports in India. The Government of India has extended this scheme for citizens of 37 more countries w.e.f 26th February 2016 taking the tally to 150 countries. Status of achievements in respect of e-Tourist Visa availed by International tourists visiting India last year in 2015 has been surpassed in the first 06 months of the current calendar year 2016.
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