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e-Tourist visa extended to citizens of 161 countries: Govt

The e-visa scheme was launched on November 27, 2014.

By: PTI | New Delhi |
December 15, 2016 12:11:20 am

The government has extended the facility of e-Tourist Visa for citizens of 161 countries, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

In a written reply, Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said the number of foreign tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) during January to November this year was 9,17,446, registering a growth of 168.5 per cent over same period of previous year.

“This indicates success of the e-TV Scheme,” he said, adding that “The Government of India has extended the facility of e-Tourist Visa for the citizens of 161 countries including Japan for which facility of Visa on Arrival is also available.”

The e-visa scheme was launched on November 27, 2014.

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Under the scheme, an applicant receives an email authorising him or her to travel to India after it has been approved. The tourist can travel with a print-out of this authorisation.

On arrival, the visitor has to present the authorisation to the immigration authorities who would then stamp the entry into the country.

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