Over 18 lakh foreigners visited India on E-Visa this year

The numbers have only shot up since the scheme was introduced in 2015.

A total of 18.78 lakh foreigners visited India on E-Visa till October 31 this year.

According to the press release by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the number of foreigners who visited India on e-visa has gone up from 4.47 lakh in 2015 to 17 lakh in 2017, and further in 2018.

 

The maximum number of visitors who availed of this facility were from the UK, the US, China, France and Germany.

Two new categories of e-visa i.e. e-Conference & e-Medical Attendant visa have been introduced recently. E-visa is now available for five categories i.e. tourist, business, medical, conference and medical attendant, said the press release.

USD 105,558,496 has been received as e-visa fees in 2017 by the government and USD 137,527,270 (Rs 993 crore approx) till October 31 this year.

The Electronic Visa Facility now covers practically all the countries of the world. Foreign nationals of 166 countries can now enjoy this facility at 26 airports and 05 seaports. The foreigner does not have to interact with any Indian official till his arrival at the immigration counter. The Bureau of Immigration (BoI) generally decides within 24-48 hours whether or not to grant an e-visa to a foreigner.

The top five countries whose nationals availed e-visa services in 2018 (till October 31,) are: United Kingdom -292,143, the United States 221,339, China 127,022, France 107,185, Germany 89,863.

The local FRRO has been empowered now to extend duration of electronic visas beyond 60 days up to 90 days. Moreover, these e-visas can now be availed three times in one year against twice in a year earlier.