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India’s move to Electronic Travel Authorization pays off

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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Government of India launched Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) on 27th November 2014 for 43 countries. The Government extended this Scheme to the citizens of Guyana in January, 2015. There is a huge growth in tourists using ETA by March 2015.

During the month of March 2015, a total of 25,851 tourist arrived by ETA enabled TVoA as compared to 1,958 TVoA during the month of March 2014, registering a growth of 1220.3%.

During January- March 2015, a total of 75,859 tourist arrived by ETA enabled TVoA as compared to 5,841 TVoA during January- March 2014, registering a growth of 1198.7%.

This high growth may be attributed to introduction of ETA enabled TVoA for 44 countries as against coverage of earlier TVoA scheme for 12 countries only.

The percentage share of top 10 source countries for ETA enabled TVoA, in India during March 2015, were as follows: USA (33.25%), Germany (14.64%), Russian Federation (13.13%), Australia (8.37%), Republic of Korea (6.39%), Ukraine (4.21%), Mexico (2.93%), Japan (1.99%), New Zealand (1.91%) and Israel (1.68%) .

The percentage shares of different ports for ETA enabled TVoA, in India during March 2015, were as follows:

New Delhi (47.32%), Mumbai (18.55%), Goa (12.03%), Bengaluru (6.27%), Chennai (5.60%), Hyderabad (2.93%), Kolkata (2.78%), Kochi (2.68%) and Trivandrum (1.84%).

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