Indian government has seen a steady rise in figure of overseas tourists to the country when evaluated with the previous years, due to the launch of new electronic visa on arrival facility for 43 nations tourists, said the sources.
As per the new records it was found that nearly 25,023 overseas tourists visited the nation in January 2015 with the use of new ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) facility. Tourism minister of India further added that the country has seen a rapid surge of 1214.9 tourists when measured up with the previous year figure.
Initially Indian government offered its electronic visa on arrival facility to 12 nations and later on extended its services to 43 nations in November month of 2014, said the tourism minister.
Apart from this, Indian government is also planning to extend its VoA facility to more 137 national with 59.7% augmentation in the new online scheme.
The count of overseas nationals visited the nation with the VoA facility is as follows, United States with 23.71% followed by Republic of Korea with 18.26%, Russian Federation - 14.06%, Ukraine-9.99%, Australia-8.83% and Germany with 6.53%.
This electronic visa on arrival facility is functional in nine metropolis international airports such as Hyderabad, Kochi, Goa Bengaluru and Trivandrum.