India has witnessed 28.9 per cent rise in Visa on Arrivals (VoA) last month.
New Delhi, Oct 18/Nationalturk – In a good news for Indian economy and tourism industry, the country witnessed 28.9 per cent rise in visa on arrivals last month.
As a facilitative measure to attract foreign tourists to India, Indian government launched “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) scheme in January 2010 for citizens of five countries — Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore. The facility was later extended to citizens of six more countries — Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos and Myanmar in January 2011.
Recently, Indian government extended Visa on Arrival (VoA) facility for citizens of South Korea.
2170 VoAs were issued in September
“During month of September 2014, a total of 2,170 VoAs were issued as compared to 1,683 VoAs during the month of September 2013, showing an increase of 28.9%,” an official of Indian tourism ministry said.
He said during January-September 2014, a total number of 19,290 VoAs were issued as compared to 13,859 VoA during corresponding period of 2013 showing an increase of 39.2%.
The official said 530 nationals from South Korea, 496 from Japan, 310 from Singapore, 300 from New Zealand, 201 from Philippines, 200 from Indonesia, 68 from Finland, 27 from Vietnam, 27 from Myanmar, 6 from Cambodia, 3 from Laos and 2 from Luxembourg visit India in September and availed VoA benefits.
Indian government is considering to extend the VoA benefits to citizens of more countries, including some Arab nations.
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