India’s e-tourist visa system continued to gain popularity in April 2016, with more than 70,000 visas being issued at Indian airports during the month.
According to data from India’s Tourism Ministry, the total of 70,045 e-tourist visas issued April marks a sharp 266% increase from the 19,139 issued in the same month last year, reflecting a major expansion of the scheme in the last 12 months.
Travellers from the UK accounted for the largest proportion of e-tourist visas issued last month (18.8%), followed by the US (14.1%), Russia (8.2%), France (7.1%) and China (6.3%). Delhi Airport issued almost half the visas in April (46.5%), followed by Mumbai Airport (19.1%), Goa Airport (10.0%), Bengaluru Airport (6.5%) and Chennai Airport (5.6%).
The total number of e-tourist visas issued in the first four months of 2016 stood at 391,094, up 312% compared to the same period in 2015.
India started to expand its e-tourist visa facility in 27 November 2014. It has been gradually ramped up throughout 2015 and 2016 and is now available to the citizens of 150 countries.