The 2018 year was very fortunate for Indian tourism, and all this happened due to the introduction of e-visa by the Indian government. The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that a number of e-visa visitors, has increased four times more than 4.47 lakh, the data registered in 2015. This is a drastic rise which has never seen in the history of Indian tourism.
As per the stats, the visitors who applied for the e-visa in 2018 were from France, UK, US, China, and Germany. The Indian tourism department has collected the $ 137,527,270, till October and this figure is much bigger than the last year collection which as $ 105,558,496.
The number of e-visas applies by country is mentioned below:
- UK (2,921,432),
- The US (2,213,393),
- China (1,270,224),
- France (1,071,855)
- Germany (89,863)
The Indian Home affairs ministry stated that “With the E-visa facility, the foreigner does not have to interact with any Indian official till his arrival at the immigration counter. For foreigners who are already in India and require any consular or visa services like extension, conversion, exit permission or any of the total 27 visa-related services, an online e-FRRO facility has now been launched throughout the country.
“The foreigners do not have to physically visit the offices of FRROs. They can apply as well as receive consular or visa services online after making online payment”
FRRO has made few important announcements to encourage tourism such as the foreigners now can convert their e-visa into medical one, if they fall sick while residing in India. Also, the visa conversion can also be done if any foreign national married Indian citizen.
According to another release which is meant to encourage cuisine tourism “The condition of biometric enrolment for such tourists arriving at Mumbai, Cochin, Mormugao, Chennai and New Mangalore ports has also been suspended till December 2020 to ensure faster immigration clearance so that cruise tourists can spend maximum time on shore.”
Even the internship in India has now become much more affordable than before, this step has attracted many foreigners to pursue an internship in India. The ministry said that “intern Visa is now available at any time during the course of study.”
Intern visa fee which was 7.800 lakhs before, has now reduced to 3.60 lakhs per annum. With the decrease of remuneration requirement for the grant of intern visa, the number of foreign students has taken a sudden hike. Moreover, the visa can be availed during any time of the course study.