As a facilitative measure to attract more foreign tourists to India, the Government launched the “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) Scheme in January 2010 for citizens of five countries, viz. Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore, visiting India for tourism purposes. The Government extended this Scheme to the citizens of six more countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos and Myanmar in January 2011. Recently Govt of India has extended Visa on Arrival (VoA) Scheme for South Korea for which Ministry has started receiving data w.e.f 15th April 2014. The following are the important highlights of VoAs issued during July, 2014.
(i) During the month of July 2014, a total of 2,462 VoAs were issued under this Scheme as compared to 1,154 VoAs during the month of July 2013, registering a growth of 113.3%.
(ii) During January-July 2014, a total number of 14,415 VoAs were issued as compared to 10,482 VoA during corresponding period of 2013 registering a growth of 37.5%.
(iii) The number of VoAs issued under this scheme during July 2014 for nationals of the twelve countries were South Korea (929), Japan (324), the Philippines (321), Singapore (283), New Zealand (277), Indonesia (207), Finland (43), Myanmar (30), Vietnam (28), Cambodia (15), Luxembourg (3) and Laos (2) .
(iv) The number of VoAs issued under the Scheme, during January-July 2014 were Japan (2,888), New Zealand (2,357), South Korea (2,154), the Philippines (2,010), Singapore (2,008), Indonesia (1,799), Finland (643), Myanmar (247), Vietnam (144), Cambodia (87), Luxembourg (67) and Laos (11).
(v) During January-July 2014, the highest number of VoAs were issued at New Delhi airport (6,661) followed by Mumbai (2,871), Chennai (1,977), Bangalore (1,026), Kolkata (948), Kochi (419), Hyderabad (363) and Trivandrum (150).