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 August, 2014.
month of August 2014, a total of 2,705 VoAs were issued under this Scheme as
compared to 1,694 VoAs during the month of August 2013, registering a growth
During January-August 2014, a total
number of 17,120 VoAs were issued as compared to 12,176 VoA during
corresponding period of 2013 registering a growth of 40.6%.
The number of VoAs issued under this
scheme during August 2014 for nationals of the twelve countries were South
Korea (876), Japan (566), Singapore (364), the Philippines (316), New
Zealand (233), Indonesia (226), Finland (49), Vietnam (25), Luxembourg
(22), Myanmar (19), Cambodia (6) and Laos (3) .
The number of VoAs issued under the
Scheme, during January-August 2014 were Japan (3,454), South Korea (3,030), New
Zealand (2,590), Singapore (2,372), the Philippines (2,326), Indonesia
(2,025), Finland (692), Myanmar (266), Vietnam (169), Cambodia (93),
Luxembourg (89) and Laos (14).
(v) During January-August 2014, the highest
number of VoAs were issued at New Delhi airport (8,009) followed by Mumbai
(3,320), Chennai (2,318), Bangalore (1,214), Kolkata (1,120), Kochi (526),
Hyderabad (429) and Trivandrum (184).