Indian E-Visa facility which was launched on November 27, 2014, has been a hit in the first month itself. According to a report published in The Times of India, India has issued about 22,000 E-Visas in the first month itself, when compared to 24,963 E-Visas issued between January and November the same year.
The facility allows foreign tourists to visit India for leisure, to visit family and friends, for medial purpose, and for business seminars and events, for a period of 30 days, twice a year. Currently, the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is being issued to nationals of 43 countries including those from the US, Russia, Israel, Palestine, Norway, Germany, and others.
Indian government is taking all positive measures to boost Indian tourism which, as published on The Times of India report, ranks 76th in the visa restrictions index compiled by global residence and citizenship planning firm Henley and Partners.
There are many other initiatives in the offing to provide a safe and pleasant environment to the foreign visitors. From keeping touts at bay, to showing the cultural and heritage might of the country, and online ticket booking for historical monuments like Taj Mahal, Indian tourism industry is set to see a plethora of changes in the years to come.
Above all, the E-Visa initiative which received great response so far is set to create millions of direct and indirect tourist-related jobs in the country.
Source: Times of India