NEW DELHI (TIP): The “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) Scheme of the government has become popular with the tourists. The scheme registered a growth of 25% during the period January-November 2012 over the corresponding period of 2011. A total number of 13,903 VoAs were issued during the period January-November 2012 as compared to 11,121 VoAs issued during the corresponding period of 2011. The highest number of 3913 VoAs were issued to the tourists from Japan followed by New Zealand ( 2645) and The Philippines ( 2205). The following are the important highlights of VoAs issued during November, 2012.
(i) During the month of November 2012, a total number of 1,630 VoAs were issued under this Scheme as compared to 1,382 VoAs during the month of November 2011, registering a growth of 17.9%.
(ii) The number of VoAs issued under this scheme during November 2012 for nationals of the eleven countries were Japan (435), New Zealand (299), the Philippines (257), Indonesia (229), Singapore (207), Finland (86), Cambodia (70), Luxembourg (23), Myanmar (13), Vietnam (10) and Laos (1).
(iii) The number of VoAs issued under this scheme during January- November 2012 were Japan (3,913), New Zealand (2,645), the Philippines (2,205), Indonesia (2,116), Singapore (1,718), Finland (810), Vietnam (152), Cambodia (144), Luxembourg (101), Myanmar (89) and Laos (10).
(iv) During the period January- November 2012, the highest number of VoAs were issued at Delhi airport (8,285), followed by Mumbai (2,827), Chennai (1,950) and Kolkata (841).
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.