Indian Government Plans to Reduce e-visa Fee to Bring More Tourists

Indian Government Plans to Reduce e-visa Fee to Bring More Tourists

Indian Government is intending to decrease the e-visa fee in the following few days, to bring more tourists into the nation and compete with other nations in the neighborhood.

In the year 2018, the e-visa fee for the UK and the US that account for the tremendous number of international tourist arrivals was doubled to $100 from the previous $50 fee, and for most other nations to $80, resulting in tourists preferring destinations such as Sri Lanka, Thailand,  and Dubai over India.

Talks are on to decrease the e-visa fee to the previous fee that is $50, as it will benefit India compete with Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Dubai announced a source confidential with the matter.

In order to maintain the international tourists' movement that is going in the off-season, there are policies to make the fee lesser for that period, the source attached.

The Tourism Ministry is also proposing to increase the e-visa validity, which is presently one year from the date of permission of Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA).

The travel business has also been demanding a reduction in the e-visa fee to promote growth. We are failing out on business to neighboring nations. While other nations are decreasing their fee, India has raised it, which is having a negative influence on the travel industry, told Pranab Sarkar, president of Indian Tour Operators Association.

Top Countries for Applying Indian e-Visa

In June 2019, the percentage portion of the first 15 nations that claimed e-tourist visa for India were the most significant from the USA 17%, accompanied by China which is 9.4%, the UK which is 8.5%, Malaysia which is 6.6%, Singapore which is 4.4%, France which is 4.1% and Australia which is 3.8%.

E-visa Categories

E-visa is given only below the five categories

  • e-tourist visa
  • e-conference visa
  • e-business visa
  • e-medical visa
  • e-medical attendant visa

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