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In 4 Years, Govt Earns Rs 14 Billion Revenue From E-Tourist Visa

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| May 20 , 2018 , 15:17 IST

Since the launch of the highly successful e-Visa scheme in 2014, the government has earned nearly Rs 14 billion as revenue, a senior home ministry official said on Sunday.

The e-Visa scheme is offered to citizens of 163 countries visiting India as tourists and was availed by 1.9 million tourists in 2017 itself, and is expected to be availed of by more than 2.5 million tourists in 2018.

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According to the e-visa scheme, an applicant from one of the 163 accepted countries can submit an online application for a visa to India, which after being accepted can be printed out and used to enter India. The e-visas are accepted in India across 25 international airports and 5 seaports, and help improve the efficiency and transparency of various services that are provided to foreign nationals.  

The fees for the e-visas are divided into 4 slabs, name $0, $25, $50 and $75 based on nationality and reciprocity and can be applied up to 4 months in advance with a validity of spending up to 2 months in India.

Nations eligible for the e-Visa include Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Russia, UAE, United Kingdom and the USA, although reports state that the maximum number of foreign tourists in India come from Bangaldesh.

Apart from tourism, the e-visa can also be used for business and medical purposes.