Japanese tourists top for visa-on-arrival facility
New Delhi: Japanese tourists emerged on top
in use of visa-on-arrival facility to visit India in August.
189 Japanese used the facility, followed by 148
Singaporeans who availed it in August.
As a facilitative measure to attract more foreign
tourists to India, government has launched visa-on-arrival
scheme from January 2010 for citizens of five countries -
Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore -
visiting India for tourism purpose.
In August a total number 3.82 lakh foreign tourists
visted the country, out of which 506 foreigners availed the
Besides tourists from Japan and Singapore, 39 visitors
from Finland, 113 from New Zealand and 17 from Luxemburg came
to India using the visa-on-arrival facility.
During January-August 2010, 4022 VoAs were issued under
The number of visas issued under this scheme, during
January-August 2010 for nationals of the five countries were
Singapore (1312), New Zealand (969), Finland (886), Japan
(814) and Luxembourg (41).
During January-August, 2010, the maximum number of VoAs
were issued at Delhi airport (2127), followed by Mumbai (854),
Chennai (833) and Kolkata (208).