Last month, a total
number of 1404 (Visa on Arrivals) VoAs were issued under this Scheme as
compared to 991 VoAs during September 2011 registering a positive growth
of 41.7 %.
During the period January-September 2012, a total number of 10816 VoAs
were issued as compared to 8505 VoAs during corresponding period of
2011, registering a growth of 27.2%. The number of VOAs issued under
this scheme during September 2012 for nationals of the eleven countries
were Japan (541), New Zealand (256),The Philippines (236), Indonesia
(175), Singapore (135), Finland (29), Myanmar (11), Vietnam (9),
Cambodia (6),Luxembourg (4) and Laos (2). The number of VoAs issued
under this scheme, during January-September 2012 were Japan (3106), New
Zealand (2045), Indonesia (1689), The Philippines (1678), Singapore
(1313), Finland (647), Vietnam (126), Myanmar (73), Cambodia (68),
Luxembourg (62) and Laos (9). During the period January-September 2012,
the highest number of VoAs were issued at Delhi airport (6380), followed
by Mumbai (2247), Chennai (1528) and Kolkata (661).
As a facilitative measure to attract more foreign tourists to India,
Government launched a Scheme of “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) in January 2010
for citizens of five countries, viz. Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New
Zealand and Singapore, visiting India for tourism purposes. This scheme
was extended for the citizens of six more countries, namely Cambodia,
Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar from January 2011.