1793 visas on arrival issued in January-March 2010

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, April 15, 2010

A total of 1793 foreign tourists were issued visas on arrival in India between January and March this year under a new scheme launched by the Government from January 1 on a pilot basis for visitors from five countries.

The "Visa on Arrival" scheme is currently available for citizens of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore visiting India for tourism purposes. It was launched as a measure to attract more foreign tourists to India and could be extended to citizens of more countries if successful.

According to an official press release, in the first three months, 642 visitors from Singapore were issued visas, followed by 466 from Finland, 378 from New Zealand, 298 from Japan and 9 from Luxembourg.

Of these, 957 visas were issued at the Delhi airport, followed by 418 in Mumbai, 342 in Chennai and 76 in Kolkata, the release added.