India to extend e-tourist visa facility to 36 more countries

A day after Indian government released statistics indicating surge in e-tourist visa travel by 137 per cent, it now plans to extend the facility to 36 more countries such as Iran, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Italy, Nigeria, Turkey, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Morocco.

If it gets a go-ahead, total 186 countries will have access to online visa facility to travel to India.

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The scheme has been working wonders for the Indian government and draws maximum tourists from the USA.

As per the data by tourism ministry, from January to June 2016, a total of 4,71,909 tourists arrived on e-tourist visa as compared to 1,26,214 during January-June 2015.