India sees 99% surge in visa-on-arrival

India issued 11,953 VoAs in the first half of 2014
India issued 11,953 VoAs in the first half of 2014

India saw a dramatic growth in the number of tourists taking advantage of its visa-on-arrival (VoA) scheme in June 2014.

According to the latest data from the country’s Ministry of Tourism, a total of 2,112 VoAs were issued under last month – 98.9% more than the 1,062 issued in June 2013.

South Korea accounted for the highest number of VoAs in June, with 663, followed by Singapore (410), Japan (261), the Philippines (228), Indonesia (217) and New Zealand (214).

This boosted the total number of VoAs issued in the first half of the year to 11,953 – 28.1% more than the corresponding period last year. These were led by Japan (2,564), New Zealand (2,080), Singapore (1,725), the Philippines (1,689), Indonesia (1,592) and South Korea (1,225).

The Indian government launched the VoA scheme in January 2010, initially for the citizens of five countries – Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore. But this was later expanded to six more countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos and Myanmar.

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