|Progress of Tourist Visa on Arrival Scheme in July 2012|
|During the month of July 2012, a total number of 941 Visa on Arrivals (VoAs) were issued under Visa on Arrival Scheme as compared to 820 VoAs during the month of July 2011, registering a positive growth of 14.8%. During the period January-July 2012, a total number of 7662 VoAs were issued as compared to 6594 VoAs during corresponding period of 2011 registering a positive growth of 16.2%. The number of VOAs issued under this scheme, during July 2012 for nationals of the eleven countries were Japan (247), Indonesia (167), New Zealand (161), Philippines (149), Singapore (129), Finland (63), Vietnam (9), Myanmar (8), Luxembourg (4) Cambodia (3) and Laos (1).|
The number of VoAs issued under this scheme, during January-July 2012 were Japan (1872), New Zealand (1588), Indonesia (1259), Philippines (1093), Singapore (1016), Finland (576), Vietnam (97), Myanmar (54), Cambodia (52), Luxembourg (48) and Laos (7). During the period January-July 2012, the maximum number of VoAs were issued at Delhi airport (4430), followed by Mumbai (1689), Chennai (1091) and Kolkata (452).
As a facilitative measure to attract more foreign tourists to India, Government launched a Scheme of “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) from January 2010 for citizens of five countries, viz. Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore, visiting India for tourism purposes. The scheme was extended for the citizens of six more countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar from January 2011.