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India’s e-tourist visa fee based on tourist footfall

With the aim of attracting more foreign travellers to the country, it has been proposed to reduce the e-visa fee while also offering the option of a short-term as well as long-term tourist e-visa.

The Tourism Ministry has proposed to introduce a short duration e-visa for tourists with one month validity at a charge of $25. However, this will be applicable during peak tourism season between July and March. To attract more tourists during the lean period, the visa fee is proposed to be reduced to as low as $10 between April to June.

The information was given by Tourism minister Prahlad Patel on Tuesday.

Additionally, it has been suggested that the validity of regular e-visa, which costs $80, be increased to 5-years with multiple entries. For a one-year visa, tourists may now have to shell out $40.

A Ministry official said that the visa fee reduction had got the Home Ministry’s nod and it was now under consideration by the Ministry of External Affairs. Post this, an official announcement would follow.

Further, for Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka, short duration (30-day) lean period visa fee is suggested to cost $10, and for peak season 30-day visa, one year and 5-year visa, the proposed cost is $25.

In 2018, the government announced plans to increase foreign tourist arrivals to 20 million by 2020. The number stood at 10 million in 2017.