November 2015 \ Business & Investment \ Business and Governance
Revised E-Tourist Fees

  • Mr Mahesh Sharma

Government of India has decided to revise the e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) fee in four slabs of 0, USD 25, USD 48, and USD 60 from November. Presently e-TV application fee is USD 60 and bank charge is USD 2 which is uniform for all the countries. The revision of Visa fee has been done on the principle of reciprocity. Bank charges have also been reduced from USD 2 to 2.5 per cent of the e-TV fee. There is no bank charge for zero visa fees.

Government had launched e-Tourist Visa scheme on November 27, 2014. The scheme has been extended to 113 countries and territories. Sixteen Indian airports have been designated for providing e-Tourist visa service till now. The scheme has been implemented in completely online mode with provision of pre-authorization of visa in the form of ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation). The visa service under the scheme is being rendered in time-bound manner and decision is communicated to applicant via e-mail within 72 hours of making online application.

Out of 113 countries and territories included in e-Tourist Visa scheme USD 60 has been fixed for 5 Countries/Territories (Mozambique, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and USA).

USD 48 has been fixed for 86 countries and territories namely Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hong Kong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turks and Caicos Island, UAE, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela and Vietnam.

USD 25 has been fixed for 3 countries and territories namely Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Zero Visa fees has been decided for 19 countries and territories namely Argentina, Cook Islands, Fiji, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

e-Tourist Visa holders can enter India through any of the 16 designated Indian Airports namely Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum and Varanasi. Besides reciprocating the gestures of other countries it is expected that this revision of fee will also help in boosting tourism in the country. Since the launch of the scheme in November last year, more than 3,40,000 e-TVs have been issued till now.