e-Visa Scheme: Government earns Rs.1,400 crore
According to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government has earned Rs1,400 crore as revenue from highly successful e-Visa scheme since its launch in 2014. 19 lakh tourists made use of e-Visa scheme in 2017 and fees are divided into four slabs of zero, $25, $50 and $75, which were fixed on reciprocity and depending on nationality.
e-Visa scheme provides pre-authorization of visa to foreigners prior to travel to India. The scheme is implemented by foreigners division of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to improve efficiency and transparency of various services being provided to foreign nationals. The facility is now available for nationals of 163 countries for entry into India through 25 international airports and five sea ports. Under the scheme, an applicant, when submits online application, receives e-mail authorising him or her to travel to India after approval. The tourist can travel with printout of this authorisation for 30 days. It also covers business and medical categories.