Those who are planning to travel India will now have to pay just $25 (INR 1,790 approx.) to get a 30-day e-tourist visa during the peak travel season. In the same way, during the lean period, travellers can get the same for only $10. India has come up with a flexible e-tourist visa scheme based on traveller footfall.
This means that the visa fee will be higher from July to March, which is measured as the peak travel season in the nation; the fee will be significantly low during April to June, which is the lean period.
Prahlad Patel, Minister of Tourism India stated, “India to offer 30-day e-tourist visa with USD 10 fee during the lean period April to June and USD 25 fee during peak tourism period from July to March.” He further said that move is taken to encourage more and more tourists to visit India.
Not only this, but the minister also declared a 5-year-tourist visa for a fee of $80 and a 1-year visa for a fee of $40. He stated that for countries like Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the lean period visa fees will be $10; for e-visa of 30 days, 1 year and 5 years, it will be $25.
While the suggestion has got the heads up from the Home Ministry, approval from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the e-visa fee is still expected but is soon expected.
Last year in 2018, the Indian government has detailed its plans to boost the number of overseas tourist arrivals to 20 million by 2020. In 2017, 10 million foreign travellers’ footfalls were documented in India.