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Facility for those arriving to India on e-Visa Pre-loaded sim cards for foreign tourists

Ministry of Tourism along with state owned telecom company BSNL has launched a pre-loaded Sim Card for foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa. The cards will be extended to all 15 airports in the country where the e-visa facility is available. The sim card has preloaded talk time so that the immediate needs of tourists can be met. Ministry of Tourism had also launched a 24 x 7 Tourist Helpline 1800111363 in Twelve foreign languages so that the foreign tourists can get the required information in their own language. This facility will be initially available in the Indira Gandhi International Airport (T3 Terminal), New Delhi and later cover remaining 15 international airports, where e-Visa facility is currently available.

Helpline in 12 languages for assistance Pre-loaded sim cards for foreign tourists


To avail pre-loaded Sim Card, BSNL will collect e-Visa copy and the first page of passport from foreign tourists on arrival at the airport. Sim cards will be pre-loaded with a value of Rs. 50 talk time and 50 MB data and will be activated on immediate basis so as to enable them use this facility instantly. This initiative is also aimed at providing connectivity to foreign tourists to enable them to stay in touch with their near and dear ones and also help them to contact with the 24x7 Multi lingual toll free helpline of Ministry of Tourism for any assistance and guidance during times of distress / medical emergency, etc.

FTAs on e-Visas show rapid increasePre-loaded sim cards for foreign tourists


Meanwhile in the month of January 2017, a growth of 16.5% has been observed as compared to January 2016 on Foreign tourists arrivals, surpassing the previous year’s corresponding growth of 6.8% observed in January 2016 over January 2015. The number of FTAs in January, 2017 were 9.83 lakh as compared to FTAs of 8.44 lakh in January, 2016 and 7.91 lakh in January, 2015. Correspondingly, there has been observed a growth of 72% in the tourists arrived on e-Visa during January 2017 over January 2016 by registering a figure of 1.52 Lakhs as compared to 0.88 Lakhs in the month of January 2016. Clearly, the share of tourists availing e-Visa facility in January 2017 has reached a level of 15.5% as against 10.4% in the month of January 2016. Modifying its approach ministry of Tourism from the month of January 2017, has started presenting simultaneous data for monthly Foreign Tourist Inflows to India as well as the Foreign Tourists who availed e-Visa facility. Earlier these data were released separately.

USA leads in total FTAs in IndiaPre-loaded sim cards for foreign tourists


Among Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) top 15 source countries was the led by USA (15.01%) and followed by Bangladesh (14.91%), UK (11.11%), Canada (4.63%), Russian Fed. (4.46%), Australia (3.65%), Malaysia (3.15%), Germany (2.92%), France (2.89%) and China (2.54%), Sri Lanka (2.45%), Japan(2.15%),Afghanistan (1.84%), Rep. of Korea (1.61%) and Nepal (1.60%). Whereas in terms of airport shares for Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during January 2017 among the top 15 ports highest recorded were at Delhi Airport (28.30%) followed by Mumbai Airport (18.23%), Haridaspur Land check post (8.17%), Chennai Airport (7.32%), Goa Airport (6.51%), Bengaluru Airport (5.32%), Kolkata Airport (4.32%), Cochin Airport (3.73%), Ahmedabad Airport (3.37%) and Hyderabad Airport (2.74%), Gede Rail Land check post (1.77%), Trivandrum (1.62%), Trichy Airport (1.38%), Ghojadanga land check post (1.08%) and Amritsar Airport (1.02%).

UK leads among those availing e-Visa facility Pre-loaded sim cards for foreign tourists

But shares were not all the same for Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on e-Visa. Bangladesh was second in arrivals but not even in top 15 among FTAs on e-Visa. Topping the charts was UK (22.9%) followed by USA (13.6%), Russian Fed (8.3%), China (6.3%), France (5.6%), Australia (4.4%), Germany (4.1%), Canada (3.6%), Korea (Rep.of) (3.2%) and Ukraine (2.2%), Netherlands (1.6%), South Africa (1.4%), Singapore (1.3%), Malaysia (1.3%) and Sweden (1.1%). Most FTAs on e-Visa were at New Delhi Airport (36.5%) and following it were Mumbai Airport (20.5%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport (16.2%), Chennai Airport (7.0%), Bengaluru Airport (5.1%), Kochi Airport (4.2%), Kolkata Airport (2.7%), Trivandrum Airport (2.0%), Hyderabad Airport (2.0%) and Ahmadabad Airport (1.7%), Amritsar Airport (0.8%), Jaipur Airport (0.5%), Tirchy Airport (0.4%), Gaya Airport (0.2%)and Lucknow Airport (0.1%).

 
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