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E-tourist visa: Foreigners throng Indian shores

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visaBy NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The e-tourist visa scheme launched last year by the government has increased foreign tourist inflow in the country by almost 170,000 till August this year, registering a whopping 893 per cent growth over the previous year, a ministry of tourism report has stated.

The e-tourist visa facility has been made available in 113 countries, the ministry of tourism statement said.

This year, “During the period of January-August, a total of 1,69,976 tourists arrived on e-tourist visa, as compared to 17,120 during the same period last year, registering a growth of 892.9 per cent. During August alone, 22,286 tourists arrived as compared to 2,705 last year”, the report said.

While the US occupied the highest percentage (26.93 per cent) share of the total number of tourist arrivals, Germany (10.00 per cent), UAE (8.92 per cent), France (8.76 per cent) and Australia (7.20 per cent), accounted for the other leading numbers.

On the national scale, the percentage share of tourist arrival was highest for New Delhi (42.67 per cent), while Mumbai (23.40 percent) and Bengaluru (10.37 percent) also saw a healthy influx of foreign tourists.

 

 

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UAE Suspends Foreign Visas Due to COVID-19

COVID-19: UAE suspends issuance of all visas

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The UAE has suspended all visas to all foreigners, with the exception of diplomatic passport holders. Pixabay

The UAE has suspended all visas to all foreigners, with the exception of diplomatic passport holders on Saturday. The suspension will be effective from March 17. This is a breaking news.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Federal Authority for Identity And Citizenship (ICA) said: “The move comes as part of the precautionary measures taken by the UAE in response to the World Health Organisation’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, a development which reflects the high risks now associated with travel under the current circumstances,” Gulf media reported.

The decision does not apply to those who already have their visas issued prior to the aforementioned date.

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The move comes as part of the precautionary measures taken by the UAE in response to the World Health Organisation’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic. Pixabay

The ICA noted that the additional precautionary decision will be valid until a mechanism for medical examination has been established in the countries of departure as part of other global measures taken for the common good of all nations of the world to curb the proliferation of the novel virus.

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“The ICA affirms that the decision stems from the UAE’s deep sense of responsibility and diligent efforts in collaboration with other countries of the world to fight the coronavirus pandemic and survive this ongoing crisis,” the statement concluded. (IANS)