India generated Rs 1,400 crore revenue from e-Visa scheme

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The India government has generated Rs 1,400 crore revenue from the e-Visa scheme, offered to citizens of 163 countries visiting India as tourists, since its launch in 2014.

The Union Home Ministry officials said 19 lakh tourists used the e-Visa scheme in 2017. It is expected that more than 25 lakh tourists will use the e-Visa facility in 2018.

The e-visa fees are divided into four slabs of zero, $25, $50 and $75, which were fixed on reciprocity and depending on nationality.

The foreigners division of the Home Ministry implemented the e-Visa scheme to improve the efficiency and transparency of various services to foreign nationals.

The e-Visa facility is available for nationals of 163 countries for entry into India through 25 international airports and five sea ports.