e-Tourist Visa - Current Affairs Questions and Answers

1)   What percent of growth was registered in tourist arrival on e-visa during January-June 2015 over the same period last year?

a. 956%
b. 754%
c. 800%
d. 500%
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 956%

A total of 1,26,214 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa during the period. During the month of June this year, a total of 15,557 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa. The tourists from USA account for about 42% percent in it. The high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 76 countries as against coverage of earlier Tourist Visa on Arrival scheme for 12 countries. The Government of India had launched Tourist Visa on Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization, presently known as e-Tourist Visa scheme in November last year for 43 countries. Later, the Government extended this Scheme to the nationals of 33 countries this year.

2)   What is the new name given to ‘Visa on Arrival Scheme’ by the Home Ministry of India?

a. e-Tourist Visa
b. Arrival Scheme
c. Tourism Package
d. Smart Visa
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: e-Tourist Visa

It has been observed that the old name of the scheme was creating confusion among tourists and they presumed as if the Visa is being granted on arrival. However, at present the system of pre-authorization of Visa to foreigners is being given prior to travel. According to Home Ministry, they had also received the requests of name change from some Indian embassies.