Once visa issuance is restarted, the first five lakh tourist Visas will be issued free of charge. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced a slew of economic relief measures to support the tourism industry badly hit by the second wave of Covid-19.
During the briefing, the ministry of finance presentation said that 10.93 million foreign tourists visited Indian in 2019, and spent $30.098 billion on leisure and business.
Average daily stay for a foreign tourist in India is 21 days while average daily spending is around $34 (2400). “Once visa issuance is restarted, the first 5 lakh Tourists Visas will be issued free of charge,” it said.
Benefit will be available only once per tourist. The scheme will be applicable till 31st march,2022 or till 5 lakh visas are issued, whichever is earlier. Total financial implication is expected to be Rs 100 crore.