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Free tourist visas will be given to the first 500,000 tourists.

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.

 

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