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Indian Students Flying Abroad Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Level To A 5-Year High: Report

Rise in India traveling abroad for education this year

An increase has been observed in the number of Indians going abroad on a student visa this year. Nearly 6.5 lakh students went to other countries for education in 2022, more than the number recorded before the pandemic, data from the Bureau of Immigration (BoI) The Hindu reported.

The BoI, which falls under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), keeps records of Indians going abroad based on passengers’ verbal disclosure or the type of destination country visa they have presented at the time of immigration.

According to the data, 6,48,678 students flew abroad on a student visa through November 30, marking the highest level in five years.

However, the statistics showed that international travel among Indians remained below pre-pandemic levels for purposes such as business, work, medical care, pilgrimages and others.

In addition to student visas, the number of Indians traveling on a visit visa will grow significantly in 2022, the report said.

As many as 1.83 crore Indians traveled to other countries between January and 30 November for various purposes. Of these, the report said that 72.49 lakh people went for residency, 30.85 lakh went on tourist visas and 40.92 lakh got a visit visa to fly abroad.

Overall, the number of Indians going abroad has increased by more than 137% from 2021.

In 2019, the total number of Indians visiting other countries was 2.52 crore, of which 63.80 lakh traveled on tourist visas, 42.11 lakh on visit visa and 89.50 lakh Indians went for residence and return purposes, the report said.

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Countries like Canada and the UK saw more Indians travel there in 2022 compared to pre-pandemic times.

While 6.17 lakh Indians flew to Canada in 2019, the number grew to 6.60 lakh in the first 11 months of this year.

The report stated that the number of travelers from India in the UK increased from 7.45 lakh in 2019 to 7.54 lakh in 2022.

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