Apply for a Indian eVisa
India e-Visa is an authorization to visit India for tourism, business or medical purposes. When applying for an e-Visa, it is not mandatory to submit your passport or other personal records to the embassy. The application is done online and visa approval will be granted digitally in advance before your trip to India.
Who can apply for an Indian e-Visa online?
Nationals of 161 Nations are eligible to obtain the India e-Visa. The e-Visa is for visitors traveling to India for business, tourism or medical purposes. If the visitors or their parents, spouses, or grandparents were born in Pakistan, they are not eligible for an Indian e-Visa. They must obtain a traditional visa.
What are the differences between a traditional Indian Visa and an e-Visa?
All visitors to India are required to have a valid visa. A traditional visa is gotten via an application process where the visitor must lodge their original passport with application details so that the visa can be approved. While the process takes longer and needs more paperwork, the visa that is granted has longer validity and permits multiple entries. Eligible nationals visiting for tourism/leisure, medical, or business purposes have the privilege to apply for an Indian visa online and have their visa granted digitally. The passport will get stamped with the visa upon arrival in India, at which time biometrics will also be collected.
What airports accept the India e-Visa?
The India e-Visa permits visa on arrival issuance only for arrival via the airports in Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Calicut, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Gaya, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mangalore, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Trivandrum, Tiruchirapalli, Varanasi, and Vishakhapatnam. Departure may be from any of the permitted Immigration Check Posts in India. If arriving via any other airport, obtain a traditional Indian visa.
Is India e-Visa valid for cruises?
The India e-Visa permits visa on arrival issuance only for arrival via the 4 designated seaports of Cochin, Chennai, Goa, and Mumbai Departure may be from any of the permitted Immigration Check Posts in India. If arriving via any other port of entry, obtain a traditional Indian visa.
How long is the Indian e-Visa valid?
India tourist and business e-Visas are valid for one year from the day of digital approval. Tourist and business e-Visa bearers may enter India multiple times, with duration of 180 days for business purposes and ninety days for tourist purposes. Certain citizens are eligible for duration of 180 days for tourist visits. Medical e-Visas are valid for sixty days from the period of entry into India. Triple entry will be allowed on Medical e-Visas.
What if I wish to travel to India more than once or twice this year?
The e-Visa can be used for multiple entries and is valid for 1 year from the day of digital approval. However, if you plan to travel to India and stay for a longer time, you can get assistance in an Indian embassy with your application for a traditional Indian visa.
What are the required documents to apply for the visa?
In order to obtain this visa online, you will require scanned copies of each of the following records to upload to the online application form:
- Passport photograph
- Scanned copy of the passport data pages.
- Application PDF — which you can complete from the Online Order Form You will be required to type your answers, save and upload the PDF to the form.
- Additional records as requested
Preparation before traveling to India
For many foreign travelers, India’s visit can be overwhelming at first. The combination of chaos, crowd, and culture shock is both exciting and daunting. The result can be unpleasant if you are not prepared for your trip to India. In short, tips on traveling to India:
- Schedule flights and accommodation way in advance
- Be prepared if there are cancellations
- Get your visa at least one month in advance
- Visit your doctor and take all medications and drugs needed
- Do no pack many alcoholic items in one bag, this will save you the stress of repacking at the airport
- Ensure you have all records (including the certificate of vaccinations)
- Do not forget mosquito repellent as mosquitoes are everywhere
- Take sunscreen lotion, the heat can be really unbearable