All visitors to India must have a visa, aside from citizens of neighboring Bhutan and Nepal. Visitors can either apply for an ordinary visa or an e-Visa. The e-Visa is easily applied for online and will be appropriate for most tourists. Citizens of over 160 countries are eligible for an Indian e-visa.
The Indian government established a tourist visa on arrival system on January 1, 2010. It was first tested for citizens of five countries. However, a year later, it was stretched to incorporate eleven countries. And, from April 15, 2014, it was stretched to incorporate South Korea.
Effective November 27, 2014, visa on arrival system was supplanted by an online Electronic Travel Authorization system. It has been executed in stages and continuously made accessible to more countries.
In April 2015, the system was renamed “e-Tourist Visa” by the Indian government. The purpose was to expel disarray over the previous ability to get a visa on arrival without applying ahead of time.
The Indian government has extended the scope of the visa system to incorporate short period clinical treatment and yoga courses, and casual business visits and meetings. In the past, these required separate clinical/student/business visas.
The point is to make getting an Indian visa simpler and to bring more specialists and medical tourists into the nation.
In April 2017, the “e-Tourist Visa” system became known as “e-Visa”. Furthermore, it was separated into three classes:
- e-Tourist Visa
- e-Business Visa
- e-Medical Visa
Two extra categories — e-Medical Attendant Visa and e-Conference Visa — have since been included. Up to two e-Medical Attendant visas will be issued against one e-Medical Visa.
What is the Procedure for Obtaining an E-Visa?
Applications should be made online, no more than 30 days and no less than four days before the date of travel.
As well as entering your travel information, you will need to upload a passport photograph of yourself with a white background, and the photo page of your passport that shows your intimate information. Your passport will be required to be valid for at least six months. Additional records may be needed depending on the type of e-Visa required.
Also, pay the fee online with your credit or debit card. You will get an Application ID and the ETA will be sent to you through email within five days. Ensure it shows “Granted” before you travel.
You will be required to hold a copy of the ETA with you when you arrive in India and show it at the immigration office at the airport. An immigration agent will stamp your passport with your e-visa for India. Your biometric information will be taken at this time.
You must have a return ticket and enough cash to spend on your stay in India.
What you should know about e-visa India?
The list of things you should know about the e-visa India:
- The one-month e-Tourist Visa has a validity of thirty days from the date of arrival in India, with two entries allowed. One-year and five-year e-Tourist visas have a validity of 365 days from the date the ETA is issued, with multiple entries permitted.
- E-Business visas have a validity of one year from the date the ETA is issued, with multiple entries allowed.
- E-Medical visas have a validity of sixty days from the date of arrival in India. E-Conference visas have a validity of thirty days from the date of arrival. Three entries are allowed on the e-Medical visa. Only one entry is authorized on e-Conference visas. The visas are non-convertible and non-extendable.
An India e-Visa is for visitors traveling to India for business, tourism, or medical visits. To be eligible for the e-Visa applicants must:
- Stay no longer than ninety days from the day of the first entry if visiting for tourism; certain citizens are eligible for stays of up to 180 days. All tourist applicants are issued multiple entries into India under this visa class.
- Stay no longer than 180 days from the day of the first entry if visiting for business. All business visitors are issued multiple entries into India under this visa class.
- Plan to make no more than three entries in sixty days from the day of entry for all Medical e-Visa bearers.
- Plan to make no more than one entry in thirty days from the day of entry for all Conference e-Visa bearers.
- Possess a passport with less than three blank pages and has a validity of at least six months beyond the date of entry to India.