What is the e-Visa?

The e-Visa is an online visa issued by the Indian Government for citizens of 166 countries, who wish to visit India for touristic, business or medical reasons, for a maximum stay of 60 to 180 consecutive days, depending on your visa type and nationality.

A valid Indian visa and an international travel document, eg; a valid and current passport, are required for all foreign visitors going to India.

 

What do I need to apply for an e-Visa?

Current passport, picture, credit/debit card. If deemed necessary you may be required to provide additional information such as your home address, occupation, and family information.

It is necessary to supply extra information or documentation for business or medical visas.

For business visas for India, applicants must submit a Business Letter or Business Card giving information of the receiving organization.

For medical visas for India, applicants must submit a letter from the participating hospital.

At the moment of application, it is not necessary to have the extra information as you can provide them at a later date.

 

 

How long before my trip to India should I apply for the e-Visa?

 

You must apply for an e-Visa at least four (4) days before departing for India.

However, it is recommended to apply at least one (1) month in advance.

 

Is the e-Visa a single or multiple entry and can it be extended?

 

As of April 2017, the electronic visa is a multiple entry visa for the e-Tourist and e-Business and a triple entry for e-Medical Patient and e-Medical Companion of Patient, non-extendable , non-convertible & not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment Areas.

 

What to do in case I have made a mistake on my application?

 

It is important that you enter and check very carefully your personal details.

If you find out that you have made a mistake, please contact us at info@indian-onlinevisa.org as soon as possible.

 

What to do after I receive my eVisa online?

 

You will receive your approved e-Tourist, e-Business or e-Medical Visa application via email. You must save this email, as it is the official confirmation of your approved Visa.

You are required to print at least one copy and have it on you at all times, during your entire stay in India.

Upon arrival at one of the designated airports, you will be required to show your printed e-Visa and your passport.

Once your documents have been verified, you have an obligation to provide your fingerprints and photo (biometric information). Then an immigration officer will place a visa sticker in your passport.

 

Are there any restrictions to enter India with an e-Visa?

 

Yes, foreign nationals who enter India with an e-Visa must arrive in one of the following airports:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Amritsar
  • Bagdogra
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Calicut
  • Chennai
  • Chandigarh
  • Cochin
  • Coimbatore
  • Delhi
  • Gaya
  • Goa
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Madurai
  • Mangalore
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Portblair
  • Pune
  • Tiruchirapalli
  • Trivandrum
  • Varanasi
  • Vishakhapatnam

Or these designated seaports:

  • Chennai
  • Cochin
  • Goa
  • Mangalore
  • Mumbai

Attempting to enter the country through any other entry port other than the ones specified above will result in having your entrance to India denied.

Those who wish to enter the country by land or different sea or airports must have previously applied and received a traditional Visa.

 

Are there any restrictions to exit India with an e-Visa?

 

No. You can exit India through any authorised Immigration Check Post (ICP).

 

Is the e-Visa valid for cruise ships?

 

Yes, the e-Visa for India is valid for cruise ships docking at the following designated seaports:

  • Chennai
  • Cochin
  • Goa
  • Mangalore
  • Mumbai

If you are taking a cruise which docks in another seaport, you must have a traditional visa stamped inside the passport.

 

What is the difference between a traditional Indian Visa and an Electronic Visa?

 

The traditional Indian Visa can only be obtained through a presential application at the embassy or consulate. The process to obtain a traditional Indian Visa is much more complicated and takes a lot longer, as you are required to submit your original passport along with your visa application, financial and residence statements via mail in order for the visa to be approved and stamped inside the physical passport. The traditional Indian Visa allows for stays between ninety (90) to one hundred eighty (180) consecutive days.

The e-Visa (e-Tourist, e-Business, e-Medical) application online is a much simpler and easier process, is issued electronically and sent to the applicant via e-mail, which he or she must print out to present upon arrival in India.

 

The e-Visa is accepted in 28 different international airports in India as well as 5 seaports. The e-Visa also allows holders to remain in India between ninety (90) to one hundred eighty (180) consecutive days. All e-Visas, except for the Medical e-Visa, are multiple-entry visas.

 

What vaccines do I need to travel to India?

 

While you are not required to get vaccinated before your trip to India, it is highly recommendable that you do.

Following are the most commonly spread diseases for which you should get vaccinated:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid fever
  • Encephalitis
  • Yellow fever

Find more information regarding the health regulations here.

 

Do I need a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card to enter India?

 

You are required to have a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card only if you are a citizen of one of the Yellow Fever affected countries listed below:

A Angola, Argentina

B Benin,Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi

C Cameroon,Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire

D Democratic Republic of Congo

E Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia,

F French Guyana

G Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana

K Kenya

L Liberia

M Mali, Mauritania

N Niger, Nigeria

P Panama, Paraguay, Peru

R Rwanda

S Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Suriname, South Sudan

T Togo, Trinidad and Tobago

U Uganda

V Venezuela

Important Note: All citizens of Yellow Fever affected countries, who wish to visit India, must present a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card at arrival. If the traveler does not carry a vaccination card, he/she will be quarantined for a period of six (6) days, after having arrived.