All foreigners need a valid visa to enter India. Requirements for an Indian visa may vary for different countries. Be sure to check out the requirements for your country.
For more details, please browse the official Visa webpage of the Indian Government here: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html
The Indian government has also recently introduced an e-visa (electronic visa) service. With an e-visa, you get Visa on Arrival enabled by Electronic Authorization.
For more details, please click on this official link: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
e-Visa Comprises 3 categories
e-Tourist Visa | e-Business Visa | e-Medical Visa
As of today, e-facility in India is available for 165 countries. Browse the list below to find out if your country is eligible for an Indian e-Visa.
Eligibility For E-Visa
- The INDIAN E-VISA can be obtained for a wide range of purposes including sightseeing, leisure, short-term medical treatment, and meeting friends and family.
- To obtain an e-visa, your passport should be valid for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS from the day of arrival in India. The passport should have at least 2 blank pages for arrival and departure stamps.
- You must be in possession of a return ticket and have enough money to cover the cost of your travel in India.
- For travellers visiting from Pakistan, a normal visa issued by an Indian Mission will be required.
- E-visa facility is not being offered to Laissez-passer travel document holders, and holders of official/diplomatic passports.
- To avail the e-visa, you must have a VALID AND SEPARATE PASSPORT. E-visa will not be given to an individual if he is validated on a Parent’s or Spouse’s Passport.
- International Travel Documents Holders cannot apply for an e-visa.
Instructions for e-Visa
- The e-visa (ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION/ ETA) may take up to 4 working days to process after you have applied.
SINGLE ENTRY VISA: The latest you can apply for a SINGLE ENTRY visa is 4 days before your intended date of departure.
So if you intend to travel, let’s say on the 5th of December, the latest you can apply by is the 1st of December. You then get a window of 365 days within which you can travel (in this case, 365 days from the 5th of December).
However, to be on the safer side, we recommend that you apply 10-15 days before the start of your trip.
ONE-MONTH VISA (DOUBLE-ENTRY VISA)- The double-entry visa is valid for 30 days. The earliest you can apply for the double-entry visa is one month prior to the intended date of travel to India. It is valid for 365 days. (This means that you can spend a total of 30 days during the 365 days period).
this can earliest be applied for only a month in advance from the date of travel and is valid from the date of arrival in India (which should be in 365 days time from the time of issuance of the e-visa)
ONE-YEAR VISA (MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA)- The multiple-entry eVisa is valid for 1 year from the date of issuance and you spend a total of upto 90 days in India with multiple entries and exits allowed.
- The DOCUMENTS REQUIRED to process the e-visa application process include
- a recent photograph with a white-color background.
- a clear photo of your passport’s front page that should include details like name of the passport holder, date of birth, nationality, expiry date and so on.
- Please note that if the photo and documents uploaded are not clear and legible, they will be rejected.
- Cost for E-Visa are as follows:
30 DAY DOUBLE ENTRY TOURIST VISA: $27.50
1-YEAR MULTIPLE ENTRY TOURIST VISA: $43
5-YEAR MULTIPLE ENTRY TOURIST VISA: $83
BUSINESS E-VISA and MEDICAL E-VISA: $102
- E-visa fee is country/region specific. It may vary depending upon your country. An extra 2.5 percent will be charged as bank transaction charges. Without paying the visa fee, e-visa application will not be processed.
- The three categories (e-Tourist, e-Business and e-medical Visa) can be clubbed together as well.
- Please note that the visa fee is NON-REFUNDABLE regardless of whether you get the visa or not.
- You must carry a copy of the ETA (e-visa) with you at all times while you are in India. Before embarking on your journey, be sure to see that the ETA says “GRANTED” as the status of your visa.
- On arrival in India, all travellers are required to register their BIOMETRIC DETAILS like thumb impressions, and photographs at the immigration counters in the airport. Without these biometric details, you will not be allowed entry into India.
- The e-visa is valid for 60 days from the date of your arrival in India. Double-entry is allowed on the e-TOURIST VISA and the e-BUSINESS VISA, while the e-MEDICAL VISA allows you triple entries.
- Please note that only 24 designated International Indian airports allow entry into India for carriers of e-visa. Therefore, please ensure that you arrive in India in one of these 24 airports. These include VARANASI, TRIVANDRUM, TIRUCHIRAPALLI, PUNE, NAGPUR, MUMBAI, MANGALORE, LUCKNOW, KOLKATA, JAIPUR, HYDERABAD, GUWAHATI, GOA, GAYA, DELHI, COIMBATORE, COCHIN, CHANDIGARH, CHENNAI, CALICUT, BENGALURU, BAGDOGRA, AHMEDABAD AND AMRITSAR.
- Only 3 designated seaports allow entry into India. These are Mangalore, Cochin and Goa.
- Exit from India can, however, be done from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India.
- You can apply for the e-visa only two times in one calendar year. Please note that it does not mean a span of 365 days but a calendar year FROM JANUARY TO DECEMBER. (i.e. only two applications are allowed from January to December).
- Please be aware that the e-visa is NON-CONVERTIBLE AND NON-EXTENDABLE (i.e. only you can travel on the issue e-visa and it cannot be extended beyond the stipulated time).
- There are certain restricted areas in India like CANTONMENTS/PROTECTED/RESTRICTED AREAS where you might need special prior permission to travel to from the Civil Authority. If you are planning to visit such regions, please talk to your tour operator to arrange special these special permits for you.
- Please note that your Visa ID will be BLOCKED automatically after 3 UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS. Therefore, take extra care to read the instructions correctly and follow the steps properly. You will then have to reapply and initiate a new application process. This may take up to 4 hours before the system updates and you are allowed to apply again.
- If you are travelling to India from a country which is affected by the Yellow Fever, or whose nationals are required to carry a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card, then might be kept in isolation on arrival in India for upto 6 days.