How to apply for Indian Visa Online - E-Visa Application? Demystifying myths and clarifying how it is so easy to apply for Indian visa. 0
November 27, 2014, was a stepping stone for India as it adopted the electronic transport authorization (ETA) facility, also known as ‘ETA’. The e-visa is being used for travel/tourism, business, and medical purposes. ETA was a big relief if you compare to the regular visa which was offered through the Indian embassy visit of the Indian government in the respective country.
Later in 2015, the ETA name was changed to eTV. Again in 2017, eTV was renamed to e-visa. As known, the Government Of India previously used the paper rather lengthy visa facility wherein, one would have to apply for an Indian Visa and would be approved for the same in 14-15 days from the date of application. Whereas, an e-visa, one has to apply for an Indian Visa and will be approved within 3-4 business/working days.
The process of online visa application form is even more simplified and quicker to have accessibility to. In this process, everything is carried out online. While applying for an e-Visa, there is no necessity to provide your passport or other personal documents to the authority. Your e-Visa approval will be electronically forwarded to you prior to your departure to India. At the immigration level, your actual visa will be given to you inside your passport (validity should be at least 6 months). Applications must be made no less than 4 days or no more than 30 days prior to the date of the visit.
WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS DURATIONS OF INDIAN E-VISA DEPENDING ON PURPOSE OF VISIT?
Initially, please note let us clarify what are various durations for e-visa and how it make you travel to India easy. There are one-month, one-year and five-year e-visas applicable in India.
One-month e-Tourist Visa: The one month that is 30 days’ e-visa will be valid 30 days from the date of approval of the ETA. Once you have arrived in India, you can stay in the country for a period of 30 days. This facility allows tourists, a double-entry within these 30 days of their travel.
One-year e-Tourist Visa: The one-year e-visa is having a validity of 12 months’ time from the day of approval or grant from the ETA. this one-year e-visa provides a facility of multiple entries in India for one years’ time.
Five-year e-Tourist Visa: The five-year or 60 months e-visa will have its validity from the date of approval by the ETA. It permits multiple entries in the country until the five-years duration. The five-years e-visa can be used for a stay up to 90 days during each visit in India. For the countries of the US, UK, Japan, and Canada, the continuous stay cannot exceed 180 days during each visit in India.
WHAT ARE THE FEES DURING PEAK AND OFF-SEASON PERIOD?
The charges to be paid for the e-visa vary during both these periods of the year. During the peak season, one will have to pay the entire fee for an e-visa of India. While during the off-season, a discounted fee is applicable depending on the period of your stay in India. The off-season is usually in the months from April through June and the remainder of the year is accounted for the peak-season.
One-month e-tourist visa *(April to June) *- $10
One-month e-Tourist Visa (Remainder of the year): $25
One-year e-Tourist Visa: $40.
Five-year e-Tourist Visa: $80.
Japanese citizens only pay $25 for one-year and five-year e-Tourist visas. The fees for other types of e-visas are as follows:
$100 Citizens of the US, UK, Russia, Ukraine, and Mozambique.
$80: Citizens of the majority of countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
$25: Citizens of Japan, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.
1. HOW DOES THE INDIA E-VISA WORK?
The Indian e-Visa can be issued for a couple of entries for visits with a duration of up to 90 days from the date of your entry for tourism or 180 days from the date of your entry for business purposes. Canada, Japan, UK, and USA Nationals are allowed to stay up to 180 days for tourism purposes.
2. WHO CAN APPLY FOR AN INDIAN E-VISA ONLINE?
Every citizen of 161 countries including Austria is eligible to apply for an India Visa Online (e-Visa). If travelers or their family members were born in Pakistan or had Pakistani Nationality, then they are not allowed or eligible for an Indian e-Visa. They must apply for a traditional visa.
3. WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA TO APPLY FOR AN INDIAN E-VISA ONLINE?
Citizens planning to apply for an e-visa from qualified countries must apply 4 days prior to the arrival date with a 180-days window.
For Pakistani passport holders, an electronic visa facility is not available rather applicable online. For that purpose, it should be carried out by the local embassy/consulate.
Online visa facilities can be obtained only through a passport. Travel documents are not required.
For diplomatic/official passport holders, this facility is not available/applicable.
For a single passport, only a single application can be submitted.
Children traveling on their family members’ passports is not applicable.
For Sri Lankan and Chinese citizens, the visa approved time is not applicable.
For all eligible countries mentioned, visa delivery time is 5 business days (urgent) and for 10 days in the normal processing time period.
4. HOW TO APPLY FOR AN INDIAN E-VISA THROUGH OFFICIAL INDIAN GOVERMENT SITE?
Step 1: Apply online (Upload Photo - With a white background and Passport Page)
Step 2: Pay the e-Visa fee online (Make use of Credit/Debit card/ Payment Wallet)
Step 3: Receive ETA online (Electronic Travel Authorization will be sent through a mail within 3-5 working days).
Step 4: Fly to India (Print ETA and present at Immigration Check Post where eVisa will be stamped on passport and biometric information that is scanned fingerprints will be taken).
ADVICE/TIP FOR E-VISA
The Government Of India has no provision for charging of any emergency or additional fees for grant of any emergency/express e-visa. Also, e-visa is admissible only for:
e-Medical Attendant Visa
Also, a separate visa exists for diplomatic/official passport holders.
5. WHAT IS INDIAN BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION?
The BoI was introduced in India in 1971, to set up the immigration procedure in the country. There are 86 Immigration check posts altogether in India. To strengthen this system, a modernization program viz. Mission Mode Project on Immigration, Visa Foreigners’ Registration, and Tracking (IVFRT) have been undertaken. Under this project, all the Indian missions, immigration check posts, FRRO/FRO offices are computerized or made advanced.
APPLY FOR INDIAN VISA:
All foreign nationals visiting India must possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa received from an Indian Mission or Post abroad.
In order to make an application for Indian e-visa, apply for the same through an online application. The physical copy of the application form on completion (after submission) is to be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to the Indian Mission/Post on the date of the interview along with other required/supporting documents.
The foreigners arriving in India are required to fill Arrival Cards only. Indians have to fill Departure Cards at the time of Departure.
The following information is necessary/required to be provided by the passengers, in these cards:
Date Of Birth
Address in India
Flight Number, Date Of Arrival/Date Of Boarding
Nationals of Nepal, Bhutan do not require Visa to enter India. However, they will require a visa if entering India from China. Citizens of Myanmar visiting India for a period of up to 90 days (Tourism entry), are exempt from the requirement of Visa (as a special case), provided that he/she holds a valid passport issued by the Govert of Maldives. This period of 90 days will include any prior stay of the citizen on Tourist Visa Sticker in India for 6 months preceding the date of his/her entry. A Maldivian citizen wanting to stay for a period of more than 90 days, shall apply for a visa.
Passengers carrying the Life Long Indian “U” Visa Sticker along with their new passport are allowed entry in India (Except Citizens of Bangladesh and Pakistan).
PERSONS OF INDIAN ORIGIN (PIO)
Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders shall be deemed to be Overseas Citizens of India Cardholder. Please note Indian passport holder are not considered PIO. All PIO cardholders having PIO cards (as on 09/01/2015) are advised to convert their PIO cards to OCI card.
The machine-readable electronic document is mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
If during the meantime, you are notified by the ICAO about a deadline (Making hand written PIO invalid, then PIO cardholders will have to obtain an appropriate visa from Indian Missions if you have not converted your card to OCI from PIO.
6. WHICH AIRPORTS ACCEPT ELECTRONIC VISA (E-VISA/INDIAN ONLINE VISA) IN INDIA?
The Indian e-visa allows for a visa only on arrival issuance only for arrival through the airports in Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Port Blair, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Vishakhapatnam, and Varanasi. If you happen to arrive from any other airport, obtain a traditional Indian Visa.
7. CAN INDIAN E-VISA BE USED FOR SEAPORTS/CRUISES?
There are 5 designated seaports in India that allow Indian e-visa, Chennai, Cochin, Goa, Mumbai, and Mangalore. Otherwise, obtain a traditional Indian visa. Departure is allowed from any of the Immigration Check Posts (ICPs).
8. IF TRAVELING BY LAND:
If you are traveling by land and not from the mentioned seaports or airports, then you must possess or hold a traditional Indian Visa on arrival.
9. WHAT IS THE DURATION OR VALIDITY OF AN INDIAN E-VISA?
Indian e-visas are valid for one year from the date of electronic approval. The business and tourist e-visas can visit India multiple times with a stay period of up to 90 days (Tourism purpose) and 180 days (Business Purposes). There are certain nationalities which allow you 180 days of stay for tourism. You can check your eligibility after registering. Medical e-visas are permitted a stay of up to 60 days and a triple entry to India.
10. IF YOU WANT TO VISIT INDIA MORE THAN ONCE A YEAR, WHAT CAN BE DONE?
An Indian e-visa is valid for one year with multiple entries within the year. However, if you want to stay in India for a longer period of time, you can apply for a traditional Indian Visa.
11. WHAT ARE THE FEES?
Some countries have their visas free of cost, while different countries have a different fee structure for the e-visa. Citizens of the following countries are permitted free visas: Argentina, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Niue Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay, and Vanuatu.
12. IF AN EXTENSION FOR THE USE OF YOUR E-VISA IS NEEDED, CAN IT BE DONE?
No, you cannot extend your Indian e-visa for further use of the same.
13. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INDIAN E-VISA AND A TRADITIONAL VISA?
If in India, you must hold either of the two valid visas.
A traditional visa is received through an application process where the traveler is required to submit their original passport along with other required or supporting documents so that it is effective in getting the application approved. The traditional visa is stamped inside the passport. While the process itself takes longer and requires more paperwork. The visa issued has a longer validity and allows multiple entries.
Eligible citizens traveling for tourism, business, or medical purposes have the option to apply for an Indian visa online and have their visa granted electronically over the email. The visa will then get stamped in the passport upon arrival in India. You will also be required to give your biometric information (Fingerprints) on arrival.
14. CAN INDIAN E-VISAS BE ISSUED AT THE AIRPORT ON ARRIVAL?
No, it is not possible to apply for an e-visa at the airport on arrival. All visas need to be issued prior to your arrival.
15. WILL THE FEES BE REFUNDED ON CANCELLING THE ONLINE ORDER OR BEING REJECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT?
No, once your application is in process, the fees are non-refundable.
16. WHAT ARE THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY E-VISA INDIA?
Customer Care of India electronic visa (e--visa) is available 24x7 on phone as well as on mail.
The maximum processing time is 4-7 days.
17. WHY E-VISA INDIA IS THE BEST TO CHOOSE?
Initially, it is a complete online procedure. There is no requirement for paperwork to be done. It is hassle-free.
E-visa India is applicable to several seaports and nationalities for air. This makes it convenient.
It is the quickest and most reliable method to get an Indian Visa. This makes it even more accessible.
According to the latest updates, three types of tourist e-visas can be issued: 1 month, 1 year, 5 years. The one-month e-visa permits 2 entries. The one-year and five-year e-visa permits multiple entries on several conditions which include, limitations to the duration of continuous stay.
Also, the charges of one-year e-visas have been reduced. Along with this, the new charges of the one-month e-visa have been reduced during the off-peak summer months (April - June).
Country/Territory Wise e-Visa Fee in USD (e-Business, e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant and e-Conference Visa)
Anguilla - 80
Antigua & Barbuda - 80
Argentina - 00
Armenia - 80
Aruba - 80
Australia - 80
Austria - 80
Azerbaijan - 80
Bahamas - 80
Barbados - 80
Belarus - 80
Belgium - 80
Belize - 80
Bolivia - 80
Benin - 100
Bosnia & Herzegovina - 80
Botswana - 80
Brazil - 80
Brunei - 80
Bulgaria - 80
Burundi - 80
Cambodia - 80
Cameroon Republic - 80
Canada - 80
Cape Verde - 80
Cayman Island - 80
Chile - 80
China - 80
China - Macau - 80
China- Sar Hongkong - 80
Colombia - 80
Comoros - 80
Cook Islands - 00
Costa Rica - 80
Cote D'Ivoire - 80
Croatia - 80
Cuba - 80
Cyprus - 80
The Czech Republic - 80
Denmark - 80
Dominica - 80
Dominican Republic - 80
East Timor - 80
Ecuador - 80
El Salvador - 80
Eritrea - 80
Estonia - 80
Fiji - 00
Finland - 80
France - 80
Gabon - 80
Gambia - 80
Georgia - 80
Germany - 80
Ghana - 80
Greece - 80
Grenada - 80
Guatemala - 80
Guinea - 80
Guyana - 80
Haiti - 80
Honduras - 80
Hungary - 80
Iceland - 80
Indonesia - 00
Iran - 80
Ireland - 80
Israel - 80
Italy - 80
Jamaica - 00
Japan - 25
Jordan - 80
Kazakhstan - 80
Kenya - 80
Kiribati - 00
Kyrgyzstan - 80
Laos - 80
Latvia - 80
Lesotho - 80
Liberia - 80
Liechtenstein - 80
Lithuania - 80
Luxembourg - 80
Macedonia - 80
Madagascar - 80
Malawi - 80
Malaysia - 80
Mali - 80
Malta - 80
Marshall Islands - 00
Mauritius - 00
Mexico - 80
Micronesia - 00
Moldova - 80
Monaco - 80
Mongolia - 80
Montenegro - 80
Montserrat - 80
Mozambique - 100
Myanmar - 00
Namibia - 80
Nauru - 00
Netherlands - 80
New Zealand - 80
Nicaragua - 80
Niger Republic - 80
Niue Island - 00
Norway - 80
Oman - 80
Palau - 00
Palestine - 80
Panama - 80
Papua New Guinea - 00
Paraguay - 80
Peru - 80
Philippines - 80
Poland - 80
Portugal - 80
Qatar - 80
Republic Of Korea - 80
Romania - 80
Russia - 100
Rwanda - 80
Saint Christopher And Nevis - 80
Saint Lucia - 80
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines - 80
Samoa - 00
San Marino - 80
Saudi Arabia - 80
Senegal - 80
Serbia - 80
Seychelles - 00
Sierra Leone - 80
Singapore - 25
Slovakia - 80
Slovenia - 80
Solomon Islands - 00
South Africa - 00
Spain - 80
Sri Lanka - 25
Suriname - 80
Swaziland - 80
Sweden - 80
Switzerland - 80
Taiwan - 80
Tajikistan - 80
Tanzania - 80
Thailand - 80
Tonga - 00
Trinidad And Tobago - 80
Turks And Caicos Isl - 80
Tuvalu - 00
Uganda - 80
Ukraine - 100
United Arab Emirates - 80
United Kingdom - 100
United States Of America - 100
Uruguay - 00
Uzbekistan - 80
Vanuatu - 00
Vatican City - Holy See - 80
Venezuela - 80
Vietnam - 80
Zambia - 80
Zimbabwe - 80
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