The India e-Visa is an official document required to enter and travel inside the country. People traveling for tourism, business, or medical reasons can apply for and receive a visa to India online. The process is straightforward and makes entering the country smoother than ever before.
Travelers from 171 countries can get their India visa entirely online, valid for tourism, business, or medical trips. Remember to print it before flying and use it at allowed entry ports.
Read on to learn more about the e-visa types, passport upload, and port of entry below.
India issues e-Visas for tourism purposes. However, transit visas are not considered e-Visas.
Foreign travelers are allowed the following activities:
There are three types of India e-Visas for tourism. Foreigners can apply for e-tourist visas that are valid for 30 days, one year, five years. A 10-year regular visa for tourism(not an e-Visa) is available to select few nationals.
Citizens of eligible countries can apply for an e-Visa for business online. Travelers holding the electronic visa can visit India to attend business meetings, seminars, and workshops.
Validity: 365 days from the grant of electronic travel authorization (ETA)
Entries: Multiple-entry visa
Duration of stay: 180 days
Stays more than 180 days: Travelers who wish to stay more than 180 days will have to register with the FRRO (Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office).
The e-Visa is granted only for medical treatments in India. The visa policy for India in regard to medical treatments is lenient. Foreigners with certain ailments can get medical visas on priority. Remember, the vetting process for the Indian medical e-Visa is stricter.
Therefore, the applicants should be genuine visitors for medical treatment. Foreigners have to provide a letter of invitation from the hospital in India to apply for the visa. They have to provide proof of funds to sustain themselves during the period of treatment.
Validity: 60 days
Entries: Maximum three times (triple entry)
The e-Visa is issued to foreigners attending conferences, meetings, or workshops organized by the Indian government, educational institutions, or companies. The electronic visa validity is for the duration of the conference ( upto 30 days).
However, they have the option to club the visa with a short-term tourist visa. The applicants need to provide a letter of invitation from the organizers of the meeting while applying for the visa.
If the agenda of the conference deals with socially, politically, and religiously sensitive issues, the e-Visa can be denied. Also, foreigners may not get a visa to attend meetings organized in restricted areas of the country.
Additionally, other types of Indian e-Visas such as medical attendant, Ayush and Ayush attendant, e-Emergency X Misc. for Afghan nationals are also available.
Uploading the passport is a crucial step in the India e-Visa application process. Ensure a smooth journey by following the guidelines below.
It is mandatory for applicants of an Indian e-Visa to upload scanned copies of their passports, irrespective of the nature of their visit and their country of origin ( eligible countries only).
Applicants must keep the following points:
The guidelines are as follows:
The following points must be kept in mind :
Organization of documents
Scanning and Uploading
We process India e-Visa for tourism and business. Our experts at Natvisa accept all image formats as long as they are clear and not blurred. We will resize the passport image and upload it, so it is in line with the Indian government guidelines.
Based on the selected processing option (expedited or standard), our team will send the e-Visa to the email provided.
The e-Visa can be rejected because of various reasons. If the electronic visa is rejected, applicants can approach the nearest Indian mission to apply for a regular visa.
The reasons for visa rejection can vary from hiding the criminal background to a blurry face photograph.
Note: Travelers with special, official, or diplomatic passports should apply for a regular visa.
Do not apply for the electronic visa several times. If the e-Visa application is denied, applicants will need to wait for our team’s email with the next steps required.
Rest assured, if the electronic visa application is denied, we will work with the applicants to resolve any issues.
As of now, Indian e-Visas cannot be extended or converted.
The Indian government has prohibited foreigners from visiting some areas of the country, like parts of Jammu and Kashmir, parts of Rajasthan, Mizoram, and Nagaland, due to various security reasons like extremism and terrorism.
However, international travelers with prior special permission are allowed to visit these areas. To promote tourism, the Indian government also grants a Protected Area Permit (PAP)/ Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to foreign tourists who do not pose a threat to the country’s security.
For instance, the RAP is required to visit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and part of Sikkim.
The available airports that accept e-Visa are:
The following Indian ports of entry accept electronic visa if passengers are arriving by ship:
Ans: Visitors from a Yellow fever-impacted nation must carry a Yellow Fever vaccination card when traveling to India. Failure to comply may result in quarantine for 6 days upon arrival to India.
Ans: Yes, Natvisa provides expedited India e-Visa in just two days.
Citizens from over 170 countries can now apply for an India e-Visa entirely online, bypassing the need for embassy visits. This quick and easy process, suitable for tourism, business, or medical visits, requires travelers to print their e-Visa for entry at specific ports.Options include tourist visas ranging from 30 days to 5 years, multiple-entry business visas, triple-entry medical visas, and conference visas for particular events.
Applicants can easily upload a passport scan and photograph, with some visas requiring extra documents. However, not all ports of entry accept India e-Visas.Additionally, travelers from yellow fever countries must carry a vaccination card to prevent quarantine. For expedited processing, travelers can apply through Natvisa.