The e-tourist Visa India enables the prospective traveller to apply for an Indian Visa from the home country online without visiting the Indian Mission. One can also pay the visa fee online. After approval, the applicant receives an email authorization to travel to India. For travelling the visitor need to carry a print out of this authorisation. On arrival, the authorisation print-out needs to be presented to the immigration authorities who would then stamp and allow the entry.

Visa Categories

  • E-Visa has been sub-divided into 5 categories:
  • e-tourist visa
  • e-Business visa
  • e-Medical visa
  • e-Conference
  • e-Medical Attendant

This facility is available to Foreigners whose purpose of visiting India is tourism, recreation, short duration medical treatment, casual business visit, etc. and not valid for other activities. Applicants of more than 160 eligible countries or territories may apply online at least before 4 days in advance of the date of arrival valid for 120 days window.

Duration and service for the e-Visa

The maximum duration of stay in India for the e-Tourist and e-Business visa is up to 1 year with multiple entries. This may depends on the stay stipulations and registrations applicable for normal Tourist and Business Visas. Continuous stay on e-tourist visa India shall not exceed 90 days during each visit in case of citizens of all countries who are eligible for grant of e-visa. In case of nationals of USA, UK, Canada and Japan this shall not exceed 180 days. On e-Business visa continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days for all countries eligible.

28 Indian airports and 5 Indian Ports have been authorised for providing this particular service. The procedure has been implemented in completely online mode with the completion and approval of pre-authorization of visa in the form of ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation).

Application process

  • Apply online by uploading photo and passport on the application page.
  • Pay visa fee online by using Credit / Debit card.
  • Receive e-Visa Online. E-Visa will be sent via e-mail.
  • Print e-Visa and carry at the time of travelling to India.

E-Visa India fees

E-tourist visa India fees are specific for each country. 2.5% will be charged as bank transactional charges in addition to the applicable e-Visa fees. For a hassle-free application process, the fee must be paid at least 4 days before the expected date of travel. To know the fee applicable on each country or territory, one has to check online.E-tourist Visa India fees once submitted will not be refunded as the fee is for processing of the application and it isabsolutely not dependent on either Grant or Rejection of VISA.

Conclusion

The Government of India had launched e-Visa scheme on November 27, 2014, to make it easy for foreign travellers as India is coming on top of the list for tourism nowadays. The visa service under this scheme is being processed and served to applicant in time-bound manner and decision is communicated via e-mail within 72 hours of online application.

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