Government of India has launched electronic travel authorisation or eTA for India which allows citizens of 180 countries to travel to India without requiring a physical stamping on the passport.
It is an electronic visa that allows foreign visitors to visit India for tourism, sight-seeing, business, medical visit or conferences. There are further number of sub-categories under each visa type.
All foreign travellers are required to hold an India eVisa or a regular visa prior to entry into the country as per Indian Government Immigration Authorities.
There are five high level types of India eVisa
Tourist visas can be availed for the purposes of Tourism, Sight Seeing, Visiting Friends, Visiting Relatives etc.
Business Visas can be availed by applicants for for sales/purchases or trade, to attend technical/business meetings, to set up industrial/business venture, to conduct tours, to deliver lecture(s), to recruit manpower, to participate in exhibitions or business/trade fairs, to act as an expert/specialist in connection with an on-going project.
You are required to have the following information ready before you apply for an India eVisa:
Immigration officer will require only your PDF/Email printout and validate that the India eVisa has been issued to the same passport.
India eVisa is no longer a stamp on the passport like conventional India Visa but it is an electronic issued copy sent to the applicant by email.
In November 2014, Indian Government started the India eVisa / Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) and wound up operational for residents of more than 164 qualified nations, including the individuals who are qualified for visa on landing. The rundown was additionally extended to 113 nations in August 2015 ETA is issued for the travel industry, visiting loved ones, brief medical restorative treatment and business visits. The plan was renamed to e-Tourist Visa (eTV) on 15 April 2015. On 1 April 2017 the plan was renamed e-Visa with three subcategories: e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa and e-Medical Visa.
An application for e-Visa must be made in any event four schedule days ahead of time of the date of landing and can be made as right on time as 120 days ahead of time. The visa is legitimate for one year from the date of landing.
Citizens of the countries listed below are eligible for the Online Visa India.