FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the eVisa India?

The eVisa India or Electronic Visa is an online travel authorisation, issued by the Indian Government under the following 3 categories: e-Tourist, e-Business and e-Medical. The eVisa is a double entry visa for the e-tourist and e-Business category and is a triple entry for the e-Medical, with a validity period of 60 consecutive days. Foreign nationals may apply for an eVisa India a maximum of 3 times per year.

All foreign visitors are required to hold both a valid Indian visa and a valid and current passport to enter India.


What are the eVisa India application requirements?

To apply for an eVisa India, applicants are required to have a passport valid for at least 6 months (starting at the date of entry), an email, and have a valid credit/debit card.

e-Visa can be availed for maximum of three times in a calendar year i.e. between January to December.

e-Visa is non-extendable, non-convertible & not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment Areas.

Applicants of the eligible countries/territories must apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. Example: If you are applying on 1st Sept then applicant can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 2nd Jan

International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket,with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.


How do I apply for an eVisa India online?

You can apply for an eVisa India by clicking Apply on this website.


When should I apply for the eVisa India?

Applicants of the eligible countries/territories must apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. Example: If you are applying on 1st Sept then applicant can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 2nd Jan


Who is eligible to submit an eVisa India application?

Nationals of following countries are eligible:
Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameron Union Republic, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hongkong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati,Kyrgyzstan , Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger Republic, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal , Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Uganda,Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Note: If your country is not on this list, this does not mean you will not be able to travel to India. You will need to apply for a traditional Indian Visa at the nearest Embassy or Consulate.


Is the eVisa India a single or a multiple entry visa? Can it be extended?

The eVisa India is a double entry visa for e-Tourist and e-Business and a triple entry visa for e-Medical, non-convertible and a non-extendable. It is valid for a period of 60 consecutive days, from the date of arrival.


What if I made a mistake on my eVisa India application?

In case the information provided during the eVisa India application process is incorrect, applicants will be required to reapply and submit a new application for an online visa for India. The old eVisa India application will be cancelled automatically.


I have received my eVisa India . What do I do next?

Applicants will receive their approved eVisa India via email. This is the official confirmation of the approved eVisa India.

Applicants are required to print at least one copy of their eVisa India and carry it with them at all times during their entire stay in India.

Upon arrival at one of the 28 authorised airports or 5 designated seaports (see full list below), applicants will be required to show their printed eVisa India .

Once an immigration officer has verified all of the documents, applicants will have their fingerprints and photo (also known as biometric information) taken, and an immigration officer will place a sticker in the passport, also known as, Visa on Arrival.

Note that the Visa on Arrival is only available for those who have previously applied and obtained an eVisa India. Foreign nationals will not be eligible to submit an eVisa India application after arriving in India.


Are there any restrictions when entering India with an eVisa India?

Yes. All those holding an approved eVisa India may only ENTER India through any of the following 28 authorised Airports and 5 authorised seaports in India:

List of the 28 authorised landing Airports and 5 seaports in India:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Amritsar
  • Bagdogra
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Calicut
  • Chennai
  • Chandigarh
  • Cochin
  • Coimbatore
  • Delhi
  • Gaya
  • Goa
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Mangalore
  • Madurai
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Port Blair
  • Pune
  • Tiruchirapalli
  • Trivandrum
  • Varanasi
  • Vishakhapatnam

Or these designated seaports:

  • Chennai
  • Cochin
  • Goa
  • Mangalore
  • Mumbai

All those entering India with an eVisa India are required to arrive at one of the ports mentioned above. Applicants attempting to enter India with an eVisa India through any other port of entry will be denied entry into the country.


Are there any restrictions when leaving India with an eVisa India?

No, there are no restrictions, when exiting India. eVisa India holders may exit India through any Immigration Post.


What are the advantages of applying online for an eVisa India ?

Applying for an online eVisa (e-Tourist, e-Business, e-Medical, e-MedicalAttendand or e-Conference) for India has many advantages. Applicants may complete their application from the comfort of their own home, without having to go to the Indian Embassy and having to wait in line. Applicants can have their approved online visa for India in hand within 24 hours of making their application.


What is the difference between an eVisa India and a traditional Indian Visa?

The application and consequently the process of obtaining an eVisa India is both faster and simpler than a traditional Indian Visa. When applying for a traditional Indian Visa, applicants are required to submit their original passport along with their visa application, financial and residence statements, for the visa to be approved. The standard visa application process is much harder and much more complicated, and also has a higher rate of visa denials. The eVisa India is issued electronically and applicants are only required to have a valid passport, email, and credit card.


What is Visa on Arrival?

Visa on Arrival is part of the eVisa India program. All those who arrive in India with an eVisa India will receive a Visa on Arrival in the form of a sticker, that will be placed in the passport, at the airport passport control. To receive the Visa on Arrival, eVisa India holders are required to present a copy of their eVisa (e-Tourist, e-Business, e-Medical, e-MedicalAttendand or e-Conference) India confirmation together with their passport.

Important note: Foreign citizens will not be able to apply for a Visa on Arrival at the airport of arrival without previously having applied and received a valid eVisa India.


Is the eVisa India valid for cruise ship entries in the country?

Yes, from April 2017 the e-Tourist visa for India is valid for cruise ships docking at the following designated seaports: Chennai, Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Mumbai.

If you are taking a cruise which docks in another seaport, you must have a traditional visa stamped inside the passport.


Do I need a vaccine to travel to India?

While visitors are not explicitly required to get vaccinated before traveling to India, it is highly recommended that they do.

Following are the most common and widely spread diseases for which it is recommended to get vaccinated:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid fever
  • Encephalitis
  • Yellow fever

Am I required to have a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card when entering India?

Only citizens from the following Yellow Fever affected countries listed below are required to carry a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card on them when entering India:

Africa

  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Cote d' Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Togo
  • Uganda

South America

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • French Guyana
  • Guyana
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad (Trinidad only)
  • Venezuela

Important Note: Travellers who have been to above countries mentioned above will be required to present a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card upon arrival. Those who fail to do so, will be quarantined for 6 days, after arrival.


Do Children Require a Visa to Visit India?

All travelers including children must have the valid visa to travel to India.


Can we Process the Student eVisas?

The Government of India supplies Indian eVisa for travelers whose sole objectives such as tourism, short duration medical treatment or a casual business trip.


I Have a Diplomatic Passport, can I Apply for the Indian eVisa?

No, you are not permitted to apply in that case.


How Long is My Indian eVisa Valid for?

The Indian eVisa is valid for 60 days from the date of arrival in India.


I am Going on a Cruise and Need an Indian eVisa to Enter India, can I Apply Online?

Yes, you can. However, Indian eVisa can only be used by passengers coming into through 5 designated seaports such as Chennai, Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Mumbai.