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India e-Visa Frequently Asked Questions

iVisa | Updated on Nov 02, 2022

When traveling to India, international travel document holders often have questions about the India e-visa. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to answer all of your frequently asked questions.

India has always been a favorite destination for those searching for mystical or spiritual experiences or wanting to indulge in the spicy culinary wonders. From ancestral traditions and modern architecture to amazing food and natural wonders, India has something to offer every traveler.

However, traveling to India can be challenging, but with good planning and a little help from us, you’ll be ready in no time. Start by obtaining an Indian visa using our e-visa application, booking flights, and reserving hotel accommodations and tours.

We know that may all be easier said than done, so we’ve compiled a list of all the frequently asked questions about the Indian e-visa and answered them to save you time. Here is everything you may need to know before applying for your e-visa.

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What is the India e-tourist Visa?

The India tourist e-Visa or e-tourist visa was introduced by the government of India as an official document that allows travelers who do not have Indian citizenship to enter upon arrival in India. It is electronically linked to your passport.

The online e-visa facility adds to existing visa services to promote travel to India by reducing the volume of people visiting the Indian embassy, strain on consular services and the length of time visitors have to spend at border control upon arrival in India.

The India tourist e-visa enables travelers to participate in recreational activities, sightsee, visit friends or relatives, attend short term programmes, or undergo short medical treatments including medical treatment under ayurvedic medicine etc. You may not work or perform other activities with this visa.

Who can apply for the India e-Visa?

Currently, travelers from more than 160 countries can apply for a tourist e-visa, e-business visa, and e-medical attendant visas. The type of visa you apply for will depend on the purpose of your trip to India. Travelers can apply with iVisa, pay the applicable e-visa fees online and receive their electronic visa via email before traveling to India.

Do minors need a seperate e-tourist visa?

It's important to consider that every passenger must get an e-Visa regardless of their age, thus parents of minors will need to apply on behalf of their child/children. Each separate passport needs to have its own e-visa linked to it.

How long is the India e-visa valid for?

Depending on the type of e-visa, the number of entries, validity and length of stay can vary. The e-tourist visa can be issued for double entry or multiple entry and can be valid for thirty days, a year or five years depending on the type you get. An e-medical visa holder is entitled to Triple Entry for 60 days in Total. The e-business visa is usually issued as a Multiple Entry visa and is valid for 1 year after issued.

Can you use the e-tourist visa to enter any port in the country?

Unfortunately, no. The India e-visa does not allow you to enter the country from any port of entry. You can only enter the country through the twenty-five international airports or five seaports that have been approved by the government of India.

Which airports can I enter through with an e-tourist visa?

An immigration officer at designated international airports will request you to present your valid e-visa on arrival in India. The international airports that accept the e-visa include:

  • Ahmedabad

  • Amritsar

  • Bagdogra

  • Bengaluru

  • Bhubaneswa

  • Calicut

  • Chennai

  • Chandigarh

  • Cochin

  • Coimbatore

  • Delhi

  • Gaya

  • Goa

  • Guwahati

  • Hyderabad

  • Jaipur

  • Kolkata

  • Lucknow

  • Madurai

  • Mangalore

  • Mumbai

  • Nagpur

  • Port Blair

  • Pune

  • Tiruchirapalli

  • Varanasi

  • Thiruvananthapuram

  • Visakhapatnam.

To enter India at any other airport, travelers will need to apply for a regular visa via the Indian embassy using existing visa services.

Which seaports can I enter through with an e-tourist visa?

If you are traveling by sea, you may use your e-visa on arrival at any of these seaports:

  • Cochin

  • Goa

  • New Mangalore

  • Mumbai

  • Chennai

What documents do you need for the e-tourist visa application?

In order to apply for an e-tourist visa you will need to provide the following documents for visa processing:

  • Passport that is valid and the expiration date is well after your stay ends. It must also have enough blank pages.

  • A passport scan of the information page displaying your personal details.

  • Passport photo which you can acquire through our passport photo service.

  • A payment method such as a credit or a debit card.

  • Business card copy and invitation letter if you are applying for the India business e-Visa.

  • Letter from the hospital in India if you are applying for an e-medical attendant visa or e-medical visa.

How to apply for an Indian tourist e-visa?

We understand how frustrating applying for a visa can be. So, we’ve simplified the online visa application process to just three simple steps:

  1. Fill in your personal information and choose both the e-visa processing time and e-visa type.

  2. Revise the information provided and ensure it is all correct before proceeding to pay the e-visa fee.

  3. Upload any supporting documents that might be required and submit the e-visa application form.

What happens after I apply & how do I know my visa status?

After following the three steps and submitting your application, our team will handle the rest of the application process. You simply need to wait for us to send you your e-Visa via email.

We will send you a confirmation email once you have completed all the steps. Then we will let you know once the government of India approves your e-Visa.

India e-visa processing time and cost

When iVisa calculates the e-visa fee, it is made up of two factors: the time it takes to process e-visas and the visa cost from the government of India. Please remember that the cost will also vary depending on your nationality.

We offer three processing options when applying through our e-visa portal:

  • Standard processing which takes 5 days (USD $89.49).

  • Rush processing which takes 3 days (USD $141.49).

  • Super Rush processing which takes 36 hours (USD $204.49).

What do I do if I make a mistake on the e-visa application form?

Everyone makes mistakes even on important documents. Please do not panic. Simply reach out to our 24-hour customer service team immediately and we will help you correct any mistakes in your application form.

Besides the e-visa, what other travel requirements do I need to enter India?

Depending on the country you are traveling to India from and the purpose of your trip to India, you may need to provide other supporting documents upon arrival in India. This can include a yellow fever vaccination card for those traveling from yellow fever affected countries, or invitation letters for those traveling for business.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign nationals may also need to fill out a self declaration form before or upon arrival in India. We advise all travelers to check updated COVID-19 requirements and regulations before their arrival date in India as the situation changes rapidly.

Where can I find more information?

If you still have concerns or questions and need more information, you can read more about India on our website or contact our customer service team. You can also use our visa checker tool to see which e-visa your nationality can apply for and if you require any other documentation when you visit India.

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