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| Updated on Mar 17, 2018

India e-Visa Frequently Asked Questions

How early can I apply for the India e-visa?

The Online Visa for India can be issued as soon as 120 days prior to the trip and no later than 4 days prior to departure.

If you will apply more than 120 days before your arrival date in India then we will place your order on hold.

This is how the process works:

  1. You submit a pre-application that takes no more than 5 minutes. You can do this as early as today.

  2. We send you a unique link to complete a comprehensive form. This form takes about 5-10 minutes to complete and you can save the status and come back if you need to. You can complete this form as early as today.

  3. eTourist Visas for India can ONLY be used to enter India through the following 24 airports: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh,Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi. And 3 seaports: Cochin, Goa and Mangalore

  4. The visa can be processed online 4 days in advance of your arrival date to India and has a window for arrival of 120 days. This means that if you apply for your visa on the 1st of September then your arrival date will be from the 5th of September to the 2nd of January.

This is very convenient since you can take care of the paperwork today and we will take care of everything else from that moment.

You can get more info about apply for the India e-visa here:

How much is the service charge for the India visa application?

The service charge for the Indian E-Visa online application is between $20 and $60 USD per person depending on your nationality..

You can apply Visa for india here here:

More info detailed about requirements and procedures about a Visa for india is able here:

I have not received my Indian e-visa yet. How can I retrieve it?

REMEMBER - We always send you your India e-visa by email within 1 business day and usually sooner. Please check your spam folder if you have not received it.

If you applied on our site then you can LOGIN to your online account generated automatically for you after applying for your India Visa online.

All you need to do is to sign in and setup a password so that you can access your account online OR if needed you may also reset your passport here: login/forgot_password

NOTE - We migrated to a new visa processing system as of April 1st, 2015. If you would like to retrieve a visa that was processed with us prior to this date, please click here: to open a ticket and request the visa or chat with us online for faster results.

If you applied for your India e-visa at the government website, please visit that site directly to retrieve your visa

What does the Indian Visa look like and what information does it contain?

The Indian Visa has a unique barcode that is linked to your passport number.

Remember to make sure that all your data is entered correctly before submitting your visa for india application as any errors or spelling mistakes will result in the application being void and you will thus have to re-apply.

You can get the visa for India in our web with just 3 easy steps safe and quick. For more details, info, tips and travel advices about can visit a blog´s about India visa Application.

I want a tourist visa to India, what is the fastest way to apply?

The fastest way for get Visa for India is to apply here:

We do visas in 3 simple steps:

1) You complete your application form online (it takes less than 5 minutes)

2) You have to complete all your info as well as upload additional documents. such as your passport photo and a photo scan of your passport (our visa experts will give you guidance to make the process as simple as possible).

3) Once we have your details online, the passport photo and the passport photo information, we will process your eVisa.

The whole process shouldn’t take more than 48 hours

I can not print my India visa, what should I do?

If you are experiencing difficulties in printing your India Visa, then please contact our customer representatives via Online Chat or by Phone (+1.302.404.3828 ) for further assistance. They will be able to resend your visa to India in a different format that should allow you to print.

For tips, advices and info about travel details you can visit this expert blog about visa to india.

I want to extend my visa once I am in India. What should I do?

The Tourist Visa for India On Arrival is non-extendable once its issued. We recommend that you contact your local Indian Consulate should you require a visa that allows you to stay longer than the specified time.

Too can consult updated info and tips related to Visa for India and advices in this web

Can I still apply for a visa at the embassy or just online?

Please note that this online facility is in addition to the existing Visa services for people wishing to travel to India.

You can apply for Visa to India at an Indian consulate if you wish. If you need a visa other than the Tourism Visa, then you have to apply at an Indian Consulate.

Is useful be updated about tips and travel advices that can find in this India visa blog

I will go multiple times a year to India. How many times can I use this visa in a year?

The eVisa for india as a Tourist is for a maximum of 2 visits in a calendar year.

Thus every time you apply for the eVisa it will count towards the 2 applications yearly.


If you made a mistake on one (1) order/application and you need to re-apply (second order) then this also counts as two applications, even if the first one is not used. This is very important to note as you will HAVE to apply for the "3rd" visa at an Indian embassy near you.

If you require a visa with multiple entries and a longer validity then you need to contact your local Indian Consulate for more information.

For more information visit our website:

What is the validity of the Indian tourist visa?

You have to apply at least 4 days in advance of your date of arrival to India as the visa holds a validity of 30 days. Apply here:

Thus if you apply say on 1 January, then you can enter India any time during the 5th of January to 4th February as the approval takes approx. 3 days.

Then the visa hold 2 (double) entries and you can ONLY enter India through these 16 designated Airports:

Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh,Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi.

And 3 seaports: Cochin, Goa and Mangalore. You can however leave the country from any border post. You can stay a maximum of 60 days inside India!

PS: If you arrive by boat to another seaport, then you have to contact the cruise company or other service provider for more details regarding the correct type of visa you have to get.

What does an Indian eVisa look like?

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Is the India Visa fee refundable?

Please note that the India Visa fee, once submitted, is non refundable. Be sure to visit our website for information regarding refunding and additional charges:

I have a Diplomatic Passport, can I apply for the India E-Visa?

The visa for India and the application form is only available for people with an ordinary passport who will travel for the purpose of tourism.

NOTE - The India e-visa is not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.

More detailed info about requirements for visa to India is published in this site

Do I need a return ticket when applying for Indian visa?


You need to have a return ticket or onward journey ticket when planning to apply to Visa for India, previous to the trip.

Remember that you should also be able to show sufficient money to spend during your stay in India.

Visit our website for more info: and consult more details about requirements in a specialized blog post related to visas for India like

What are the photo requirements for an India e-visa application?

Please note that you have to upload a digital photograph as part of the process for Visa to India The photo should meet the following requirements:

  • If you want to ensure that your photo is 100%, we recommend using
  • The height and width of the Photo must be equal
  • Photo should present Full face, front view, eyes open
  • Center head within frame and present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin
  • Background should be plain light colored or white background
  • No shadows on the face or on the background
  • Without borders

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I made a mistake when completing my visa to India form online, can I change or edit my application?

If you made a mistake when entering your data then please contact our customer service representatives as soon as possible via online chat to assist you. You can also call us here: +1.302.404.3828

NOTE - Your e-Visa is linked to your passport number, if we already submitted your application, you can NOT make any changes and you will have to apply again but we will NOT charge you another service fee. Contact us as soon as you realize a mistake was made!

Is this website secure to apply for the India Visa online?

Yes. We have been helping thousands of travelers since 2002 and the Government of India fully accepts applications processed by specialized third parties like us. Apply here:

Only the data required to process your application will be collected and it will be used only for this purpose, we do not share any of your data with third parties. Our payment gateway has also been designed in accordance with the international standards.

See here what our customers say about our service:

I want to know what are the authorized India ports of entry. Can I exit India at any point, or should I exit at the same port of entry?


You can EXIT India at any Immigration post, no need to exit at the same point of as your entry into India.

For more info visit our website:

Do I need to mail my passport when applying for the India evisa online?

No, you do not need to send/mail your physical passport, you simply have to take a scanned copy of the main page (page with your personal details) and attach it in PDF format to your application.

Visit our website for more info:

List of Indian Embassies or Consulates around the world?

Below is a list of Indian Consulates:

Consulate General of India - San Fransisco, CA

Address: 540 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

Phone:(415) 668-0683

Indian Consulate - NYC

Address: 28 W 30th St #202, New York, NY 10001

Phone:(201) 205-2096

High Commission of India - London, UK

Address: India House, Aldwych, London WC2B 4NA, United Kingdom

Phone:+44 20 7836 8484

Botschaft der Republik Indien - Berlin, Germany

Address: Tiergartenstraße 17, 10785 Berlin, Germany

Phone:+49 30 257950

Consulate General of India - Sydney, Australia

Address: 3/109 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone:+61 2 9223 2702

Ambassade de l'Inde, Aile Consulaire - Paris, France

Address: 20-22 Rue Albéric Magnard, 75116 Paris, France

Phone:+33 1 40 50 71 71

Embassy Of India - Moscow, Russia

Address: ул. Воронцово Поле,, 6-8, Moscow, Russia

Phone:+7 495 783-75-35

High Commission of India - Pretoria, South Africa

852, Frances Baard Street, Arcadia - 0083, Pretoria

Telephone : +27 12 342 5392

High Commission of India - Islamabad, Pakistan

G-5, Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad

Phone: : +92-51-2206950-54 OR +92-51-2828376

Indian High Commission - Nairobi, Kenya

Address: Jeevan Bharati House, P. O. Box 30074 Harambee Ave, Nairobi, Kenya

Phone:+254 20 222566

Can a stateless people travel to India?

We only issue visas to people who are citizens of certain countries AND hold a valid passport. All stateless people will need to contact their nearest Indian Consulate for more information regarding a visa to India.

Where can I get the contact details of my nearest Indian Embassy / Consulate?

Please visit the government website here in order to contact your local Indian Embassy / Consulate.

Is this website affiliated with the government of India?


We are not related to the government of India.

We are a private company that provides a valuable service to process your Indian e-Visa.

Our company processes visas for countries all across the globe. We are a travel agency that started the business because governments built poor websites and our clients were frustrated.

Our value proposition is:

1) Save you time and frustration

2) Provide 24/7 chat and phone support

3) Mobile friendly experience

4) Accept all forms of payment including PayPal and Amex

5) Accept multi-currencies 6) Easy visa retrieval process 7) Allow you to easily process more than 1 application at a time 8) Provide language translation of our website 9) Lowest service fee of private visa processors.

On our website, we have several disclaimers about the service fee. In addition, during the checkout process the service fee is detailed.

Do I need a return flight when applying for the Indian visa?

Yes. All international travelers should have a return ticket OR onward journey ticket. You should also have sufficient money to spend during your stay in India.

I have a refugee travel document. Can I travel with it instead of a passport?


All travelers who wish to apply online for their India Visa need to have a valid passport document.

If you have a refugee travel document, then you need to contact the nearest Indian Consulate to apply.

My child is 6 months old, does he/she need a visa to travel to India?

All tourist from the countries listed below, regardless of their age need to apply online for their eVisa to India.

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Apply here:

NOTE - Individuals endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport can not apply for their Indian visa, each individual should have their own separate passport.

My child/spouse are endorsed in my passport, can I apply for their eVisa to India with my passport?

No. Individuals endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport can not apply for their Indian visa. All tourist from the countries listed below need to apply for their Indian eVisa with their own passport.

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I have a diplomatic passport, can I apply for the Indian eVisa?

No, the Indian eVisa is not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.

How do I know my Indian eVisa is official?

We are a specialized service provider issuing official Indian visas since 2014.

How does the Indian Electronic Tourist Visa work

Indian eTV (eTouristVisa) are issued electronically by the Indian Department of Immigration. Travelers, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers like us around the world can use the eTV system to process an Electronic Tourist Visa. We enter the information contained in the applicant's passport into the eTV system. The Indian eTV system interacts with departmental systems to check the applicant's details. Following these checks, the service provider is advised of the outcome of the eTourist Visa application.

If an eTV is granted, it is linked electronically to the applicant's passport. If a denied message is received instead, the service provider refers the applicant to the nearest Indian embassy or mission.

The Indian eTV is electronically linked to the passport and is accessible to the Department of Immigration. We strongly recommend travelers print a copy of their Indian eTourist Visa in case there is a problem with the computer terminals at the immigration office upon arrival.

How does the Electronic Tourist Visa look like?

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Can I enter India through any point of entry and at any airport, or what are the requirements?

o. The Indian Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is valid for entry through only these designated airports.

Please see the list below:

Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh,Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum Varanasi.

And 3 seaports: Cochin, Goa and Mangalore.

**NOTE - You can EXIT the country at any authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India.

For more info visit our website

What is the difference between Airport and Sea port arrivals?

Airport arrival - Flight arriving at an airport. Note that you may only enter India with the eVisa through these airports:

Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh,Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi.

Seaport arrival is when you arrive in India via a boat/ferry/cruise ship at a seaport.

Entry is possible ONLY through these 3 seaports: Cochin, Goa and Mangalore.

I am traveling to India on a cruise ship. Do I need a visa and can I apply online?

All foreign nationals NOT exempted from the Indian visa will require a visa if they wish to enter India.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the eVisa is ONLY valid for entering India through the following 24 airports:

Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh,Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi.

And 3 seaports: Cochin, Goa and Mangalore. So if your boat arrives at a different seaport then you need to contact the cruise-line for more info regarding your visa requirements.

How long is the India eVisa valid?

IMPORTANT - The Indian eVisa is valid for 60 days only, Double Entry only.

Make sure that you read all additional information regarding the Indian eVisa validity so that you do not apply online by accident as there is NO REFUND after we process the visa. On the Online Application form you will see the validity period of your eVisa. Double check this information before submitting your application!

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For more info please visit the following pages: Visa Requirements:


NOTE: Should you wish to stay longer than 60 days then you will HAVE TO apply for the tourist visa at your nearest Indian Embassy!

How does the Indian SUPER Rush Processing work?

STEP 1; You apply online and select the Super Rush 18 Hour processing. Remember it is crucial that all your documents (photo & passport page) are uploaded in order for us to process the application within a rushed timeframe)

STEP 2; Within 18 hours you will receive an email which will contain your India eTourist Visa Application. You can use that eVisa to board your flight. (NOTE - This is the final eVisa)

NOTE- All decisions for granting of the Indian eTourist Visa remain with the Indian Government subject to meeting the relevant criteria. iVisa acts independently in the best interests of our clients. We do not guarantee approvals, so travel without final approval is at the traveler's own risk. You can check your Application Status at any time.

My visa is valid for 60 days but my entry stamp says something else, how long can I stay in India?

The validity of the Visa for India being tourist visa is 60 days from the date of arrival to India - Double Entry.

NOTE: You can stay for 60 days with the eVisa but the immigrations official at your port of entry holds the final authority on the said number of days you can remain in India - please make provision in planning a trip to India should the number of days allocated is not the same as on your visa.

You can apply here today and receive more tips and detailed advices about India Visa Application in this web

Can I leave India 1 day after my Tourist eVisa has expired?

If you overstay your tourist visa even by 1 day, you will be held at the airport and be required to pay a fee to be allowed to depart India.

Not only will you be fined but this will result in a lot of problems if you plan to visit India for a second time.

We recommend that you ensure you plan your trip so your eVisa fully covers the period of your visit. More information here:

Do I need to get a Yellow Fever vaccination?

No, but India requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.

Can I get the India Tourist Visa on Arrival?

No, you have to apply online BEFORE you arrive to India. You can not get a visa at any border post.

I have a criminal record, can I apply online?

If you have a criminal eviction, no matter how long ago, then we recommend that you apply at your nearest Indian Embassy. That way they look at your application on a case by case basis and you will avoid you eVisa application being rejected.

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