Good news for travelers! If they want to visit India, there's no need to go to an Indian embassy to get a visa, and that includes South African passport holders. You no longer need to wait in line and avoid traveling too, depending on your country of origin.
For your convenience, you can apply for an India e-Visa, a digital version of going to the embassy. It is so convenient that all you need is a computer or a smartphone with an internet connection to get you started. The best part is that you can apply for your visa from the comfort of your own home.
In this article, we will give you more details about this e-Visa and what you should do to apply.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I have a South African passport, do I need a visa to visit India?
Yes, citizens from South Africa will require a visa, or at least an electronic tourist visa.
If you opt for your electronic visa with iVisa, you will find the process to be relatively simple and fast. iVisa is an online website dedicated to provide fast and secure electronic visas.
You can check the requirements here.
Which visa types are there for the citizens of South Africa?
There are three kinds of visas for South African passport holders visiting India:
You can check them all here.
NOTE: The information on this article is about the Tourist eVisa. Information can vary for the Business and Medical Visas.
What is an India Tourist e-Visa?
The India Tourist e-Visa is an official document that gives the permission to enter India and is electronically linked to your passport.
How long is the Indian Tourist e-Visa for?
This e-Visa has a validity of 1 year after issued and a allows Multiple Entry for a maximum stay of 90 days in Total.
What are the documents required to apply?
iVisa will do most of the work for you, but you need to provide them a few things to have your request processed. Below you will find a list of everything you need to provide:
Valid passport – most South African passport holder can obtain a passport without difficulty, and if you already have one, make sure that it is not expired.
Digital photo of yourself – ensure that the photo is recent. You should not make face gestures in it, and the background should be white. Just scan it and be ready to upload it.
A passport scan of the information page
Payment mode – iVisa accepts multiple methods of payment. You can use a credit or a debit card, and if you have an account on Paypal, you can use that too.
But remember that these are the most important documents you should consider before applying online:
Applicant Photo Passport Personal Details Scan Last Page of Passport (if applicable) Selfie holding the physical credit card used for the transaction. Only the last 4 digits of the credit card must be visible in the picture. (if applicable)
Passport Personal Details Scan
Last Page of Passport (if applicable)
Selfie holding the physical credit card used for the transaction. Only the last 4 digits of the credit card must be visible in the picture. (if applicable)
What are the processing times and prices?
The cost of your visa depends on two things: visa type and processing time. iVisa provides three types of visas: for tourism, business, and medical. iVisa also offers three options for you to choose the best processing time according to your needs:
Standard processing – 5 days. Because it is the cheapest option, most applicants go for standard. It only costs USD 45.00 (service fees included).
Rush processing – 3 days. The cost goes a bit higher than with the previous option. You will be charged USD 75.00 (service fees included).
Super Rush processing time – 2 days. As you can expect, the price goes even higher. This option will cost you USD 110.00 (service fees included).
Click here to start your application.
How does the India Tourist e-Visa work?
iVisa handles the process to get your eVisa by using the India e-Visa system. We enter the information provided by you in the India eVisa system, then, the government checks it out and grants your eVisa that we send you by email. So, your Indian Tourist e-Visa issued electronically by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Indian Government.
How long does it take to apply for an Indian Tourist e-Visa?
Less than 10 minutes. You just need to fill in our simple application form with the documents mentioned above. Then, iVisa handles the rest!
How can I apply for an Indian Tourist e-Visa?
iVisa’s application form is really simple so most South African passport holder will appreciate. It only has three steps and the company has an amazing customer service that is ready to take your call day and night in case you need any help.
You have to insert your general information in the first step. You should be able to finish it in about 5 minutes. You must also choose the processing time and visa type. Both choices will affect the cost of your visa, so be sure about what to choose.
The second step will require a South African passport holder to review and make the payment. It is highly recommended that you check the accuracy of the information you input because revision is no longer possible once your application is processed.
You will need to answer a few personal questions and upload a photo in the last step. You may also need to upload additional documents but it is a case to case basis.
Click here to start. After completing all the steps, submit the form and wait. It does not get any easier than that.
What happens after I have applied?
Once you submit your application, you just need to wait for your visa to arrive on the timeframe chosen. We will send it to you by email in PDF format. You do not need to go to the embassy anymore! Then, you need to print your Tourist eVisa to be shown at your arrival in India.
Do I need to get separate Tourist e-Visas for my children?
Yes, every passenger must hold an e-Visa regardless of their age.
How can I apply for my family or friends?
To apply for others, you will need to have all their documents required (mentioned above). Then, you just fill in the application form with his or her data. And if you will apply for more than one person, just click on 'Add new applicant' and follow the same process.
What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?
If this is the case, then please contact immediately one of our customer service representatives via online by clicking here, and we will assist you.
Your India Tourist e-Visa is linked to your passport number, if we already submitted your application, then you can NOT make any changes and you will have to apply again but we will NOT charge you another service fee.
Is it safe to use iVisa to get my India Tourist e-Visa?
Many people think that online information leaks and that their personal info is at risk of getting into the wrong hands. However, that is not the case with our services. We provide maximum safety for your personal data, confidentiality, and we invest a lot in the security of our database. Your personal information could not be safer. You can check what hundreds of happy customers say about us here.