India is a rich and diverse country with many cultures and traditions, which makes it a perfect destination for adventurers. That’s why more than a million US citizens visited the country last year.
Getting a tourist visa for India is quite simple and 100 % online. Almost all nationalities need a visa for India and US citizens are not the exception. You can apply for an online eVisa if you are planning to visit the country.
If you're a U.S Passport Holder here is everything you need to know about the requirements and regulations to apply for a tourist visa.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do US passport holders need a visa to enter India?
Which visa types are there for US citizens wishing to go to India?
There are these types of visas:
PLEASE NOTE: the information on this blog is about the India Tourist eVisa. Data can change depending on the visa type you need. You can check information and requirements for the Business and Medical eVisa here.
What is a Tourist eVisa?
The India Tourist eVisa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within India and is electronically linked to your passport.
Is it possible to get a visa on arrival in India for US Citizens?
No. Unfortunately, India does not provide visa on arrival. Before your trip you need to apply and obtain your visa, US citizens who arrive in India without a valid visa will be denied entry.
How long can US citizens stay in India?
180 days Total. The India Tourist eVisa remains valid for 1 year after issued and grants Multiple Entry.
What do I need to apply for an India Tourist eVisa?
We require the following to submit your application:
A digital copy of the bio page of your passport in PDF format.
A digital passport photo in JPEG format.
A credit/debit card or PayPal account for the payment.
What is the price for an Indian e-Visa for Americans?
If ordering through iVisa, the price of your iVisa will depend on the processing time you choose between these options:
Standard processing – 5 days. Because it is the cheapest option, most applicants go for standard. It only costs USD 76.00 (service fees included).
Rush processing – 3 days. The cost goes a bit higher than with the previous option. You will be charged USD 106.00 (service fees included).
Super Rush processing time – 2 days. As you can expect, the price goes even higher. This option will cost you USD 141.00 (service fees included).
Click here to start your application.
How long does it take to apply for an Indian Tourist eVisa?
Filling in the application form with your info will take you less than 10 minutes.
How can I apply for an Indian Tourist eVisa?
The form we provide is broken down into three easy steps, and if you are in need of help, iVisa’s awesome support service will take your call 24/7 and will guide you through the process.
Complete your application form online (it takes less than 5 minutes).
Complete all your info and upload additional documents (such as your passport photo and a photo scan of your passport). Our visa experts will be available to give you guidance to make the process as simple as possible.
Once we have your details, passport photo, and passport photo information, we will process your eVisa.
Click here to apply. Once you complete all three steps, just submit your application and wait for it to arrive in your e-mail inbox in the timeframe you chose. It is as simple as that.
What happens after I have applied?
You just need to wait for your India Tourist eVisa to be sent by email in the timeframe you chose in PDF format. No need to deal with the embassy.
What will I need when I get to the airport?
When you get to the airport you will need a valid passport, a picture ID and your electronic visa to India. We suggest passengers print out their eVisa. If you accidentally misplace your e-Visa, we can simply email you the document again or you can find it in our customer area.
What is the difference between Airport and Seaport arrivals?
Airport arrival: Airplane arriving at an airport.
Note that you can enter India with the tourist eVisa at only certain points of entry: (Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh,Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi & Vishakhapatnam)
Seaport arrival: Boat/ferry/cruise ship arrives at a seaport.
Entry is possible ONLY through these 5 seaports: Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Mumbai and Chennai.
Can I travel to India with a refugee travel document instead of a passport?
No. All travelers who wish to apply online for their tourist visa need to have a valid passport document.
If you have a refugee travel document, please contact the nearest Indian Consulate
How can I retrieve my India visa?
We always send you your India e-visa by email. 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.
Do I require a vaccine when traveling abroad to India?
It depends. Some governments require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. It is each passenger's own responsibility to verify these regulations.
Does my child need a visa to travel to India?
Yes, everybody must apply for an eVisa before arriving, regardless of their age.
How does the Electronic Tourist Visa look like?
This is how your eVisa will look like:
What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?
If you made a mistake in your application, just contact one of our customer service representatives immediately. We will be ready to help you 24/7.
If we already submitted your application, you will NOT be able to 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 eVisa?
With iVisa, your personal information could not be safer since we offer you maximum safety for your personal data, confidentiality, and we invest a lot in the security of our database. You can check what hundreds of happy customers say about us here.