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| Updated on Mar 12, 2018


The United States is a great place to experience many different cultures. Although we’re often surrounded by people of varying backgrounds and heritages, for the most part, all cultures here tend to meld together or Americanize. That’s why traveling to experience different cultures first hand is so important.

One of the most incredible places to visit from the U.S. to experience a different, exciting, and vibrant culture is India. India offers a wealth of places to explore so that U.S. citizens can learn more about how different countries live.

If you’d like to explore India one day soon, here’s everything you need to know about the visa process.

Below are frequently asked questions with helpful tips about the rules, regulations, and requirements to apply for a India Visa for U.S passport holders.

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India eVisa Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to contact the Embassy for my Visa?

Most people still think that to obtain a tourist visa to a country like India, they’ll need to go to an embassy to apply for a visa. While this may have been true a few decades ago, there are now online services, like iVisa, offering guaranteed electronic visas that have taken the place traditional visas for many travelers. These visas are the same as a traditional visa, but emailed to you instead, for faster visa delivery and easier retrieval.

What Do I Need When I Get to the Airport?

When you get to the airport, you’ll need a valid passport, a picture ID, and your electronic visa to India. If you misplace your e-Visa, don’t worry. Services like iVisa make it easy to get a visa re-emailed to you quickly, so you’ll still make your trip.

What is the price for an Indian e-Visa for Americans?

Purchasing an e-visa is fairly inexpensive. Visa prices into a certain country are usually dictated by that country’s embassy, so the pricing is standard. If ordering through iVisa, an American will pay $77 to travel to India. The processing fee is another $35, keeping your total expenses under $112.

Of course, if you need your visa rushed, there are additional fees you might opt to pay, but they are completely optional and usually not needed.

Can I get my e-Visa quickly?

One of the main reasons people opt for an electronic visa over traditional visas (aside from convenience) is because of the quick processing and delivery times. Need a visa in a pinch? No problem – e-visas are quick to obtain.

When you apply for an e-visa to India through iVisa, the general processing time takes as little as 18 hours. Since the processing time is so quick, you’ll receive you electronic visa by email within 72 hours (3 business days) after applying online.

If for some reason, you need your visa rushed or prioritized to get to you even faster, iVisa can help. Simply apply online and during the application process select the rush delivery option.

It’s important for any U.S. citizen to get outside of the American way of life and experience new, different cultures, like visiting India. Make your trip even easier by obtaining your travel visa through

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.

How does the Electronic Tourist Visa look like?

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Can I travel to India with a refugee travel document instead of a passport?

No. 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.

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

Can I go to India multiple times a year with this visa or how many times can I use it?

No. 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.

How can I retrieve my India visa?

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

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.

Do I require a vaccine when traveling abroad to India?

Depends. Some governments require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. You can see more info here. Its each passenger's own responsibility to verify these regulations.

Is the India e-visa for a single entry or multiple entries?

Depends on the type of visa that you apply for. In general the e-visa is for double triple entry, comes with 60 day stays from the date of arrival.

Is it safe to use iVisa website?

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.

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