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 in 2018.
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?
Yes, they will need a visa. To apply online with eVisa, go to iVisa.com´s website. To check the requirements, click here.
What is the 10 year Indian visa for us citizens?
The 10 year India tourist visa is valid for 10 years. This does not mean that you can reside in India for 10 years, rather the visa grants a US citizen multiple entry for 10 years. The maximum amount of time a US citizen can reside in India with the 10 year visa is 6 months. It would also be good to check the 5 year Indian eVisa which is also good for Multiple Entry.
What are the 10 year Indian visa fees for a US citizen?
The 10 year Indian visa is cost is comprable to the 5 year Indian Tourist eVisa which can be purchased for USD 86.00, and includes the service fee.
Which visa types are there for US citizens wishing to go to India?
There are these types of visas:
- Tourist eVisa.
- Business eVisa.
- Medical eVisa.
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 Visa 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 to US Citizens. Before your trip you need to apply and obtain your visa, US citizens who arrive in India without a valid visa will not be allowed to enter.
How long can US citizens stay in India?
180 days in Total. The India Tourist Visa is valid for 1 year after issued and grants Multiple Entry.
Can I get a long term Indian visa?
Yes, those who wish to stay longer then 180 days in Total typically apply for an Employment or Student Visa. For Long term stays that are less than 180 days in Total can apply for a India Tourist Visa.
What do I need to apply for an India Tourist eVisa?
We require the following to submit your application:
Applicant Photo Passport Personal Details Scan Last Page of Passport (if applicable) National ID Card (Tazkira) (if applicable) Selfie holding the physical credit card used for the transaction is needed to verify payment. Only the last 4 digits of the credit card must be visible in the picture. Only one image is needed per order. (if applicable)
Passport Personal Details Scan
Last Page of Passport (if applicable)
National ID Card (Tazkira) (if applicable)
Selfie holding the physical credit card used for the transaction is needed to verify payment. Only the last 4 digits of the credit card must be visible in the picture. Only one image is needed per order. (if applicable)
How Much Is the India Visa Fee?
A tourist visa for India can be bought for as low as USD 86.00 for US Citizens which includes all the service fees. There are also USD 86.00 and USD 86.00 options which have faster processing times.
If ordering through iVisa.com, the price of your eVisa will depend on the processing time you choose between these options:
- Standard processing – 15 days. Because it is the cheapest option, most applicants go for standard. It only costs USD 86.00 (service fees included).
- Rush processing – 3 days. The cost goes a bit higher than with the previous option. You will be charged USD 86.00 (service fees included).
- Super Rush processing time – 2 days. As you can expect, the price goes even higher. This option will cost you USD 86.00 (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 to apply for an India visa in the USA?
To apply for an Indian visa in the USA you will need the applicant photo, and a scan of the passport personal details section. The form we provide is broken down into three easy steps, and if you are in need of help, iVisa.com’s awesome support service will take your call 24/7 and will guide you through the process.
1.Complete your application form online (it will take you less than 5 minutes).
2.Complete all your info and upload your 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.
3.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 email inbox in the timeframe you chose. It is as simple as that.
How can I get an Indian Visa for a US citizen minor?
To get an Indian visa for a US citizen minor you will need the applicant photo, and a scan of the passport personal details section. You can apply for the Tourist eVisa online and a visa expert will be available to walk you through the process if needed.
What happens after I have applied?
You just need to wait for your India Tourist Visa 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 eVisa, we can simply email you the document again or you can find it in our customer area.
What are the points of entry when I use this eVisa?
Note that you can enter India with the tourist eVisa only through 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 & Visakhapatnam)
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 eVisa by email. Please check your spam folder if you have not received it.
If you applied on our site then you can log in 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.
What 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.com to get my India Tourist eVisa?
With iVisa.com, 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.
I have more unresolved questions, where can I find more info?
Shashwat Jindal is the co-author of this article. He is the founder of Jindal Solicitors and Associates and is registered with the Bar Council of India. He is also giving his NCA Exams and soon will be a licensed legal practitioner in Canada as well. Other than his legal practice, he is also involved various philanthropic activities and is involved in the education of underprivileged children in India. Shashwat's also specialises in providing expert legal support services to law firms and corporates in various countries including the United States and Canada.