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The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) is an online visa issued by the Indian Government for citizens of 166 countries, who wish to visit India for tourist, business or medical reasons, for a maximum stay of 60 consecutive days. You can apply for an e-Tourist, e-Business or e-Medical Visa twice in a calendar year. A valid Indian visa and an international travel document, eg; a valid and current passport, are required for all UK nationals going to India.
The traditional Indian Visa can only be obtained through a physical application at the Embassy or consulate. The process to obtain a traditional Indian Visa is much more complicated and takes a lot longer, as you are required to submit your original passport along with your visa application, financial, residence and employment documents at the Embassy or consulate in order for the visa to be approved and stamped in the physical passport. The Electronic Visa (e-Tourist, e-Business, e-Medical) application online is a much simpler and easier process, is issued electronically and sent to the applicant via e-mail, which he or she must print out to present upon arrival in India.
The e-Visa will be processed electronically and sent to the traveller via email.
When the traveller arrives in India, they will need to have biometrics
(fingerprints) taken at the airport after which their passport will be stamped.
Because the India e-Visa is issued online, it is not necessary to submit an original passport or other documents for processing. A scanned copy is sufficient for the e-Visa to be processed. The traveller must have an original, valid passport while traveling.
The Indian e-Visa is issued for a double entry visit with duration of stay up to 60 days from date of first entry. A maximum of two Indian e-Visas can be issued for the same traveller within one year.
Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply for an e-Visa for India: Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameron Union Republic, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hong Kong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger Republic, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal , Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe. If you were born in Pakistan, have any links to Pakistani nationals or have previously held a Pakistani passport, you will not be eligible for an India e-Tourist Visa.
The Online Visa for India can only be applied 120 days before your proposed date of travel and no later than 4 days before travel.
There are three kinds of India e-Visas for the ordinary passport holders only:
Your passport should be valid for at least six (6) months from your travel date.
The India e-Visa is a double-entry visa for the e-Tourist and e-Business and a triple entry for e-Medical visa. It is valid for 60 consecutive days, starting from the day of arrival in India. You can apply for an e-Visa a maximum of two (2) times per year.
The validity of the India e-Tourist/e-Business Visa is 60 (sixty) days from the date of arrival to India with a Double Entry and stay of upto 60 days.
No. The India e-Visa is non-extendable and non-convertible once it’s issued.
Yes. You can EXIT India at any Immigration post.
Yes. The India e-Visa can only be used by passengers coming into India through the following seaports: Cochin, Goa and Mangalore, Mumbai and Chennai.
Airport arrival - Arriving in India by flight (airport) and Seaport arrival - When you arrive in India via a boat/ferry/cruise ship at a seaport.
Yes, from April 2017 the e-Visa for India is valid for cruise ships docking at the following designated seaports:
If you are taking a cruise which docks in another seaport, you must have a traditional visa stamped in the passport.
You will receive your approved e-Tourist or e-Business or e-Medical Visa application
via email. You must save this email, as it is the official confirmation of your
approved Visa. You are required to print at least one copy and have it with you at
all times, during your entire stay in India.
Upon arrival at one of the designated airports, you will be required to show your printed e-Visa and your passport. Once your documents have been verified and biometrics submitted, an immigration officer will place a visa sticker in your passport.
No. You can exit India through any authorized Immigration Check Post.
No, once the application has been submitted to the Indian government, the visa fees are non-refundable.
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We currently only process India eVisas for Tourist, Business and Medical purpose. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following Traditional visa applications.
1. Tourist Visa Tourist visas are issued to people who want to come to India to visit people and go sightseeing or attend a short-term yoga program. Although tourist visas can be granted for more than six months, depending on the applicant's nationality, it's not possible to remain in India for longer than six months at a time on a tourist visa. In late 2009, India introduced new rules to curb the misuse of tourist visas in India (people who were living in India on Tourist visas, and doing quick runs to a neighboring country and back every six months). Specifically, a two-month gap was required between visits to India. This requirement was finally removed in late November 2012. However, some exceptions do still remain. Also note, that if you apply for another tourist visa within a month of expiration of your old one, processing may take up to 45 days as approval needs to be obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
India now has a popular electronic visa (e-Visa) scheme in place for citizens of most countries. Under this scheme, visitors can easily apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization online, and then get a visa stamp for entry into the country upon arrival, valid for 60 days (increased from 30 days) and up to three entries. The scope of visas under the program has been widened to include short-term medical treatment and yoga courses, and casual business visits and conferences. Previously, these required separate medical/student/business visas. Tourists visiting India on a cruise ship can also get an e-Visa.
2. Business Visa: Business visas are available for people to explore business opportunities or conduct business in India. This type of visa differs from an Employment visa in that the applicant won't be working for, and earning an income from, an organization in India. Business visa applicants will require a letter from the organization that they intend to do business with, stating the nature of the business, duration of stay, places to be visited, and intention to meet expenses. Business visas are valid for up to five years, with multiple entries. However, holders usually aren't allowed to remain in India for more than six months at a time (depending on the nature of the business). 10 year business visas can be granted to foreigners who set up joint ventures in India.
3. Student Visa: This type of Visa is issued for educational purposes. Student Visas are issued to bona fide students to pursue studies in recognized educational institutions in India. Student visas are granted to people who wish to come to India and study long-term at an officially recognized educational institution. This includes the study of yoga, Vedic culture, and Indian system of dance and music. The main document required is student admission/registration papers from the institution. Student visas are issued for up to five years, depending on the duration of the course. They can also be extended in India. In regards to yoga, the term "Yoga visa" is often mentioned. However, it's actually a Student visa that's provided for the purpose of studying yoga. Most of the well-known yoga centers in India will require those who study with them to obtain a yoga Student visa. A tourist visa is not sufficient for long-term study.
4. Missionary Visa: The Missionaries Visa is issued to those going to India for a religious purpose. It may take up to 3 months to process this type of visa. The Missionary Visa is a single entry visa valid for the duration approved by the Government of India.
5. Research Visa: Students, professors, doctors, archaeologists, environmentalists, and other professions that require special Visas to enter India for the purposes of conducting research are welcomed through the Research Visa or ‘R’ Visa. Research visas are issued to professors and scholars who wish to visit India for research related purposes. This is another difficult category of visa to get. It's restrictive and comes with a lot of requirements. Applications are sent to the Department of Education. Ministry of Human Resource Development for approval, which may take three months to be granted. Many people choose to apply for a Tourist visa instead, if they're conducting research informally and not going to be in India for more than six months.
6. Journalist Visa: Journalist Visa is issued to professional journalists and photographers. The applicants are required to contact the External Publicity Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and in other places, the Office of the Government of India's Press Information Bureau on arrival in New Delhi. Foreign nationals involved in field of Journalism, electronic or print media, etc. need to apply for ‘J Visa’ even if they are visiting India for tourism or other than journalism purposes. A Journalist visa is issued for three months. However, these visas can be notoriously difficult to get, so only apply if you really need to.
7. Conference Visa: Conference Visa is issued for attending conferences / seminars / workshops in India. A letter of invitation from the organizers of the conference is to be submitted along with the visa application. Issue of Conference visa is subject to approval conducting the event by concerned ministries. Delegates coming to attend conferences may combine tourism with attending conferences. Those who are attending a conference with a private organization in India should apply for a Business visa.
8. Employment Visa: Employment visas are issued to skilled and qualified professionals or persons, who are engaged or appointed by companies, organizations and economic undertakings as technicians, technical experts, senior executives etc. Employment visas are issued to foreigners who are working in India, for an organization registered in India. Foreigners doing long-term volunteer work in India are now granted employment visas (as opposed to X-visas previously). Special Project visas are issued to highly skilled foreigners coming to India to work in the power and steel sectors. Employment visas are usually for one year, or the term of the contract. They can be extended in India. In order to apply for an Employment visa, you'll need proof of employment with a company/organization in India, such as a contract that states the terms and conditions. From April 1, 2017, the rule that stipulates applicants must be earning 16.25 lakh rupees (about $23,000) a year or more has been lowered to allow for foreigners to teach in Central Higher Educational Institutes. Other exceptions are made for volunteers, ethnic cooks, translators, non-English language teachers, and members of Foreign High Commissions and Embassies.
9. Medical Visa: The Medical visa is admissible to all foreign nationals seeking Medicare in recognized specialty hospitals or treatment centers in India. Medical Attendant (MX)visa can also be granted to accompanying individual of the patient. Medical visas are provided to those seeing long-term medical treatment in India at recognized and specialized hospitals, and treatment centers. The treatment should be significant in nature, such as neurosurgery, heart surgery, organ transplant, joint replacement, gene therapy, and plastic surgery. Up to two Medical Attendant visas will be issued for people to accompany the patient. If you're only undergoing short-term treatment of up to 60 days, you can apply for a e-Medical visa.
10. Transit Visa: Transit visa is issued for a maximum period of 15-days with single/double entry facilities to bonafide transit passengers only.
11. Film (F) Visa: If you're planning on making a commercial film or TV show in
India, from April 1, 2017, you'll need to apply for a Film visa. The visa application
is reviewed and processed by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting within 60 days.
It's valid of up to one year.
Anyone shooting a documentary film or advertisement must apply for a Journalist visa.
12. Entry (X) Visa: An X-visa used to be issued to people who didn't clearly fall into any of the other categories of visa applicants (such as volunteers). However, as of mid-2010, an X-visa is only available to the following people:
It's not possible to work in India on an X-visa. However, X-visas can be extended in India, and there's no need to leave every six months. If you do stay for longer than six months at a time, you'll need to register at with Foreigners Regional Registration Office.
13. Intern (I) Visa: Before April 1, 2017, it was necessary for foreigners pursuing an internship in an Indian organization to obtain an Employment visa. However, foreigners who meet certain conditions can now get an Intern visa. The gap between the completion of graduation or post-graduation and the commencement of the internship should not exceed one year. The validity of the Intern visa is restricted to the duration of the internship program or one year, whichever is less. It can't be converted into an Employment visa (or any other type of visa)
14. Other Visas: Some other lesser-used Indian visas are also available in certain circumstances. These include Sports visas, Mountaineering visas and Diplomatic visas.