India e-Tourist Visa

India has recently decided to allow citizens of 150 countries to apply for a visa to visit India from the comfort of their own homes, issuing a new type of visa electronically. All visitors to India are legally required to hold a valid visa to travel to India, and this new system will allow that visa to be obtained much more easily. Eligible travelers may travel to India with an e-Tourist Visa (eTV) for tourism.

About the e-Visa

The Indian e-Tourist visa can be obtained online, instead of applying by sending in your original passport and documents. The e-Tourist visa approval will be issued in advance electronically, before the date of travel to India; the actual visa sticker will be placed inside your passport at the airport on arrival in India.

The entire application process can be completed online—to get started through Travisa , click the button below, or keep reading to learn more.

Who Can Apply for the Indian e-Tourist Visa?

Citizens of 150 countries, including the United States, are eligible to apply for the India online visa (eTV). The Indian eTV is for international travelers whose purpose of visiting India is tourism, recreation, sight-seeing, a casual visit to meet friends or relatives, etc. Applicants of Pakistani origin should apply for a traditional visa, not the online visa.

How it Works

The e-Visa will be processed and issued electronically and sent to the traveler via email. When the traveler arrives in India, they will need to have biometric information taken at the airport and their passport will be stamped.

An eTV is a visa for travel to India that is issued electronically. Because the India e-Tourist visa is issued on-line; it is not necessary to submit an original passport or other documents for processing, though the traveler must have an original, valid passport. A scanned copy is sufficient for the e-Visa to be processed. Simply complete and submit Travisa's online request form and the Indian visa can be processed online. Then once the traveler arrives in India, biometric information (scans of fingerprints) will be taken at the airport the original visa will be stamped inside the passport.

Because the visa stamp is placed inside the passport, this process was originally called ‘India Visa on Arrival’, however, this caused confusion since the application must be submitted and approved before traveling to India.

The Indian e-Tourist visa is generally issued for a double entry visit with a 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 traveler within one year.

Traditional Indian tourist visas can also still be issued, the e-Visa is simply one option. Traditional visas are stamped inside the traveler's passport by the Indian Consulate in the traveler’s country of residence, and these visas are valid for a longer period of time and allow multiple entries. Travisa can assist you to apply for a traditional Indian visa if this is better suited to your needs:

Travisa is a private company assisting travelers worldwide with online immigration services.