India Business e-Visa help & FAQ

Aid-Air experts answers visa services questions

India Business e-Visa help and FAQ by Aid-Air immigration experts
Quick Menu

What is an India Business e-Visa?

The India Business e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within India for business purposes.

What do I need to apply for an India Business e-Visa?

We require the following to submit your application:

  • Applicant Photo
  • Passport Personal Details Scan
  • Last Page of Passport (if applicable)

How much does an India Business e-Visa cost?

The cost of an India Business e-Visa is USD 25.75, USD 82.00, or USD 102.50, depending on your nationality.

You can use our visa checker at the top of the page to determine what the cost is for your specific nationality.

Additionally, there is a service fee of USD 45.00 for standard processing. For rush processing and super rush processing the service fee is USD 75.00 and USD 110.00, respectively.

* The price can change, the correct fee present at applying

How long does it take to process an India Business e-Visa?

It depends on the processing time you choose. We offer three options:

  • Standard Processing 5 days
  • Rush Processing: 3 days
  • Super Rush Processing: 2 days

* The processing time can change, the correct time at applying

How long is the Business e-Visa to India valid for?

The Business e-Visa is valid for 1 year after the issue.

How long is the Business e-Visa to India valid for?

The Business e-Visa is valid for 1 year after the issue.

What conditions must the applicant’s passport meet for the Indian Business e-Visa?

Your passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India and two blank pages.

What are the ports of entry and exit to India that I may use with the Business e-Visa?

The Indian Business e-Visa is valid for entry through 28 designated Airports:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Amritsar
  • Bagdogra
  • Bengaluru
  • Calicut
  • Chennai
  • Chandigarh
  • Cochin
  • Coimbatore
  • Delhi
  • Gaya
  • Goa
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Madurai
  • Mangalore
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Pune
  • Tiruchirapalli
  • Trivandrum
  • Varanasi
  • Visakhapatnam

and 5 designated seaports:

  • Cochin
  • Goa
  • New Mangalore
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai

However, travelers can exit from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India.

How will I receive the Business e-Visa?

Once approved, we will send you the e-Visa via email, which you must present upon entry to India.

Do I need to enter India on the exact date specified in my Business e-Visa application?

The validity period of your e-Visa begins from the date specified in your approved Business e-Visa document. You can enter India on any date within this validity period.

Do I require a yellow fever vaccination when traveling to India?

Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Check WHO – Countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination.

What should I do after I receive my Business e-Visa?

Once you have received the approved Business e-Visa, you must print at least one copy of the document and present it to the border authorities upon your arrival in India, along with the same passport that was used for the online application.

It is recommended to keep a copy of the e-Visa with you at all times throughout your stay.

How many entries come with the India Business e-Visa?

India Business e-Visa allows for Multiple Entry within its validity period of 1 year after issue. The maximum stay for each visit shall not exceed 180 days in Total.

Can I extend my stay beyond the 180-day limit?

No, the duration of stay cannot be extended. However, since the e-Visa allows for double entry, you can leave India and return right away to stay for another 180 days in Total (or when the e-Visa expires, whichever is sooner).

What business activities are allowed under the Indian Business e-Visa?

You are limited to the following business activities:

  • Setting up an industrial/business venture
  • Sale/purchase/trade
  • Attending technical/business meetings
  • Recruiting manpower
  • Participating in exhibitions, business/trade fairs
  • Expert/specialist in connection with an ongoing project
  • Conducting tours

When should I apply for an Indian Business e-Visa?

As with the Tourist e-Visa, India requires that you apply within 120 days of your intended arrival date. However, you can apply with us at any time, as we will automatically queue your order until it’s the right time to process your application.

Learn more about India Tourism

Whenever you want to conduct business in a foreign country, one of the first things you need to do is to do some research on the particular country’s business etiquette. It is just common sense, especially if you change continents. The countries near you may have the same habits and practices, although it is not always the case, far away countries usually have a whole different culture that you need to respect.

The first thing you can do is read about it to make sure that you do not offend anyone when you go there. India is no different, and it has a different culture than most countries in the world. Before thinking of establishing a liaison with a company there, you should learn some Indian business etiquette. Some things you may find odd, while others are logical because they are rooted in their culture.

Even so, nobody is born with all that information, but this article can give you the basics. The first thing you need to know is the business mentality in India. There is always one boss, and the boss in India does close to nothing if that particular job can be done by someone on a lower level. It is not a rude thing or being irresponsible but a symbol of status. That one person worked very hard to get to where he is, and as a result, he is taking a rest now. To not be confused with the responsibility of a leader. The work usually begins at 10 AM, which is a bit later than in other countries. However, some companies do try to change this and start the workday at 7 AM to avoid congestion. There are two types of businesses in India. The first one is pretty much similar to the one you are into, as in modern.

It means that there are investors and all that business mumbo jumbo. The second type is family-owned. It is up to you to which one you are referring to. In both situations, the decisions are made by the highest-ranking person. This is useful because it can spare you the effort of negotiating with a mid-level employee. As far as greeting goes, you should know that the hierarchy in India is very important. As a result, when you enter a conference room or meet some people over lunch, you need to greet the highest-ranking person in the room first. You should also start with the eldest person there. It shows a great sign of respect. At the same time, Indians value titles very much. If the person you are talking to has a title, you should always use it.

For example, if the person you are addressing is a doctor or a professor, you should always use that title when you are speaking to or refer to them. If such a title is not applicable, you must use Mr, Mrs, or Miss. To conduct business with Indians, you must also master the art of conversation. You do not have to be this big conversationalist, but you need to know what to say and what not to. Indians love to talk about trivial things like cricket, films, and politics. They also love to talk about the recent reformation.

You should do some research on those things if you have no idea what you are going to talk about. The most important thing is to talk to them about their culture because Indians are very proud of it. Plus, it will make you look good in their eyes if you know something about their history. Indians speak English and Hindu. You should get along more than fine. However, the most significant ‘no-no’ when it comes to small talk is religion. They are very tolerant people, but they do not like to talk about it. Indians also do not use negative words such as NO.

That is why you will hear words like ‘maybe,’ but they may refer to no. But they do have a very expressive body language. They may tell you what you want to hear. So, if someone says yes but their head is somewhere between a nod and a shake, that is a no. Try to notice that to get a clear answer. If you want to schedule a meeting, you should do it for one month in advance. Yes, it is much, but that is just how things work. While Indians love punctuality, they will probably be late for your meeting.

Do not take it as a bad sign as it is a common practice. You must always wear a suit if you are a man, and if you are a woman, you need to wear a pantsuit or a skirt/dress that covers your knees. Since India is a hot country, you can lose the jacket and keep the long-sleeved shirt. It is customary to offer gifts in India, even in business environments, but the person receiving the gift will never open it until the guest has left.

However, you should never give an Indian a gift made of leather or leather insertions. Most Indians are vegetarians, and they will find it offensive. Plus, you know which animal is their sacred animal, right? When you go to lunch, even if you are left-handed, you should eat with your right hand. That is because Indians think of the left hand as unclean.

The feet are also unclean, so you should never hold them pointed at anyone else. However, the head is the closest to the sky, and it is considered the seat of the soul. You should never touch an Indian’s head, not even a child’s. As you can see, to each their own. Indians may not have the most common business habits, but you know how things go.

When you go to a foreign country, you need to follow its rules and not your own. Plus, your business should respect the rules. Your chances of success are higher. Plus, you have to admit that there is nothing on that list of things you cannot follow.