India Tourist e-Visa help & FAQ

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What is an India Tourist eVisa?

The India Tourist eVisa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within India and it is electronically linked to your passport.

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)

What is the cost to obtain an India Tourist eVisa?

The cost varies depending on your nationality and which validity you select (1 month, 1 year, or 5 years).

Please use our visa checker to find out the cost for your specific nationality. Additionally, there is a service fee of:

  • Standard Processing: USD 35.00
  • Rush Processing: USD 65.00
  • Super Rush Processing: USD 100.00

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

How long does it take to process an India Tourist eVisa?

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

  • Standard Processing: 5 Business Days.
  • Rush Processing: 3 Business Days.
  • Super Rush Processing: 2 Business Days.

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

India Tourist eVisa Validity, Number of Entries and Max Stay

There are 3 options for India Tourist eVisa validity.

They are:

  • 30 days after arrival
    Entries: Double Entry
  • 1 year after issued
    Entries: Multiple Entries. Continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days for countries except the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan.
    For the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan: Continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days.
  • 5 years after issue
    Entries: Multiple Entries. Continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days for countries except the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan.

For the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan: Continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days.

India Tourist eVisa Validity, Number of Entries and Max Stay

There are 3 options for India Tourist eVisa validity.

They are:

  • 30 days after arrival
    Entries: Double Entry
  • 1 year after issued
    Entries: Multiple Entries. Continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days for countries except the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan.
    For the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan: Continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days.
  • 5 years after issue
    Entries: Multiple Entries. Continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days for countries except the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan.

For the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan: Continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days.

Can I enter India with my Tourist eVisa at any point of entry?

No. The eVisa can only be used at the following airports:

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

And 5 seaports:

  • Cochin
  • Goa
  • New Mangalore
  • Mum

Do I need a Tourist eVisa if I am traveling to India on a cruise?

Yes.

However, the Tourist eVisa can only be used by passengers coming into India through the following seaports:

  • Cochin
  • Goa
  • New Mangalore
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai

Do I need to get separate eVisas for my minor children?

Yes, every passenger must hold an eVisa regardless of their age.

Do I require a yellow fever vaccine 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.

Do I need an eVisa if I am transiting through India?

You will not need a visa (eVisa or otherwise) if you are transiting through India and you will not leave the transit area or go through customs.

What activities are permitted on an India Tourist eVisa?

Visitors entering India on a Tourist eVisa are only entitled to recreation, sightseeing, and casual visits (meeting friends or relatives). No other activities (Work, study, volunteer work, etc…) are allowed whilst on a Tourist eVisa.

Can Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders or Laissez-passer travel document holders apply for an eVisa?

The eVisa is not available for Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders or Laissez-passer travel document holders. This also includes applicants holding an emergency/limited passport.

Do I need a printed copy of the India Tourist eVisa?

Yes, as it will need to be presented upon arrival. When your eVisa is approved, we will forward you an email from the government of India with the details of your Tourist eVisa.

Included in this email will be your application ID, visa number, and visa validity. We suggest travelers print this confirmation and keep a copy of your passport.

You can also have a soft copy and provide the information to the airline and immigration officials upon arrival.

Which nationalities are eligible to apply for an India Tourist eVisa?

The following nationalities are eligible to apply for an eVisa:

  • 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 Hongkong
  • China- SAR Macau
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • The 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
  • 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
  • Zimbabwe

When should I apply for an India Tourist eVisa?

India requires that you apply within 30 days or 120 days before your intended arrival date, depending on the type of visa you selected.

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.

It is also advised that you apply no later than 5 Business Days in advance of your arrival in case of any unexpected delays.

How many times can I apply for an Indian tourist eVisa?

You are allowed to apply for 2 eVisas in a given calendar year (Jan – Dec).

Can I extend my stay beyond the limit?

No, the duration of stay cannot be extended.

Learn more about India Tourism

India is one of the top destinations in the world. You probably heard a lot of people saying that India is on their bucket list. The reasons differ. Some go there for the sole purpose of seeing the Taj Mahal, while others want to go to India for the spirituality.

No matter the reason, India is a country that is worth visiting at least once in your life, and not just because of the Taj Mahal. Yes, the Taj Mahal is the largest love token ever built, but this country is much more than that. For one thing, India is a very spiritual country. There are a lot of temples everywhere, and they are not all built for the same deity. As you may very well know, Indians are polytheists, which means that they have more than one deity.

That is not important, but if you visit several temples, you will notice the difference in style. That should be the first sign that the temple you are visiting is erected for another deity than the previous one you saw. Speaking of spirituality, the temples are not the only sign. Indians have a lot of festivals and rituals. You do not have to necessarily believe in their gods, or even in one god. You can be an atheist. However, spirituality transcends that when you go to India. You may be a witness to one of their rituals or religious festivals, and you would still feel something within you. You will at least get some goosebumps and go through unknown emotions. It happened to a lot of people.

The fact of the matter is that even if you are a non-believer, you can still appreciate the beauty of Indian religious rituals. The processions are usually very colorful, and the people create an ominous but emotional atmosphere. It is a wonderful thing to witness. If you are in India, do not forget about the ashrams. They are these secluded temples in the mountains. They are usually isolated because you cannot have a noisy ashram. The whole point of an ashram is relaxation, serenity, meditation, yoga, and other such things.

You cannot have that in busy locations, can you? A lot of people who go to India visit these temples. Some want some peace, while others just want to find themselves, whatever that may mean for each person. The point is that the monks there are very friendly, they generally have tasty food, and you can experience something new. You can at least learn how to do some yoga or meditate if you do not know already. As far as the people in India are concerned, you will be pleasantly surprised.

They are very hospitable and sociable. You can even hire a local to give you a tour of the city you are in. In some cases, locals are better than tour guides because they know every single little street and can let you in some secrets of the location. Plus, you get to give some money to a person that probably needs it more. At the same time, locals are happy to welcome you into their home and put you at their table.

Even if they do not have much, they sort of belief in karma. What you should know is the difference between a tour guide and a local. A local may indeed have more places to show you, but the chances of him or her speaking English are lower, and such people may not know much about history. Even so, you get to decide what you are interested in the most. The scenery or history.

You must have heard some bad things about India as well. Some of them are true, while others not so much. One of the things that are of the utmost importance is their hygiene. Indeed, many places are not sanitary, and under no circumstances should you drink the tap water. Always buy bottled water.

You should also be careful about what restaurants you eat. The best thing you could do is do some research before your trip. You can find good restaurants that do not have health issues or that may cause you some. As sad as that may be, it is a reality, and you need to be aware of it. At the same time, you will see a lot of Indian people bathing in the Gange River. It is not recommended that you do the same. As you can imagine, people who live there developed their immunity, something that you do not have.

And the Gange is not the cleanest river you will ever come across. You may see floating carcasses of dead cows, and in some rare cases, even people. Not to mention that the river is polluted with waste. It is a common practice for Indians, but it is not the best idea for you to bathe there.

You can catch a lot of diseases, and you do not want something like that to ruin your trip. If the temples and the other attractions are not your things, you should know that India has some luxury resorts as well. You can spend 7 days on a white sandy beach with no care in the world.

The food in luxury resorts is usually good, and you do not have to worry about sanitary issues. Plus, you do not have to deal with unpleasant things like overcrowding, which is a big plus in India. Other than that, you should be able to have a lot of fun.

India has its pros and cons, just like any other country in the world, but the bottom line is that it is a country worth visiting. You can pick which parts to visit since there are no restrictions, and the best part is that you have a lot of places to choose from. It is impossible not to find something that you may like in India.