In November 2014, the Government of India introduced an online tourist Visa (e-Visa) for 43 countries. This was done to promote travel to India, as travelers no longer had to visit the embassy to get their visas. In 2015, India rolled out the e-Visa program to other major world countries. In April 2017, India retooled its e-Visa program, introducing a special visa subcategory for business travelers.
Currently, business travelers from more than 160 countries can apply for a business e-Visa. Travelers who use the business e-Visa program apply, pay a fee online and receive their electronic visa via email before traveling to India. The process has really simplified things for business travelers who now can avoid the hassles of applying in person, long lines, and sending their passports through the mail.
The e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within India. Applicants will receive their business visas via email after filling out the application form with the necessary documentation, and once the online payment is completed/verified.