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Indian e-Visa

How to get an Indian e-Visa?

In case you live outside India (except Bhutan and Nepal) and are intending to visit India really soon, then you are surely going to have a dire requirement of the two very significant documents i.e. a Passport and an Indian e-visa. If you are looking forward to apply for an Indian e-visa, then presently you might be a victim of some confusing questions dancing in your head like anything! On witnessing the same, I have decided to showcase a whole guide for you so that you are clear about each and every aspect related to the process of getting an Indian e- Visa. Have a glance:


Source: https://www.e-visaindiaonline.com/

WHAT IS AN E-TOURIST VISA?

The services of an e-Tourist Visa were introduced by the Indian Government on January 1, 2010 with an intention of enabling the foreign clients travel in India without any hassle. During its commencement, the e-Visa was firstly tried in five countries. On seeing its success, later on just after a year the services of this Visa were extended to eleven countries. However, it was on April 15, 2014 that it extended its arms till South Korea. As notified, during November 27, 2014, a replacement of this visa at the time of its arrival scheme was witnessed that was none other than an online Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) scheme and on April 2015, this scheme was again given a name of ‘e-Tourist Visa’. Steadily, as the years passed by, the scheme was made available to people belonging to over 161 countries by April 2017.

There are basically three types of E-Visas:

  • EMedical Visa

  • ETourist Visa

  • EBusiness Visa

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Source: https://indvisa.com

WHO NEEDS AN E-TOURIST VISA?

It is not a compulsion that each and every person living outside India will need an e-Visa to travel in India since any one belonging to Bhutan or Nepal shall not experience any need to apply for an Indian e-visa. Also, apart from this if you are intending to visit India for a period of 90 days from Maldives, then there would be a requirement of no passport too. But, visiting India from Mainland China shall require a proper visa. If you are looking forward to stay in India for a tenure of 72 hours or less, then a transit Visa will be very necessary.

WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY FOR AN E-VISA?

Each and every person who belongs to the following countries or holds a passport of the below mentioned nations:

 
Albania   Barbados Canada Croatia
Andorra Belgium Cape Verde Cuba
Angola Belize Cayman Island Cyprus
Anguilla Bolivia Chile Czech Republic
Antigua & Barbuda Bosnia an Herzegovina China Denmark
Argentina Botswana Hong Kong Djibouti
Armenia Brazil Macau Dominica
Aruba Brunei Colombia Dominican Republic
Australia Bulgaria Comoros East Timor
Austria Burundi Cook Islands Ecuador
Azerbaijan Cambodia Costa Rica El Salvador
Bahamas Cameroon Union Republic Cote d'lvoire Eritrea
Estonia Hungary Lesotho Mongolia
Fiji Iceland Liberia Montenegro
Finland Indonesia Liechtenstein Montserrat
France Iran Lithuania Mozambique
Gabon Ireland Luxembourg Myanmar
Gambia Israel Madagascar Namibia
Georgia Italy Malawi Nauru
Germany Jamaica Malaysia Netherlands
Ghana Japan Mali New Zealand
Greece Jordan Malta Nicaragua
Grenada Kazakhstan Marshall Islands Niger Republic
Guatemala Kenya Mauritius Niue Island
Guinea Kiribati Mexico Norway
Guyana Kyrgyzstan Micronesia Oman
Haiti Laos Moldova Palau
Honduras Latvia Monaco 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 and 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 and Tobago Turks and Caicos Island
Tuvalu UAE Uganda Ukraine
   United Kingdom    Uruguay USA Uzbekistan
Vanuatu Vatican City-Holy See Venezuela Vietnam
Zambia Zimbabwe    

Maybe just in case, your parents or grandparents hailed from or belonged to Pakistan, then you ought to not be entitled with any e-Visa, even if you are serving as a citizen of any of the aforementioned countries. Thus, in this scenario you would have to apply for a normal visa.

WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR E-VISA APPLICATION? 

While applying for an Indian e-visa, it is highly recommended for you to keep in view that each and every document uploaded by you during the application process must be in English language. Also, if you fail to facilitate the same then your application shall stand rejected.

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The documents which are mandatory while applying for an e-Tourist Visa (eTV) are as follows:
1.            Scanned First Page of Passport
i.             Format - JPEG
ii.            Size: Minimum 10 KB, Maximum 300 KB

 
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Source: https://jp.usembassy.gov

The digital photograph to be uploaded along with the Visa application should meet the following requirements:
1.            Format – JPEG
2.            Size
i.             Minimum 10 KB
ii.            Maximum 1 MB
3.            The height and width of the Photo must be equal.
4.            Photo should present Full face, front view, eyes open.
5.            Center head within frame and present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.
6.            Background should be plain light colored or white background.
7.            No shadows on the face or on the background.
8.            Your photograph must be without borders

HOW MANY TIMES CAN ONE GET AN E-VISA IN A CALENDAR YEAR?

One can apply for an e-visa three times during a Calendar Year i.e. from January till December.

CAN AN E-VISA BE USED FOR ENTERING THE PROTECTED AREAS? 

No, an e-Visa cannot facilitate your entry into the protected/restricted areas and thus, for the same you need to apply for a Protected Area Permit (PAP) or an Inner Line Permit (ILP). This shall also depend upon the requirements of those respective regions. A PAP can be arranged by your tour operator with the help of your e-visa (if required) even if you have entered India.

WHERE TO APPLY FOR AN E-VISA?

In order to apply for an Indian e-visa, the applicant will have to fill up an application form at Https://Indianvisaonline.Gov.In/Evisa/Tvoa.Html

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WHEN TO APPLY FOR AN INDIAN E-VISA?

The applicant needs to fill up the e-visa application form and thus, apply for the same 120 days before his/her journey date, else before a minimum of 4 days before the commencement of your trip. 

WHAT IS THE ESTIMATED COST OF AN E-VISA’S APPLICATION PROCESS?

The estimated cost of e-visa application would totally depend upon your residential country and India’s reciprocal relationship. Thus, for some nations the fee is totally free while for some the fee is quite nominal and for others it shall be high too. Thus, the cost is too divided into four basic categories:

  • FREE: Fiji, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Argentina, Mauritius, Cook Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Seychelles, Palau, Uruguay, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Marshall Islands, Niue Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Kiribati

  • $25: Singapore, Japan And Sri Lanka

  • $50: The Countries Which Are Not Listed In The Above Fee Categories Fall In This Slot. Thus, This Cost Is For Majority Of The Countries Entitled With The Varied Services Of An EVisa. 

  • $75: US, Russia, UK, Mozambique And Ukraine

Note: The fee can be changed anytime as per the wish of Indian Government. Also, 2.5% of the bank charges are applicable with the fee of an e-Visa.

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HOW MUCH TIME IS TAKEN BY AN INDIAN E-VISA FOR ITS APPROVAL?

Once you have completed all the formalities which are needed for the application of an Indian e-Visa including filling up your details, uploading the documents and other mandatory things, you will be getting your ETA as well as the Application ID in your e-mail (in the next 3-5 days) that you would have registered in your form. Apart from that, in order to check the status of your Indian e-visa online, you can see it at Https://Indianvisaonline.Gov.In/Visa/StatusEnquiry.
Just keep it in mind, that your status in e-visa’s application website must show ‘GRANTED’ before you commence your trip.

FOR HOW MANY DAYS IS AN E-VISA VALID?

The validity of an e-tourist visa extends for a tenure of 60 days and under that period you can make two entries into that country in case you have the e-Business or an e-Tourist visa. On the other hand if you own an e-Medical Visa, then you are allowed to make an entry into the country for three times. The characteristics of these visas stand non-convertible and also non-extendable.

IS THERE ANY RISK ASSOCIATED WITH E-VISA’S DENIAL?

It is too rare for an e-visa to get denied. Here, you just have to ensure that the documents uploaded by you while applying for the e-visa are arranged in a well maintained order, and also you need to make sure that other mandatory specifications are managed in a good manner, if these things are ensured then there is no need for you to worry about the denial of your e-visa. If you have any other queries, you can directly seek assistance from the customer support team whose details have been mentioned at Https://Indianvisaonline.Gov.In/Evisa/Tvoa.Html.

WHAT IF SOMEONE NEEDS AN INDIAN E-VISA ON URGENT BASIS?

If you are seeking for an Indian e-Visa on urgent basis, you can get the same on your arrival in India. This means that you need to come to your designated Indian state’s airport and from there you can attain your Indian e-Visa.  The Visa on Arrival facility is available at some selected international airports of India and they are as follows:

Bangalore Kolkata
Chennai Mumbai
Cochin Trivandrum
Delhi  
Goa  
Hyderabad  
  
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Travellers belonging to the following countries are eligible for the Tourist Visa on Arrival:

Australia

Fiji

Marshall Islands

Singapore

Brazil

Finland

Mauritius

Solomon Islands

Cambodia

Germany

Mexico

Thailand

Cook Islands

Indonesia

Micronesia

Tonga

       Djibouti                              

Israel

Myanmar

Tuvalu

Japan

Nauru

Palestine

UAE

Jordan

New Zealand

Papua New Guinea

Ukraine

Kenya

Niue Island

Philippines

USA

Kiribati

Norway

Republic of Korea

Vanuatu

Laos

Oman

Russia

Vietnam

Luxembourg

Palau

Samoa

 

 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT E-VISAS REQUIRED TO VISIT INDIA?

Every person has a different intention for his visit to India and thus, keeping the same in view, there are numerous Indian e-Visas for the varied visa applications. These are listed below, have a look:

  • Student Visa

  • Employment Visa

  • Intern Visa

  • Journalist Visa

  • Medical Visa

  • Entry (X) Visa

  • Business Visa

  • Conference Visa

  • Film Visa

  • Research Visa

  • Transit Visa

WILL AN INDIAN E-TOURIST VISA ALLOW ME TO ROAM ALL OVER INDIA?

No, that’s not true. You cannot explore each and every destination of India with an e-Tourist visa. This is because, you cannot enter into any restricted/ protected areas such as some provinces of Arunachal Pradesh, regions of Uttarakhand, border regions of Rajasthan and many others. For visiting these secluded places, you would need to apply for a PAP i.e. Protected Area Permit.

WHAT DOCUMENTS HAVE TO BE SUBMITTED ONCE YOU HAVE ARRIVED IN INDIA?

This is true that you need to submit some documents after your arrival in India and these mandatory documents are mentioned below:

  • Your EVisa’s Printed Copy

  • Your Passport Along With A Passport Sized Photo Of Yours

  • Medical Insurance Cover Accompanied With The Duration Of Your Stay In India

WHAT IS THE BRIEF PROCESS OF APPLYING FOR AN INDIAN E-VISA?

The e-Visa of India shall be applied in a matter of four simple steps. Have a look at them:
Step 1- Firstly, you need to apply online for your Indian e-Visa in which you shall have to mandatorily upload your photo as well as the Passport page.
Step 2- Once done with the online application of the visa, now is the time for you to pay the required e-Visa fee. You can do the payment with the help of Credit/debit card.
Step 3- On receiving the payment by the e-visa portal, you will be facilitated with your online Indian e-Visa sent to your registered e-mail id.
Step 4- Now you are free to travel in India since you have finally attained your online e-Visa.

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Source: https://www.onlinevisatoindia.com/

WHAT IS THE EXTENSION LIMIT OF AN INDIAN E-VISA?

The Indian e-Tourist visas are available for a time period ranging from 60 days to six months. Apart from that, some countries are also allowed the e-visa to be approximately 10 years and these include Japan, Chile, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Spain, Iceland, Brazil etc. However, converting your Indian e-Visa into any other type of e-Visa is not possible.
Visiting India and exploring its unheard places is the best activity a traveller can ever indulge in! Also, applying for an Indian e-Visa is too easy now. What are you waiting for? Pack your backpacks and head towards the most fascinating trip to the ravishing lands of India.

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