Frequently Asked Questions
An e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within India.
The e-Visa is an alternative to visas issued at India missions and at the ports of entry.
Applicants obtain their visas electronically after entering required information and making payments by a credit or debit card (Mastercard, Visa or UnionPay).
The link to download your e-Visa is given on the final step where you will be informed that your application has been completed successfully. In addition, the same link to download your e-Visa will be emailed to you. Passport control officers at ports of entry can verify your e-Visa on their system. However, you are advised to keep your e-Visa with you either as a soft copy (tablet PC, smart phone, etc.) or as a hard copy in case of any failure on their system.
As in the case of other visas, respective India officials at the ports of entry reserves the right to deny entry into India to a holder of an e-Visa without any explanation.
- Click on “Application” menu.
- Security Verify, Enter the correct code which display in the box.
- Application, Fill in personal info, passport detail and travel detail.
- Review, Please review all your information before proceed to Payment.
- Payment, Choose your payment method that you prefer.
No. Please check your e-Visa status online.
All visitors, except for nationals of Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives, need a visa to enter India.
Maldives nationals need a visa only if they intend to stay in India for longer than 90 days.
Nationals of Nepal need a visa only if they will enter India from China.
There are four kinds of India e-Visa for the ordinary passport only:
- Tourist e-Visa – for holidays, travelling, sightseeing, visiting friends or relatives;
- Medical e-Visa – for treatment in the hospital or with specific doctors in India; and
- Business e-Visa – for doing business in India.
Conference e-Visa – for visiting India for international conferences, or on certain subjects, may be issued to delegates provided they have an invitation to a conference/seminar/workshop being organized in India by a Ministry or Department of the Government of India, State Governments
Once the it is approved, the evisa will be made available to your evisa account. You must print a copy to carry with your passport and bring it along when you travel to India. When you arrive in India, you must have your evisa printout with your passport.
No, once the application has been submitted to the Indian government, the e-Visa application fees are non-refundable.
Yes, when your visa is used or expired you need to apply for another visa in order to travel to India again.
Once the application is in process, the e-Visa application fees are non-refundable.
Yes, when you complete your application for a Indian e-Visa, your information is secure and is submitted directly to the Indian government. Your personal information will be processed only for the purpose of making a decision on your visa application. Protection of the personal data provided in the application form will be the responsibility of the Indian government.
Yes, children must have a valid visa to travel to India. Fill in a separate application for each child.
When you apply for your e-Visa online you need to provide the following.
1.A JPG of the page of your passport showing your passport number. The minimum file size is 10KB and the maximum is 3MB
2.A JPG photograph.
- The minimum file size is 10KB and the maximum is 1MB.
- The height and width of the photo must be equal.
- The photo should show your full face with your eyes open.
- You face should be in the centre of the photo.
- The background should be a plain light colour or white.
- There should be no shadows on your face or the background.
- The photo must not have a border.
3. For e-Conference Visa only
For the e-Conference Visa applicants, you will have to provide these documents:
- Invitation from organizer
- Political clearance from MEA
- Event clearance from MHA ( Optional)
The following are the eligibility conditions for availing e-Visa services-
i. Nationals of countries listed on the e-Visa website http://indiaevisasonline.org/visa-policy are eligible to apply for e-Visa Services.
ii. Foreigners whose sole objective for visiting India is
(a) Recreation and sightseeing
(b) Casual visit to meet friends and relatives
(c) Attending short term yoga programme or short term courses on local languages, music, dance, arts & crafts, cooking, medicine etc. which should not be a formal or structured course/programme
(courses not exceeding 6 months duration and not issuing a qualifying certificate/diploma etc. to the participants)
(d) Voluntary work of short duration (for a maximum period of one month, which do not involve any monetary payment or consideration of any kind in return)
(e) Medical treatment, including treatment under Indian systems of medicine
(f) As attendant to e-Medical visa holder
(g) Business purpose
(h) Attending a conference/ seminar/ workshop.
iii. Passport should have at least six months validity at the time of making application for grant of e-Visa and a re-entry permit, if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant.
The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
iv. The foreigner should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
v. Foreigners of Pakistani origin or having Pakistani Passport are not eligible for e-Visa. Foreigners who are not Pakistani nationals, but whose parents or grandparents (either paternal or maternal) was born
in, or was permanently resident in Pakistan, are also not eligible for e-Visa. They may apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.
vi. Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders or Laissez-passer/ international travel document holders.
vii. Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.
For details regarding procedure for applying, please visit our website: http://indiaevisasonline.org/how-to-apply
(i) For e-Tourist Visa (01 year / 05 years), e-Business Visa, e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant and e-Conference visa, applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival. Such application can be made 120 days in advance from proposed date of travel.
(ii) For e-Tourist Visa (30 days) , applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival. Such application can be made 30 days in advance from
proposed date of travel.
Yes. Immediately after you submit your e-Visa application and make the payment, you will receive a confirmation of submission of your application on the email id provided by you while filling up your application form.
Your e-Visa application may take 24 hour, 48 hour, 72 hours or more for processing. You will be intimated about your Visa status (Granted or Rejected) on your email id provided by you in the e-Visa application.
The validity of e-Visa would be according to the e-Visa service you have requested in the application form as –
For e-Tourist Visa (01 year / 05 years), the validity would be 365 days / 05 years from the date of grant of ETA with Multiple entries and continuous stay during each visit which shall not exceed 90 days except nationals of USA, UK, Canada and Japan. In case of nationals of USA, UK, Canada and Japan, continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days.
For e-Tourist Visa (30 days), the validity would be 30 days from the date of your first arrival in India. Double entries will be granted within the e-Visa validity period stamped on your Passport. Your first arrival must be between the date of issue and expiry of ETA.
For e-Business Visa, the validity would be 365 days from the date of grant of ETA with Multiple entries and continuous stay during each visit which shall not exceed 180 days and no registration would be required if stay is for a period of less than 180 days. However, if the intention is to stay for more than 180 days, then the foreigner shall get himself/herself registered with the FRRO/FRO concerned within two weeks after the expiry of 180 days of his/her arrival in India.
For e-Conference Visa, the validity would be 30 days from the date of arrival in India with Single entry.
For e-Medical Visa, the validity would be 60 days from the date of first arrival in India and triple entry will be allowed within the e-Visa validity period stamped on your Passport.
For e-Medical Attendant Visa, the validity would be 60 days from the date of first arrival in India and triple entry will be allowed within the e-Visa validity period stamped on your Passport.
No, e-Visa is non-extendable and non-convertible.
You may arrive at 28 designated Airports i.e. Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur,Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Port Blair, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi & Visakhapatnam, and 5 designated seaports (i.e. Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai and Mumbai seaports). You may depart from any of the Indian Immigration Check Posts (ICPs).
Your e-Visa application may take upto 72 hours for processing. For more enquiries on your e-Visa application, you can contact us at help desk or e-mail at [email protected] The applicants are advised to beware of unscrupulous elements/ travel agents/ intermediaries in this regard. In cases where applicants have been asked for correct details or additional information where application is incomplete, the same must be sent immediately. If such information is not provided within 72 hours, the application is liable to be rejected.
Yes, ensure that your child?s passport is valid at-least for next 06 (six) months from the date of arrival in India.
No. You have already paid the required processing fee online. The applicants are advised to beware of unscrupulous elements/ travel agents/ intermediaries demanding extra payment.
You have to send the business card along with the details of Indian Firm/Company (which you intend to associate yourself with) for business activities.
Business card means ‘a card provided to you by the company you are working for’ OR you can also upload ‘an invitation letter from the company in India including company’s information, address and phone number in India’.
A Copy of Letter from the Hospital concerned in India on its letterhead which includes the tentative date of admission/treatment in the hospital mentioning the name, nationality and Passport number of the patient/ e-Medical Visa applicant.
For e-Conference Visa, following are the required documents:
(i) Invitation from organizer (mandatory)
(ii) Political clearance from Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India (mandatory)
(iii) Event clearance from Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India (optional)
You may be allowed entry into India on the new passport even if ETA has been issued on the old passport with the condition that you must carry the new Passport and old passport on which ETA was issued.
No, You can only enter through the designated airports/seaports which are listed on the e-Visa website.
The Visa on Arrival facility is only for the nationals of Japan, South Korea and UAE (only for such UAE nationals who had earlier obtained e-Visa or regular/paper visa for India). For the nationals of all other countries eligible for e-Visa, the e-visa application have to be filled online and the applicant must wait till the confirmation/Grant of ETA for travelling to India.
Entry by cruise ship is allowed with the ETA through 5 designated seaports namely Mumbai, Chennai, Cochin, Goa and Mangalore seaports.
Ans- e-Visa is not allowed for employment. You may apply for a Regular Visa.
e-Visa is not allowed for NGO activities and journalism purposes. However, Voluntary work of short duration (for a maximum period of one month, which do not involve any monetary payment or consideration of any kind in return) are allowed.
Only two e-Medical Attendant Visas will be granted against one e-Medical Visa (patient).