How to Apply for an India Visa Online

In November 2014, the ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) or “E-Tourist Visa” (now aptly called as “E-Visa”) replaced the special visa-on-arrival policy in India and it is divided into 3 categories, namely:

  • E-Tourist Visa
  • E-Business Visa
  • E-Medical Visa

This might sound like a hassle to you, but it is very easy to apply for an Indian visa or E-Visa because the process is fast, simple and straightforward.

Step 1: Determine if you are eligible for an Indian E-Visa

There are, of course, various types of Indian Visas that you can apply for, and with the E-Visa they have 3 categories : E-Tourist Visa, E-Business Visa, and E-Medical Visa.

For this particular guide, I will only be discussing the requirements for an Indian E-Tourist Visa since it’s an experience that I’ve gone through myself. For this, you must first determine if you are eligible by reviewing the following conditions:

  • You must be a citizen of the following countries or territories (this is as of November 2017):
– 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 Hong Kong
– China- SAR Macau
– Colombia
– Comoros
– Cook Islands
– Costa Rica
– Cote d’lvoire
– Croatia
– Cuba
– Cyprus
– Czech Republic,
– Denmark
– Djibouti
– Dominica
– Dominican Republic
– East Timor
– Ecuador
– El Salvador
– Eritrea
– Estonia
– Fiji
– Finland
– France
– Gabon
– Gambia
– Georgia
– Germany
– Ghana
– Greece
– Grenada
– Guatemala
– Guinea
– Guyana
– Haiti
– Honduras
– Hungary
– Iceland
– Indonesia
– Ireland
– Israel
– Italy
– Jamaica
– Japan
– Jordan
– Kenya
– Kiribati
– 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
– Ukraine
– United Kingdom
– Uruguay
– USA
– Uzbekistan
– Vanuatu
– Vatican City
– Venezuela
– Vietnam
– Zambia
– Zimbabwe
  • You are entering India via any of the following airports (given that they’re the only entry points that allow online Indian Visa or E-Visa:
– Ahmedabad
– Amritsar
– Bagdogra
– Bengaluru
– Calicut
– Chennai
– *Sea ports: Cochin, Goa, Mangalore
– Chandigarh
– Cochin
– Coimbatore
– Delhi
– Gaya
– Goa
– Guwahati
– Hyderabad
– Jaipur
– Kolkata
– Lucknow
– Mangalore
– Mumbai
– Nagpur
– Pune
– Tiruchirapalli
– Trivandrum
– Varanasi

NOTE: If your point of entry to India is in another place that’s NOT listed above, you will then have to apply for an India visa near you.

  • Your sole objective of visiting India must be for recreation (sightseeing or tours) or casual visit to see friends or relatives. (Remember that this tourist E-Visa is NOT allowed for employment purposes and NGO/volunteer activities. If you’re a journalist or if you’re visiting India for a conference, there is a separate visa for that which you can apply directly for at an Indian Embassy).
  • You have a passport that has at least six (6) months of validity from the date of your arrival in India. The passport should also have at least two (2) blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
  • You must have a return ticket or onward journey ticket, as well as sufficient money to spend during your stay in India.
  • You do NOT hold a Diplomatic/Official passport or Laissez-passer travel document.
  • Your parents or grandparents were NOT born nor have lived in Pakistan. If they are, even if you’re a citizen of the aforementioned eligible countries, you are ineligible to get an online Indian Visa or E-Visa.

Once you’re sure that you ARE eligible to apply for an online tourist Indian Visa or e-Visa as based from the eligibility rules above, please proceed with the instructions below.

Step 2: Prepare the required documents and information for your application

Before you lodge your Indian visa application online, it’s best to prepare the following material:

Documents (In English)

  • Scanned bio page of your passport (showing photo and other details)
  • Recent digital photo that shows your full face (with white background)

Informations and others

  • Hotel details (with address and contact number)
  • Entry and exit date of your travel in India
  • Point of entry (airport) in India
  • Debit card, credit card or PayPal account

Step 3: Process your Indian Visa application online

The Government of India only does E-Visa applications through this website: indianvisaonline.gov.in. Take note that facilitation by any intermediary, agents, etc. is NOT required to process this kind of online Indian Visa. After all, it’s easy and it’s best that you do it yourself.

In order to do the application, just follow the steps below:

  • Visit the E-Visa website at indianvisaonline.gov.in.
  • Click the orange button that says “e-Visa Application”. This will open up a short form which you will need to fill out. The rest of the fields are self-explanatory; what’s helpful to note is that:
    • You must click the box beside “e-Tourist Visa“ — for the next prompt, select “Recreation/Sightseeing“ (or select the other options if it’s more applicable to your situation).
  • Once done, check the box that says “I have read the instructions…” and then click the orange button that says “Continue”.
  • The next page will show you a longer form which asks for Applicant Details, Passport Details, Contact Details, Family Details, Visa Details, Purpose Details, Occupation Details, References, etc.  I will NOT go into so much detail for every section because everything will be pretty straightforward and easy to understand. Some tips to remember while filling this out:
    • Under “References”, for the section where it asks for a reference in India, if you’re not visiting a family or friend, you can enter here the details of the hotel that you’ll be staying with. If you’re staying at multiple hotels, you can mention the first one you’re staying on.
    • There are 2 pages for this section, you can accomplish it all and click “Save and Continue” — or if you’re missing some info, you can “Save and Temporarily Exit”. Remember that once you click “Save and Continue“, you can NO longer change any of the information, so make sure you’ve got everything right.
  1. Once you’re finished with the long form, the next pages will ask you to upload your photo AND your passport’s bio page.
    • Please take note of the specifications and file size limitations (as I’ve already previously mentioned in Step #2; rest assured, the page will remind you of such).

At this point, the website will give you the auto-generated Application ID # unique to you. Take note of this. (Rest assured, the details will be sent later on in an email, but it’s good practice still to write this number down or take a screenshot of the page).

The next step now will be to make the e-Visa fee payment… which I will discuss in the next section!

Step 4: Do the visa fee payment

Confirm your payment as required.

How much is the fees? 

It depends on the reciprocal relationship of your country and India.

  • Free: Argentina, Cook Islands, Fiji, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay and Vanuatu
  • $75: USA, UK, Russia, Ukraine and Mozambique
  • $50: Citizens of the majority of countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.
  • $25: Citizens of Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka

Additional payment will reuired in some case.

Step 5: Wait for the results of your E-Visa application

After you complete the whole online application, you’ll just have to wait for an email update from them that confirms that your E-Visa is “Granted”. If it is, they will proceed to send you your Electronic Travel Authorization or ETA.

Normally, visa processing takes 72 hours

 

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