E-tourist Visa

Tourism in India has expanded a lot over the years. Every region in the country contributes something to its exuberance and splendor. The rich diversity in India’s culture is reflected through the languages, people, traditions, cuisines, customs, festivals, dance, music, religious practices, art and craft and holistic healing traditions.

In order to travel to this beautiful country and make it an exemplary experience for the tourist from other countries, the Indian government came up with the e tourist visa scheme in November 2014. This was introduced in nine different Indian airports and 43 countries. The scheme was extended by the Government of India for all the citizens of Sri Lanka and Guiana in April 2015 and January 2015 respectively. In May 2015, the etourist visa facility was offered to 31 more countries. With more countries being added, currently, there are 76 of them under the scheme. A phased manner will be followed o extend the scheme to more countries. In order to promote and encourage Indian tourism, the Government is planning to extend the e tourist visa scheme to 150 more countries.

List of E Tourist Visa Countries

There are several countries where e tourist visa for India can be availed. These are as follows:

  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia
  • Vietnam
  • Venezuela
  • Vatican City-Holy See
  • Vanuatu
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • United Kingdom
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Tuvalu
  • Turks and Caicos Island
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tonga
  • Thailand
  • Tanzania
  • Tajikistan
  • Taiwan
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Swaziland
  • Suriname
  • Sri Lanka
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Singapore
  • Seychelles
  • Serbia
  • Senegal
  • San Marino
  • Samoa
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Christopher and Nevis
  • Russia
  • Romania
  • Republic of Macedonia
  • Republic of Korea
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Philippines
  • Peru
  • Paraguay
  • Papua and New Guinea
  • Panama
  • Palestine
  • Palau
  • Oman
  • Norway
  • Niue Island
  • Nicaragua
  • New Zealand
  • Netherlands
  • Nauru
  • Namibia
  • Myanmar
  • Mozambique
  • Montserrat
  • Montenegro
  • Mongolia
  • Monaco
  • Moldova
  • Micronesia
  • Mexico
  • Mauritius
  • Marshall Islands
  • Malta
  • Malaysia
  • Malawi
  • Madagascar
  • Luxembourg
  • Lithuania
  • Liechtenstein
  • Liberia
  • Lesotho
  • Latvia
  • Laos
  • Kiribati
  • Kenya
  • Jordan
  • Japan
  • Jamaica
  • Israel
  • Ireland
  • Indonesia
  • Iceland
  • Hungary
  • Honduras
  • Haiti
  • Guyana
  • Guinea
  • Guatemala
  • Grenada
  • Greece
  • Ghana
  • Germany
  • Georgia
  • Gambia
  • Gabon
  • France
  • Finland
  • Fiji
  • Estonia
  • Eritrea
  • El Salvador
  • Ecuador
  • East Timor
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dominica
  • Djibouti
  • Denmark
  • Czech Republic
  • Cuba
  • Croatia
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Costa Rica
  • Cook Islands
  • Comoros
  • Columbia
  • China – SAR Macau
  • China – SAR Hong Kong
  • China
  • Chile
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cape Verde
  • Canada
  • Cambodia
  • Bulgaria
  • Brunei
  • Brazil
  • Botswana
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bolivia
  • Belize
  • Belgium
  • Barbados
  • Bahamas
  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Aruba
  • Armenia
  • Argentina
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Anguilla
  • Andorra
  • Albania

Eligibility Criteria for E Tourist Visa

  • International travelers who plan to visit India for sightseeing, recreation, meeting friends and relatives, casual visit, business visit or medical treatment for short duration.
  • The passport must have validity of at least 6 months from arrival date in India. There should be two blank pages in the passport so that the immigration officer can stamp there.
  • The international travelers must have onward journey or return ticket along with sufficient money for the stay in India.
  • International traveler who are of Pakistani origin or have Pakistani passport can choose to apply for regular Visa.
  • E-tourist Visa cannot be availed by holders of official and diplomatic passports.
  • Every individual must have a separate passport. E-tourist Visa cannot be availed by people who re endorsed on the passports of spouse or parent.
  • This visa cannot be availed by holders of international travel document.

How To Apply E Tourist Visa

  • You can apply online for E-tourist Visa by uploading your passport page and photo.
  • You can pay the visa fee
  • a online using your debit card or credit card.
  • E-tourist Visa will be sent to you by email.
  • Whenever you wish to travel to India, get the E-tourist Visa printed and carry it with you.

Documents Required For E Tourist Visa

  • The first page of the passport must be scanned and sent in PDF format. The minimum size can be 10 KB and the maximum size can be 300 KB.
  • The photo that is uploaded must be in JPEG format. The minimum size 10 KB and the maximum size can be 1 MB.
  • The width and height of the photo should be equal.
  • The photo should be front view, full face with eyes opened.
  • The center head should be within the frame and full head from hair to chin must be present.
  • Background can be either white or plain colored.
  • There should be no shadows on the background or face.
  • The photograph should be without borders.

E-Tourist Visa Fees

  • The fee for E-tourist Visa is USD 60 per passenger. This fee is excluding interchange charge for debit cards and credit cards. The payment of the fee must be made four days prior to the travel. If not, the application will not be processed.
  • The fee for E tourist visa is non-refundable. This suggests that it does not depend on rejection or grant of visa. Either way, you will have to pay the fee and once you pay it you cannot get it back.
  • Ensure that you are very careful while making the payment for the E-tourist visa fee. If the number of unsuccessful attempts goes beyond three then the application id will get blocked.

E-Tourist Visa Instructions

  • All the application from various countries can apply online for E-tourist Visa. The application can be made four days in advance from the arrival date. There must be a window of thirty days. For example, if you wish to travel between 5th November and 4th December, you can apply on 1st November.
  • Front facing photograph (recent) with plain or white background and Passport’s photo page with personal information such as name, birth date, expiry date of the passport, nationality, etc. must be uploaded. If the uploads are not clear and legible, they can be rejected.
  • During the time of travel, applicant must have a copy of E-tourist Visa.
  • At Immigration, the applicant’s biometric details will be captured after arriving in India.
  • From the arrival date, the visa will remain valid for a period of 30 days.
  • There are nine designated airports via which E-tourist visa entry is authorized. They are Trivandrum, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Goa and Cochin.
  • E-tourist visa is allowed twice per calendar year.


News about E-tourist Visa

  • Indian tourism in Europe hit due to visa complexity

    A survey has found that the European tourism industry is losing an estimated $1 billion every year from the Indian market due to the cost and complexity of the Schengen zone tourist visa process. The survey which was being conducted by the European Tourism Association (ETOA) surveyed members who provide travel arrangements for Indian clients.

    The Association in its survey found that of those who had travelled in the past 12 months, nearly 60% had considered Schengen zone as a destination, however, 55% of them did not complete their visa application. While 30% of the applicants changed their mind before applying, 25% abandoned the application midway. The reason for both was accounted to cost, perceived practical difficulty and other negative factors associated with the application.

    It needs to be mentioned that in 2017, 920,699 Schengen visa applications were received from Indian citizens out of which 8,37,109 were granted. Tom Jenkins, the chief executive of ETOA stated that the new Schengen Visa code needs to be fit for the purpose for legitimate travel. He added that the price point needs to be reset and further investment was needed to speed up the visa processing time.

    21 November 2018

  • India's plan to double tourist arrivals in 3 years may be hampered due to hike in E-visa fee

    As per tour operators, India’s plan to double foreign tourist arrivals to 20 million within three years might not be possible given that the government enforced a 60% hike in e-visa fees. The government hiked the fees for most countries from 50 dollars to 80 dollars while for US and Britain, the fees were increased to 100 dollars from 75 dollars. The Chairman of Assocham Tourism and Hospitality Council stated that by increasing the visa rates, the government was killing the potential of tourists visiting the country while the former vice-president of Indian Association of Tour Operators said that the government should have consulted the travel industry prior to increasing the visa fees. It needs to be mentioned India introduced e-visa facilities in November 2014. While the facility was initially made available to citizens of only 63 countries, it was later extended to 163 countries. E-visas are currently available in tourist, business and medical categories. As per the tourism ministry’s annual report, the country received 10.18 million foreign tourists in 2017 seeing an increase of 15.6% over the previous year. As for the tourists who came on e-visas, the number was 1.7 million, an increase of 52%.

    21 July 2018

  • India Tourist Visa Applicants from Khulna, Jashore Don’t Need Appointment

    The Indian High Commission in Bangladesh has announced that tourist visa applicants from Khulna and Jashore no longer need to make appointments. Applicants can walk in to the Indian Visa Application Centers (IVACs) and submit their documents.

    The new system will begin from 11th June, 2018 and is being done to ease access to Indian visa for Bangladeshi nationals. Walk-in applications can be made from 12 pm onwards at IVACs.

    In addition, the existing walk-in visa applications for business, medical, conference and other visa types will continue as before, stated an official from the Indian High Commission.

    The walk-in application process had initially been piloted at Chattogram, Mirpur Road, Dhaka, Rajshahi and a few other cities and has been extended to Khulna and Jashore.

    7 June 2018

  • Bangladesh students to receive Rs.350 million from India under new scholarship schem

    Under the new ‘Muktijoddha scholarship’, the Indian government will provide Rs.350 million to children of freedom fighters in the upcoming five years, said High Commissioner Harshvardhan Shringla. India initiated in scheme in the year 2006 for children of 1971 Freedom Fighters. As of now, around 10,000 scholarships have been provided worth Tk 150 million. In the current year, 600 undergraduate students have been given scholarships.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during Sheikh Hasina’s visit that 10,000 additional students would receive scholarship under the new scholarship scheme. All freedom fighters are eligible for 5 years multiple entry Indian visa.

    8 May 2017

  • Pre-activated SIM cards for foreign tourists in India

    Tourists who have been getting e-visas will now be given pre-activated BSNL SIM cards that will be free of cost. They will get the SIM cards once they land in India. Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma informed that the SIM cards will have a talk time of Rs.50 along with 50 MB data. This service will be initially available only at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport. Gradually, it will be provided in 15 different airports that have the facility of e-visa. These SIM cards will come handy as using these, the tourists will be able to talk to their family members as soon as they land in India, said Sharma. This facility will prove to be extremely beneficial for the tourists who otherwise had to wait for hours just to get their SIM cards working after reaching India. Vinod Zutshi, tourism secretary, informed that in 2016 as many as 10 lakh tourists had come to India. Shedding some light on the expenses being incurred by the tourism industry on this project, Zutshi said that this expenditure is a part of the budget that has been allocated for the development of tourism.

    Senior vice president of Indian Association of Tour Operators, Rajeev Kohli lauded the initiative and said that he is proud of the fact that India is the first country to hand over free SIM cards to tourists. He added that this step is going to make travel hassle free for foreign tourists in India.

    22 February 2017

  • Visa made easier to Increase Tourism in Philippines

    The Philippines Department of Tourism, in a bid to increase tourism to the country, is making efforts to simplify procedures for visas to foreign nationals, especially Chinese nationals. The Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo said that her department had made some breakthroughs with Chinese leaders and investors to enhance tourism in the Philippines. In a meeting with the Chinese National Tourism Agency Administration (CNTA) Chairman Li Jinzao, Teo pointed out that efforts need to be made to simplify visa procedures for Chinese tourists by either providing them with visas on arrival or e-visas. Currently citizens from 158 countries can enter the Philippines visa-free, which include the United States, the United Kingdom, most European Union countries and members of the Asean. The Department of Tourism hopes to achieve 12 million visitor arrivals into the county by the end of President Duterte term in 2022.

    3 November 2016

  • KIA Ranks Third in Arrivals on E-Tourist Visa

    The Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru stood third in a survey on ‘e-tourist visa arrivals’ in the country. This makes up to 7.4 percent of total number of visa arrivals in the country. In the last 10 months, more than 31,000 tourists visited the country on e-tourist visa. Of the sixteen airports in the country for e-tourist visa arrivals, few that were recently designated for the same include Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Gaya, Jaipur, Varanasi, Trichy and Lucknow. The e-tourist visa system was launched in 2014 in India and it allows visitors from 150 countries to apply via online mode.

    20 October 2016

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