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.

*Disclaimer

News about E-tourist Visa

  • India Resumes Issuing Tourist Visas for Foreigners

    India resumed granting tourist visas to tourists flying in on scheduled flights on Monday, 15 November 2021. Tourist permits for people flying on chartered flights became available on 15 October 2021. Only single-entry visas with a maximum stay of one month are available for now. Last year, the issuance of visas to visitors was halted due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

    16 November 2021

  • India to issue fresh tourist visas for foreign nationals from 15 October

    The Union Home Ministry of India announced that foreign tourists who wish to enter India in a chartered flight will be issued fresh visas from 15 October 2021. Foreign tourists who want to enter the country via a normal flight will be issued visas from 15 November 2021. All the tourists entering the country will have to follow the mandatory Covid-19 protocols. India had suspended all the foreign visa and banned foreign nationals from entering the country last year to curb the spread of Covid-19 in India.

    12 October 2021

  • Foreigners Stuck in India Get their Visa Extended till September-end

    The Central Government declared on Thursday, 3 September 2021 that all foreign nationals stranded in the country owing to the current Covid-19 outbreak will have their visas extended until September 31. They will not be needed to submit a visa extension application to the FRRO/FRO in question.

    13 September 2021

  • New rules for Indian tourists travelling to Maldives

    Soon via-on-arrival facility for South Asian countries including India will be resumed by Maldives from 15 July. The ministry of tourism said that in order to enter Maldives, the tourist will have to acquire a negative COVID test report. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced that tourists from South Asia will be issued VISAs to enter Maldives from 15 July onwards. However, those who have a work visa are permitted to enter Maldives from 1 July onwards. However, they will have to undergo quarantine after crossing the border.

    The ban on entering the country was was imposed across South Asia in May in order to contain rising Covid-19 cases. The countries from where tourists were banned from entering Maldives were Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India.

    5 July 2021

  • New rules for Indian tourists travelling to Maldives

    Soon via-on-arrival facility for South Asian countries including India will be resumed by Maldives from 15 July. The ministry of tourism said that in order to enter Maldives, the tourist will have to acquire a negative COVID test report. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced that tourists from South Asia will be issued VISAs to enter Maldives from 15 July onwards. However, those who have a work visa are permitted to enter Maldives from 1 July onwards. However, they will have to undergo quarantine after crossing the border.

    The ban on entering the country was was imposed across South Asia in May in order to contain rising Covid-19 cases. The countries from where tourists were banned from entering Maldives were Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India.

    5 July 2021

  • 6-month visas to be issued for executives from China

    Many electronic companies have been facing a shortage of skilled manpower due to visa delays for Chinese personnel. Due to this, the government has approved to provide 6-month visas to the executives who are required to come for installation, expansion, commissioning, quality control, and the maintenance of manufacturing units.

    The companies had written to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to assist them in securing visas for Chinese engineers due to their expertise in setting up the manufacturing units to make smartphones and other equipment.The expertise of engineers and technicians from China is essential for the setting up of manufacturing units as many are shifting from China to India. Due to this, there has been a rise in visa applications for the same as companies aim to increase production capacity to meet their production-linked incentive targets (PLI).

    23 April 2021

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