e Visa

What is an e-visa

It is an electronic visa issued to foreign nationals. An e-visa enables you to enter into a particular country and stay there for a specific period of time. In an e-visa, all your personal information will be stored electronically. The Visa issuing authority will send you an electronic copy of your visa to your registered email id. E-visa is mainly issued for the purpose of short term stay in foreign countries.

An applicant can request for an e-visa to fulfill the below mentioned purposes:

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  • Tourism purposes.

  • Visit of relatives/friends

  • Short term business stay.

  • Sports activities

  • Cultural, scientific or humanitarian activities.

E-visa application process

Applying for an e-visa is a very simple and hassle free process. To get an e-visa, you don’t have to visit an embassy physically for visa interview. The only thing you have to have is a passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the date of application.

You can apply for an e-visa by visiting the official embassy website of a particular country. Once you submit the online application form and make necessary payment, you will receive an email address verification message. Once you verify your email id, the e-visa will be electronically sent to your verified email id.

The cost of an e-visa may vary from country to country. You can make the payment by using either a debit or a credit card.

Once an e-visa is issued, the information can be changed. So, it is important you fill the information carefully while applying for it.

E-visa eligibility

The following eligibility conditions apply when you opt for an e-visa:

  • It is issued to travelers who visit a country for the purpose of visiting friends and relatives, recreational activities, medical treatment or short term business visit.

  • The passport of an applicant must have minimum six months validity from the date of visa application.

  • The passport should have minimum two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.

  • Applicants should have return tickets ready to go back after staying at a destination for a previously specified duration of time.

  • Children and infants should have separate e-visas and passports.

The following documents are required for applying for an e-visa:

  • A valid passport with a minimum validity for 6 months.

  • Passport size photographs.

You may be required to produce the following documents on your arrival:

  • A printed copy of your e-visa.

  • Passport which is valid for a minimum period of 6 months.

  • Invitation letter (if any)

  • Medical insurance cover for the period of stay.

These are some of the common documents that the immigration authority at the airport may ask you to produce on arrival. However, some countries may ask for additional documents as well.

Benefits of e-visa

An e-visa comes with the following benefits:

  • You can obtain an e-visa at anytime from anywhere. What you need to have is a valid passport with access to internet connectivity.

  • Getting an e-visa is a smooth and hassle-free process and helps you save a lot of time.

E-visa rejection

Sometimes, the immigration authority of a particular country may reject your e-visa application. Mentioned below are some of the key reasons why your e-visa may be denied:

  • Any important information is missing.

  • The validity period of your passport is less than 6 months.

  • If you have provided wrong information in yourvisa application form.

  • If you have not specified your visa type properly.

  • If your intention of returning is not clear.

Who can avail e-visa in India?

E-visas are issued to those foreigners who come to India for various purposes like tourism, short business stay, meeting relatives and friends etc. They apply for an India Tourist Visa without sending their passport to the embassy. What the applicants have to do is to apply for it online by sending a scanned copy of the passport, photo and other relevant documents to the embassy and pay the fees online. Once you submit the complete application form and make the payment, you will receive the e visa in your email. Get a printed copy of it and carry it along with you when you visit India. The Indian Government currently offers e-visa to 43 countries.

Extension of the Online Visa Scheme

When the Union Tourism Ministry in stated the online visa program in 2013, the idea was to make it easy for people to get a visa to India online. The scheme has been such a success that a proposal has now been made to extend the scheme to 36 new countries which, if accepted, will bring the number of countries that have access to online visas to 186 countries as opposed to the current 150 countries. Among the new countries that might get this visa are countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt and a few others. Right now the e-Visa is most popular with countries like the US, UK, Australia, China and France. The popularity of the e-Visa has, in fact, grown by over 200% between the beginning of 2015 and 2016.

FAQs on e-Visa

  1. What is an electronic Visa?

    An electronic Visa or e-Visa is an official document that permits people to enter and travel within a country. To apply for an e-Visa, people have to visit the Visa issuing website of the country they wish to visit and select the option for getting an e-Visa. They have to enter their details and pay the Visa fee.

  2. Do I need a Visa to travel to India from the US?

    Yes, you need a Visa to travel to India from the US. The Visa application has to be submitted to the Indian Visa Application Centre that is located in the US. You can choose to fill the application form online on the Indian Visa website. Tourists can apply for an e-Tourist Visa online.

  3. How long does it take to get a Visa to India?

    The Indian Post/Mission will take a minimum of 3 days to process the Visa application. The Visa will be issued depending on the applicant’s nationality and reason for visit

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News About e Visa

  • Biju Patnaik International Airport granted E-Visa facility

    With the Biju Patnaik International Airport being granted the E-Visa facility, tourism in Odisha is expected to get a big boost. It is the 27th airport in the country to have been granted the E-Visa facility. The development would enable E-Visa holders from 166 countries to enter the country through this airport. It needs to be mentioned here that at present only Air India and Air Asia operates international flights from the airport with regular flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. However, with the latest development, other airlines are also exploring the Odisha market to start their operations. 

    Suresh Chandra Hota, the Director of Biju Patnaik International Airport has stated that though the E-Visa counter has started operating from January 16, some modifications were needed to be carried out as per the requirements laid down by the concerned department. It is worth mentioning here that Odisha is one of the famous tourist destinations for locals and foreigners alike. 

    22 January 2019

  • Indian E-visa proves popular with over 18 lakh foreign nationals

    In about ten months in 2018, more than 18 lakh foreign nationals have visited India making use of E-visa. This figure is four times higher compared to the number of people who visited India in the year 2015. Most of the people who made use of this option were from China, France, Germany, the US, and the UK. The collection from the visa fees increased to $13,75,27,270. The most number of visitors using this visa were from the UK, with people from the US in second position. The duration of the visa can be extended from 60 days to 90 days, thus making it more popular with tourists especially because the application for extension can be made online.

    28 November 2018

  • Delhi Airport gets 14 Immigration and 46 e-visa Counters

    The renovated Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in Delhi has now added 14 more immigration and 46 new e-visa counters. IGI has expanded and renovated its domestic to international transfer area with an aim to help more passengers and save their time. The revamped airport has elevators for senior citizens and differently-abled passengers. The additional visa and immigration counters will help travelers with faster security checks and save time. Previously, domestic passengers travelling abroad had to walk up one level to the departure area of the airport to finish the security check post immigration. However, after the renovation, the security check can be done inside the transfer area after completing immigration. Earlier, there were only 6 immigration counters because of which passengers had to wait in long queues. With the new addition, the IGI now has a total of 64 e-visa on arrival counters. The domestic to international transfer area will be ready by the end of August. Moreover, by September 30, the IGI will get a dedicated route for passengers applying for e-visa on their arrival in Delhi.

    16 August 2018

  • Rs.1,400 crore revenue earned from the e-visa scheme

    As per a senior Home Ministry official, the country has earned a revenue of over Rs.1,400 crore from the e-visa scheme that was launched in 2014. The scheme which is offered to the citizens of 163 nations saw 19 lakh tourists availing it in 2017 while the number is expected to be over 25 lakh in the current year. The scheme which is implemented by the foreigners’ division of the Ministry of Home Affairs does not require any facilitation by an intermediary. It is meant primarily for foreign citizens who intend to visit the country for the purpose of recreation, sightseeing, casual visit, medical treatment, and business trip.

    To avail the scheme, an online application is needed to be submitted along with an onward or return ticket. The tourists are also needed to pay a fee that is divided into four categories of 0, 25, 50, and 75 dollars depending on the nationality and reciprocity. It is worth mentioning that the e-visa scheme allows a tourist to stay in the country for a maximum of two months.

    28 May 2018

  • India Plans To Install E-Gates To Ease Immigration Clearance For Select Countries

    Starting January 2019, foreign travelers from low-risk countries will not have to wait in long queues at airport immigration counters. The Indian government plans to install Electronics Gates or E-Gates, which are special automated kiosks for ease of document and identity verification. These E-Gates will provide smooth entry of low-risk travelers in seconds post verification of antecedents. E-Gates will be installed at the arrival terminal of international airports where foreign travelers can present their machine-readable passports, scan their fingerprints for verification and complete a customs declaration. E-cameras will clear foreigners who present their biometric approval document, without any human intervention and then they can proceed to the baggage area and exit the airport.

    The complete process is expected to take no more than a minute a traveler begins the exercise at any of the E-Gates. The Home Ministry’s foreigners’ division is working on the new process and work out all the logistics before it’s launched by the year-end. A final decision is yet to be taken on the countries the facility would be offered.

    16 May 2018

  • India Extends e-Visa To 161 Countries To Promote Medical Tourism

    The Government of India has extended e-Visa to 161 countries in an effort to promote India as a medical tourism destination. Addressing the 127th Founder’s Day Celebrations of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh said that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has taken multiple steps to promote the country in medical tourism. Apart from extending the e-Visa to 161 countries, the ministry has extended the duration of stay from 30 to 60 days. Additionally, it has permitted triple entry in e-Medical Visa cases.

    18 April 2018

  • Trichy And Chennai Airports Get 10% Of Visitors To India Via e-Visa

    The Trichy and Chennai International Airports together have accounted a total of 10% of foreign tourists that visit India via e-tourist visas. According to the official statement made by the Union Tourism Ministry, about 2.46 lakh foreigners arrived India via e-tourist visa in February and out of which Tamil Nadu’s Chennai and Trichy Airports have recorded 10%.

    While Chennai International Airport witnessed 9.5% of foreigners arriving via e-visa, Trichy Airport recorded 0.5% of foreigners.

    10 April 2018

  • Centre Eases Travel Regulations for Tibetans in India

    The Centre, in a move to dissuade Tibetans from applying for Indian passports under the Delhi High Court Ruling of 2017, has eased travel regulations for Tibetans living in India. This move will help Tibetans who wish to either travel, study or have relatives visit them from foreign countries.

    The Delhi High Court ruled in 2017 that Tibetans born in India in the 37 years from 1950 to 1987 could apply for Indian passports. This caused a huge increase in the number of passport applications. The government of India then decided to change the rules to ensure that all Tibetan refugees are issued and Identity Certificate (IC) and a Registration Certificate (RC). This decision was communicated to all the foreign embassies and consulates in India in order to ensure that they complied with the new guidelines. Using the two certificates, Tibetans will be free to go abroad since the IC is issued after an extensive check that results in a no-objection certificate.

    The Center also provided a grant-in-aid for Tibetan settlement offices in the country. Foreigners who wish to visit Tibetan settlements are required to seek prior permission from the Home Ministry and obtain a permit. This rule might be relaxed in the future for foreign relatives of Tibetans living in India.

    12 February 2018

  • Foreign Tourist Arrivals on e-Tourist Visa grew by 57.2% in 2017

    In 2017, Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) registered a growth of 9.7% to 8.8 million . The Government took several initiatives like e-visas to boost the Indian Tourism sector.<\p>

    FTAs on e-Tourist Visa soared to 17 lakh, witnessing an increase of 57.2% during 2017. Citizens of over 163 countries were able to avail the e-visa facility under Business, Tourist and Medical categories.

    On the other hand, a growth of 12.7% to 1,614 million was seen by domestic tourist visits in 2016. Top 5 states that were popular among domestic visitors were Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

    ’The Heritage Trails’, Global Media Campaign for 2017-18 etc. were some of the initiatives taken by the Government to promote tourism.

    8 February 2018

  • Increasing arrivals of e-tourist visa holders in India

    A recent report reveals an increase of foreign tourist arrivals by 67.3% on e-tourist visas. The report also draws of comparison of tourists entering India with an e-visa. An increase of over 70,000 tourists compared to the same month of last year is a significant increase which was only possible after the visa policies were reviewed to ease the entire process. The e-visa facility allows the applicants to quickly fill out their visa application form as per their requirements, attach the necessary documents, and submit it after making the visa fee payment. Once the application is reviewed and approved, the electronic visa is sent to the applicant’s registered email ID.

    17 November 2017

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