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:
Visit of relatives/friends
Short term business stay.
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.
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.
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 your visa 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
News About e Visa
The Tourism Ministry to extend e-visa facility for cruise ship tourists
The Union Home Ministry has accepted a proposal by the Tourism Ministry to extend e-visa facility to international tourists who arrive at India's seaports on cruise ships. E-visas that are stamped on passports on arrival, will initially be offered to tourists at 5 ports; Mumbai, Cochin, Chennai, Goa, and Mangalore. The service will be extended to other ports later. Online applications for e-visas will have to be made at least 4 days ahead of travel. Visitors on business, and medical emergencies will be issued visa within 48 hours of application.
The duration of e-visas has been doubled to 60 days, and is available to tourists from 158 countries. Senior tourism ministry officials said that around 50,000 travelers come to India on cruises each year. They are hoping to get around 3 to 4 lakh cruise tourists every year after the e-visa facility is extended to them.
27th December 2016
India see 200% increase in Tourism after e-visa Granted to 150 Countries
India is the seventh largest country in the world and has some of the most unique terrain to offer, it is capped by the tallest mountains in the world, the Himalayas and the some of the most lush wildlife sanctuaries in the south, it also has the Great India Desert of Thar in the west, in spite of all the beauty this land has to offer it barely made the top 10 destinations in Asia for foreign tourists last year. This could be due to the state of the global economy, which has left a lot of people with lower disposable income or the complicated visa application procedure for entering India. In a effort to boost tourism in the country the Department of Tourism had decided to offer e-visas to citizens from 150 countries, in light of this move India saw a 200% increase in tourist between January and September 2016. Most tourists are from the United Kingdom, China, Europe and the United States.
8th November 2016
Russia To Offer E-Visas To Indian Tourists Now
In order to increase the flow of Indian travellers to the country, Russia is planning to launch e-visas for the indian tourists. Apart from this, they also have plans to start direct flights between Mumbai and Moscow. Valery Korvokin from the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism revealed that the agency is planning to launch many such indian tourists friendly measures such as starting a certificate course for the Indian Tour Operators, increasing the number of English/Hindi translators etc. Also the fact that Russia will be hosting the 2018 FIFA world cup can also be a big attraction draw for the indian tourists. Paresh Navani(Managing Partner, Russian Information Centre) has encouraged indian tourists to visit Russia and experience its beautiful culture and heritage.
5th October 2016
E-Visa Proposal For Business Travelers
The Union Tourism Ministry has made a proposal to the Home Ministry to extend the electronic visa facility to business and medical tourists on the same lines as general tourists, due to the overwhelming response to this scheme. The e-visa facility is currently given to tourists from 150 different countries which allows tourists to arrive in India with an electronic travel authorization that will be valid for a maximum of 30 days, the application for an e-tourist visa must be made at least four days before arrival into the country and cannot be obtained more than twice a year. The Tourism Ministry expects a substantial increase in the number of business travelers arriving in the country under this scheme.
26th October 2016
E-Visa Has Not Had Much Impact on Tourism Yet
After close to two years since the e-tourist visa was launched by the Government of India, the results have not been as favorable as expected. The scheme has not proved to be a booster of tourism through it has increased the number of tourist arrivals. E-visas are offered to citizens of 186 countries around the world. The number of arrivals via e-visa was at 1,10,657 in 2015. This spiked to 4,34,927 by 2016, which is an increase of 293%. So far, the statistics doesn’t seem to be having much impact. But it is expected to be a game changer in the long run as it has a strong potential to drive the tourism segment of the country. E-visas will pick up as more tourists are attracted under the e-visa scheme.
15th September 2016
A significant rise noted in tourists to Kerala post e-visa
Despite claims by numerous government departments and agencies regarding the ‘dry’ status impacting the tourism in Kerala, statistics show that there has in fact, been a significant rise noted in the number of foreign tourists Kerala after the introduction of the e-visa or electronic visa in 2014 in order to facilitate visits of shorter durations.
According to statistical information, Cochin International Airport Limited(CIAL) and with Trivandrum Airport had provided 2,743 e-visas in 2014, and in 2015, the number had risen to 24,136. The number of international tourists who arrive by using this facility has also increased.
24th August 2016
200% Rise in Tourists Visiting India Using E-Visa
The first half of 2016 has seen a 200% increase in the tourists visiting India using the e-visa facility. In July alone, more than 68,400 tourists visited India, recording a growth of 218.9%. The UK, US and France topped the list of countries that used the e-visa service last month. Between January and July, a growth of 265.9% was seen in the tourists arriving in India. Around 5,40,396 tourists visited the country during this period using the e-tourist visa. At present the service is available to 150 countries in the world and New Delhi Airport has recorded the highest number of arrivals.
22nd August 2016
Health and Medical Tourism E-Visas Go Through Revision in Rules
The government of India has made amendments to the e-visa rules for 150 countries so far as medical and health tourism is concerned, as it makes it easy for the procurement of visas. India has been receiving a lot of tourists for alternative medicine, and as a result, the prices have risen for conventional Indian treatments. The revised rules will make it easier for foreigners who visit India to be treated by Indian medicine, and the healthcare sector remains optimistic that the tourism industry will also benefit from the initiative.
10th August 2016
Availability of E-visa Facility
The e-Tourist visa facility is currently available to nationals of 150 countries at 16 international airports throughout the country. Individuals can procure e-tourist visa for 30 days with a single entry and can be taken only twice in a calendar year. Through this visa, foreigners can seek recreation, casual visit, and sightseeing and attend short term yoga or medical programs under the Indian system of medicine or casual visit and so on.
The government is considering extending the e-tourist visa to 180 days instead of 30 and also allowing multiple entry along with extending the maximum stay to 90 days instead of the current 30 days. E-tourist and visa on arrival options have been put forth by the government in order to promote tourism and make it easier for foreign nationals. Conversely, numerous foreign countries have extended visa on arrival and e-visa facilities to Indian nationals. Certain countries have also exempted Indian passport holders from needing a visa.
The above information was provided by Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs.
9th August 2016
Government to Reform E-Visa Regime Further:Tourism Secy
After enabling e-visa facility to over 150 countries, the government plans to reform this even further to boost the tourism sector. This scheme was launched in November 2014 and was available for 113 countries but has been extended to 150.
The government will also set up a task force under the chairmanship of Tourism Secretary to work on the connectivity issued of tourist hotspots. Representatives from Railways, Civil Aviation and National Highways will be a part of this task force. A three day mega event called ‘Incredible India Tourism Investor Summit’ will be held from 21st of September.
1st August 2016
Online Visas to Be Extended to 36 More Countries
The Tourism Ministry has planned on adding 36 more countries to its online visa application scheme. Countries such as Iran, Egypt, Italy, Turkey and the Maldives have been shortlisted to be included as part of the online visa application scheme. Launched in November 2013, the e-visa scheme allows tourists from a large number of countries to apply for a visa online through the service, making it easier for them to submit their applications.
With the number of tourists visiting India using the e-visa scheme rising steadily, the Tourism Ministry is keen to roll out the scheme for additional countries, taking the total number up to 186.
Over 1,26,214 application for e-visas were received for the period January-June 2016, out of a total of 4,71,909 visa applications received.
The largest number of e-visa applications have been received from the United States of America, followed by the U.K and China.
14th July 2016
Visitors To E-Tourist Visa For Yoga Courses In Delhi
There has been a lot of positive sentiments surrounding the new announcement that foreigners coming to India to join yoga courses in New Delhi will be able to get an e-tourist visa. The Indian Association of Tour Operators believes that this move will be a welcome one as it will help boost tourism in India because of how popular yoga has become outside India. The e-tourist visa will also be available to those who plan to come to the country for short term medical treatment. The visa is available to the citizens of about 150 countries and has been issued about 9 lakh times since its inception in November 2014.
5th June 2016
Ministry of Tourism All Set to E-Visa for Travel Convenience
The first three months of this year proved to be pretty good for inbound tourism in India as the country witnessed a growth of 10% in FTA and the forex also grew by 15.9%. More than a lakh of foreign tourists availed the e Tourist Visa Facility each month in the first three months of this year. The introduction of e visa has proven to be quite beneficial for the Indian Tourism Industry. Now, the Ministry is all set to launch e-medical visa as soon as it gets the approval.The e-visa will be launched for Medical and Business travel segments.
30th May 2016