Online Indian Visa application

India has a lot to offer to tourists from around the world. Whether a foreigner is visiting India for tourism, business, medical, studies or any other reason, the official website provides all the information pertaining to all categories of Indian Visas. In order to be eligible for an Indian Visa, an applicant is required to meet various eligibility criteria. The visa application can be carried out online which allows the applicant to visit the Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or Indian Mission/ Post to complete the remaining application process.

Page Contents
  • Online Visa Application Steps
  • Visa Application Status
  • Factors to consider before applying for an Indian Visa
  • Countries Who Can Apply For An Indian Visa

Online Visa Application Steps

The website allows the applicants to complete the visa registration section. The applicant needs to provide the following information for the online visa application process:

  • Country you are applying visa from - The applicant needs to indicate the country that he/she is applying from
  • Indian Mission - Select the appropriate Indian Mission/Post applicable to your location
  • Nationality - Choose the nationality
  • Date of Birth - Must be mentioned in DD/MM/YYYY format
  • Email ID - The approved visa is sent to this email
  • Re-enter Email ID - Verify the email ID to avoid errors
  • Expected Date of Arrival - Must be mentioned in DD/MM/YYYY format
  • Visa Type - Based on the nature of the travel, the applicant must indicate the types of visa he/she is applying for.
  • Purpose - Visa type can be different from the purpose of the travel, the applicant must indicate the purpose of his/her travel from the list of drop-down options

Indian Visa Eligibility Factors

Foreigners who wish to visit India for recreation, casual visit, sightseeing, meeting friends/relatives, business or for a short duration medical treatment are eligible for the India e-Visa (eTV). Few eligibility factors for the Indian Visa are mentioned below:

  • Passport - The applicant must have a passport with at least six months of validity from the date of arrival in India. Additionally, the passport must have at least two blank pages for immigration stamping.
  • Tickets - The applicant must produce onward and return journey tickets.
  • Funds - The applicant must have sufficient funds to support himself/herself during the trip.
  • Other documents - Based on the applicant’s travel plan, he/she must submit necessary documents.

Application Process

The applicant must complete the online application to initiate the application process. After filling in the online application form, the applicant will be required to upload the scanned copy of the necessary documents such as the passport, photograph, etc. to complete the online application. Once the application is submitted, the applicant is required to pay the visa fee based on his/her requirements. The applicant will have access to multiple online payment methods. After the payment is made, the applicant will be provided with a reference number. The reference number can be used to track the status of the application. After the application is reviewed, the approved eTV is sent to the applicant’s registered e-mail ID. Additionally, regular notifications are sent through text SMS.

Visa Application Status

In order to track the status of the visa application, the applicants can follow these steps to know the status of their application:

  • Regular Visa Application
  1. Visit -
  2. Enter 12 characters Application ID
  3. Passport Number (the visa status can also be obtained with the passport number)
  • e-Visa Application -
  1. Visit -
  2. Enter 12 characters Application ID
  3. Date of Birth in DD/MM/YYYY
  4. Specify Nationality
  5. Verify captcha
  6. Check Status Advanced search for e-Visa only

Factors to consider before applying for an Indian Visa

  • Applicants are allowed to apply for a visa under single or multiple entry visa schemes
  • E-visa is allowed under the e-Tourist visa, e-Business Visa, and e-Medical visa categories.
  • The photograph must meet the required guidelines.
  • The applicant may be required to submit additional documents based on his/her profile.
  • The visa fee is based on the type of visa, applicant’s nationality, entry scheme, and other factors.
  • Visitor’s biometric details are obtained by the immigration officer while arriving in India.
  • E-visa will be valid for 60 days from the date of entering India.

Countries Who Can Apply For An Indian Visa

Foreigners from the following countries/territories can apply for an Indian e-Visa:

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


News About Visa Application Process

  • Biden administration likely to provide US citizenship to over 5,00,000 Indians, repeal Trump's ban on Muslims

    US President-elect Joe Biden is working towards providing a roadmap to American citizenship for over 500,000 people from India, and will allow a minimum admission number of 95,000 refugees on an annual basis. The administration under Biden will support family-based immigration and preserve unification of family as a core principle of the US' immigration system. Biden will restore and fight the naturalisation process for green card holders. The Biden administration said, that it will also repeal President Donald Trump's ‘Muslim ban’. Donald Trump had imposed a controversial travel ban, which stopped Muslims from other countries including majority Islamic countries such as Iran and Syria to enter U.S.A.

    11 November 2020

  • Number of Indian students who were granted visas to study at universities in the UK

    Number of Indian students who were granted visas to study at universities in the UK have doubled over the past year, according to official statistics released by The Office for National Statistics (ONS). ONS found that Indian nationals accounted for 17% of the total 299,023 sponsored study visas granted by the UK Home Office in the year ending March 2020, as the number of students getting visas doubled from 2019 to hit a total of 49,844 grants a continuous rise since 2016.

    The ONS data found India had the second highest number of students applying for overseas visas, after China, which accounted for 40% of all study visas. However, the outbreak of coronavirus post-March is yet to be accounted for in the figures, which could significantly impact numbers from India.

    3 September 2020

  • Thai visa application center opened in Chennai

    A new Thai Visa Application Centre (VAC) has been opened in Chennai recently by Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS). The center was inaugurated by her Excellency Krongkanit Rakcharoen, the Consul- General, Royal Thai Consulate-General, Chennai in the presence of senior CKGS officials. The center which is expected to serve as the Hub VAC for south India operations will cater to all categories of visas. Krongkanit Rakcharoen speaking on the occasion stated that with the growing number of travelers from Chennai starting the visa application service center for the region was essential to ensure hassle-free visa processing. The newly opened center would remain open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am to 17:30 pm. It needs to be mentioned that apart from Chennai, CKGS has already opened Thai VACs in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata as well as in Pune, Ahmedabad, Indore and Goa respectively.

    21 May 2018

  • Submission of visa applications made easier in Sylhet, Mymensingh and Barisal

    The Indian government has decided that no appointment date will be required for submission of visa applications at the Indian visa application centers located at Sylhet, Mymensingh and Barisal from May 20. The decision has been taken to liberalize, streamline and ease access to the Indian visa for Bangladesh nationals, informed the Indian High Commission. As per the new development, applicants who seek tourist visas can walk in to the Indian visa application centers located in the above mentioned places and submit their applications between 8 am and 12 pm without needing any prior appointment.

    Apart from the new development, no other changes has been made in the functioning of the visa application centers. The existing walk-in schemes for submission of visa applications for non-tourist visa and as well as having separate counters for senior citizens and Muktijodhas shall continue in the centers.

    16 May 2018

  • New visa application center for Morocco opens up in Mumbai

    A new visa application center for the country of Morocco has opened up by COX and KINGS Global Services in Mumbai. The new office was inaugurated by his Excellency Mohamed Maliki who is the ambassador of Morocco in India. Speaking about the opening up of the new visa application center, the ambassador hoped that it will help in creating a seamless experience for Indians travelling to Morocco. In recent years the number of Indians visiting Morocco has increased and the government of both the countries are working on a newly revamped air service agreement which will further boost travelling between the two nations.

    To promote the tourism sector of Morocco in India, the government of the African country is leaving no stone unturned. After already having opened up visa application centers in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, it is planning to open up a new center in Hyderabad. Along with this, the government of Morocco has future plans to open a National Tourism Office for Morocco in New Delhi. The Moroccan government has also sighted Bollywood as a source of revenue for the country. To lure Indian filmmakers into the country, the government is willing to offer 20% of the total amount back to the production house if they visit it for any artistic venture. A website has also been created to make travelling to Morocco for Indians hassle free.

    7 May 2018

  • BLS International inaugurates the Spain Visa Application Center

    On 8 February, the Spain Visa Application Center was officially inaugurated at El-Biar, in Algeria by Spain’s Ambassador and the senior officials of BLS International Services Limited. The center targets to process all kinds of visa applications, even including transit, business, family, and tourist visa to Spain.

    With a revenue of Rs.584.42 crore, BLS International Services Limited is one of the world’s biggest Indian service providers for outsourcing the process of attestation, passport, citizenship, and visa applications to the diplomatic missions as well as the governments globally.

    The ceremony was inaugurated by D. Santiago Cabanas Ansorena, the Ambassador of Spain, who addressed the BLS’s excellent services and infrastructure of the VAC (Visa Application Center).

    26 February 2018

  • Australia sees a rise of 15 percent in Indian tourists visiting the nation

    Australia as a holiday destination is quite fascinating as it offers the tourists who visit the country a lot to explore. As such it is no surprise that the island country is flooded by tourists year after year. As per data revealed by Tourism Australia, in the last year starting October 2016, the number of Indian citizens visiting the country has seen a rise of 15 percent. Till October, 2017  the number of Indian tourists visiting has been estimated at 294,000. According to the data, it reveals that India is rated ninth in terms of in-bound market to the country which is headed by visitors from New Zealand. It is followed by visitors from China, US, UK, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea. Tourism Australia in the data also revealed that the money spent by Indian tourists in the country also saw a hike of 26 percent. The rise in the number of Indian visitors can be accounted to the fact that the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection allowed online submission of tourist visa applications since mid-2017.

    28 December 2017

  • Foreign tourists visiting India has increased by 18% in 2017

    According to the tourism ministry, the arrival of foreign tourists to India has increased to 18% in September 2017 for over a period of 1 year.

    The tourism ministry released a statement, in which it is shown a detailed data of the foreign visitors to India. In September 2017 there were about 7.23 lakh foreigners who visited India. Whereas in September 2016 it was 6.08 lakh and 5.43 lakh in September 2015. There were more number of tourists from Bangladesh (29.65%), US (10.24%), the UK (7.04%), Sri Lanka (3.98%), Australia (3.50%), Malaysia (3.32%), Germany (2.57%), and other countries.

    It was also reported that Delhi airport remains the most busiest of all, followed by Haridaspur Land Check Post (16.06%), Mumbai Airport (13.57%), and Chennai Airport (6.56%).

    In fact there was also an increase in the number of tourists arriving India on e-visas as of September 2017. Even the number of tourists who visited the country through e-visa has increased from 0.69 in 2016 to 1.18 lakh in 2017.

    26 October 2017

  • India Introduces New Rules and Regulations for Medical Tourism Visa

    India will go easy on the medical visa rules and get tech friendly. The change is part of a bigger plan which is to increase Indian Medical Tourism by 10% a year. India will soon change the rules regarding medical tourism visa after having received flak for the tedious medical visa process. For years, there have been complaints regarding the amount of time the patients have to wait in order to avail the treatment along with the whole process. As of now, patients going to India for medical treatment have to seek online appointments from Indian Missions and this might take from weeks to months. The Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to make changes after pressure from the Prime Minister's office.

    21 June 2016

  • Annual India Pilgrimage Applications Invited by the Government

    The annual (Urs) of Khawaja Allauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir Kaliyari celebrations will be held in India nd applications for attending the event have been invited by Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony by the 24th of May. A Rs.1000 charge that is not refundable will have to be deposited online by the applicants and the transfer must be made to the National Bank of Pakistan. When submitting the application to the ministry, the original receipt of the amount deposited must be attached to the application. The ministry has also revealed that the celebrations will be able to house only 200 Pakistani pilgrims this year, and should there be an excess of applicants, there will be a ballot held on the 1st of June through which the lucky participants will be determined.

    15 May 2016

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