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 https://indianvisaonline.gov.in 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 Cente (IVAC) or Indian Mission/ Post to complete the remaining application process.

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.

Online Visa Application Steps

The website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in 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

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.

Visa 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

  • Visit - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/StatusEnquiry
  • Enter 12 characters Application ID
  • Passport Number (the visa status can also be obtained with the passport number)

e-Visa Application -

  • Visit - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/StatusEnquiry
  • Enter 12 characters Application ID
  • Date of Birth in DD/MM/YYYY
  • Specify Nationality
  • Verify captcha
  • Check Status Advanced search for e-Visa only

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

  • Thai government has renewed mandate for Pan-India visa application processing with VFS Global

    The government of Thailand renewed the mandate for Pan-India visa application processing with the Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) Global. The company will provide assistance to Indian travellers via drop-off centres and visa application centres. VFS Global will be responsible for handling categories like Special Tourist Visa (STV), Visa TR, and more. India and Saudi Arabia are among the 21 countries that are eligible for travel to Thailand.

    15 October 2021

  • Latest list of countries that have lifted travel ban on Indians

    Following the Covid-19 pandemic and the rise of the Delta variant of the virus, many countries had banned travelers from other countries. However, many countries have now lifted these bans on international travelers. The list of such countries where travelers from India are now welcome are the following: Spain (Schengen visa or a Spanish visa is required along with being fully vaccinated with Covishield), the United Kingdom (full vaccinated passengers do not have to take a 10-day hotel quarantine), the United States of America (India has been lowered to level 3 from the highest level of 4), and the United Arab Emirates (for Indians who have taken both doses of the approved vaccine as well as who have a valid residency permit).

    12 August 2021

  • New UCCIS policy will not reject visa extension or visa applications outright

    The US Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) has reinstated a policy memo dated June 2013, stating that immigration officials cannot outrightly deny applications for visa or visa extensions without first issuing a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) or seeking additional evidence. This means that foreign nationals and companies will be given an opportunity to correct any unintentional omissions or innocent mistakes. They will not have to submit a new application but just submit the required additional evidence. The validity period of employment authorisation documents (EAD) has also been extended to two years for green card applicants. This is applicable for both renewal EAD and fresh ones. Non-profit organisations can also request their applications to be expedited which will help cut expenses for them.

    14 June 2021

  • 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

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