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Updated Advisory on Tourist Visas

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Updated Advisory on Tourist Visas

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The Government of India has decided, with immediate effect, to restore valid long duration (10 years) regular (paper) tourist visas for the nationals of USA. Fresh issue of regular (paper) long-duration (10 years) tourist visas has also been restored for nationals of USA.

E-Tourist visas under the three options (one month, one year and five year) which remained suspended since March 2020, shall stand restored for nationals of 156 countries. Applications for fresh e-tourist visas for eligible nationalities can also be made at the Indian E-Visa Portal [ https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html ]

  • The current scheme of regular tourist visa/e-visa (single entry of 30 days duration) on gratis basis will be discontinued w.e.f. 1 st April 2022.  

Application for fresh tourist visa can be made as per following procedure:

E visa: Eligible foreign nationals can apply for e-tourist visa at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html . [The applicant may note that the Embassy does not process e-visas and any enquiries in this regard will need to be made directly on the e-visa portal].

Regular (Paper) Tourist visa: Application for regular (paper) tourist visa from Embassy / Consulate in USA can be submitted by following the link: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind

Foreign nationals on tourist/e-tourist visas would be permitted to enter India only through designated Sea Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) or Airport ICPs by flights, including those under the Vande Bharat Mission or ‘air bubble’ scheme or by any flights as allowed by Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation. In no case, the foreign nationals will be allowed to enter through land border or riverine routes on Tourist visa/E-Tourist visa.

Applicants are also advised to go through the guidelines for international travel to India available at:  https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/GuidelinesforInternationalarrivalsupdatedon10thFebruary2022.pdf .

28 March 2022

The current scheme of regular tourist visa/e-visa (one month stay only) on gratis basis will also continue.

15 March, 2022

            The Government of India has decided to issue fresh tourist visas with effect from 15 October, 2021 for group tourism and from 15 November, 2021 for individual travel.  In this context, the following may be noted:

  • All foreign nationals intending to visit India for tourism will be allowed to enter India on e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa through chartered flights (for group tourism only) with effect from 15 October, 2021.
  • All foreign nationals intending to visit India for individual tourism purposes will be permitted to enter India on e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa with effect from 15 November, 2021. Such travel will be allowed through Vande Bharat Mission, Air Bubble Scheme or by any scheduled/non-scheduled commercial flight allowed by the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • Foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter India through land routes on e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa.
  • A Single Entry e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa valid for a stay of up to 30 days will be issued, which will have to be utilized within a period of 120 days from the date of issue . This visa will be issued on a gratis basis for a limited time once to each applicant. However, VFS service charge and payments on account of value-added services like courier, etc. will need to be made.
  • It may be noted that existing valid e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa issued before 6 October, 2021 will continue to remain suspended and travel on such visas is not permitted.
  • The process of obtaining e-Tourist Visa/Regular Tourist Visa may be accessed at the following links:
  • e-Tourist Visa -  https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html . The applicant may note that the Embassy does not process e-visas and any enquiries in this regard will need to be made directly on the e-visa portal.
  • Regular Tourist Visa through VFS Global with effect from 13 December, 2021 (12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time) - https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind
  • Applicants are also advised to go through the guidelines for international travel to India available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/GuidelinesforInternationalarrivalsdated30thNovember2021.pdf

Advisory on Tourist Visas

  • A Single Entry e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa valid for a stay of up to 30 days will be issued, which will have to be utilized within a period of 120 days from the date of issue . This visa will be issued on a gratis basis for a limited time once to each applicant.
  • e-Tourist Visa - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html . The applicant may note that the Embassy does not process e-visas and any enquiries in this regard will need to be made directly on the e-visa portal.
  • Regular Tourist Visa through the Embassy of India – https://www.indianembassyusa.gov.in/extra?id=88
  • Applicants are also advised to go through the guidelines for international travel to India available at  https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals17022021.pdf .

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Here's how to get a visa to visit India

Joe Bindloss

Dec 20, 2023 • 7 min read

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From applying for an e-Visa to extending your stay, here's what you need to know about entry requirements for India © beavera / Getty Images

With its dense tapestry of cultures and landscapes, India feels like dozens of countries rolled into one, but a single visa will cover you for travel across more than 3 million sq km (more than a million sq miles) of territory, taking in everything from steamy jungles to the high passes of the Himalayas.

Every Indian state is as large and diverse as a nation, so take your time navigating this enormous and fascinating country. The good news is that visas are easy to obtain and allow plenty of time for exploring.

Here’s everything you need to know about visa requirements for India, from the application process for e-Visas to overland travel and extending your stay.

Rear view of tourist mother and daughter wearing a hat sitting at a step well (Toorji Ka Jhalra) in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

You'll probably need a visa to go to India

Almost everyone needs a visa to visit India , but for most nationalities, tourist visas are easy to obtain online or through your local Indian embassy or consulate. Citizens of 166 countries – including most nations in the EU and EEA, the UK, the US, Australia and New Zealand, and many countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America – can apply for an e-Visa before traveling via a simple online form .

Applying online is a fairly painless process, and it will save you hours compared to applying in person at an embassy or through a visa agency (in countries where Indian embassies no longer issue visas directly). Tourist e-Visas are available with a validity of 30 days, one year or five years, with the one- and five-year visas allowing for multiple entries for a maximum stay of 180 days on each visit.

For one- and five-year tourist visas, applications are accepted up to 120 days in advance of travel. The 30-day visa allows two entries into India, which is handy if you’re planning a side trip to Nepal , and you can apply up to 30 days in advance of travel. All e-Visas take at least 72 hours to process, so be sure to apply in plenty of time (at least 4 days in advance is recommended).

Applying online is the most hassle-free way to obtain a visa

The Indian government’s online e-Visa portal can be used to apply for tourist visas, business visas, and visas for medical treatment and attending conferences. The cost and duration of the visa vary depending on your nationality, and you may need to show proof of return travel arrangements and sufficient funds to support yourself during your trip.

Rules for non-tourist visas can be complex. Business travelers usually need to provide letters of introduction from Indian companies and organizations that they plan to meet. Assuming you meet the requirements, business visas are usually valid for multiple entries over the space of one year.

Working for an Indian company is more complicated. You’ll need an employment visa and a work permit, and most people need a firm job offer and assistance from an Indian employer to complete the paperwork. As with all visa requirements, the situation is subject to change; contact your local Indian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information.

Applying for a tourist e-Visa is fairly straightforward

To apply for an Indian e-Visa, visit the government’s official e-Visa portal . You’ll need to upload a digital passport-style photo and copies of your passport ID pages, and pay the visa fee, which varies depending on your nationality.

Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the date of entry, and you’ll need two spare pages for the visa, which will be physically stamped into your passport on arrival. Assuming your application is accepted – which is the case for most applicants – you’ll receive a digital Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), which you should print out and carry with you when you travel, so you can present it to the immigration authorities on arrival. 

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Enter India via air or sea on your e-Visa

E-Visas allow entry to India through 25 designated airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Bengaluru (Bangalore), Hyderabad, Kochi (Cochin), Goa, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Gaya, Jaipur, Lucknow, Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), Varanasi, Kozhikode (Calicut), Mangaluru (Mangalore), Pune, Nagpur, Coimbatore, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Chandigarh and Visakhapatnam.

They’re also valid for entry via the designated seaports at Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, New Mangalore and Mormugao (in Goa).

Apply for a visa before you travel to enter India overland

If you plan to enter India overland – for example, from Nepal or Pakistan – you’ll need a visa stamped into your passport before you leave home, which you’ll need to obtain from the Indian embassy or consulate in your home country, or through an approved visa application office.

If you plan to visit India and Nepal on the same trip, get a multiple-entry visa – it used to be possible to arrange a new Indian tourist visa through the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu , but the authorities may now insist on a two-month gap before issuing a new visa.

There’s no need to worry about applying for a visa for Nepal in advance – they’re available on arrival at border crossings (bring passport photos and US dollars to pay the fee).

If you can't apply for an e-Visa, get one in person in advance

Contact your local embassy or consulate to check the application process in your country; the Indian Ministry of External Affairs maintains a list of diplomatic missions online. It’s best to apply for a visa in your home country – obtaining an Indian visa from an embassy in another country can be tortuously slow, assuming it’s possible at all. Fees and the permitted duration of stay will vary depending on your nationality.

As an alternative to applying through an Indian embassy or consulate, you may be able to apply for a visa through a visa agency – however, this tends to be more expensive than applying directly. In practice, many of these agencies just collect together applications and then send over a staff member to the embassy to apply in person.

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Student visas are available to those on full-time courses in India

Student visas are reserved for people enrolled in approved full-time educational courses in India (which can include training courses in yoga, meditation, and traditional Indian art forms). Student visas are valid for up to five years, depending on the length of the course, but the rules are strict, and you’ll need documentation from the institution where you are studying to apply. The Ministry of Home Affairs provides some information online, but contact your local Indian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date requirements.

Extending your stay in India is for exceptional circumstances only

E-Visas cannot be extended, but other types of visas can, though only in exceptional circumstances, such as medical emergencies or theft of your passport. To apply, you’ll need to use the government’s special online portal , providing evidence of a valid reason for extending your stay in India (e.g., a letter from the hospital where you are being treated or a police report).

You may then be called in for an in-person interview at the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Delhi. If there is a fee, it will be made clear during the application process.

Some border areas in India require additional travel permits

Under a system carried over from British colonial rule, special permits (known as “protected area permits” or “restricted area permits”) are required to visit many areas close to India’s disputed external borders with China , Pakistan and other territories – a zone known as the “inner line.” Applying for these permits outside India is tricky, but you can apply locally in India without too much difficulty.

Permits are especially important for highly sensitive border areas (which tend to be off-limits to all travelers). Applications can be made through local government offices or local travel agencies; contact the state government offices for these regions to get the latest information. In some areas, you may need to register with the local Foreigners Regional Registration Office on arrival, but this is an easy process.

This article was first published March 2022 and updated December 2023

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  • APPLY INDIAN VISA

Online India Tourist Visa

All details you need to know about indian tourist visa are available on this page. please make sure you read through the details before applying for evisa for india..

India is often seen as an exotic travel destination but it is truly a place full of a rich and diverse culture from where you are sure to take back varying and interesting memories. If you are an international traveler who has decided to visit India as a tourist you are in great luck because you do not have to go through too much trouble in order to make this long awaited trip happen.

The Government of India provides an electronic Visa or e-Visa meant specifically for tourists and you can apply for the e-Visa online instead of from the Indian Embassy in your country as the traditional paper Visa is done. This India Tourist Visa is not only for tourists who visit the country for the purposes of sight-seeing or recreation but it is also supposed to make easier the lives of those who want to visit India for the purpose of visiting family, relatives, or friends.

Conditions of Indian Tourist Visa

As useful and helpful as the Indian Tourist Visa is, it does come with a list of conditions that you need to meet in order to be eligible for it. If you have applied for a 1 Year or 5 Year Tourist Visa, then it is only available to travelers who intend to stay for no longer than 180 days in the country at one time , that is, you should be returning or going onwards on your journey out of the country within 180 days of your entry into the country on the Tourist e-Visa. You also cannot take a commercial trip to India on the India Tourist Visa, only a non-commercial one. As long as you meet these eligibility requirements for the India Tourist Visa as well as the eligibility conditions for e-Visa in general , you would be eligible to apply for the Tourist Visa for India.

As mentioned above, the Indian Tourist Visa is meant for those international travelers who want to visit the country as tourists in order to visit all of the popular tourist spots and spend a fun vacation in the country or those who want to visit their loved ones residing in the country. But India Tourist Visa can also be used by international travelers coming here to attend a short term Yoga Programme, or take a course that will last no more than 6 months and will grant no degree or diploma certificate, or for partaking in volunteer work that will not exceed the duration of 1 month. These are the only valid grounds on which you can apply for the Tourist Visa for India.

What are the different types of Indian Tourist eVisa?

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There are three different kinds of eTourist Visas to Visit India -

  • The 30 days India Tourist eVisa - With the help of the 30 days India Tourist eVisa, visitors can stay in the country for a maximum span of 30 days, from the day of entry. It is a double-entry visa, thus with this visa, you can enter the country a maximum of 2 times, within the visa’s validity period. Keep in mind that it will come with a date of expiry, which is the day before which you must have entered the country.
  • The 1 year India Tourist eVisa - The 1 year India Tourist eVisa is valid for a year from the date of the issue. Since it is a multiple entry visa, using it, you can enter the country multiple times, but it has to be within the span of the Indian eVisa’s validity.
  • The 5 Year India Tourist Visa - The 5 Year India Tourist Visa is valid for 5 years from the date of the issue. Since it is a multiple entry visa, using it, you can enter the country multiple times, but it has to be within the span of the Indian eVisa’s validity.

Requirements for Indian Tourist Visa Application

Passport submission.

  • A scanned copy of the Ordinary passport is required.
  • The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into India.
  • Ensure the passport has two blank pages for the Immigration Officer's stamp at the airport.
  • Diplomatic or other passport types are not accepted.

Additional Documentation

  • Recent passport-style colour photo of the visitor.
  • Proof of a working email address.
  • Debit or credit card for application fee payment.

Financial Proof

Applicants may be asked to demonstrate possession of sufficient funds for the trip and stay in India.

Application Process

  • Online Form: Access the Online Indian Visa Application Form for the Tourist Visa.
  • Eligibility Conditions: Ensure you meet all eligibility conditions specified for the visa application.
  • Submission: Submit all required documents and information through the online application.

Unlike traditional visas, the e-Visa process does not require a visit to the Indian Embassy.

Immigration Check Posts

Enter and exit the country only through approved Immigration Check Posts , including major airports and seaports .

Having gathered all the necessary information, the application process for the Indian Tourist Visa is straightforward. Ensure adherence to requirements and eligibility conditions to facilitate a smooth application process.

There are over 170 nationalities eligible for Indian e-Visa Online. Citizens from United Kingdom , Angola , Venezuela , United States , Vanuatu and Canada amongst other nationalities are eligible to apply for Online Indian Visa.

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How To Apply & Get An Indian e-Visa Online

India has some amazing architecture and natural sights, with famous landmarks like the Taj Mahal in Agra, and snow capped mountains in the Himalayas.

Most nationalities (except for Bhutanese and Nepali citizens) will need a visa to visit India, which is given in the form of an electronic Indian visa (eVisa) since November 2014.

This guide explains everything about how to get an Indian tourist visa using the e-Visa India website! I wrote it in 2019 and last updated it in 2024.

I went through this process as a tourist, but the process on the e-Visa India website is very similar for the other visa categories as well.

What Is The India eVisa?

The Indian e-Visa is for visitors coming to India on a short term trip for sightseeing, visiting friends or relatives, short term medical treatment or casual business related things.

The 5 eVisa types are as follows: e-Tourist, e-Business, e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant, or e-Conference.

The eVisa is valid for 30 days, 1 year, or 5 years from the date of your arrival in India, and it’s a double entry visa (for e-Tourist or e-Business), single entry visa (e-Conference), or triple entry visa (e-Medical). It’s non-extendable and non-convertible.

You can apply and pay online anywhere from 4 to 120 days in advance of your date of arrival in India, but no later than 4 days prior to arrival, otherwise the application will not be processed.

The eVisa is valid for entry through 26 designated airports and 5 seaports in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Goa. The full list of airports and seaports permitted for the India eVisa can be found here (click the Instructions For Applicant link on the left side).  

Who Is The eVisa Available To?

The eVisa is available to US citizens and those of 170+ other places , and the fee depends on your country/territory.

The current fee for American citizens and other countries can be found in their full list of fees by country on the website .

An additional bank transaction charge of 2.5% may be applicable on the eVisa India online website.

The visa fee is non-refundable, even if for some reason your application is rejected.  

How Can I Get The India eVisa?

The visa process may sound complicated, but don’t worry, it’s actually pretty simple! Here it is broken down in 4 short steps:

  • 1. Apply Online. You will need to submit an application with a personal photo and passport page.
  • 2. Pay Visa Fee. Credit or debit cards (or Paypal) are accepted for online payment.
  • 3. Receive e-Visa. The visa will be sent to you by email.
  • 4. Visit India. You will need to print the India eVisa and carry it with you at the time of travel.

Before You Apply For The Indian e-Visa

It’s important to fill out your visa application completely and accurately, otherwise it may be rejected.

Before applying on the eVisa India website, make sure of the following:

  • Passport Validity. Your passport should have >6 months validity
  • Visa Pages. Your passport should have at least 2 blank visa pages for stamping
  • Sufficient Funds. You should have enough money for your stay in India (this is rarely questioned), and also a return ticket or onward ticket.

You will also need to have the following items on your computer:

  • Personal Photo. This should be a recent, clear photo of your face with a white background. JPEG format is required.
  • Passport Photo. This should be your main passport page with your name, date of birth, nationality, etc. PDF format is required. If you need help changing your passport image to a PDF, you can use the following website: https://smallpdf.com .

Note: If you’re applying for an e-Business or e-Medical visa, in addition to the above you will also need a copy of the business card (for the e-Business visa) or a copy of the letter from the hospital concerned in India on its letterhead (for the e-Medical visa).  

How To Apply For The India eVisa (Indian Tourist Visa)

When you’re ready to proceed, you can begin your visa application at the Indian government’s official eVisa website:

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

THIS IS IMPORTANT. There are other websites circulating on the internet that mimic this one or pretend to grant speedy visas, but those are often scams and they will take your money. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER WEBSITE.

I’ve provided some photos below as EXAMPLES to guide you through the application, but these are not from my actual eVisa submission. In other words, the addresses and other data I used in the images below are only examples. With that said, the pages you see in your visa application will resemble the ones shown in these images.

If anything has changed in the application process since this guide was written, please let me know in the comments at the bottom of this page and I will update the guide ASAP. I will do my best to keep this entire page up to date.

To begin your visa application, click the button circled in red that says Apply here for e-visa .

India eVisa application guide and steps

Visa Application Page 1

E-visa application.

Passport Type*:  Select Ordinary Passport Nationality*:  Select your country from the dropdown list Port Of Arrival*:  Select the airport you will be flying into Date Of Birth*: Email ID*: Re-enter Email ID*: Expected Date Of Arrival*: Visa Service*: Select from the list, and then choose an activity that best fits your trip to India Please Enter Above Text*: Enter the captcha code given

(Items above marked with  * are required.)

India e-Visa online application guide and steps on page 1

Page 1 of the Indian visa online application on the eVisa India website. Very straightforward.

After selecting continue, if you’re applying for the Indian tourist visa (e-Tourist), then a small message will appear: “The following documents are required to be submitted. 1) Photograph. 2) Passport.” Select OK.

(For some reason the photo dimensions here state 2″ x 2″ but when you come to the actual uploader, the correct minimum dimensions will be 350 x 350 pixels. You’ll use the latter. Side note: separate messages may appear for Business/Medical eVisa applications.)

India eVisa application guide and steps on page 1

You can ignore this message on the Indian visa application and click OK.

You have now arrived at the second page of the Indian visa online application form. It’s a good idea to write down the Temporary Application ID  because it will be required if you have issues or need to come back to your application later.  

Visa Application Page 2

Applicant details form.

Surname: Exactly as in your passport Given Name*: Exactly as in your passport Have You Ever Changed Your Name?* If yes, click the box and give details Gender*: Date Of Birth: Automatically filled in Town/City Of Birth*: Country Of Birth*: Citizenship/National ID No*:  If not applicable, type NA Religion*: Visible Identification Marks*:  List any tattoos if you have them, otherwise put NONE Education*: Nationality:  Automatically filled in Did You Acquire Nationality By Birth Or By Naturalization?* Select yours Have You Lived For At Least Two Years In The Country Where You Are Applying Visa?* Select yes or no  

Passport Details

Passport Number*: Place Of Issue*: Whatever nationality is on your passport Date Of Issue*: Date Of Expiry*: Any Other Valid Passport/Identity Certificate (IC) Held?* Yes or no. If yes, give details

India eVisa application guide and steps on page 2

Page 2 of the e-Visa India application form. Personal identification details.

Visa Application Page 3

Applicant’s address details.

House No./Street*: Village/Town/City*: Country*: State/Province/District*: Postal/ZIP Code*: Phone No.*: One phone number is required Mobile No.: Email Address: Automatically filled in Click Here For Same Address*: Click here if your permanent address is the same address as above, and then it will be applied.

India eVisa application guide and steps on page 3

Page 3 of the Indian visa online. Personal address details.

Visa Application Page 3 (continued)

Father’s details.

Name*: Nationality*: Previous Nationality:  Leave blank if it never changed. Place Of Birth*:  Use the state/province/district of birth if you don’t know the town/city Country Of Birth*:  

Mother’s Details

Name*: Nationality*: Previous Nationality: Leave blank if it never changed. Place Of Birth*:  Use the state/province/district of birth if you don’t know the town/city Country Of Birth*:

Applicant’s Marital Status:  Select whether you’re single or married. If married (or separated but not divorced), enter your spouse’s details. If divorced, just select single. Were Your Parents/Grandparents (Paternal/Maternal) Pakistan Nationals Or Belong To Pakistan Held Area?  Select yes or no  

Profession / Occupation Details Of Applicant

Present Occupation*:  Select your occupation from the dropdown list. If it’s something else, select ‘Others’ and then enter it. The image below gives an example. Employer Name/Business*: Designation: Address*:  Phone: Past Occupation, If Any: Are/Were You In A Military/Semi-Military/Police/Security Organization?* Select yes or no. If yes, a dropdown will appear asking for the following: Organisation, Designation, Rank and Place Of Posting.

India eVisa application guide and steps on page 3

Page 3 (continued). Family and occupation details for the Indian visa online.

Visa Application Page 4

Details of visa sought.

Type Of Visa:  Automatically filled in Visa Service:  Automatically filled in Places To Be Visited*: Enter any cities or areas (e.g. Delhi) you will be visiting in India Places To Be Visited Line 2:  Duration Of Visa:  Automatically filled in No. Of Entries:  Automatically filled in Port Of Arrival In India:  Automatically filled in Expected Port Of Exit From India*:  Select the correct airport from the dropdown  

Previous Visa/Currently Valid Visa Details

Have You Ever Visited India Before?*  Select yes or no. If yes, enter the name and address of the place you stayed previously. Cities In India Visited*:  Enter details from previous visits Last Indian Visa No/Currently Valid Indian Visa*:  If your previous visit was with an eVisa, the number will be written on the stamp given in passport. If you don’t know the number, type unknown. Type Of Visa*:  Tourist Place Of Issue*:  United States (if it was a regular visa). Enter the airport name in India if it was an eVisa. Date Of Issue*:  The date it was issued. For an eVisa, you can use the date of entry from the stamp on your passport, or possibly in your email. Has Permission To Visit Or To Extend Stay In India Previously Been Refused?*  Select yes or no. Hopefully the answer is no  

Other Information

Countries Visited In Last 10 Years:  List any countries you’ve recently visited. I didn’t have room to list all of them, so I included a partial list. This field is not mandatory.  

SAARC Country Visit Details

Have You Visited SAARC Countries (Except Your Own Country) During Last 3 Years?*:  The list of SAARC countries can be found in the dropdown list.

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Page 4 of the eVisa application. Your travel details.

Visa Application Page 4 (continued)

Reference Name In India*:  Your accommodation details will work Address*:  For a hotel this can usually be found on Google Maps or the listing at Booking.com or Agoda.com Phone*:  For a hotel this can usually be found on their website or on Google Maps Reference Name In Home Country*:  A relative or friend will work Address*:  Phone*: 

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Page 4 (continued). Travel and reference details.

Visa Application Page 5

Additional question details.

  • Have You Ever Been Arrested/Prosecuted/Convicted By Court Of Law Of Any Country?*  Yes or no
  • Have You Ever Been Refused Entry/Deported By Any Country Including India?* Yes or no
  • Have You Ever Been Engaged In Human Trafficking / Drug Trafficking / Child Abuse / Crime Against Women / Economic Offense / Financial Fraud?* Yes or no
  • Have You Ever Been Engaged In Cyber Crime / Terrorist Activities / Sabotage / Espionage / Genocide / Political Killing / Other Act Of Violence?* Yes or no
  • Have You Ever By Any Means Or Medium, Expressed Views That Justify Or Glorify Terrorist Violence Or That May Encourage Others To Terrorist Acts Or Other Serious Criminal Acts?* Yes or no
  • Have You Sought Asylum (Political Or Otherwise) In Any Country?* Yes or no

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Page 5 of the Indian visa online application. Background questions.

Visa Application Page 6

Upload photograph.

At this point you will be asked to upload a personal photo.

If you need to come back and do this later, you can save and exit the application (but make sure to write down the Temporary Application ID  because it will be required if you want to reuse your application later).

The photo format will need to be JPEG, with a minimum size of 10 KB and a maximum size of 1 MB. Minimum dimensions are 350 pixels wide x 350 pixels high. The personal photo needs to be recent and front facing, with a white background.

The picture needs to be a clear photo of your face. You can get these done at places like Walgreens, for example. Unfortunately you cannot crop your passport photo to use for this, it needs to be a separate photo.

It’s important to follow all of these specifications and rules, otherwise your eVisa India application may be rejected. Click choose file and navigate to the photo you want to choose; then click upload photo .

After uploading the photo, you’re given an opportunity to crop the photo or upload it again if you’d like.

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Page 6 of the Indian visa online guide. Upload your personal photo.

Visa Application Page 7

Upload passport.

Next, you will be asked to upload a copy of your passport page.

This should be the photo page with personal details like name, date of birth, nationality, expiration date, etc. It should match the passport details entered in your eVisa application.

The file should be in PDF format with a minimum size of 10 KB and a maximum size of 300 KB. If you need help changing your passport file from an image to a PDF, you can use the following website: https://smallpdf.com .

Again, it’s important to follow all of the specifications and rules, otherwise your eVisa application may be rejected. Click choose file and navigate to the PDF file you want to choose; then click upload document .

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Page 7 of the Indian visa online guide. Upload your passport.

Verification & Payment

After submitting your passport upload, the next page will ask you to confirm ALL of the previous details from your Indian e-Visa application.

Look these over thoroughly to make sure you entered everything correctly, because this will be your last chance to edit anything. Once you verify and continue, you will be brought to the visa payment page.

At this point, you can pay for the visa now or later. Follow the instructions on the page for either option. You should also write down the visa Application ID so you can access the application again.

You can pay with international credit or debit cards, or you can make your visa payment with Paypal. I used Paypal and I would recommend this. It was easy to process.

If you don’t have a Paypal account, then the next best option is probably using your card via the Axis option.  

After submission and payment, you will get an email from the Indian government saying that your Indian visa online application was submitted successfully and will take 72 hours for processing.

Generally you will hear back in much quicker time; in my case the Indian visa application was processed and granted in under 24 hours.

You MUST print the email you receive containing the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) and present it to the immigration officer when you arrive in India. I would recommend printing and bringing at least two copies.

The government of India emphasizes that you should also track your application and make sure that the status says  granted on the official eVisa India website ( same link as above ) before making your journey to India.  

What If My India Visa Is Rejected?

If your India visa is rejected, don’t worry. You can apply again, and there’s no minimum amount of time you have to wait before re-applying for a visa. If the online system allows you to re-apply, then you can go ahead and do it when you’re ready.

However, it’s important to find out why you were rejected so you can fix it in your next application. Unfortunately a reason is not always given, but generally the most common reasons for India visas being rejected are simple errors like typos, wrong dates, or wrong photo specifications.

When reapplying, you’ll be faced with this question: “Has permission to visit or to extend stay in India previously been refused?”

How you answer this question will depend on why you were rejected in your first application. If it was a simple clerical error like a wrong date or wrong photo specifications, then I would answer no, because you weren’t actually refused a visa for visiting India due to being ineligible for some reason, you only made a minor mistake in the submission process that can easily be corrected.

Good luck and happy travels!

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I’m very impressed by the quality of information on this website. There are a lot of good resources here. I’m sure I will visit this place again soon.

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I have an extra copy of my passport photo. Although it is the same picture as in my passport it is not just a cropped version of the photo in the passport. Is this acceptable?

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Hi Jeanne, I haven’t tried that myself but it should be okay as long as it meets the other requirements for the personal photo. Regards

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I used my extra copy of my passport photo this past week for my India E-visa, and it worked!

Thank you, David, for providing the details regarding the E-visa information. It was really helpful and guided me as I entered the required fields in the application.

Good to hear. Thanks Esther!

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why is it that when i filled the places to be visited form, it says invalid characters

What are you trying to enter there?

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Once we receive ETA the first name and last name are shuffled is it the same for everyone?

Yes, it was the same on my ETA. No problem.

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Hi David, thank you SO MUCH for this helpful post. I’m flying to India in a month and my e-visa application was just rejected (I traveled to India in early 2020 and had no issues at all) so I’m now going through the process of carefully re-applying… one question I’m hoping you can help me with: I just got married 2 weeks ago, do you expect it to be an issue to check the “married” box despite the fact my (USA & Israeli) passports say nothing about being married (or single, for that matter?) also -I can’t seem to find anything online about a minimum amount of time to wait before re-applying… any idea? Trying to minimize all odds of being rejected again. Thanks so much again, really appreciate your guidance.

Hi Abigail! Glad the post was helpful for you. Yes, it should be okay to put married on the application. Like you say, the marital status isn’t shown on the passport anyway, and spouse names aren’t always changed right away after marriage either, or sometimes they never change. So that should be fine. As far as I know, there’s no minimum amount of time to wait before re-applying. If the online system allows you to re-apply, then I would go ahead and try again. Do you know why you were rejected the first time? I would figure that out before re-applying. Good luck!

Hi David! Another important question – for the “Has permission to visit or to extend stay in India previously been refused?” question on page 4 – would my previous e-visa rejection quality as a “yes”?

For this question, I think it would depend on the reason why you were rejected on the first application. Was it a simple error like a wrong date, wrong photo specifications, etc? If so, I would answer no, you weren’t refused a visa for visiting India, your application was only rejected because of a minor mistake. This is different from refusing you a visa because you aren’t eligible for some reason.

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My e-visa application just got rejected without any specific reason provided. All they mention in the remark is “You may apply for Regular/Official Visa at nearest Indian Mission/Embassy abroad”. I compared my application to yours and the only difference I see is that for “city/town” of birth I put down city and state as opposed to state only. Would you happen to know if this could have caused the rejection?

Hi Jan! That shouldn’t cause a rejection. I’ve heard of people doing it either way (city and state, or city only). Both are correct answers. Do you think there might be another issue on your application? The most common things are simple errors like typos, wrong dates, or wrong photo specs.

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Thanks so much. This is very helpful.

Question – on page 2 it asks if you ever changed your name. Am I correct in assuming that I put yes because I changed my name when I got married?

Hi Judy! If your passport still has your maiden name, I would use that name in the application and answer no to the question about name change. If your passport has your married name, I would use that name in the application and answer yes to the question about name change. However, I know of people who have applied successfully either way. It shouldn’t affect your application.

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Thank you, this was very helpful. I have a question on section “Previous Visa/Currently Valid Visa Details”. I have traveled to India multiple times, but as an Indian citizen and held an Indian passport. Now I am no longer Indian citizen and applying for India Tourist visa for first time. What do I click in this “Previous Visa/Currently Valid Visa Details” section’s “Have you ever visited India before?”

Hi Sylvia, in that case you can answer “No” for the question “Have you ever visited India before?” because they’re asking if you’ve visited India on a visa before, and you haven’t. You were a citizen and resident, not a visitor. They should be able to understand this since you will list your country of birth as India on page 2 of the application, and also when they ask “Did You Acquire Nationality By Birth Or By Naturalization?” you can put Naturalization.

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All visitors to India require a visa , except for citizens of neighboring Nepal and Bhutan. Visitors must either apply for a regular visa or an e-Visa (citizens of Japan and South Korea can also get a visa on arrival at six major airports in India). The e-Visa is hassle-free to obtain, and will be suitable for most tourists. Here's what you need to know about it.

Latest News as of September 2019

Three types of e-Tourist visas are now available with validity of one-month, one-year and five-years. The one-month e-Tourist Visa permits two entries. The one-year and five-year e-Tourist visas allow multiple entries but are subject to limitations on length of continuous stay. The fee for the one-year e-Tourist Visa has been reduced, while the fee for the new one-month e-Tourist Visa is discounted during the off-peak summer season from April to September.

The Indian government introduced a tourist visa on arrival scheme on January 1, 2010. It was initially trialed for citizens of five countries. Subsequently, a year later, it was extended to include a total of 11 countries. And, from April 15, 2014 it was extended to include South Korea.

Effective November 27, 2014, this visa on arrival scheme was replaced by an online Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) scheme. It has been implemented in phases and progressively made available to more countries.

In April 2015, the scheme was renamed "e-Tourist Visa" by the Indian government, to remove confusion over the previous ability to get a visa on arrival without applying in advance.

In April 2017, the scheme was further extended to passport holders of 158 countries (up from 150 countries).

The Indian government has also widened the scope of the visa scheme to include short duration medical treatment and yoga courses, and casual business visits and conferences. Previously, these required separate medical/student/business visas.

The aim is to make getting an Indian visa easier, and to bring more business people and medical tourists into the country.

To facilitate this change, in April 2017, the "e-Tourist Visa" scheme became known as "e-Visa". Furthermore, it was divided into three categories:

  • e-Tourist Visa
  • e-Business Visa
  • e-Medical Visa

Two additional categories—e-Medical Attendant Visa and e-Conference Visa—have since been added. Up to two e-Medical Attendant visas will be granted against one e-Medical Visa.

The visa categories can be clubbed together. However, e-Conference visas are only permitted to be clubbed with e-Tourist visas.

Be sure to research the different types of Indian visas .

Who is Eligible for an E-Visa?

Passport holders of the following 165 countries: Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Island, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote D'lvoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger Republic, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Island, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

However, do note that if your parents or grandparents were born in or lived in Pakistan, you will be ineligible to get an e-Visa even if you're a citizen of the above countries. You will have to apply for a normal visa.

What is the Procedure for Obtaining an E-Visa?

Applications must be made online at this website, no less than four days and no more than 30 days before the date of travel (for a 30-day tourist e-visa). A sample form with screen shots can be downloaded here .

As well as entering you travel details, you will need to upload a photograph of yourself with a white background that meets the specifications listed on the website, and the photo page of your passport that shows your personal details. Your passport will need to be valid for at least six months. Additional documents may be required depending on the type of e-Visa required.

Following this, pay the fee online with your debit or credit card. You will receive an Application ID and the ETA will be sent to you via email within three to five days (often earlier). The status of your application can be checked here . Make sure it shows "GRANTED" before you travel.

You will need to have a copy of the ETA with you when you arrive in India, and present it at the immigration counter at the airport. An immigration officer will stamp your passport with your e-Visa for entry into India. Your biometric data will also be captured at this time.

You should have a return ticket and enough money to spend during your stay in India.

What are the Fees?

The visa fees depend on the nature of the reciprocal relationship between India and each country. Citizens of some countries can get visas free of cost. There are also differing fees for e-Tourists visas and other types of e-Visas. The details can be found in this e-Tourist Visa Fee Chart and Fee Chart for Other E-Visa Types .

Citizens of the following countries are entitled to free visas:

  • Argentina, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Niue Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

Citizens of all other countries, except Japan, now pay the same fees for e-Tourist visas. These are as follows:

  • One-month e-Tourist Visa (April to June): $10.
  • One-month e-Tourist Visa (remainder of the year) : $25
  • One-year e-Tourist Visa : $40.
  • Five-year e-Tourist Visa : $80.

Japanese citizens only pay $25 for one-year and five-year e-Tourist visas.

The fees for other types of e-Visas are as follows:

  • $100 Citizens of US, UK, Russia, Ukraine and Mozambique.
  • $80 : Citizens of the majority of countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • $25: Citizens of Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

In addition to the visa fee, a bank charge of 2.5% of the fee must be paid.

How Long is the Visa Valid For?

The one-month e-Tourist Visa is valid for 30 days from the date of arrival in India, with two entries permitted. One-year and five-year e-Tourist visas are valid for 365 days from the date the ETA is granted, with multiple entries permitted.

E-Business visas are valid for one year from the date the ETA is granted, with multiple entries permitted.

E-Medical and e-Medical Attendant visas are valid for 60 days from the date of arrival in India. E-Conference visas are only valid for 30 days from the date of arrival. Three entries are permitted on e-Medical visas and e-Medical Attendant visas. Only one entry is permitted on e-Conference visas. The visas are non-extendable and non-convertible.

How Long Can You Stay in India?

It's important to note that although your e-Tourist Visa may be valid for one year or five years, this doesn't mean you can stay in India continuously for the whole time. The length of continuous stay must not be longer than 90 days—except for citizens of US, UK, Japan and Canada. Citizens of these countries can stay for up to 180 days at a time.

Citizens of all countries can stay in India for up to 180 days continuously on an e-Business visa.

Which Indian Entry Points Accept E-Visas?

You can now enter at the following 28 international airports in India : Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Kochi, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Port Blair, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi, and Vishakhapatnam.

You can also enter at the following five designated seaports: Kochi, Goa, Mangalore, Mumbai, Chennai.

In addition, separate immigration desks and help counters have been set up to assist medical tourists at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad airports.

Once you have the e-Visa, you can leave India (and return) through any immigration point.

How Often Can You Get an E-Visa?

You can apply as often as you want. The limit on the number of times in a calendar year has been removed.

Visiting Protected/Restricted Areas with Your E-Visa

The e-Visa is not valid for entry into areas such as Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India, by itself. You'll need to obtain a separate Protected Area Permit (PAP) or Inner Line Permit (ILP), depending on the requirements of the particular area. This can be done in India after you arrive, using your e-Visa. You don't need to hold a regular tourist visa to be able to apply for a PAP. Your travel or tour agent can take care of the arrangements for you. If you're planning on visiting Northeast India, you can read more about permit requirements here.

Need Help with Your Application?

Call +91-11-24300666 or email [email protected]

Important: Scams to be Aware of

When applying for your e-Visa, do be aware that a number of commercial websites have been created to look similar to the government of India's official website, and they claim to provide online visa services to tourists. These websites include but are not limited to:

  • e-visaindia.com
  • e-touristvisaindia.com
  • indianvisaonline.org.in

The websites do not belong to the government of India and they will charge you hefty service fees.

Expediting Your E-Visa

If you do need to get your e-Visa in a hurry, iVisa.com offers 24-hour and 2-day processing times. However, this comes at a price— $100 for 24-hours, and $65 for 2-days. Their standard fee for a 4-day processing time is $35. These fees are all additional to the e-Visa fee. The company is legitimate and reliable though.

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U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are prohibited from traveling to the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur without special authorization from the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata.

Central and East India – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Maoist extremist groups, or “Naxalites,” are active in a large swath of India from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal, particularly in rural parts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and on the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha. The Naxalites have conducted frequent terrorist attacks on local police, paramilitary forces, and government officials.

Due to the fluid nature of the threat, all U.S. government travelers to states with Naxalite activity must receive special authorization from the U.S. consulate responsible for the area to be visited. U.S. officials traveling only to the capital cities in these states do not need prior authorization.

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Must be valid for six months beyond date of visa application to obtain a visa.

Two pages required.

Yes. Travelers must enter in either on a paper visa, valid for 10 years for U.S. citizens, or an e-tourist visa.

Required for yellow fever if the traveler is arriving from an infected area; others are suggested.

The possession of satellite phones is prohibited in India; Currency in excess of USD $5,000 must be declared. Please check with the Indian Embassy in Washington if you are planning to carry a large amount of currency into India.

Check local law for reporting requirements for exiting with large quantities of foreign currency and Indian rupees.

Embassies and Consulates

U.s. embassy new delhi.

Shantipath, Chanakyapuri New Delhi - 110021 India Telephone: +(91) (11) 2419-8000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) (11) 2419-8000 Fax: +(91) (11) 2419-0017 [email protected]

The U.S. Embassy, New Delhi   serves American citizens in the Indian states of  Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh, the union territories of Chandigarh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, and the country of Bhutan.

U.S. Consulate General Mumbai (Bombay) C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex Bandra East, Mumbai 400051 India Telephone: +(91) (22) 2672-4000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) (22) 2672-4000 If you are calling from within India, but outside Mumbai, first dial 022. Fax: 91-(0)22-2672-4786 [email protected]

The Consulate General in Mumbai provides consular services for the states of Goa, Gujarat, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra, and the union territory of Diu and Daman, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

U.S. Consulate General Kolkata (Calcutta) 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani Kolkata - 700 071, West Bengal, India Telephone: +(91) (33) 3984-2400 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) 99030 42956 or +(91) (33) 3984-2400 then dial "0" Fax: +(91) (33) 2282-2335

The United States Consulate General in Kolkata provides consular services for the states of Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Tripura and Assam. [email protected]

U.S. Consulate General Chennai (Madras) 220 Anna Salai at Gemini Circle Chennai, India 600006 Telephone: +(91) (44) 2857-4000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (0) 44-2857-4000. Ask for American Citizen Services.(Within India, but outside Chennai, first dial 044. From the United States, first dial 011-(91) (44) ) Fax: +(91) (044) 2811-2020

The Consulate General in Chennai provides consular services for the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Pondicherry and Lakshwadeep Islands. [email protected]

U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad Survey No. 115/1, Financial District, Nanakramguda Hyderabad, Telangana, 500032 Phone: 040 6932 8000

The Consulate General in Hyderabad provides services to the U.S. citizens in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Odisha. [email protected]

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

All U.S. citizens need a valid passport as well as a valid Indian visa or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, to enter and exit India for any purpose. Travelers without valid documents or the correct type of visa may be denied entry into India. Indian visa regulations and instructions change frequently, often with little advance notice. Travelers are urged to check the  website of the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C.  before any travel to India to review the most current information. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in India cannot assist you if you arrive without proper documentation.

U.S. citizens seeking to enter India solely for tourist purposes for stays of less than 60 days may apply for an eVisa at least four days prior to their arrival. Please visit the  Indian government's website for electronic travel authorization for additional information and to submit an application.  

U.S. citizens seeking to enter India as a tourist for longer than 60 days or for any other purpose must apply for a visa from an Indian embassy or consulate. The Government of India has appointed VFS Global to assist with visa services to individuals in the United States. Applicants may apply for Indian visas through the application link https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind/apply-visa .

Diplomatic and Official visa applications are accepted directly at the Indian Embassy and Consulates. All U.S. government employees traveling on official orders, including military personnel, must obtain country clearance for travel to India. Once you have received your visa, check it carefully to ensure that the type of visa and number of entries is appropriate for your travel plans.

Keep copies of your U.S. passport data page, as well as the pages containing the Indian visa and Indian immigration stamps with you at all times. Consider downloading these documents to your mobile phone in case of emergency. If your passport is lost or stolen, copies will help you apply for a replacement passport and an exit visa from the Indian government. Replacing a lost visa, which is required in order to exit the country, may take four or five business days.   

U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin or descent are subject to administrative processing and should expect additional delays when applying for Indian visas.

Foreign citizens who visit India to  study, do research, work, or act as missionaries,  as well as all travelers and residents planning to stay more than 180 days,  are required to register their visit or residency within 14 days of arrival with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO)  closest to where they will be staying in addition  to having the appropriate visa  when they enter India. The FRRO maintains offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Lucknow, Calicut, Goa, Cochin, Trivandrum, and Amritsar. District Superintendents of Police serve as Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs) in all other places. We recommend all U.S. citizens review the entry requirements described on the  Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)  section on the Indian Bureau of Immigration website.

If you overstay your Indian visa, or otherwise violate Indian visa regulations, you may require clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs to leave the country. Generally, you will be fined and, in some cases, may be jailed for months. Visa violators seeking an exit permit must visit  the Foreigners Regional Registration Office portal  to submit the application and pay any levied fines. Processing of an exit permit under these circumstances can take up to 90 days and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.  

For the most current information on entry and exit requirements, please contact the  Embassy of India  at 2536 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 939-9806 or the Indian Consulates in Atlanta ,  Chicago , Houston ,  New York , or  San Francisco . Outside the United States, inquiries should be made at the nearest Indian embassy or consulate.

General information regarding Indian visa and immigration rules, including the addresses and telephone numbers for the FRRO offices, can be found at the  Indian Ministry of Home Affairs Bureau of Immigration website .

HIV/AIDS RESTRICTIONS:  There are no disclosure requirements or restrictions for HIV/AIDS patients who enter India on a tourist visa. Disclosure regarding HIV/AIDS is required of anyone seeking a resident permit in India. Foreign residents found to be suffering from HIV/AIDS will be deported. Please verify this information with the  Embassy of India  before you travel.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction  and  customs regulations  on our websites.

Safety and Security

U.S. citizens should always practice good personal security and situational awareness. Be aware of your surroundings (including local customs and etiquette) and keep a low profile. Monitor local news reports, vary your routes and times in carrying out daily activities, and consider the level of security present when you visit public places, including religious sites, and when choosing hotels, restaurants, and entertainment and recreation venues.

India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect U.S. citizens directly or indirectly. Anti-Western terrorist groups, some on the U.S. government's list of foreign terrorist organizations, are active in India, including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba. The U.S. government occasionally receives information regarding possible terrorist attacks that could take place in India, monitors such information to determine credibility, and advises U.S. citizens accordingly.  Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive messages from the Embassy automatically.   

Past attacks have targeted public places, including some frequented by Westerners, such as luxury and other hotels, trains, train stations, markets, cinemas, mosques, and restaurants in large urban areas. Attacks have taken place during the busy evening hours in markets and other crowded places, but could occur at any time.  Alerts are usually more frequent around major holidays. The Maoists (also known as “Naxalites”) are the most active insurgent group in India. The Naxalites typically attack Indian government officials, but have also derailed trains, targeted other government buildings such as police stations, and conducted other criminal activity.  In eastern India’s Bihar state, 10 security personnel were killed and five injured in a Naxalite-triggered Improvised Explosive Device blast on July 18, 2016.  In the eastern state of Jharkhand, seven policemen were killed and eight others injured in a landmine blast by Naxalites on January 27, 2016.   

Beyond the threat from terrorism and insurgencies, demonstrations and general strikes, or “bandh,” often cause major inconvenience and unrest. These strikes can result in the stoppage of all transportation and tourist-related services, at times for 24 hours or more. U.S. citizens caught in such a strike may find they are unable to make flight and rail connections, as local transportation can be severely limited. Local media generally give an idea of the length and geographical location of the strike. Large religious gatherings that attract hundreds of thousands of people can result in dangerous and often life-threatening stampedes. Local demonstrations can begin spontaneously and escalate with little warning, disrupting transportation systems and city services and posing risks to travelers. In response to such events, Indian authorities occasionally impose curfews and/or restrict travel. You are urged to obey such curfews and travel restrictions and to avoid demonstrations and rallies as they have the potential for violence, especially immediately preceding and following political rallies, elections, and religious festivals (particularly when Hindu and Muslim festivals coincide). Tensions between castes and religious groups can also result in disruptions and violence. In some cases, demonstrators specifically block roads near popular tourist sites and disrupt train operations in order to gain the attention of Indian authorities; occasionally vehicles transporting tourists are attacked in these incidents. India generally goes on “High Alert” status prior to major holidays or events. You should monitor local television, print media, Mission India’s American Citizens Services  Facebook  page, and enroll with the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  for further information about the current situation in areas where you will travel.

The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai will post information about routine demonstrations on the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General websites, under the heading “Demonstration Notices.” Please monitor our websites regularly for information about protest activities in the country. Please note that the Embassy and Consulates General will issue emergency/security messages for other purposes, as necessary.

Religious violence occasionally occurs in India, especially when tensions between different religious communities are purposefully exacerbated by groups pushing religiously chauvinistic agendas. There are active "anti-conversion" laws in some Indian states, and acts of conversion sometimes elicit violent reactions from Hindu extremists. Foreigners suspected of proselytizing Hindus have been attacked and killed in conservative, rural areas in India in the past. 

Swimming in India:  You should exercise caution if you intend to swim in open waters along the Indian coastline, particularly during the monsoon season. Every year, several people in Goa, Mumbai, Puri (Odisha), off the Eastern Coast in the Bay of Bengal, and other areas drown due to strong undertows. It is important to heed warnings posted at beaches and to avoid swimming in the ocean during the monsoon season. Trained lifeguards are very rare along beaches.

If you visit the Andaman Islands, be aware that there have been reports of crocodile attacks in salt water resulting in fatalities.  Ask local residents about dangerous sea life before swimming and keep a safe distance from animals at all times.

Wildlife safaris:  India offers opportunities for observation of wildlife in its natural habitat and many tour operators and lodges advertise structured, safe excursions into parks and other wildlife viewing areas for close observation of flora and fauna. However, safety standards and training vary, and it is a good idea to ascertain whether operators are trained and licensed. Even animals marketed as “tame” should be respected as wild and extremely dangerous. Keep a safe distance from animals at all times, remaining in vehicles or other protected enclosures when venturing into game parks.

Trekking in India:  Trekking expeditions should be limited to routes identified for this purpose by local authorities. Use only registered trekking agencies, porters, and guides, suspend trekking after dark, camp at designated camping places, and travel in groups rather than individually or with one or two companions. Altitudes in popular trekking spots can be as high as 25,170 feet (7,672 m); please make sure that you have had a recent medical checkup to ensure that you are fit to trek at these altitudes and carry sufficient medical insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage.

Train Travel:  India has the third largest rail network in the world, and train travel in India generally is safe. Nevertheless, accidents and on-board fires are sometimes caused by aging infrastructure, poorly maintained equipment, overcrowding, and operator errors. Train accidents and fires have resulted in the death and serious injury of passengers.

Areas of Instability: Jammu & Kashmir:  The Department of State strongly recommends that you avoid travel to the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir because of the potential for terrorist incidents as well as violent public unrest. A number of terrorist groups operate in the territory targeting security forces, particularly along the Line of Control (LOC) separating Indian and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, and those stationed in primary tourist destinations in the Kashmir Valley: Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam. Since 1989, as many as 70,000 people (terrorists, security forces, and civilians) have been killed in the Kashmir conflict. Foreigners are particularly visible, vulnerable, and at risk. In the past, serious communal violence left the territory mostly paralyzed due to massive strikes and business shutdowns, and U.S. citizens have had to be evacuated by local police. The Indian government prohibits foreign tourists from visiting certain areas along the LOC (see the section on Restricted Areas, below).

India-Pakistan Border:  The Department of State recommends that you avoid travel to areas within ten kilometers of the border between India and Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border. The only official India-Pakistan border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the state of Punjab between Atari, India, and Wagah, Pakistan. The border crossing is usually open, but you are advised to confirm the current status of the border crossing prior to commencing travel. A Pakistani visa is required to enter Pakistan. Only U.S. citizens residing in India may apply for a Pakistani visa in India. Otherwise you should apply for a Pakistani visa in your country of residence before traveling to India.

Both India and Pakistan claim an area of the Karakoram mountain range that includes the Siachen glacier. Travel or mountain climbing in this area is highly dangerous. The disputed area includes the following peaks: Rimo Peak; Apsarasas I, II, and III; Tegam Kangri I, II and III; Suingri Kangri; Ghiant I and II; Indira Col; and Sia Kangri. Check with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi for information on current conditions.

Northeastern states:  Incidents of violence by ethnic insurgent groups, including bombings of buses, trains, rail lines, and markets, occur occasionally in the northeast. While U.S. citizens have not been specifically targeted, it is possible that you could be affected as a bystander. If you travel to the northeast, you should avoid travel by train at night, travel outside major cities at night, and crowds. U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are prohibited from traveling to the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur without permission from the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata. Restricted Area Permits are required for foreigners to visit certain Northeastern states (see the section on Restricted Areas, below.) Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata for information on current conditions.

East Central and Southern India:  Maoist extremist groups, or “Naxalites,” are active in East Central India primarily in rural areas. The Naxalites have a long history of conflict with state and national authorities, including frequent terrorist attacks on local police, paramilitary forces, and government officials, and are responsible for more attacks in the country than any other organization through an ongoing campaign of violence and intimidation Naxalites have not specifically targeted U.S. citizens but have attacked symbolic targets that have included Western companies and rail lines. While Naxalite violence does not normally occur in places frequented by foreigners, there is a risk that visitors could become victims of violence.

Naxalites are active in a large swath of India from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal, particularly in rural parts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and on the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha. Due to the fluid nature of the threat, all U.S. government travelers to states with Naxalite activity must receive authorization from the U.S. Consulate responsible for the area to be visited. U.S. officials traveling only to the capital cities in these states do not need prior authorization.

Restricted/Protected areas:  While the Indian Government has designated that travelers to “portions” of certain areas need special advance permission, actual practice has been to require a permit to enter any portion of certain states or territories. Areas requiring a permit include:

  • The state of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Portions of the state of Sikkim
  • Portions of the state of Himachal Pradesh near the Chinese border
  • Portions of the state of Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) near the Chinese border
  • Portions of the state of Rajasthan near the Pakistani border
  • Portions of the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir near the Line of Control with Pakistan and certain portions of the union territory of Ladakh
  • The union territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  • The union territory of the Laccadives Islands (Lakshadweep)
  • Portions of the state of Manipur
  • Portions of the state of Mizoram
  • Portions of the state of Nagaland

More information about travel to/in restricted/protected areas can be found from India’s  Bureau of Immigration .

“Restricted Area Permits" are available outside India at Indian embassies and consulates abroad, or in India from the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) at Jaisalmer House, 26 Man Singh Road, New Delhi. The states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim maintain official guesthouses in New Delhi, which can also issue Restricted Area Permits for their respective states for certain travelers. While visiting Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) in Tamil Nadu, be aware the Indira Gandhi Atomic Research Center, Kalpakkam, is located just south of the site and is not clearly marked as a restricted and dangerous area.

For the latest security information, travelers should enroll in  STEP  to receive updated security information and regularly monitor travel information available from the  U.S. Embassy in New Delhi  as well as the U.S. Consulates General in  Mumbai  (Bombay),  Chennai (Madras),  Hyderabad , and  Kolkata  (Calcutta).

CRIME:  Petty crime, especially theft of personal property (including U.S. passports), is common, particularly on trains or buses, at airports, and in major tourist areas. Pickpockets can be very adept and women have reported having their bags snatched, purse-straps cut, or the bottom of their purses slit without their knowledge. If you are traveling by train, lock your sleeping compartments and take your valuables with you when leaving your berth. If you travel by air, be careful with your bags in the arrival and departure areas outside airports. Violent crime, especially directed against foreigners, has traditionally been uncommon, although in recent years there has been a modest increase. Be cautious about displaying cash or expensive items to reduce the chance of being a target for robbery or other crime, and be aware of your surroundings when you use ATMs. ATM card scams have been used to clone credit card details to withdraw money.

Sexual Assault:  Travelers should be aware that there have been reported cases of sexual assault, including rape, of U.S. citizens traveling throughout India. U.S. citizens, particularly women, are cautioned not to travel alone in India. Women traveling in India are advised to respect local dress and customs. Customary everyday dress for Indian women throughout the country is conservative, and even more so in non-urban areas,  with women wearing clothing that covers their legs and shoulders. Exceptions are vacation resorts catering to foreign clientele and some neighborhoods of the major cities of New Delhi and Mumbai. Western women, especially those of African descent, continue to report incidents of verbal and physical harassment by individuals and groups of men. Known locally as “Eve-teasing,” these incidents of sexual harassment can be quite frightening and can quickly cross the line from verbal to physical. Sexual harassment can occur anytime or anywhere, but most frequently has happened in crowded areas such as in market places, train stations, buses, and public streets. The harassment can range from sexually suggestive or lewd comments to catcalls to outright groping. The Government of India has focused greater attention on addressing issues of gender violence. One outcome has been greater reporting of incidences of sexual assault country-wide, and Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Among large cities, Delhi experienced the highest number of reported crimes against women. Although most victims have been local residents, recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas across India underline the fact that foreign women are at risk and should exercise vigilance.

Women should observe stringent security precautions, including avoiding use of public transport after dark without the company of known and trustworthy companions, restricting evening entertainment to well-known venues, and avoiding isolated areas when alone at any time of day. Keep your hotel room number confidential and make sure hotel room doors have chains, deadlocks, and peep holes. Travel with groups of friends rather than alone. In addition, only hire reliable cars and drivers and avoid traveling alone in hired taxis, especially at night. Use taxis from hotels and pre-paid taxis at airports rather than hailing them on the street. If you encounter threatening situations, call “100” for police assistance (“112” from mobile phones).

Scams:  Major airports, train stations, popular restaurants, and tourist sites are often used by scam artists looking to prey on visitors, often by creating a distraction. Beware of taxi drivers and others, including train porters, who solicit travelers with "come-on" offers of cheap transportation and/or hotels. Travelers accepting such offers have frequently found themselves the victims of scams, including offers to assist with "necessary" transfers to the domestic airport, disproportionately expensive hotel rooms, unwanted "tours," unwelcome "purchases," extended cab rides, and even threats when the tourists decline to pay.  There have been reports of tourists being lured, held hostage and extorted for money in the face of threats of violence against the traveler and his/her family members.

You should exercise care when hiring transportation and/or guides and use only well-known travel agents to book trips. Some scam artists have lured travelers by displaying their name on a sign when they leave the airport. Another popular scam is to drop money or to squirt something on the clothing of an unsuspecting traveler and use the distraction to rob them of their valuables. Tourists have also been given drugged drinks or tainted food to make them more vulnerable to theft, particularly at train stations. Even food or drink prepared in front of the traveler from a canteen or vendor could be tainted.

Some vendors sell carpets, jewelry, gemstones, or other expensive items that may not be of the quality promised. Deal only with reputable businesses and do not hand over your credit cards or money unless you are certain that goods being shipped are the goods you purchased. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it is best avoided. Most Indian states have official tourism bureaus set up to handle complaints.

There have been a number of other scams perpetrated against foreign travelers, particularly in Goa, Jaipur, and Agra that target younger travelers and involve suggestions that money can be made by privately transporting gems or gold (both of which can result in arrest) or by taking delivery abroad of expensive carpets, supposedly while avoiding customs duties. The scam artists describe profits that can be made upon delivery of the goods, and require the traveler to pay a "deposit" as part of the transaction.

India-based criminals use the internet to extort money from victims abroad.  In a common scam, the victim develops a close romantic relationship with an alleged U.S. citizen they meet online. When the “friend” travels to India, a series of accidents occur and the victim begins to receive requests for financial assistance, sometimes through an intermediary.  In fact, the U.S. citizen “friend” does not exist; they are only online personas used by criminal networks. Victims have been defrauded of thousands of dollars in these schemes. Do not send money to anyone you have not met in person and carefully read the Department of State’s advice on  international financial scams . 

U.S. citizens have had problems with business partners, usually involving property investments. You may wish to seek professional legal advice in reviewing any contracts for business or services offered in India. The U.S. Embassy and/or consulates are unable to provide legal advice or intervene on behalf of United States citizens with Indian courts on civil or criminal matters.  A list of local attorneys is available on the Embassy and Consulates General  websites .

In another common scam, family members in the United States, particularly older people, are approached for funds to help callers claiming to be grandchildren or relatives who have been arrested or are without money to return home. Do not send money without contacting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General to confirm the other party’s situation. You can also call our Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 888-407-4747 (from overseas: 202-501-4444). Review our information on  Emergency Assistance to Americans Abroad . 

See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for more information on scams.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

Victims of Crime:  U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the local police, then inform the U.S. Embassy or local Consulate.

Report crimes to the local police by calling “100” or “112” from a mobile phone.                      

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on  victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Please note that you should ask for a copy of the police report, known as a “First Information Report” (FIR), from local police when you report an incident. Local authorities generally are unable to take any meaningful action without the filing of a police report. 

If your passport is stolen, you should immediately report the theft or loss to the police in the location where your passport was stolen. A FIR is required by the Indian government in order for you to obtain an exit visa to leave India if the lost passport contained your Indian visa. Although the Embassy or Consulate General is able to replace a stolen or lost passport, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) are responsible for approving an exit permit. This process usually takes three to four working days, but can take longer.

In cases of sexual assault or rape, the Embassy or Consulates General can provide a list of local doctors and hospitals, if needed, to determine if you have been injured and to discuss treatment and prevention options for diseases and pregnancy. You should be aware that in order for evidence of an assault to be submitted in a court case, Indian authorities require that the medical exam be completed at a government hospital. Therefore, if a victim goes to a private hospital for treatment, the hospital will refer them to a government hospital for this aspect of the medical process. 

There are a number of resources in India for victims of rape and sexual assault. The specific toll-free Women’s Helpline Service number in Delhi is 1091; in Mumbai it is 103; in Kolkata, 1090; in Chennai, 1091 or 2345-2365; and in Hyderabad one can dial 1-800-425-2908 or 1098 for crimes in general.

The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in India is “100.” An additional emergency number, “112,” can be accessed from mobile phones.

Please see our  information for victims of crime , including possible victim compensation programs in the United States. 

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur.  Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field.  In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities.  First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance.  See our webpage for more  information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some activities are crimes under U.S. law and can be prosecuted in the U.S. regardless of whether they are allowed under local law.  For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

Alcohol: Each of India’s states has independent regulations concerning alcohol purchase and consumption. Legal drinking ages range from 18 to 25 and can vary by beverage type. Some states permit alcohol use for medicinal purposes only, others require you to hold a permit to buy, transport, or consume alcohol. Penalties for violation can be harsh.

Drugs:  Several U.S. citizens have been arrested at Indian airports for attempting to smuggle illegal drugs from India.  All claimed that they did not realize they were carrying narcotics.  Never transport or mail packages that do not belong to you and maintain direct control of your luggage at all times.

Beef and Cow Hide: Several states in India impose various types of prohibition on beef.  In some rural areas, cow protection vigilantes have attacked people they suspected of selling or consuming beef, or possessing items made with cow hide.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

Dual nationality: India does not permit its citizens to hold dual nationality. In 2006, India launched the "Overseas Citizens of India" (OCI) program, which does not grant Indian citizenship but is similar to a U.S. "green card" in that you can travel to and from India indefinitely, work in India, study in India, and own property in India (except for certain agricultural and plantation properties). If you are a U.S. citizen and obtain an OCI card you will not become a citizen of India; you will remain a citizen of the United States. An OCI card holder does not receive an Indian passport, cannot vote in Indian elections, and is not eligible for Indian government employment. The OCI program is similar to the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card except that PIO holders must still register with Indian immigration authorities, and PIO cards are not issued for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens of Indian descent can apply for PIO or OCI cards at the Indian Embassy in Washington, or at the Indian Consulates in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Houston. Inside India, U.S. citizens can apply at the nearest FRRO office (please see “Entry/Exit Requirements” section above for more information on the FRRO). U.S. citizens are required to travel on a U.S. passport when traveling in and out of the United States.

Religious activities and faith-based travelers:  See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report .  If you plan to engage in religious proselytizing you are required by Indian law to have a "missionary" visa. Immigration authorities have determined that certain activities, including speaking at religious meetings to which the general public is invited, may violate immigration law if the traveler does not hold a missionary visa. Foreigners with tourist visas who engage in missionary activity are subject to deportation and possible criminal prosecution. The states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Arunachal Pradesh have legislation that regulates or places restrictions on conversion from one religious faith to another. If you intend to engage in missionary activity, you may wish to seek legal advice to determine whether the activities you intend to pursue are permitted under Indian law.

Tourists should also be mindful of restrictions and observances when planning to visit any religious establishment, whether Hindu temples, mosques, churches, or other locations considered sacred by the local population. Many individual temples and mosques do not permit non-members to enter all or parts of the facilities, and may require the removal of shoes, the covering of the head, or have other specific requirements for appropriate attire.  

Customs restrictions: Before traveling to or from India, you are urged to inspect all bags and clothing thoroughly to ensure they do not inadvertently contain prohibited items. Several U.S. citizens have been arrested or detained when airport security officials discovered loose ammunition (even spent individual bullets and casings) or weapons in their luggage. If you are found to have loose ammunition or bullets (including empty bullet shells used in souvenirs) on your person or in your bags, you could be charged with violation of the Indian Arms Act, incarcerated, and/or deported from India.

In addition, U.S. citizens have been arrested for possession of satellite phones. Satellite phones, personal locator beacons, and hand-held GPS devices are illegal in India.

Indian customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from India of such items as, antiquities, electronic equipment, currency, ivory, gold objects, and other prohibited materials. Permission from the Government of India is required to bring in restricted items, even if you are only transiting through India. If you do not comply with these regulations, you risk arrest or fine or both and confiscation of these items. If you are charged with any legal violations by Indian law enforcement, have an attorney review any document before you sign it. The Government of India requires the registration of antique items with the local police along with a photograph of the item. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of India in Washington or one of India's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements. More information is available from the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs .

Indian customs authorities encourage the use of an ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) Carnet for the temporary admission of professional equipment, commercial samples, and/or goods for exhibitions and fair purposes. ATA Carnet Headquarters, located at the U.S. Council for International Business , 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, issues and guarantees the ATA Carnet in the United States. For additional information call (212) 354-4480, or email USCIB for details. Please see our section on Customs Information for more information.

Natural disaster threats: Parts of northern India are highly susceptible to earthquakes. Regions of highest risk, ranked 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, include areas around Srinagar, Himachal Pradesh, Rishikesh and Dehra Dun, the northern parts of Punjab, northwest Gujarat, northern Bihar, and the entire northeast. Ranked 4 (high damage risk) is an area that sweeps along the north through Jammu and Kashmir, Eastern Punjab, Haryana, Northern Uttar Pradesh, central Bihar and the northern parts of West Bengal. New Delhi is located in zone 4. Severe flooding is common in hilly and mountainous areas throughout India. Flooding in 2013 in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and other areas left thousands of people presumed dead and temporarily stranded dozens of U.S. citizens.

Typhoons/cyclones and subsequent flooding are common along the Indian coasts, in particular the Eastern coastal states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal, and have at times resulted in massive loss of life.  Tourists and residents in areas prone to these events should remain vigilant during severe weather, monitor local media for latest developments, and heed all municipal warnings.  Residents in these areas should have contingency plans for loss of power and inavailability of goods and services, including supplies for multiple days after a severe weather event.

Accessibility: While in India, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different than what you find in the United States. Despite legislation that all public buildings and transport be accessible for disabled people, accessibility remains limited. One notable exception is the Delhi metro system, designed to be accessible to those with physical disabilities.

Women Travelers: Please review our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

Students:  See our   Students Abroad  page and FBI travel tips .

LGBTQI+ Travelers:  Section 377 of India’s penal code makes same-sex sexual acts illegal in India. On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India declared unconstitutional the application of Section 377, barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, effectively legalizing homosexuality in India. Reports of widespread discrimination and violence against LGBTQI+ persons, particularly in rural areas, persist. See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Zika is present in India. See the Centers for Disease Control’s website for more information.

The quality of medical care in India varies considerably. Medical care in the major population centers approaches and occasionally meets Western standards, but adequate medical care is usually very limited or unavailable in rural areas.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage . 

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of India to ensure the medication is legal in India.  Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you are arriving in India from Sub-Saharan Africa or other yellow-fever areas, Indian health regulations require that you present evidence of vaccination against yellow fever. If you do not have such proof, you could be subjected to immediate deportation or a six-day detention in the yellow-fever quarantine center. If you transit through any part of sub-Saharan Africa, even for one day, you are advised to carry proof of yellow fever immunization.

Dogs and bats create a high risk of rabies transmission in most of India. Vaccination is recommended for all prolonged stays, especially for young children and travelers in rural areas. It is also recommended for shorter stays that involve occupational exposure, locations more than 24 hours from a reliable source of human rabies immune globulin and rabies vaccine for post-exposure treatment, adventure travelers, hikers, cave explorers, and backpackers. Monkeys also can transmit rabies and herpes B, among other diseases, to human victims. Avoid feeding monkeys. If bitten, you should immediately soak and scrub the bite for at least 15 minutes and seek urgent medical attention.

Influenza is transmitted from November to April in areas north of the Tropic of Cancer (north India), and from June through November (the rainy season) in areas south of the Tropic of Cancer (south India), with a smaller peak from February through April; off-season transmission can also occur. All travelers are at risk. Influenza vaccine is recommended for all travelers during the flu season.

Outbreaks of avian influenza (H5N1 virus) occur intermittently in eastern India, including West Bengal, Manipur, Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Assam. For further information on pandemic influenza, please refer to the Department of State's 2009-H1N1, Pandemic Influenza, and H5N1 Fact Sheet .

Malaria prophylaxis depends on time of year and area the traveler is visiting. Please consult the CDC website for more information. Dengue fever presents significant risk in urban and rural areas. The highest number of cases is reported from July to December, with cases peaking from September to October. Daytime insect precautions such as wearing long-sleeved shirts and mosquito repellent are recommended by the CDC.

Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in India. For further information, please consult the CDC’s Travel Notice on TB .

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Air pollution is a significant problem in several major cities in India, and you should consult your doctor prior to travel and consider the impact seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution may have on you.  The air quality in India varies considerably and fluctuates with the seasons.  It is typically at its worst in the winter. Anyone who travels where pollution levels are high is at risk. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:

  • Infants, children, and teens
  • People over 65 years of age
  • People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
  • People with heart disease or diabetes
  • People who work or are active outdoors

Current air quality data can be found on the Embassy’s Air Quality page . The data on this site are updated hourly.

Rh-negative blood may be difficult to obtain as it is not common in Asia.

For emergency services, dial 112 from a cell phone; from a land line, dial 100 for police, 102 for ambulance (108 in parts of South India), and 101 for fire. Ambulances are not equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, and traffic does not yield to emergency vehicles. Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance. Most hospitals require advance payment or confirmation of insurance prior to treatment. Payment practices vary and credit cards are not routinely accepted for medical care.

Medical Tourism: Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry. Companies offering vacation packages bundled with medical consultations and financing options provide direct-to-consumer advertising over the internet. Such medical packages often claim to provide high quality care, but the quality of health care in India is highly variable. People seeking health care in India should understand that medical systems operate differently from those in the United States and are not subject to the same rules and regulations. Anyone interested in traveling for medical purposes should consult with their local physician before traveling and refer to the information from the CDC . Persons traveling to India for medical purposes require the proper “medical” visa. Please check with the nearest Indian embassy or consulate for more information.

Despite reports of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals, in general travelers should not delay or avoid treatment for urgent or emergent medical situations. However, health tourists and other travelers who may be contemplating elective procedures in this country should carefully research individual hospital infection control practices.

Surrogacy: Commercial surrogacy is illegal for foreigners in India, subject to complex local regulation.  For additional information, visit the Government of India’s official information on foreigner surrogacy . 

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in India maintain lists of local doctors and hospitals, all of which are published on their respective websites under "U.S. Citizen Services." We cannot endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Travel by road in India is dangerous. India leads the world in traffic-related deaths and a number of U.S. citizens have suffered fatal traffic accidents in recent years. You should exercise extreme caution when crossing streets, even in marked pedestrian areas, and try to use only cars that have seatbelts. Seatbelts are not common in three-wheel taxis (autos) and in taxis’ back seats. Helmets should always be worn on motorcycles and bicycles.Travel at night is particularly hazardous.

On Indian roads, the safest driving policy is always to assume that other drivers will not respond to a traffic situation in the same way you would in the United States. Buses and trucks often run red lights and merge directly into traffic at yield points and traffic circles. Cars, autos, bicycles, and pedestrians behave only slightly more cautiously. Use your horn or flash your headlights frequently to announce your presence. It is both customary and wise.

Inside and outside major cities, roads are often poorly maintained and congested. Even main roads frequently have only two lanes, with poor visibility and inadequate warning markers. On the few divided highways one can expect to meet local transportation traveling in the wrong direction, often without lights. Heavy traffic is the norm and includes (but is not limited to) overloaded trucks and buses, scooters, pedestrians, bullock and camel carts, horse or elephant riders en route to weddings, bicycles, and free-roaming livestock.

Public Transportation: Buses, patronized by hundreds of millions of Indians, are convenient in that they serve almost every city of any size. However, they are often driven fast, recklessly, and without consideration for the rules of the road. Accidents are quite common.

Traffic Laws: Traffic in India moves on the left. It is important to be alert while crossing streets and intersections, especially after dark as traffic is coming in the "wrong" direction. Travelers should remember to use seatbelts in both rear and front seats where available, and to ask their drivers to maintain a safe speed.

In order to drive in India, you must have either a valid Indian driver’s license or a valid international driver’s license. Because of difficult road and traffic conditions, you may wish to consider hiring a local driver.

If a driver hits a pedestrian or a cow, the vehicle and its occupants are at risk of being attacked by passersby. Such attacks pose significant risk of injury or death to the vehicle's occupants or risk of incineration of the vehicle. It could be unsafe to remain at the scene of an accident of this nature, and drivers may instead wish to seek out the nearest police station. Protestors often use road blockage as a means of publicizing their grievances, causing severe inconvenience to travelers. Visitors should monitor local news reports for any reports of road disturbances.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.

Emergency Numbers: The following emergency numbers work in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata:

  • Fire Brigade 101
  • Ambulance 102

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of India’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of India’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page . Travelers are urged to use caution while booking private helicopters for travel, especially in the northeast. 

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Traveling to India? Updated Indian Tourist Visa news and application tips 

MOST IMPORTANT LINKS:

  • Indian Visa Online — official government site.
  • India Ministry of Health — latest government guidelines for travel to India
  • New Delhi airport information

UPDATED November 23, 2023 : India has restored e-Visa services for Canadians, including the Tourist Visa.

Guidelines for tourists arriving in India: Access the latest Guidelines for International Arrivals here . The New Delhi Airport website also has updated information for travellers. And you should also check with your airline on their requirements.

In March 2022, India announced it has restored all currently valid five year e-tourist visa given to citizens of 156 countries and regular paper visa to nationals of all countries with immediate effect (two years after their suspension following the COVID-19 outbreak).

Officials also said all currently valid old long duration (10 years) regular tourist visa given to nationals of the US and Japan have been restored. Fresh long duration (10 year) tourist visa will also be issued to the US and Japanese nationals. For more details visit this page .

VISA FEES: There is no fee other than the processing fee for e-Visa application and it is non-refundable. Fees are country-specific. Check Indian Visa Online — official government site.

FRAUD ALERT, BE AWARE! There are numerous fake e-visa websites operating on the internet, some even mimicking the government of India’s official site. There is only one official site! It is Indian Visa Online

NEW RULE: As of this year, 2023, foreign nationals who are in India on a tourist visa can only stay a maximum of 180 days in the country in a calendar year.

NEW VISA: Announced on August 11, 2023: The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced the creation of a new visa category,  Ayush Visa , for foreign nationals, who are keen to visit the country for medical treatment including therapeutic care, wellness and yoga in India. The introduction of this special visa will meet the purpose of introducing a special visa scheme for foreigners visiting India for treatment across different streams.

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Tips for getting an Indian tourist Visa

If you are from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and many other countries, you need a passport and a Visa to visit India, even as a tourist. However, getting a Visa for India is much easier than ever, and the Indian Visa application process now includes the option to apply for an India Visa online (the e-Visa).

NOTE: Most nationalities can use the e-visa service with a few exceptions. To find out if your nationality is on the list for the e-Visa, click here: Indian Visa Online

Tip 1: Decide which type of Indian Visa you want

Regular Visa: To apply for a regular Visa, such as the 10 year tourist Visa, you need to apply at an Indian mission. You have to apply online first, print the form and bring it to your local consulate or the outsourcing company. There is a three step Indian Visa application process . You can read the detailed instructions here .

There will be many very specific rules, such as the exact dimensions of the photos you need to bring. If you don’t follow the guidelines precisely, and to the letter, they will not accept your application. Likewise if there are any mistakes, such as a name misspelled.

e-Visa: To apply for the e-Visa, you can apply online on this page: Indian Visa Online . See below for more details. To get detailed information about the e-Visa, read this page .

TIP: Make sure your passport has more than six month’s validity from your date of travel.

Tip 2: Contacting your Indian mission for a regular Visa

You need to contact the Indian mission in your country to begin the process of getting a regular Indian Visa and filling out the Visa application form. Often, you will be directed to a company they outsource for processing Visas, such as BLS Services in Canada. So be prepared to have all your information, documents, and passport ready so that you can apply for an India Visa. 

  • If you are from Canada, visit the Consulate General of India, Toronto website or the High Commission of India in Ottawa website.
  • In Canada, you can visit the BLS Services website. This is the company that the Consulate General of India in Canada outsources its Visa processing to.
  • If you are from USA, start here at Embassy of India .
  • If you are from Britain, start here at the High Commission of India website.
  • If you are from Australia, start here at the Consulate General of India, Sydney website.

Tip 3: Everything you need to know about the Indian eVisa 

To apply for the e-Visa, you can apply online on this page: Indian Visa Online . To get detailed information about the e-Visa, read this page . And to find out about all the Indian Visa categories click here .

Please note: After you receive an email announcing that your e-Visa was granted, you need to log back into the India Visa Online website and download the Visa certificate. Print it, and bring it with you when you travel.

  • Be aware that you still need to print a copy of your Indian e-Visa and bring it with you when you travel to India. When you arrive in India, you will have to wait in line at the immigration counter to have your Visa stamped.
  • The new e-Visa also allows double entry — you are now able to leave India and re-enter with one Visa.
  • You need to apply at least four days in advance of your arrival, and not more than 30 days. TIP: Do not apply exactly 30 days before your date of departure; wait a couple of days in case of plane delays.
  • You can apply twice a year for the e-Visa.
  • e-Visa is available for e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa, e-Conference Visa, e-Medical Visa, and e-Medical Attendant Visa.
  • For e-Tourist Visas of 30 days, the validity would be 30 days from the date of your first arrival in India. Double entries will be granted within the e-Visa validity period stamped on your Passport. Your first arrival must be between the date of issue and expiry of ETA.
  • The e-Tourist Visa is for “International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment, or casual business visit” according to the Indian government website.
  • Visitors to India on a Tourist Visa can stay a maximum of 180 days per calendar year in the country.

The e-Visa scheme can be accessed at 24 airports in India including: Delhi , Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai , Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Amritsar, Gaya, Lucknow, Trichy, Varanasi and Ahmedabad. Also there are some ports where e-Visa can also be used. But please double check to make sure your arrival airport is on the current list, as it has changed.

Tip 4: All about Visas for Yoga study in India, education, volunteering,  journalism, and doing business in India

Yoga : If you are attending a short-term program (less than six months) to study Yoga in India , you can get a Tourist Visa.

Education : If you are attending a recognized educational institution in India, you need an education Visa. 

Journalism : If you are working full-time on staff for a professional publication or media outlet, and writing professional travel stories about India or taking photographs for publication, you need a journalist Visa.

Bloggers : Many travel bloggers are hobby bloggers, and a Tourist Visa will probably be just fine. Just make sure you mark down that you are in India for tourism, not for work. And never say you are a journalist unless that is your full-time, professional job and you are working for a media outlet.

NOTE : It’s not a good idea to say that you are a writer as this implies you are a journalist. Many writers are actually working in marketing or corporate communications — I did this for years — so probably better to say you work in marketing or in the industry that you do corporate communications for.

Volunteers : If you are volunteering in India, you need a volunteer Visa.

Business Visa : If you are planning to do business while in India, you need a Business Visa.

Other types of Visa include conference, medical, transit, and research Visa. You can see a list of all the categories of Indian Visas here .

TIP: The most difficult part about applying for an Indian Visa is getting all the details right. If you make a mistake, you could be denied.

For detailed instructions on the Indian Visa application process,  visit this page .

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If you want to visit India, you must have a tourist visa to enter the country. The most common tourist visa is the eVisa (express visa), which allows you to stay in India for up to 30 days at a time. If you want to stay for more than 30 days, you'll need to apply through the nearest Indian diplomatic mission for a regular tourist visa, which allows you to stay for up to 6 months. Nationals of Japan, South Korea, and UAE may also be able to request a visa on arrival at the airport. [1] X Research source

Getting an eVisa

Step 1 Confirm that you are eligible for an eVisa.

  • You must have your own valid passport. An eVisa isn't available for other international travel documents or if you're endorsed on a parent's or spouse's passport.
  • Your passport must have at least 6 months of validity from the date of your application and 2 blank pages for your visa and stamps.
  • If you are a Pakistani national, you cannot get an eVisa. You must apply for a tourist visa at the nearest Indian diplomatic mission.

Step 2 Get visa photos taken.

  • Wear solid colored clothing without any discernible pattern or texture.
  • Passport photo services are available in pharmacies, camera shops, and many discount stores. If you get your photo taken there, they'll know the guidelines for Indian visa photos.

Step 3 Go to the Government of India eVisa website.

  • After you click that box, the next page asks basic information about your planned trip to India and the type of visa you want. For a tourist eVisa, you can choose one with 30 days, 1 year, or 5 years validity. Fees are higher for visas that are valid for a longer duration.

Exception: If you are in the US (regardless of your citizenship), India has outsourced tourist visa processing to Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS). Go to in.ckgs.us/visa/tourist-visa to begin your application rather than going directly to the Government of India website.

Step 4 Complete your visa application.

  • If you hold any other valid passport, provide details about that passport and the nationality it represents.
  • If you've previously had a visa to India, give the dates you last traveled to the country along with a brief description of what you did there.

Tip: You may need to upload digital scans of other documents to support your application. The website will prompt you for those documents and provide a checklist at the end of the application so you can make sure you've included all required documents.

Step 5 Submit your completed application to the Government of India.

  • If you live in the US, when you click the button to submit your application, you'll be redirected to the CKGS website. Print a copy of your application before you leave the Government of India site. You'll need it to finish the application process.

Step 6 Pay your eVisa fee online.

  • For a table of all fees that is accurate as of January 2020, go to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/images/Etourist_fee_final.pdf .

Tip: If you're applying from the US, CKGS advises that you submit a check or money order for your fees along with your application, rather than paying online.

Step 7 Finish your application with CKGS if you live in the US.

  • CKGS has supplementary forms and letters for you to fill out. You'll also need to print out a copy of the Document Checklist. Use this checklist to make sure you've included all the required documents with your application.

Step 8 Send your US application to the CKGS application center.

  • CKGS has application centers in San Francisco and New York. If you live in or near one of those cities, choose "walk-in" if you want to take your application to the center in person. You can schedule an appointment on the CKGS website. If you choose walk-in submission, you'll need to get new fingerprints taken.
  • Processing of your application starts when your physical application is received by CKGS. In most cases, your ETA will be ready in 24 to 48 hours. You can view the status of your application and estimated processing time from your account on the CKGS website.

Step 9 Check your email for your electronic travel document (ETA).

  • It's a good idea to save the email in case you lose your print-out. You'll still have to print it again to give to the visa officer at the port of entry, but at least you'll have it.

Step 10 Present your ETA at the port of entry.

  • Keep your passport with you at all times while you're traveling in India. If you lose your passport, your visa may not be reissued until you leave the country.

Applying for a Long-Term Tourist Visa

Step 1 Locate the nearest Indian diplomatic mission.

  • For example, India has only 2 diplomatic missions in the US that handle visa applications: one in San Francisco and the other in New York.
  • Go to https://www.mea.gov.in/indian-missions-abroad-new.htm and click on the name of the country where you live to find the Indian missions in your country.

Step 2 Complete your visa application form online.

  • If you don't have time to complete the application in one session or need to look up additional information, you can save your application and return to it later.
  • The regular visa application requires more information than the eVisa application, including details about your criminal background and employment.

Step 3 Upload a digital photo to accompany your visa application.

  • Even if you plan to submit a paper application rather than submitting your application electronically, you still need a digital photo for your application. The digital photo will be used for your visa.

Step 4 Submit your visa application.

  • Select "yes" if you want to schedule your appointment and pay your visa application fees online. You'll still need to print your application and sign it to take with you to your appointment.
  • Select "no" if you simply want to print out your application form without making an online payment.

Warning: Online payment and scheduling are not available for all diplomatic missions. If the diplomatic mission nearest you does not accept online payments, submit your payment in person at the mission, along with your paper application and supporting documents.

Step 5 Gather supporting documents to accompany your application.

  • Your passport, showing at least 6 months of validity and 2 blank pages
  • Proof of residence (mortgage statement, lease, or utility bill) [17] X Research source

Step 6 Take your printed application and documents to your appointment.

  • Answer any questions the consular officer asks you completely and honestly. If the officer needs additional information or documents, they'll let you know.
  • At the conclusion of your interview, the consular officer will let you know if your application has been accepted and when your visa will be ready. You can either return to the mission to pick it up or have it mailed to you.

Requesting a Visa on Arrival (VoA)

Step 1 Confirm that you are eligible for VoA services.

  • Make sure your passport shows at least 6 months' validity and has 2 blank pages available for your visa stamps.
  • You are not eligible to get a VoA if you were ever a Pakistani national or permanent resident, or if either of your parents or grandparents was born in or was a permanent resident of Pakistan.

Step 2 Complete your application form before you leave.

  • Download the form at https://boi.gov.in/sites/default/files/Annexure-I.pdf . You'll have to print it to fill it out. Use an ink pen to fill out the application in English using block capital letters.

Tip: If you don't have the opportunity to download and fill out the VoA application before you leave, you can also pick one up on board your flight or at the visa counter at the airport.

Step 3 Fill out your disembarkation card on the plane.

  • This card requires your name and date of birth as they appear on your passport, your passport number, flight number, and date of arrival. You'll also need to provide the address where you'll be staying in India as well as a list of the countries you've visited in the last 6 days. [22] X Research source

Step 4 Present your application and passport to the Visa Officer.

  • Keep your passport on you at all times while traveling in India. Pay attention to the expiration date on your visa and make sure you don't overstay it.

Expert Q&A

  • India requires visitors of Indian origin to travel with an OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) card. [24] X Research source If you are an OCI cardholder, you don't need to get a visa. You just need your OCI card and a valid passport. [25] X Trustworthy Source Official UK government website Official website for the public sector of the UK government Go to source Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • If your tourist visa application is denied, you will be told a reason. If you believe a mistake was made, you can reapply again. However, you'll have to pay the application fees again. If you applied for an eVisa, you can call +91-11-24300666 for assistance. This number is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. [26] X Research source Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Additional forms and photos are required if you hold a passport from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or Bangladesh. [27] X Research source Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • If you are of Pakistani origin and are the citizen of another country, you must apply from your visa on your Pakistan passport unless you provide documentary proof that you canceled your passport and renounced your Pakistani nationality. [28] X Trustworthy Source Official UK government website Official website for the public sector of the UK government Go to source

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  • ↑ https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
  • ↑ https://www.in.ckgs.us/visa/howtoapply
  • ↑ https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html
  • ↑ https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/instruction.html
  • ↑ https://www.immihelp.com/nri/indiavisa/tourist-visa-checklist.pdf
  • ↑ https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/visa-on-arrival.html
  • ↑ https://boi.gov.in/sites/default/files/Annexure-I.pdf
  • ↑ https://www.immihelp.com/travel-to-india/foreigners-arrival-card-india/
  • ↑ https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements

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India Tourist eVisa: Common Issues and Solutions

Ah, the allure of India! A land teeming with enchanting sights and rich experiences awaits adventurous souls from all corners of the globe. But wait! Before diving headfirst into this captivating journey, a little thing called the India eVisa demands your attention.

Don't fret, though, because we've got your back! In this blog, we're here to tackle pesky issues that often pop up during the eVisa application process. From deciphering confusing requirements to troubleshooting technical glitches, we can help solve issues on the India eVisa application!

So, get ready to unlock the secrets of the India Tourist Visa and embark on your extraordinary Indian adventure without breaking a sweat. Let's dive right in, shall we?

Taj Mahal Tourist

What is the Indian e-Visa?

The * India e-Visa , also known as the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), is an online visa facility introduced by the Government of India to simplify the visa application process for eligible foreign nationals. It was launched alongside the existing regular visa services offered by the Indian government. The e-Visa allows travelers to get a visa electronically without visiting an Indian embassy or consulate like you would if you were applying for a regular paper visa.

The Indian e-Visa is available for various purposes, including tourism, business, medical treatment, and attending conferences or cultural events. It offers different categories, such as e-Tourist Visa , e-Business Visa , e-Medical Visa (sometimes called the e-medical attendant visa), and the conference visa, depending on the purpose of travel.

To apply for an Indian e-Visa, eligible travelers must complete the Indian visa online application form, provide the required documents, and pay the visa fee . The application is processed electronically, and upon approval, the e-Visa is issued and sent via email. This means that you do not need to visit the Indian embassy or consulate.

The e-Visa allows travelers to enter India through designated airports, seaports, and land ports . The duration of stay and validity of the e-Visa depend on the category chosen during the application process. It's important to note that the e-Visa is typically valid for single or multiple entries within a specified period.

The Indian e-Visa has simplified the visa application process , offering convenience and flexibility for eligible travelers planning to visit India for various purposes. However, it's crucial to carefully review the eligibility criteria, required documents, and specific guidelines for each category before applying for the e-Visa.

Note: the e-Visa is unavailable to Diplomatic or Official Passports, Laissez-passer travel document holders, or International Travel Document Holders. Also, every applicant must have a separate ordinary passport to apply.

The Indian eVisa application process

At iVisa, we aim to make getting your Indian visa online simple and hassle-free. Complete your India visa online application in three easy steps:

Step 1 : Start by completing the online application form on our website. Provide general information about yourself and choose the type of visa you want to apply for.

Step 2 : Once you've completed the form, review your information to ensure everything is accurate. Then, select the processing option that best suits your needs.

Step 3 : Pay the service fee using PayPal, Venmo, or a credit/debit card, and upload any required documents, such as a passport photo and a photo scan of your passport.

After completing these three steps, submit your application and wait for your e-visa to arrive in your email inbox within your selected timeframe.

It's important to note that during your travels, you must carry both a printed and electronic copy of your eVisa to present to immigration officers upon arrival so that they can verify your Indian eVisa status.

We recommend downloading the iVisa app to your mobile device for added convenience. This will allow you to keep track of your documents electronically and even track the status of your application.

Common problems and issues with the India e-Visa application

Applying for an India eVisa can be an exciting step towards exploring the wonders of India. However, the eVisa application process has its challenges. Let’s look at some of the main stumbling blocks and how we can help you overcome them.

Technical issues

Technical issues can be a major source of frustration when applying for an India eVisa. Here are some of the most common technical issues applicants experience:

1. Website glitches

Website glitches and system errors can be frustrating while completing the eVisa application. These issues may manifest as error messages, unresponsive pages, or sudden crashes .

First, ensure you use a reliable website, as fake e-visa websites exist. A few such prominent websites claim to provide E-visas services to visa applicants and mislead applicants with images and home pages that mimic the Government of India's eVisa platform. So be super thorough or opt for reliable sites such as ours.

If you’re experiencing issues on our site. try refreshing the page, clearing your browser cache, or using a different browser. If the problem persists, contact our customer service team . They are available 24/7 to provide prompt assistance and guidance.

2. Difficulty accessing or navigating the application portal

Sometimes, travelers may face challenges accessing or navigating the eVisa application portal . This could be due to slow loading times, broken links, or unclear instructions.

Ensure a stable internet connection, try accessing the portal during non-peak hours, and double-check that you follow the steps outlined in the application guidelines.

Or, opt to use our user-friendly platform instead . We provide e-visas services with a simpler process and detailed step-by-step instructions so you understand the requirements and procedures involved in the eVisa application.

3. Slow processing times and delays in receiving confirmation

Processing times can vary depending on the efficiency of the consular services in your area, and delays in receiving confirmation occur frequently. Check the processing time guidelines provided by the eVisa authorities and be patient.

Visa applicants who apply with us should not panic. We monitor the progress of your application and provide updates regarding any potential delays. If you have yet to hear from us and your visa is taking longer than expected, feel free to reach out to us or check your iVisa app to track the progress of your application in real time.

Document submission and validation

Document submission and validation are crucial in the eVisa application process. Here's how to overcome challenges:

1. Complicated document requirements and formats

The document requirements and formats specified for the India eVisa can be complex and confusing. Understanding what documents are required and in which format can be challenging.

When you apply with us, we provide a detailed document checklist to ensure you provide exactly what we need to process your application.

2. Instances of documents being rejected or deemed invalid

Documents may be rejected or deemed invalid during the eVisa application process. This can lead to delays or even a rejection of the application.

Ensure all documents are accurate, complete, and meet the specified requirements. Pay attention to details such as passport information, travel itineraries, and supporting documents. Remember that if you apply for a new Indian Visa Online because you lost your old passport you will be asked to provide a lost passport police report.

If a document is rejected, review the reason provided by the eVisa authorities , rectify any errors or discrepancies, and promptly resubmit the document.

If you apply through us, our team of experts will check all your documents before submitting them to the Indian visa authorities to ensure they meet the requirements. Keep an eye on your email, as this is where we will contact you if we spot any possible issues before submission.

3. Challenges in uploading or attaching supporting documents

Uploading or attaching supporting documents during the eVisa application process can be frustrating. Technical issues or difficulties in locating the correct files may arise.

Ensure you have digital copies of all required supporting documents before starting the application. Double-check the accepted file formats and sizes.

If you encounter difficulties during uploading, check your internet connection, try using a different device or browser, and verify that the document files meet the specified requirements.

Lack of Support and Communication

Proper support and effective communication channels are essential for a smooth India eVisa application process. However, there are instances where travelers face challenges in accessing support and obtaining the necessary information when navigating the e-visa services provided by the government, including:

1. Limited customer service availability and response times

Travelers may encounter limited availability of customer service or experience delays in receiving timely responses to their queries or concerns, mainly when they apply directly on the Indian e-Visa portal.

To avoid this, opt to apply through us. We promise dedicated customer service via email or live chat to assist you promptly throughout the application process. Our responsive team aims to respond to your queries and concerns promptly, ensuring you have the support you need when needed.

2. Insufficient information or guidance provided to applicants

Numerous applicants have complained about insufficient information and the need for guidance during the eVisa application process.

We understand the importance of providing clear and comprehensive guidance to applicants. Thus, we have carefully created a user-friendly platform with detailed step-by-step instructions .

Additionally, our website offers FAQs and helpful articles to address common questions and provide additional information. Our team even launched a downloadable app to help customers track and manage their visa applications on the go.

3. Language barriers & difficulties seeking clarification

Another major complaint about the application process directly through the government e-visa facility is the language barriers that cause challenges in seeking clarification.

We offer multilingual support , ensuring effective communication and clarification in your preferred language.

Inconsistencies and ambiguities

Navigating through the Indian e-Visa application process on the government website is challenging and filled with inconsistencies and ambiguities . Conflicting information, unclear guidelines, and discrepancies between instructions and procedures create confusion and uncertainty. Common issues applicants complained about include:

1. Conflicting information on the official website or application form

Travelers may encounter conflicting information on the eVisa portal and application form, leading to confusion about the correct procedures or requirements.

We strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information on our platform, ensuring consistency and clarity. Our dedicated team regularly monitors any changes in requirements or processes to provide the most accurate information. In case of conflicting information, contact our customer service for clarification and guidance based on the latest updates and official sources.

2. Unclear guidelines on specific requirements or eligibility criteria

A lack of clear guidelines about the eligibility criteria makes it challenging to understand what to prepare for the India eVisa application. Avoid the confusion and refer to our ultimate India guide that details everything you need to apply.

3. Discrepancies between application instructions and actual processes

Discrepancies between the instructions in the application form and the actual processes can cause confusion and uncertainty during the eVisa application process.

However, opting for our simplified application process ensures you know exactly what to expect. Our team continuously monitors any changes in the eVisa application procedures to provide reliable guidance.

Processing delays, payment issues, and refunds

Excessive waiting times for eVisa approval, instances of rejected applications without clear explanations, issues with the payment page, and challenges in obtaining refunds for rejected or canceled eVisas can create uncertainty and inconvenience. Here are some common issues and how to deal with them:

1. Excessive waiting times for eVisa approval

Travelers may experience excessive waiting times for eVisa approval, which can cause anxiety and uncertainty about the status of their application.

At iVisa, we understand the importance of timely processing and approval . We continuously monitor the progress of your eVisa application and provide updates regarding any potential delays.

While the processing time is ultimately determined by the eVisa authorities, our team works diligently to expedite the process as much as possible .

Additionally, our customer service is available to address any concerns or provide information regarding the status of your application, ensuring that you stay informed throughout the process.

2. Payment failure or rejection

If your payment of the applicable e-visa fees fails or gets rejected, ensure you have entered the correct payment information, including card details, billing address, and security code.

If the issue persists, contact your bank or payment provider to verify if there are any restrictions on your card or account. Make sure you are using a valid payment method.

If you need help making a payment through our site, contact our customer service team for assistance with alternative payment methods.

3. Instances of rejected applications without clear explanations

Receiving a rejection for your e-Visa application without clear answers can be disheartening and leave you unsure of the reasons behind the decision.

We strive to minimize the chances of rejection by carefully reviewing your application before submission. Our team checks for any errors or discrepancies that may lead to rejection.

If your application is rejected, we can guide you and assist you in understanding the reason behind the decision. We can help you assess the rejection notice, identify any issues, and advise you on the necessary steps to rectify the situation and resubmit your application.

4. Challenges in obtaining refunds for rejected or canceled e-Visas

Getting refunds for rejected or canceled e-Visas can be challenging and time-consuming, causing frustration for travelers. It is nearly impossible to get a refund from the government portal.

However, if you're an iVisa client and your Indian Visa application was denied, you can reapply for a new visa with us . As a professional visa agency, we have experience with visa applications for various countries, including India.

We'll help you review the reason for the denial , guide you on how to reapply, and ensure that your application is complete and accurate.

However, it's essential to note that the Indian consulate or embassy has the final say in the visa application process , and the decision to grant or deny a visa is at their discretion. At iVisa, we can't guarantee that your visa application will be approved, but we can assist you with the process and give you the best chance of success.

Suppose your application is denied due to an error found in your application after our experts have reviewed it. In that case, we'll refund the processing fee you paid us as our experts strive to ensure no mistakes in your applications.

Note: Government fees will not be refunded.

We also offer an iVisa Fee Protection , which allows us to process a new application for no additional processing fee if you cannot make your trip.

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Tips for a smoother e-Visa application process

To ensure a seamless and hassle-free India e-Visa application process, follow these tips:

Apply well in advance to account for potential delays

To avoid complications, apply for your India eVisa well in advance. Processing times can vary, and unexpected delays may occur. Applying early gives you enough time to complete the application, submit the required documents, and receive eVisa approval before your travel dates. We recommend applying at least a few weeks ahead.

Research the application requirements beforehand

Thoroughly research and understand the application requirements before starting your e-Visa application. Familiarize yourself with the necessary documents, eligibility criteria, and any specific guidelines provided by Indian authorities.

As mentioned, we have comprehensive India e-Visa guides and several blogs on our platform explaining the application process, requirements, and tips for a successful application. Use these resources to gain a clear understanding of what's expected.

Double-check document formats and sizes to meet specifications

Ensure your supporting documents adhere to specified formats and sizes . Verify that documents are in the required file formats (PDF, JPEG, or PNG) and meet size limits. We provide document verification services to help you ensure proper formatting and meet requirements. Use these services for peace of mind before submitting your application.

Seek assistance from official support channels if encountering issues

Remember, we are a reputable visa service provider that aims to simplify the e-Visa application process and provide dedicated support alongside our existing visa services.

If you encounter any issues or have specific concerns during your India e-Visa application, don't hesitate to contact our customer service team . They can provide personalized guidance and assistance to ensure a smoother experience.

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Key Comparisons Between The India Visas For US Citizens

Last Updated : Jan 18, 2024

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This post will cover the key differences between the India tourist visa. This will help you decide which India visa you need as a US citizens.

Different Types Of India Tourist Visas

There are different types of tourist visas for India. You must make sure you apply for the visa that suits your purpose and length of stay.

30 Day Tourist Visa

This visa only allows you to travel to India for tourism purposes and is a short-term tourist visa . This visa has its own set of required documents which is crucial for your visa application. The visa is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance.

Processing time: 5 days.

Number of entries: Double entry.

Length of stay: 30 days.

Application process: Online application process.

To get your 30 day e visa fast, you can apply through Atlys!

1 Year Tourist Visa

The 1 year e visa is a long-term tourist visa and allows US citizens to stay in India for an extended period. This visa is designed for tourism purposes only which includes visiting your friends, visiting your family, sightseeing, and yoga retreats. It’s v alid for 1 year and provides you with the flexibility to explore India.

Number of entries: Multiple entries.

Length of stay: 180 days per trip.

5 Year E Tourist Visa

This visa allows you to travel to India from the US for tourism purposes. You’re not allowed to work in India on any type of tourist visa. The e visa is valid for 5 years and allows you to enter and exit India as you wish.

Length of stay: 180 per trip.

Application process: Online application.

10 Year Tourist Visa

This visa is also only available for tourism purposes and is a long-term tourist visa. This visa makes it easier to travel to India multiple times without applying for a new visa each time. If you’re someone who travels to India frequently, this visa is for you.

Processing time: 15 - 20 business days.

Length of stay: 180 days 

Application process: In-person application.

How Much Does The India Tourist Visa Cost?

The cost for each type of Indian visa differs depending on the visa type. The costs for the different visa types are as follows:

30 Day tourist visa: USD 25.

1 Year tourist visa: USD 40.

5 Year tourist visa: USD 80.

10 Year tourist visa: USD 160.

Key Comparisons Between The India Visas

Entry visa vs tourist visa for india.

India Entry Visa:

This visa is issued to people of India origins. It’s available to dependant family members of Indian citizens or people of Indian origin. With the entry visa, you can visit India for professional work , meetings , or study tours . 

India Tourist Visa:

The India tourist visa is available to anyone who wishes to travel to India for tourism . It only allows you to visit for tourism purposes. You will not be allowed to work or study with the tourist visa.

India Visa Vs OCI

India Visa:

Temporary Travel Document: An India Visa is a temporary travel document that allows foreign nationals to enter and stay in India for specific purposes, such as tourism, business, education, medical treatment, or family visits.

Short to Long-Term Stay: India Visas can be issued for various durations, from short-term tourist visas (30 days) to long-term business visas (5 years to 10 years).

Multiple Types: There are different types of India Visas, including tourist visas, business visas, student visas, medical visas, and more. The type of visa depends on the purpose of the visit.

Exit and Re-entry: You can exit and re-enter India multiple times within the validity period of your visa, as long as they adhere to the maximum stay allowed per visit. However, this only applies to certain visas.

OCI (Overseas Citizen of India):

Lifelong Status: OCI is a lifelong status that provides foreign nationals of Indian origin with the right to live, work, and own property in India. It's similar to a long-term residency.

No Visa Required: OCI cardholders do not need a separate visa to enter India. They can enter India multiple times without applying for a visa.

Freedom to Stay: OCI cardholders can stay in India for an unlimited duration, and they are not subject to the typical 180-day maximum stay restriction per visit.

Multiple Purposes: OCI status covers various purposes, including employment, business, education, and other economic or financial activities.

India E Visa Vs Paper Visa

Application Process:

E-Visa: E-visas are applied for online through a country's official visa application portal. You complete an electronic form, upload required documents, and pay the visa fee electronically.

Paper Visa: Paper visas require you to physically visit an embassy, consulate, or visa application center to submit their application forms, along with supporting documents and fees.

Processing Time:

E-Visa: E-visas often have a quicker processing time compared to paper visas. They are typically processed within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the country and type of visa.

Paper Visa: Paper visas may have longer processing times.

Visa Delivery:

E-Visa: Once approved, you’ll receive your visa electronically via email which you must download and print.

Paper Visa: Paper visas are physically stamped or attached to a page in your passport which you must collect in person at the Embassy.

Accessibility:

E-Visa: E-visas offer the convenience of applying from anywhere with an internet connection. 

Paper Visa: Obtaining a paper visa often requires a visit to the embassy or consulate, which isn’t convenient if you live far from these locations.

Updates and Corrections:

E-Visa: E-visa applications allow for easier corrections and updates to personal information or travel plans before approval.

Paper Visa: Corrections and updates to paper visa applications may require additional visits to the embassy or consulate.

India 1 Year Visa Vs 30 Day Visa

Both of these visas are issued for tourism purposes only . The only differences in these visas are:

1 Year visa: USD 40.

30 Day Visa: USD 25.

1 Year visa: 1 year.

30 Day visa: 30 days.

Length of stay:

1 Year visa: 180 days per trip.

Number of entries:  

1 Year visa: Multiple entries. You can enter and exit India multiple times during your visa validity period.

30 Day visa: Double entry. You can only enter and exit India twice during your visa validity period.

10 Year Visa Vs 5 Year Visa For India

Both of these visas are long term, multiple entry visas and issued for tourism purposes only. These visas allow you to stay 180 days per trip. However, there are some distinct differences, like:

10 Year visa: The 10-year visa provides an even longer duration of validity. Travelers can visit India for up to ten years from the date of issue, again with multiple entries allowed.

5 Year visa: As the name suggests, the 5-year visa allows travelers to visit India for up to five years from the date of issue. During this period, multiple entries are permitted.

10 Year visa: The visa fee is USD 160.

5 Year visa: The 5 year e visa costs USD 80.

10 Year visa: You must apply for this visa in person at the Embassy.

5 Year visa: This is an online visa application process.

Validity Period:

10 Year visa: Valid for 10 years.

5 Year visa: Valid for 5 years.`zas

Benefits Of Applying For An India E Visa

There are some great benefits of applying for an e visa. This includes:

Multiple e visa options.

Application can be completed online.

No need to schedule a visa appointment.

You can pay the visa fee online.

The online portal accepts a variety of payment methods.

Processing time is faster.

You’ll receive your visa digitally.

Potential E Visa Problems

Applying for an e-Visa is a convenient way to travel to many countries, including India. However, like any online process, there can be potential issues that you may encounter during your application process. Here are some common problems and challenges:

Technical Glitches: The e-Visa application portals cna experience technical issues, such as slow loading times, errors, or difficulties in uploading documents.

Photo Specifications: Meeting the photo specifications, such as background color, size, and quality, is crucial. Incorrectly formatted photos can result in application rejection.

Document Upload: Uploading the necessary documents can be challenging because they’re so specific about the upload requirements. Ensure files are in the correct format and within size limits.

Payment Issues: Payment for the e-Visa application can sometimes fail due to technical problems or issues with the payment platform.

Security Concerns: Beware of fraudulent websites or services claiming to offer e-Visa assistance. Only use official government portals or authorized services to apply.

To prevent these potential problems, follow these tips:

Use Atlys: Atlys is a fast and hassle free way to apply for your Indian visa. It’s completely online and bug free.

Use Official Websites: Apply through the official government website of the country you're visiting or their authorized visa service provider.

Upload Correct Documents: Verify document requirements and ensure they meet the specified criteria.

That’s Everything!

Some key points to remember about this post:

There are different tourist visas you can apply for.

Apply for a visa that suits your purpose and length of travel.

Make sure you check the requirements before applying.

Double-check the visa cost before you apply.

Now you can make an informed decision about the type of India visa that’ll suit your purpose of travel. If you have any questions, you can read through Our FAQ section.

Government Sources:

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Embassy Of India

Consulate General Of India

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of india visas available for us citizens.

The different types of Indian visas available for US citizens include the 30-day visa , 1-year visa , 5-year visa , and 10-year visa .

How long can I stay in India with a 30-day visa?

With a 30-day visa, you can stay in India for up to 30 days from the date of entry.

What is the maximum stay duration with a 1-year India visa?

The 1-year India visa allows you to stay in India for a maximum duration of 180 days per visi t.

Are there any restrictions on the number of entries with a 5-year India visa?

No , there is no restriction on the number of entries. The 5-year India visa is a multiple-entry visa, allowing you to enter India as many times as you wish during its validity.

How do I apply for a 30-day India visa?

You can apply for a 30-day India visa online through the Indian government's official e-Visa website.

Is the application process the same for a 10-year visa as for a 1-year visa?

No, it’s not the same. You can apply for your 1 year visa online . However, you must apply in person at an Embassy for your 10 year visa.

Can I extend my stay in India with any of these visas?

Extensions are possible for some visa types, but they require approval from the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO).

Can I check the status of my visa application online?

Yes, you can check the status of your India visa application online through the official e-Visa website .

What should I do if my visa application gets rejected for any of these India visa types?

If your visa application is rejected, you should review the rejection reasons, rectify any issues, and reapply if necessary. It's advisable to consult with the nearest Indian consulate or embassy for guidance.

Are there any additional fees or charges associated with each visa, such as processing fees or service charges?

Yes , there is. There is a bank transaction fee of 2.5% that will be charged along with the visa fee.

What is the difference between the India 1 year visa and 5 year visa?

The difference between the visa cost for the India 1 year visa vs 5 year visa is USD 40. The 1 year visa costs USD 40 and the 5 year visa costs USD 80.

What is the difference between the India evisa vs regular visa cost?

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Updated: July 26, 2023

How to Apply for India e-Visa - Home Page

India e-Visa application is quite simple and easy to navigate. It only takes about 15 minutes to apply for India e-Visa online. Keep the necessary documents ready before you start the application. If you are missing something, it’s not a big deal as you can save the application and come back later to complete it.

There can be occasional hiccups with the visa fee payment. But nothing major. These payment issues can be fixed easily. I have provided all the details you need to know in this article.

If you haven’t already, check out the complete guide to India e-Visa for details on different tourist e-Visa types, eligible nationalities, fees, processing time, application status, etc.

Table of Contents

Documents needed to apply for india e-visa.

Before starting your India e-Visa online application, have these documents ready.

  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your anticipated date of arrival in India
  • Photo must be in JPG/JPEG format only
  • Photo must be 2inch x 2inch in dimensions
  • Photo must be less than 1MB in size
  • Head must be centered with light background and no glasses
  • Scan must be in PDF format only
  • Scan must be larger than 10KB and smaller than 300KB
  • Your credit or debit card must support international transactions in non-home currency

Steps for filling out the India e-Visa application

India e-Visa - Apply button

  • Go to India e-Visa Portal
  • Click on the Apply here for e-Visa button

You will be taken to the e-Visa application page.

02. e-Visa application

India e-Visa - Application page

Enter the following details on the e-Visa application page.

  • Nationality/Region [ Comment : Enter your country of passport ]
  • Passport Type [ Comment : Select “ORDINARY PASSPORT” from the options ]
  • Port of Arrival [ Comment : Select the airport where you will be arriving ]
  • Date of Birth [ Comment : Enter your date of birth as it appears in your passport in DD/MM/YYYY format ]
  • Email ID [ Comment : Enter your email ID where you would like to receive your approved e-Visa ]
  • Re-enter Email ID [ Comment : Re-enter your email ID ]
  • Visa Service [ Comment : Select “e-TOURIST VISA”. If there is a 5-year option, select the 5-year option and then select “RECREATION/SIGHT-SEEING”. If you are not a tourist and applying for the e-Visa for some other purpose, select the appropriate purpose ]
  • Expected Date of Arrival  [ Comment : Enter your anticipated date of arrival in India in DD/MM/YYYY format ]
  • Please enter above text  [ Comment : Enter the captcha ]

Check the box for “I have read the instructions I have all the required documents in scanned pdf format and photograph in jpg/jpeg format”.

Click on the orange Continue button.

A small popup appears prompting you to make sure you have a colored digital photo and a scan of your passport ID page. 

Click on the Ok button on the popup. 

You will be taken to the Applicant Details Form .

03. Applicant Details Form (part 1)

India e-Visa - Applicant details page

Enter the following information in the Applicant Details section.

  • Surname (exactly as in your passport) [ Comment : Enter your surname as it appears in your passport ]
  • Given Name/s (exactly as in your passport) [ Comment : Enter your given name as it appears in your passport. If you have a middle name, enter your middle name followed by your first name in this field ]
  • Have your ever changed your name? [ Comment : If you have legally changed your name in the past, check this box and enter the details. Ex: changed your surname after marriage ]
  • Gender [ Comment : Select your gender from the options ]
  • Date of birth [ Comment : Nothing to enter here as your date of birth is populated automatically from the previous screen ]
  • Town/City of birth [ Comment : Enter your place of birth as it appears in your passport ]
  • Country/Region of birth [ Comment : Enter your country of birth ]
  • Citizenship/National Id No. [ Comment : If you have a national Id, enter here. But do not enter SSN or something similar that’s confidential. In that case, just enter NA ]
  • ZOROASTRIAN
  • Visible identification marks [ Comment : Enter any visible identification marks such as permanent moles or scars preferably on the face ]
  • BELOW MATRICULATION
  • HIGHER SECONDARY
  • MATRICULATION
  • NA BEING MINOR
  • POSTGRADUATE
  • PROFESSIONAL
  • Nationality/Region [ Comment : Nothing to enter here as your nationality is populated automatically from the previous screen ]
  • Naturalization
  • Have you lived for at least two years in the country where you are applying visa? [ Comment: Select “Yes”. If you haven’t lived more than two years in the country you are applying from, select “No” ]

Enter the following information in the Passport Details section.

  • Passport Number [ Comment : Enter your current passport number that you will use for entering India ]
  • Place of Issue [ Comment : Enter the place of issue as it appears in your passport ]
  • Date of Issue [ Comment : Enter the date of issue as it appears in your passport ]
  • Date of Expiry [ Comment : Enter the expiry date as it appears in your passport. Passport must have at least 6 months of validity from the anticipated date of entry ]
  • Any other valid Passport/Identity Certificate(IC) held [ Comment : Select No. If you also hold a passport from another country, select Yes and enter the details ]

Click on the orange Save and Continue button. 

You will be taken to the Applicant Details Form second part.

How to save the application and come back later to complete

If you plan to continue filling out the application later, you can click on Save and Temporarily Exit button.

India e-Visa - Save partially filled application

This will save your progress and exit the application. You will be asked to make a note of your application ID. 

India e-Visa - Partially saved email notification

You will also receive an email with your application ID. You will have 7 days to complete the application. Otherwise, the application will be deleted from the system and you will have to start over again.

India e-Visa - Complete partially filled form

Follow these steps to complete the partially saved application.

  • Click on the Complete Partially Filled Application Form button

You will be taken to the Complete Partially Filled Form .

India e-Visa - Complete partially filled form

Enter the following information in the Complete Partially Filled Form .

  • Temporary Application ID [ Comment : Enter your saved application ID. If you don’t remember, look in your email inbox ]
  • Please enter above text [ Comment : Enter the captcha ]

Click on the orange Complete Partially Filled button.

You will be taken to the last saved point of your e-Visa application. You can continue filling in from there.

04. Applicant Details Form (part 2)

India e-Visa - Applicant details page

Enter the following information in the Applicant Address Details section.

Present Address

  • House No./Street [ Comment : Enter your house number or street address where you live ]
  • Village/Town/City [ Comment : Enter the city where you live ]
  • Country [ Comment : Enter the country where you live ]
  • State/Province/District [ Comment : Enter the state or province where you live ]
  • Postal/Zip Code [ Comment : Enter your current address postal or zip code ]
  • Phone No. [ Comment : Enter your current fixed-line phone number ]
  • Mobile No. [ Comment : Enter your current mobile or cellphone number ]
  • Email Address [ Comment : Nothing to enter here as your email is populated automatically from the previous pages ]
  • Click here for same address [ Comment : Check this box if your permanent address is the same as your current address. If not, enter your permanent address below ]

NOTE Enter your permanent address below if it’s different from your present address.

Permanent Address

  • House No./Street [ Comment : Enter your permanent address house number ]
  • Village/Town/City [ Comment : Enter your permanent address city ]
  • State/Province/District [ Comment : Enter your permanent address state or province ]

Enter the following information in the Family Details section.

Father’s Details

  • Name [ Comment : Enter your father’s full name including first, middle and last names ]
  • Nationality/Region [ Comment : Enter your father’s nationality ]
  • Previous Nationality/Region [ Comment : This is not a mandatory field, so leave it unselected. But if your father held any previous nationality, select the country from the list ]
  • Place of birth [ Comment : Enter your father’s place of birth ]
  • Country/Region of birth [ Comment : Select your father’s country of birth from the list ] 

Mother’s Details

  • Name [ Comment : Enter your mother’s full name including first, middle and last names ]
  • Nationality/Region [ Comment : Enter your mother’s nationality ]
  • Previous Nationality/Region [ Comment : This is not a mandatory field, so leave it unselected. But if your mother held any previous nationality, select the country from the list ]
  • Place of birth [ Comment : Enter your mother’s place of birth ]
  • Country/Region of birth [ Comment : Select your mother’s country of birth from the list ] 

Enter the following information in the next (Marital Status) section.

Spouse’s Details

  • Name [ Comment : Enter your spouse’s full name including first, middle and last names ]
  • Nationality/Region [ Comment : Enter your spouse’s nationality ]
  • Previous Nationality/Region [ Comment : This is not a mandatory field, so leave it unselected. But if your spouse held any previous nationality, select the country from the list ]
  • Place of birth [ Comment : Enter your spouse’s place of birth ]
  • Country/Region of birth [ Comment : Select your spouse’s country of birth from the list ] 
  • Were your Parents/Grandparents (paternal/maternal) Pakistan Nationals or Belong to Pakistan held area? [ Comment: Select No. If you select Yes for any reason, give the details on your ancestory ]

Enter the following information in the Profession/Occupation Details of Application section.

  • Present Occupation [ Comment : Select your current occupation/profession from the list. If you can’t find your occupation/profession in the list, such as NURSE, select OTHERS and enter your occupation/profession in the box that appears below ]
  • Employer Name/business [ Comment : Enter your current employer/business name ]
  • Designation [ Comment : Enter your current designation or title ]
  • Address [ Comment : Enter your current employer/business address ]
  • Phone [ Comment : Enter your current employer/business phone number ]
  • Past Occupation, if any [ Comment : If you had any other occupations or professions in the past, select from the list ]
  • Are/were you in a Military/Semi-Military/Police/Security Organization? [ Comment : Select No. If you are/were in defense, select Yes and enter the details ]

Click on the orange Save and Continue button.

You will be taken to the Visa Details Form .

05. Visa Details Form

India e-Visa - Visa details page

Enter the following information in the Details of the visa sought section.

  • Type of visa [ Comment : Nothing to enter here as your visa type (e-Visa) will be automatically populated here ]
  • Visa service [ Comment : Nothing to enter here too as the e-Tourist Visa option that you have selected earlier will be automatically populated ]
  • Places to be visited [ Comment : List all the places that you will visit in India on this trip ]
  • Places to be visited line 2 [ Comment : If the above text box is not enough, you can enter more places that you plan to visit in India here ]
  • Have you booked any room in Hotel/Resort etc. through any Tour Operator? [ Comment : If you have already booked a hotel or tour, select Yes and enter the details here ]
  • Duration of visa [ Comment : Nothing to enter here as the visa length that you have selected earlier will be automatically populated here ]
  • No, of Entries [ Comment : This will also be auto-populated based on your selection in the previous pages ]
  • Port of Arrival in India [ Comment : This will also be auto-populated based on your selection in the previous pages ]
  • Expected Port of Exit from India [ Comment : Select the airport or seaport from which you plan to leave the country after your trip ]

IMPORTANT Your port of arrival and exit do not matter much. After your e-Visa is approved, you can enter from any airport/seaport and exit from any airport/seaport.

Enter the following information in the Previous Visa/Currently valid Visa Details section.

  • Have you ever visited India before? [ Comment : If you have been to India before, select Yes and enter the details below. If this is your first time visiting India, select No and skip to the next section ]
  • Address [ Comment : Enter the address of the house or hotel where you stayed during your last visit to India ]
  • Cities previously visited in India [ Comment : List all the cities you have visited on your last visit to India ]
  • Last Indian Visa No/Currently valid Indian Visa No. [ Comment : Enter your previous India visa number ]
  • Type of Visa [ Comment : Select the type of your previous visa from the list ]
  • Place of Issue [ Comment : Enter the place your previous India visa was issued. If it was e-Visa, then it would be your first port of entry in India. If it were a consular visa, then it would be the city abroad where it was issued ]
  • Date of Issue [ Comment : Enter the date on which your previous India visa was issued ]
  • Has permission to visit or to extend stay in India previously been refused? [ Comment : Select No. If you were denied entry into India before select Yes and enter the details ]

Enter the following in the Other Information section.

  • Countries Visited in Last 10 years [ Comment : Enter the list of countries that you have visited in the last 10 years ]

Enter the following in the SAARC Country Visit Details section. 

  • Have you visited SAARC countries (except your own country) during last 3 years?  [ Comment : If you have visited any SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries in the last 3 years, enter them here ]

SAARC Countries SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) comprises Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. If you have visited any of these countries in the last 3 years, you must enter them for the above question. 

Enter the following in the Reference section.

  • Reference Name in India [ Comment : Enter the name of a contact person in India. This can be a family, relative or friend who lives in India. If you do not know anyone, you can enter the hotel where you plan to stay ]
  • Address [ Comment : Enter your India contact person’s address or hotel address ]
  • State [ Comment : Select the state where your India contact person resides or your hotel is ]
  • District [ Comment : Select the district where your India contact person resides or your hotel is ]
  • Phone [ Comment : Enter an Indian phone number of your India contact person or hotel ]
  • Reference Name in <your country> [ Comment : Enter the name of someone from your country as an emergency contact. This can be a family, relative or friend who lives in your country ]
  • Address [ Comment : Enter your emergency contact person’s address ]
  • Phone [ Comment : Enter your emergency contact person’s phone number ]

06. Additional Question Details

India e-Visa - Additional questions page

Answer the following question on this page.

  • Have you ever been arrested/ prosecuted/ convicted by Court of Law of any country? [ Comment : Select No unless you have been arrested or prosecuted ]
  • Have you ever been refused entry / deported by any country including India? [ Comment : Select No unless you have been refused entry or deported from any country in the past ]
  • Have you ever been engaged in Human trafficking/ Drug trafficking/ Child abuse/ Crime against women/ Economic offense / Financial fraud? [ Comment : Select No ]
  • Have you ever been engaged in Cyber crime/ Terrorist activities/ Sabotage/ Espionage/ Genocide/ Political killing/ other act of violence? [ Comment : Select No ]
  • Have you ever by any means or medium, expressed views that justify or glorify terrorist violence or that may encourage others to terrorist acts or other serious criminal acts? [ Comment : Select No ]
  • Have you sought asylum (political or otherwise)in any country? [ Comment : Select No, unless you have sought asylum ]

Check the box for the self-declaration that all the above information is correct.

Then, click on the orange Save and Continue button.

You will be taken to the Upload Photograph page.

07. Upload Photograph

India e-Visa - Upload photograph page

Click on the Choose File button to select the JPG/JPEG file of your photo.

After selecting the file, click on the orange Upload Photo button.

India e-Visa - Upload photograph page

When the photo is uploaded, you will be asked to crop the photo. If necessary, you can crop the photo. If not, simply drag the outer edge of the crop highlight to select the entire photo.

Then, click on the orange Crop and Save button. 

India e-Visa - Upload photograph page

Now, click on the orange Save and Continue button.

You will be taken to the Upload Document page.

08. Upload Document

India e-Visa - Document upload page

Click on the Choose File button to select the PDF of your scanned passport ID page.

Once you select your PDF file, click on the orange Upload Document button.

Then, check the box for “I have verified that all the documents are uploaded as per the requirement”.

Click on the orange Confirm button.

You will be taken to the Confirm Details page.

09. Confirm Details

India e-Visa - Confirm details page

Review all the details you have entered so far. If you need to make any corrections, click on the Modify button.

If everything is looking good, click on the Verified and Continue button.

You will be taken to the Online VISA Fee Payment page.

10. Online VISA Fee Payment

India e-Visa - Fee payment page

On this page, your name and application ID are displayed along with the disclaimer and undertaking.

Select “Yes” for the undertaking and click on the Pay Now button. 

India e-Visa - Fee payment page

You will then be shown the below three available payment gateway options.

Select the payment gateway that you would like to use and click on the Continue button.

NOTE The Axis bank gateway is not reliable. Use Sbi e-pay when paying with a credit or debit card. 

You will be shown a popup notifying you that there may be some payment delays. Click on the Ok button on the popup to continue.

You will be taken to the payment gateway page to enter your credit or debit card details. 

India e-Visa - SBI epay gateway page

On the Sbi e-pay gateway page, the Debit/Credit Card option will be selected by default. 

Enter the following information in the Debit/Credit Card form.

  • Card number [ Comment : Enter your credit/debit card number ]
  • Expiry date/valid thru [ Comment : Enter your credit/debit card expiry date ]
  • CVV/CVC [ Comment : Enter your credit/debit card CVV number ]
  • Name of the cardholder [ Comment : Enter your name as it appears on your credit/debit card ]
  • Use your GSTIN for claiming input tax [ Comment : Leave this check box as is ]

Click on the Pay Now button.

India e-Visa - Axis bank gateway page

On the Axis bank gateway page, enter the following information.

  • CARD NUMBER [ Comment : Enter your credit/debit card number ]
  • CARD NAME [ Comment : Enter your card issuer such as Visa, Master, etc. ]
  • MONTH [ Comment : Enter the month of your credit/debit card expiry ]
  • YEAR [ Comment : Enter the year of your credit/debit card expiry ]
  • CVV CODE [ Comment : Enter your credit/debit card CVV number ]

Click on the Submit button.

India e-Visa - Axis bank gateway page

You will be taken to the Your Final Payment page of Axis bank.

India e-Visa payment success

India e-Visa - Payment success page

If the payment is successful, you will be taken to the Payment Success page.

On this page, your name, application ID and passport number are deployed along with contacts of the e-Visa department for any assistance.

India e-Visa - Fee receipt

Click on the orange Generate Fee Receipt button to download a copy of the fee receipt. 

India e-Visa - Application successfully received email notification

You will also receive an email that your application has been successfully submitted. 

India e-Visa payment failed

India e-Visa - payment failed page

If your payment is failed, you will be taken to the Payment Failed page. 

On this page, the reason for the payment failure, such as the card declined, etc. is displayed. You cannot retry the payment from this page. To retry the payment, follow the below steps.

India e-Visa - Pay visa fee

  • Click on the Verify Payment/Pay e-Visa Fee button

You will be taken to the Pay Visa Processing Fee page.

India e-Visa - Pay visa processing fee

On the Pay Visa Processing Fee page, enter the following details.

  • Application Id [ Comment : Enter your saved 12-digit application Id. If you don’t remember, check your email ]
  • Date of Birth [ Comment : Enter your date of birth as it appears in your passport ]

Click on the orange Check Payment button.

You will be taken to the Payment Report page.

India e-Visa - Failed payment report

On the Payment Report page, you will see your last failed payment attempt and the reason for the failure. 

Click on the orange Pay Visa Processing Fee button. 

You will be taken back to the Online VISA Fee Payment page. From here simply follow the steps outlined in “ 10. Online VISA Fee Payment ” above to try the payment again. 

Check your India e-Visa application status

India e-Visa - Check status

To check the status of your India e-Visa process, follow the below steps.

  • Click on the Check your Visa Status button

You will be taken to the Visa Status Enquiry page.

India e-Visa - Status enquiry form

Enter the following on the Visa Status Enquiry page.

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The list of nations that welcome Indians without visas includes countries in the Southeast Asian region, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean Islands. These countries are unique cultural destinations with lots of popular tourist spots too. In the last few years, Indians have been showing greater interest in travelling. Taking advantage of this, the countries aim to boost their tourism industry by making the travelling experience hassle-free for Indian travellers.

What is Henley Passport Index? Indian passport remains at 80 th position in the Henley Passport Index. The Henley Passport Index is an online global ranking system that evaluates the world’s passports based on the number of destinations their holders can access without a visa. The passports are ranked based on the data provided by the International Air Transport Association. The rankings demonstrate the global positioning of the countries according to the freedom of travel allowed to the ordinary passport holders of these countries.

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The most powerful passport Currently, six countries – Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Singapore and Spain – hold the title of possessing the most powerful passports in the world. The passport holders of these countries can travel to a whopping 194 destinations without a visa. Interestingly, Afghanistan holds the lowest position in the Henley Passport Index. Afghan citizens can enter only twenty-eight countries in the world without having a visa. Meanwhile, Syria and Iraq passport holders can enter 29 and 31 countries respectively. Pakistani citizens can travel to thirty flour destinations without a visa.

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Giving priority to employment visas, the Consular Team India streamlined petition-based visa processing in Chennai and Hyderabad, resulting in enhanced efficiency. In 2023, this approach facilitated the processing of over 380,000 employment visas for Indians and their family members, maintaining minimal appointment wait times. Looking ahead, a pilot program slated for 2024 will enable eligible H1B holders to renew their visas in the United States, simplifying the renewal process.

The Consulate General Mumbai addressed a backlog of more than 31,000 immigrant visa cases that were delayed due to the pandemic. Individuals with pending immigrant visa petitions can now secure appointments within the standard pre-pandemic timeframe.

These records were made possible through a combination of staffing increases, innovations, and enhanced efficiency within the visa processing system. A three-month staffing surge in Mumbai early in the year, increased permanent staff levels, and the employment of innovative technical solutions contributed significantly to this success. The US Embassy in India also introduced a new portal, www.USVisaScheduling.com, at the end of July 2023, specifically for booking appointments in India, further streamlining the visa application process.

The US Department of State's commitment to reducing visa appointment wait times, which had been high, involved expanding interview waiver authorities for frequent travelers meeting strict national security standards. This allowed for visa renewals without the need to visit an embassy or consulate, thereby expediting the renewal process. Additionally, the US Mission implemented strategies to increase efficiency, such as extending interview waiver eligibility to new visa categories and utilizing remote work to allow staff around the world to contribute to Indian visa processing.

The US Embassy and Consulates' efforts to modernize operations include exploring new technologies and making significant capital improvements to facilities, such as the new Consulate building in Hyderabad. These measures have not only reduced wait times but have also strengthened the bilateral relationship between the United States and India, with US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti.

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Shoaib Bashir: England spinner granted visa to travel to India

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England spinner Shoaib Bashir has been granted an Indian visa and could be back with the squad by the weekend.

The 20-year-old, who is of Pakistani heritage, was initially left in Abu Dhabi when England travelled from their training camp to Hyderabad on Sunday.

On Tuesday, it emerged that he had returned to the UK, and the issuing of the visa was confirmed on Wednesday.

"We're glad the situation has now been resolved," said the England and Wales Cricket Board.

"Shoaib Bashir has now received his visa, and is due to travel to join up with the team in India this weekend."

A spokesperson for the Indian Foreign Office said: "The visa has been issued by London.

"There are rules and regulations governing the issuance of an Indian visa. The same were being applied in this case."

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Somerset off-spinner Bashir will miss the first Test against India, which begins on Thursday.

Speaking earlier on Wednesday, England captain Ben Stokes said there was "never a chance" England would boycott the opening match of the five-Test series in support of Bashir.

He admitted he had floated the idea of a boycott among the team, but said it was "tongue in cheek".

"As a leader, as a captain, when one of your team-mates is affected by something like that you do get a bit emotional," Stokes said. "I'm devastated for him."

The uncapped Bashir, born in Surrey, was a surprise call-up to the England squad for this tour, having played only six first-class matches.

There are long-running political tensions between India and Pakistan, and he is not the first cricketer of Pakistani origin to struggle to gain access to India.

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Australia opener Usman Khawaja, who was born in Pakistan, had his arrival for a Test tour last year delayed, while the entire Pakistan squad for last year's World Cup in India faced similar delays.

BBC Test Match Special commentator Aatif Nawaz, whose family are from Pakistan, also faced delays in receiving a visa for the World Cup and ultimately did not travel to the tournament.

Bashir's fellow England spinner, Rehan Ahmed, is also of Pakistani origin but has a visa from last year as he acted as reserve for the World Cup squad.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the government expects British citizens to be treated fairly by India.

"I can't speak to the specifics of this case. But more broadly we have previously raised issues of this kind with the high commission. We have been clear that we expect India to treat British citizens fairly at all times in its visa processes," said the spokesperson.

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Thailand to Sri Lanka: 7 countries Indians can visit without a visa; know the travel requirements

E xperiencing the thrill of travel is unparalleled, providing a much-needed break from the routine of everyday life . Regrettably, international travel often encounters hurdles, with many countries necessitating a visa, a process that can be time-intensive. However, here’s an exciting revelation: some nations welcome Indian passport holders without the need for a visa! Yes, you heard it correctly.

Several countries facilitate a straightforward entry process for Indian citizens, opening up avenues for exploration and leisure. For those eager to delve deeper into this information, we’ve curated a list of countries where Indian passport holders can enjoy visa-free travel.

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Renowned for its lavish temples, delectable cuisine, vibrant cultural legacy, and exceptionally warm locals, this South-East Asian nation is a favourite among travelers. The unparalleled hospitality of the Thai people is evident throughout the country. Popular islands such as Koh Samui, Phi Phi, and Koh Pha Ngan have emerged as major tourist attractions.

Visa: Visa on arrival

Requirements: Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months, a recent digital photo taken within the last 3 months, travel dates, airline confirmation, accommodation details, and a credit/debit card or PayPal account for payment.

Situated in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of Sri Lanka, this cluster of islands lures a considerable number of visitors with its pristine white sandy beaches and impeccably clear ocean waters.

Terms: Valid for 30 days, with the option to extend to 90 days.

Malaysia epitomizes the essence of Asia with its remarkable diversity, effectively resembling two distinct nations bisected by the South China Sea. On one side lies the peninsular region, featuring vibrant cities, modern towns, colonial architecture, and sprawling tea plantations. On the flip side, vast jungles dominate the landscape. The common thread binding this dichotomy is Malaysia’s rich and varied cuisine.

Visa: E-Visa/eNTRI

Requirements: Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity, travel documents, travel itinerary, return flight ticket with E-Ticket number, hotel reservation, or an invitation letter from your host. A work or residence permit is necessary for those residing abroad.

Bhutan, a neighboring country of India with which we maintain strong diplomatic ties, stands out as the originator of the Gross National Happiness Index. Renowned for its captivating landscape and diverse wildlife, Bhutan actively promotes tourism while conscientiously addressing the environmental impact it may incur. Although a daily fee of USD 250 is imposed on foreign tourists, exempting Indians from this charge showcases the amicable relations between the two nations, and Indian travelers are not required to obtain a visa.

Access to Bhutan can be facilitated through its national airline, Druk Air, or by land. The Bhutanese government, mindful of its distinctive culture and environment, limits the number of tourists allowed into the country at any given time.

Visa: No Visa

Condition: Seven-day entry-cum-stay permit obtainable from border offices

Requirements: Valid Indian Passport with a minimum of 6-month validity

Two passport-sized photographs

Booking details for accommodation

Copy of the marriage certificate for couples

Nepal , India’s northern neighbour, shares a ‘special relationship’ that facilitates unrestricted movement of citizens across the border. The absence of passport or visa requirements allows Indians to travel to Nepal, stay, and even work in the country. Renowned for hosting the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, Nepal attracts a significant number of tourists. The country boasts diverse landscapes and picturesque countryside, offering captivating sights and a rich cultural experience. As an Indian citizen, easy access to Nepal is available by air or road, making it an ideal destination for both cultural exploration and adventurous trekking. Thanks to its visa-free status for Indians, a road trip to this neighbouring country is also a viable option.

Condition: Indian citizens enjoy the privilege to work and live in Nepal under the provisions of the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship.

Requirements: Indian nationals can enter Nepal with any of the following documents:

  • Driving License
  • Ration Card
  • An ID issued by the Embassy of India in Kathmandu.

Sri Lanka unfolds as a realm of ancient ruins, sacred relics, palm-fringed beaches, vibrant reefs, tropical rainforests, and captivating local tales—a convergence where Southern India meets the essence of Buddhist Asia.

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Conditions: Tourist visas for Sri Lanka are typically granted for a short stay, with a maximum duration of 30 days.

Requirements: ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization)

A passport with a minimum validity of 6 months.

Confirmation of airside transit and exit from Sri Lanka.

Essential travel documents.

Evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of stay.

Booking details for accommodation.

For Indian nationals, the added convenience of visa-free access is granted.

In a mere four decades, this Gulf state has undergone a transformative journey, evolving from one of the least affluent nations in the Gulf to the wealthiest in the world. Fueled primarily by revenue from oil and natural gas, Qatar is experiencing rapid development, with a myriad of institutions, shopping complexes, luxurious hotels, and state-of-the-art football stadiums (in preparation for the 2022 World Cup ) emerging across the desert landscape.

Conditions: Permits a 30-day stay

Requirements: Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months and at least one blank visa page, evidence of return or onward tickets, hotel reservation, proof of travel purpose, and travel insurance.

Remember that visa policies can change, so it’s crucial to verify this information with the official embassy or consulate of the respective countries or consult official government travel advisories before planning your trip.

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