India Tourist Visa
Travellers to India whose intention is sight-seeing/recreation, to meet friends and relatives or short Term Yoga Programme
need to apply for an India Tourist Visa in electronic format, also known as eTourist Visa for India.
Tourist Visa for India is available to those visitors who intend to visit India for no longer than 180 days at a time.
Travellers to India are eligible to apply for an Indian Visa online on this website without visiting local Indian Embassy. The purpose of the trip must be non commercial in nature.
This Indian Tourist Visa doesn't require a physical stamp on the passport. Those who apply for an Indian Tourist Visa on this website will be provided with a PDF copy of Indian Tourist Visa which will be dispatched electronically by email. Either a soft copy of this Indian Tourist Visa or a paper printout is required before embarking on a flight/cruise to India. The Visa that is issued to the traveller is recorded in the computer system and does not require physical stamp on the passport or courier of passport to any Indian Visa office.
What can Indian Tourist Visa be used for?
The India Tourist Visa or eTourist Visa can be used for the following purposes:
Your trip is for recreation.
Your trip is for sight-seeing.
You are coming to meet family members and relatives.
You are visiting India to meet friends.
You are attending a Yoga Program/e.
You are attending a course not exceeding 6 months in duration and a course that does not confer a degree or diploma certificate.
You are coming a volunteer work for up to 1 month in duration.
This Visa is also available online as eVisa India through this website. Users are encouraged to apply online for this India Visa online rather than visit to Indian Embassy or Indian High Commission for convenience, security and safety.
How long you can stay in India with eTourist Visa?
There are several options of this Indian Tourist Visa available to Visitors in terms of duration now.
It is available in 3 durations as of 2020:
30 Day: Valid for 30 days from date of entry to India and is valid for Double entry.
1 Year: Valid for 365 days from date of issue of eTA and is a multiple entry Visa.
5 Years: Valid for 5 year from date of issue of eTA and is a multiple entry Visa.
Validity of 30 Day India Visa is subject to some confusion.
You can read about the 30 Day Tourist Visa clarification.
Note: There used to be a 60 Day Visa to India available prior to 2020, but it has since been decommissioned.
What are the Requirements for an India Tourist Visa?
Tourist Visa requires the below documents.
- A scanned color copy of the first (biographical) page of their current passport.
- A recent passport-style color photo.
Passport validity of 6 months at the time of entry in India.
What are the privileges and attributes of India Tourist Visa?
The following are benefits of Indian Tourist Visa:
30 Day Tourist Visa allows Double entry.
1 year and 5 years Tourist Visa allow multiple entries.
The holders can enter India from any of 28 airport and 5 seaports.
See full list here.
Holders of India Tourist Visa can exit Indian from any approved Immigration Check Posts (ICP) mentioned here. See full list here.
Limitations of India Tourist Visa
The following constraints apply to Indian Tourist Visa:
30 Day Tourist Visa is only a Double entry Visa.
1 Year and 5 Year Tourist Visa is valid for only 180 days of continuous stay in India.
This type of visa is non-convertible, non-cancellable and non-extendable.
Applicants may be asked to provide evidence of adequate funds to support themselves during their stay in India.
Applicants are not required to have proof of flight ticket or hotel bookings on the Indian Tourist Visa.
All applicants must have an Ordinary passport, other types of official, diplomatic passports are not accepted.
The Indian Tourist Visa is not valid for visiting protected, restricted and military cantonment areas.
If your passport is expiring in less than 6 months from the date of entry, then you will be asked to renew your passport. You should have 6 months of validity on your passport.
Whilst you do not need to visit Indian embassy or Indian High Commission for any stamping of Indian Tourist Visa, you do need 2 blank pages in your passport so that the Immigration officer can put a stamp for departure at the airport.
You cannot come by road to India, you are allowed entry by Air and Cruise on the India Tourist Visa.
How is the Payment for India Tourist Visa (eTourist Indian Visa) made?
Tourists can make payment for their India Tourist Visa using cheque, Debit Card, Credit card or a PayPal account.
The mandatory requirements for India Tourist Visa are:
A passport that is valid for 6 months from the date of first arrival in India.
A functional Email ID.
Possession of Debit Card or Credit Card or Paypal Account for online secure payment on this website.
Ensure that you have checked the eligibility for your India eVisa.
United States citizens,
United Kingdom citizens,
and French citizens can apply online for India eVisa.
Please apply for a India Tourist Visa 4-7 days in advance of your flight.