India’s Ministry of Tourism has announced that foreign tourists visiting India on the e-Tourist Visa (eTV) will now be entitled to stay in the country for up to two months and enjoy double-entry benefits….reports Asian Lite News
Rolled out by the government beginning 1 April 2017, the new e-Visa guidelines will permit a traveller to stay in the country for up to 60 days, with double entry for those holding valid business and tourist e-Visas, and triple entry for those holding medical e-Visas. This entitles visitors to explore neighbouring countries before returning to India within a specified time. What is more, the window for application to the e-Visa scheme has increased from 30 days to 120 days.
The eTV was introduced in August 2015 and thanks to the successful promotional efforts of India Tourism Office London, 90,000 e-Tourist Visas were issued within the scheme’s first year. This accounted for nearly a quarter of all e-Visas issued worldwide and more applications were made by UK citizens for an eTV to India than any other nation.
The e-Visa for India has been sub-divided into three categories: e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa and e-Medical Visa. On arrival, the visitor must present the authorisation to immigration officials, in order to enter the country.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING FOR AN E-VISA
- e-Visa has 3 sub-categories i.e., e-Tourist visa, e-Business Visa and e-Medical visa. A foreigner will be permitted to club these categories.
- Applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online a minimum of 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. For example: If you are applying on 1st Sept then the applicant can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 2nd Jan.
- Recent front-facing photograph with white background and photo page of Passport containing personal details like name, date of birth, nationality, expiry date etc are to be uploaded mandatorily by the applicant. Additionally, one more document depending upon the e-Visa type would also be required to be uploaded. The application is liable to be rejected if the uploaded documents and photograph are not clear / as per specification.
- e-Visa fee is country/Territory specific. Bank transaction charges of 2.5% will be charged additionally on applicable e-Visa fees. The fee must be paid at least 4 days before the expected date of travel, otherwise the application will not be processed.
- e-Visa fee once submitted is non-refundable as the fee is for processing of the application and is not dependent on either grant or rejection of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).
- Applicant should carry a copy of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) along with him/her at the time of travel. Please confirm that your ETA status is shown as ‘GRANTED’ on this website prior to commencement of your journey. Applicants can track the status of their application online by clicking on VisaStatus.
- Biometric details of the applicant will be mandatorily captured at Immigration on arrival in India.
- The validity of e-Visa will be 60 days from the date of arrival in India. Double entry is permitted on e-Tourist Visa and e-Business Visa. Triple entry will be permitted on e-Medical Visa.
- e-Visa is valid forentry through 24 designated Airports (Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi) and 3 designated seaports (Cochin, Goa, Mangalore). However, the foreigner can take exit from any of the authorised Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India.
- This facility is in addition to the existing Visa services.
- e-Visa can be availed for maximum of two times in a calendar year i.e. between January to December.
- e-Visa is non-extendable, non-convertible & not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment Areas. If you intend to visit Protected/Restricted/Cantonment areas, you would require prior permission from the Civil Authorityplease visit here.
- Please be careful while making payment of the e-Visa fee. If the number of unsuccessful attempts is more than three (03), then the application ID would be blocked and the applicant would be required to apply afresh by filling the application form again and regenerating a new application ID.
- The e-Visa fee payment status update may take up to 4 hours due to technical reasons/network delays. Before re-applying, the applicants are requested to wait for 4 hours for payment status to update, after final submission of the application form and payment of the fee. In cases where e-Visa fee has been deducted but status of the application has not updated, applicants are advised to verify their payment status by clicking on the ‘Verify Payment/Pay Visa Fee’ tab or by clicking on the linkVerify Payment.
- Nationals of Yellow Fever affected countries or travellers arriving from these countries must carry YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CARD at the time of arrival in India, otherwise they may be quarantined for 6 days upon arrival in India. Please visit our Ministry Of Health & Family Welfare latest guidelines regarding yellow fever countrieshere.
- For any assistance call the 24 x 7 e-Visa support center at +91-11-24300666 or send an email email@example.com
HOW TO APPLY FOR AN E-VISA
Upload Photo and Passport Page
Pay visa fee online
Using Credit / Debit card
Receive e-Visa Online
e-Visa Will be sent to your e-mail
Fly To India
Print e-Visa, carry at the time of travel and present to necessary authorities