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- • What is a visa/e-visa India?
Persons traveling to India for tourist or business purposes, or for medical treatment, are required to apply for a visa before departure. The Indian visa is a digital travel permit, also known as Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Persons that do not possess this authorization are denied entry during check-in or boarding of their flight to India. Because applying can be done online, through a digital application form (explanation) it is also referred to as an electronic visa, or e-visa. The terms visa and e-visa are used interchangeable, because they have the same meaning.
- • What types of Indian visa are there?
There are different types of visas for India. First, there are the three electronic variants, one for tourists (eTourist visa), one for business travellers (eBusiness visa) and one for travellers with a medical travel purpose (eMedical visa). Additionally, there is a physical visa in the form of a sticker which is applied to the passport of the traveller by a consular employee.
Because the electronic visa (also called e-visa) is cheaper, easier and faster to apply for, it is recommended for all travellers that can make use of it. If you can make use of the online Indian visa depends on whether you meet the requirements for the e-visa India.
- • Do I need an Indian visa?
If you have the nationality of a European country, such as the United Kingdom, and wish to travel to India for a holiday, a business trip or for medical reasons, you are required to apply for an Indian visa. The visa requirements also holds for children and babies.
- • I applied for a visa, but (still) didn’t receive it?
Right after you have completed the payment for your visa application,you will receive a confirmation by e-mail. This e-mail contains a link to your personal status page on e-Visa.ie. Here you check what the status of your (group) application is.
Was your visa not issued within the expected term? The status page will tell you when you should contact us about this, and how to do it.
The immigration service processes all applications individually. So not per group, but per person. even if you filled in multiple travellers in a single application form. Occasionally, there can be quite a bit of difference between the moments of approval between the various visas from a single group application. This can be the case if one or several people are subjected to a manual extended background check. If an application for a traveller takes more time than those of the other travellers in the group, this does not mean that the visa application for this traveller has a higher chance of being rejected.
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This doesn’t work either? Send an e-mail to email@example.com containing your order number. The order number can be found in the transcript of your payment.
- • Do I still need to take the coronavirus into account?
The coronavirus measures have been changed a lot over time. That is why it is highly recommended to check the page with recent coronavirus measures in India, well on time before departure, and right before departure.
Everything you need to know about Covid-19 in India
- • What kind of Indian visa do I need to apply for?
Are you going to India as a tourist, then you need to apply for an ‘e-Tourist Indian visa’. If you are going to India for business, then you need to apply for an ‘e-Business Indian visa’. If you are going to India for medical reasons, then you need to apply for an ‘e-Medical Indian visa’. These visas can be applied for online, through the same online application form.
Are you living or studying in India, or working for an Indian employer? Then you need to apply for a physical visa. Read more about the phyiscal visa.
- • At which seaports or airports can I arrive?
Check the up-to-date list of arrival locations in India where the electronic Indian visa is accepted, on the page with the visa requirements for India
- • How long is my Indian visa valid for?
The India tourist e-visa for which you can apply through this website, has a validity period of 30 days, as well as a maximum duration of stay of 30 days. This means that you are only allowed to arrive in India within 30 days from the moment your visa application is approved. On the visa you can also find the last day you are allowed to enter India, under ‘date of expiry’. After arrival, you are always allowed to stay in India for 30 days, even if you do not arrive until the 30th day after the visa application approval.
To make sure your visa has not yet expired before your trip, your application will not be processed until 3 weeks before departure. If you submit your application more in advance, your application will be put on hold until 3 weeks before the date of arrival as indicated on the application form, Because of this, you can apply for the visa a long in advance as you wish. It also allows you to decide to travel a bit earlier or later, after submitting your visa application.
Example: you apply for your visa on the 1st of February and indicate in the application form that you expect to arrive in India on the 18th of July. Your application will then be put on hold, and automatically processed around the 28th of June. Your application is then expected to be approved on the 1st of July. You are then allowed to arrive in India between the 1st and 30th of July. If you already arrive on the 1st, you are allowed to stay there until July 30th. If you only arrive on the 30th of July, you can stay until the 28th of August
For more information, please read the page about the validity period of the India visa.
- • Is my visa still valid for a next trip to India?
The tourist visa for India that can be applied for via this website can be used twice, but only if the most recent departure is not more than 30 days after the first arrival date.
- • I am arriving in India by boat or by land; do I need a visa?
Yes, you always need a visa if you want to enter India. However, you can’t travel into India by car, bus or train with an e-visa; for this, you need to apply for a special sticker visa. If you arrive by boat or by cruiseship in Chennai (Madras), Chochin, Mormugao (at Goa), New Mangalore (at Mangalore) or Mumbai, then you can make use of the online e-visa. If you are arriving by water or at another location by water, you need to apply for a physical visa beforehand.
- • Is an Indian visa also mandatory for children/babies?
Yes, it is mandatory for travellers of all ages to possess their own visa; this includes children and babies.
- • I am going to work in India; which visa do I need?
If you are going to work in India as part of a business trip, you can make of a Indian business visa. If, however, you want to enter into employment with an Indian organisation, you need to apply for a physical visa for this specific purpose.
- • Can I live or study in India with a visa?
Questions about the application procedure
- • When do I need to apply for my Indian visa?
Try and apply for the visa as soon as you have established a place to stay in India. This location needs to be filled in in the application form. If the travel dates change after the application, this is not a problem. This visa can be applied for months before departure. In emergency situations it is possible to arrange for for a visa within 3 working days via an urgent application ut no guarantees can be offered regarding delivery times. It is therefore wise to submit the application on time.
- • How can I apply for the visa for India?
Submitting an Indian visa application happens in three steps: first you fill in the Indian visa application form (explanation). Next, you pay for the cost with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or PayPal. Finally, you receive the e-visa within four workdays by e-mail.
- • What does the Indian visa cost?
A visa for India costs € 49,95 per person. This is the total amount, so including all consular costs, service costs, VAT, and transaction costs. Read more about the Indian visa fees.
- • Can I apply for an Indian visa for someone else?
Yes, if you possess the required information and documents (passport and passport photo) of the traveller, you can submit an application for him or her through this website.
- • Can I apply for an urgent Indian visa?
Yes. The regular delivery time of 1 week is then shortened to an average of 3 working days, including in the weekend and during the holidays. Take note: delivery times are an average and can never be guaranteed. More information can be found on the page regarding the urgency procedure for the Indian visa.
- • Do I need a visa for my transit in India
If you intend to leave the airport during your transit in India, you need a visa. For a transit in India, a tourist visa is sufficient. There is also a transit visa, designed specifically for transits, that is valid for 3 days. However, for this transit visa you need to visit an embassy or consulate twice; once to hand over your passport, and the second time to retrieve the passport with the attached visa. That is why most travellers prefer to make use of the tourist visa for a transit or transfer, which you can easily apply for online.
You can apply for the tourist visa here
If you do not intend to leave the airport during your transit in India, you do not necessarily need a visa. However, bear in mind that some airlines will check every passenger for their visa before boarding the plane and they might not make an exception for travellers flying to India for a transit only. Be sure to check with your airline, well before departure, if they allow you to board the plane without an India visa if you only fly to India for a transit.
- • What do I need to submit an application for the India visa?
- A passport, which is valid for 6 more months from the moment you arrive in India, and contains at least two empty pages
- A scan or clear photo of your passport
- A scan or clear photo of your business card (only for business trips)
- A recent passport photo
- A staying address in India
- • Can I make an application for multiple visas?
Yes. It is possible to submit a visa application for multiple people at once. You will then pay for all the visas at once. Combining multiple travellers in a single visa application saves you time, as you don’t need to fill in all information over and over for reach subsequent travellers, and only a single payment needs to be made.
- • Can I upload the scan of my passport or my passport photo later?
Yes, although the delivery time of 1 week (or 3 working days when urgent) only starts from the moment that all documents have been received in good order. Don’t put it off for too long.
- • How can I pay for my Indian visa?
You can pay for your visa with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or PayPal.
- • What requirements does my passport have to meet?
The passport should be valid for at least six months after your arrival in India and should contain at least two blank pages. The e-visa can only be applied for with a regular passport, not an emergency passport, alien travel document, diplomatic passport or Laissez-passer.
- • What requirements does my passport photo need to meet?
Your passport photo needs to have been taken recently, be in colour, and be of good quality. This means that the photo is sharp and that the face of the traveller is clearly in frame. It is not necessary to use an official passport photo taken by a photographer. A selfie or other non-professional photo suffices, provided your face is completely, clearly, neutrally, and sharply in frame. The photo must also be in colour, and during uploading must be cropped in a manner that the head is clearly visible, and no other persons or object are in view.
Questions about changes, cancellations, or rejections
- • Can my visa application be denied/rejected?
Virtually all applied for visas for India are in fact approved. No guarantees can be provided for this, however; the Indian immigration service at all times maintains the right to reject applications without reason. Even after receiving the visa, the Indian immigration maintains the right to deny travellers access to the country; for example, when they expect that the traveller is not entering the country with good intentions or is carrying forbidden objects.
If you application is rejected by the immigration service, you will be refunded the entire purchase cost. This leniency arrangement only applies once for each traveller.
- • Do I get my money back if the application is rejected?
Yes, in the unlikely event that your application is rejected, you will be refunded the entire purchase cost. However, this this does not apply if a visa application was previously rejected for this same person.
- • Can I cancel my visa application?
No, as soon as you have made the payment and provided all of the documents, your application will be processed. From that moment onward, it is no longer possible to cancel the application. Not even if you do not plan to make use of it.
- • I made a mistake filling in the form; can I correct it?
No, as soon as you have made the payment and provided all of the documents, your application will be processed. From that moment, it is no longer possible to make any changes to the form, regardless of the reason. Did you make a mistake in the application form? Contact the support center to ask what you can best do.
Questions after the application
- • What is the ‘yellow book’/inoculation passport/vaccination book?
When you are traveling to India from a country where yellow fever occurs (only in Africa and South-America), you are required to be vaccinated against yellow fever at the moment that you travel into India. You need to be able to prove this through your inoculation passport, also known as the ‘yellow book’. Aside from this potentially mandatory vaccination it can be wise to get a number of other vaccinations before traveling to India. Your doctor can tell you more about this.
- • When do I receive my Indian visa?
The regular delivery time for the e-visa India is 1 week. Do you need the visa earlier? Read more on the page concerning the urgency procedure of 3 working days.
- • I have an Indian visa, am I guaranteed entry into the country?
No. The Indian immigration service always maintains the right to deny travellers access to the country. For example, when it is expected that the traveller is entering the country with the wrong intentions, or is carrying forbidden objects. Even if they possess a visa.
- • Do I need to print my visa and take it with me?
Yes. Print the visa and keep it with your passport throughout the entire trip.
- • How do you handle personal information and privacy?
- • I can’t figure it out; can you help?
Certainly. Most questions that are asked at the visa support center are also on this page. That’s why we urge you to first read this page closely. If you are curious as to the status of your application, you can check it here. Do you have another question? Contact the support center.
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e-Visa.ie is a commercial and professional visa agency, and supports travellers in obtaining, among others, the India visa. e-Visa.ie acts as an intermediary and is in no way part of any government. You can also apply for a visa directly with the immigration service (25,63 USD per visa, via indianvisaonline.gov.in). However, not with our level of support. If you submit your application via e-Visa.ie, our support centre is available to you 24/7. In addition, we manually check your application and all the documents you provide before submitting it to the immigration authorities on your behalf. If we suspect any errors or omissions while doing so, we will personally contact you to ensure that your application can still be processed quickly and correctly. To use our services, you pay us 25,63 USD in consular fees, which we pay to the immigration service on your behalf, as well as € 25,59 in service fees as compensation for our services, including VAT. Our services have saved many travellers from major problems during their trip. Should an application be rejected despite our support and verification, we will refund the full purchase price (unless an application for a previous India visa was rejected for the same traveller). Read more about our services here.