E-Visa (short for Electronic Visa) is simply a visa that you can apply for from your home country without visiting the Indian Mission in your country. It is no different from the stamped visa in your passport.
India offers E-Visa to nationals of 163 Countries. Click here to read the list of eligible countries.
Procuring an e-visa is fast and easy, and is becoming a popular choice for those who wish to travel to/visit India.
E-visa is granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, attending a short-term yoga program, medical treatment under Indian systems of medicine and business purpose, and no other purpose or activity.
To be eligible to apply for an Indian E-visa the applicant must satisfy and consider the following conditions before applying:
The applicant's (international traveler) sole objective for visiting India is
A casual visit to friends and relatives,
Attending a short term yoga program,
Attending short-term courses(courses not exceeding six (6) months duration and not issued with a qualifying certificate/diploma etc.) on local languages, music, dance, arts & crafts, cooking, medicine, etc. which should not be a formal or structured course/program,
Voluntary work of short duration (for a maximum period of one month, which do not involve any monetary payment or consideration of any kind in return),
Medical treatment including treatment under Indian systems of medicine,
As an attendant to e-Medical visa holder attending a conference/ seminar/ attached organizations & PSUs, and
Private conferences organized by private persons/ companies/ organizations/
The applicant's passport should have at least 6 months validity at the time of making an application for a grant of e-visa.
The applicant should have a return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
E-Visa is not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders or Laissez-passer travel document holders.
E-Visa is not available to individuals endorsed on Parent's/Spouse's Passport, i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.
E-Visa is not available to International Travel Document Holders other than Passport.
India's E-visa has five (5) sub-categories:
e-Tourist Visa (for 30 days/ 01 year/ 05 years),
e-Medical Attendant Visa, and
Instructions regarding e-Visa sub-categories
A foreigner (other than those applying for e-Conference visa) will be allowed to club activities permitted under the above-mentioned categories.
Foreigners applying for e-Conference visa will be permitted to club activities permitted under e-Tourist visa only (validity co-terminus with e-Conference Visa, i.e. 30 days only).
Only two e-Medical Attendant Visas will be granted against one e-Medical Visa.
Applicants (for e-Tourist and e-Business visas only) may apply minimum four (4) days in advance of the date of arrival.
Applicants (for e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant, and e-Conference visa) may apply a minimum of four (4) days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days.
Nationals of Yellow Fever affected countries or travelers arriving from these countries must carry a YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CARD at the time of arrival in India, otherwise, they may be quarantined for 6 days upon arrival in India.
Travelers must travel on the Passport which they have applied for e-Visa.
e-Visa is non-extendable, non-convertible, and not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment Areas. If you intend to visit those areas, you would require permission from the Civil Authority.
Authorized Immigration Checkposts (Entry Points & Exit Points)
Persons holding e-Visa will be allowed to enter into India only through the designated international airports/seaports namely:
Agati and Minicoy Island Lakshdwip UT
Munabao Rail Check Post
Attari Rail Check Post
Gede Rail and Road Check Post
Haridaspur Rail Check Post
Chitpur Rail Check Post