As per the very common idiom in India - "Athithy devo Bhawa" which means Guests are like Gods, India welcomes every guest humbly, with optimum level of hospitality, resulting the increment in the guests welcomed from approx. 10 million in 2017 to 14 million in 2019.
Visitors of India get the chance of enjoying festivals all over India with varied rituals. Festival of color, celebration of victory of god over evil, festival of light, and so on, uncountable for your finger. In fact the secularism and brotherhood will attract you the most, countries with just two religions go into cold wars, while in the country of more than 6 religions, all live with peace and brotherhood.
If you foresee your particular business emerging with skilled youth and numerous entrepreneurs, India welcomes you to its every year conducted summits and FDI meetings. The growing economy and increasing involvement in world capital, global market leads to businessmen visiting India too often.
So as to lower the issues faced by the guests every time they visit in issuing their visa, The Indian Ministry of External Affairs came into the picture every year from 2015 with a new plan to lower the problems every-time with a new plan.
Like in January 2015 the manual processing of the visa on arrival was discontinued. Until 26 January 2015, citizens of the several countries holding ordinary passports were granted visa on arrival without obtaining an ETA (unless they were of Bangladeshi or Pakistani origin), for a single stay up to 30 days in India when traveling as a tourist or for visiting family or friends.
In February 2015, the Ministry of Tourism proposed extending the facility to citizens of China, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy and Malaysia. Subsequently, the Minister of Finance announced that the facility would be extended, in stages, to citizens of 150 countries. In March 2015 it was announced that 53 nations were shortlisted for the second round of expansion of the system based on the number of tourist arrivals in the previous years.
After criticized for naming the new policy "Visa on arrival" they decided to rename it to "e-Tourist Visa" in April 2015. The e-Tourist Visa facility was extended to 31 new countries on 1 May 2015.
In May 2015, Indian Foreign Ministry announced that Chinese citizens will be able to Apply for e-Tourist Visa facility in order to coordinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting China.
On 29 July 2015, Indian Ministry of Home Affairs announced the extension of e-Tourist Visa facility to China, Hong Kong and Macau from 30 July 2015.
The list of eligible nationalities was extended with 36 new countries on 15 August 2015. On the same day the list of e-Visa airports was expanded with 7 new airports. The extension to 150 nationalities was scheduled to be finished by 31 March 2016.
In September 2015 it was announced that the list would be expanded by another 37 countries. In January 2016, it was announced that the extension would take place by March 2016. In November 2015 it was announced that the visa validity will be extended to 180 days. In January 2016 it was announced that the multiple entries would become available and that e-Tourist Visa holders would be presented a gift pack on arrival. The e-Tourist visa list was extended for tourists from 37 more countries on 26 February 2016.
In September 2016 it was announced that the electronic visa scheme would be reformed to include 27 visa codes denoting various visit purposes such as tourism, business or medical visits. It was also announced that the list of visa on arrival eligible countries would be expanded. It also announced that more countries would be added to the e-Visa list. The e-Visa would have a validity of 60 days and could be applied for by foreign nationals up to four months ahead of the visit. Five seaports - Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Goa and Mangalore - would receive tourists coming with e-Visa.
From 1 April 2017 e-visas are granted fewer than three categories of e-tourist, e-business and e-medical. The window for application under the e-Visa scheme was increased from 30 days to 120 days, and duration of stay on e-Visa was increased from 30 days to 60 days, with double entry on e-tourist and e-business visa, and triple entry on an e-medical visa. The list of eligible nationalities was also further expanded with 11 new countries, and the list of arrival ports was increased from 16 to 24 airports and 3 seaports.
In July 2017 Uganda was added to the list of e-Visa eligible countries. During 2018, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Qatar were added to the list of e-Visa eligible countries.
In January 2019 the Indian government updated few e-Visa rules for all eligible countries. The validity of Indian e-Tourist and e-Business Visa was increased from 60 days with double entry to up to 1 year with multiple entries. The validity count starts from the day e-Visa is being granted online and not from the day of physical arrival as before.
For e-tourist visa, continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days for all eligible nationals of e-tourist visa except for nationals of US, UK, Japan, and Canada. For nationals of the US, UK, Japan, and Canada, continuous stay during each visit was limited to 180 days. No FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Officer) registration is required.
For e-business visa, continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days for nationals of all countries who are eligible for e-Business visa and no FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Officer) registration is required if the stay is for less than 180 days.
This online application procedure was quite comfortable for the visitors so with the help of few professionals e-Visa came into existence in June 2015. However only 150 countries were eligible. After reading and going through few stats this was extended to 180 countries.
But because of lesser awareness about the application guidelines and documents uploading there were 19% visa rejections every year. While e-visa India team with professionals in e-Visa gave 95% visa approvals in shorter times, even after your visa is granted or rejected we provide your assistance 24x7 for better suggestions anytime anywhere. Alerts you regarding your application requesting you corrected documents to avoid rejection. We have multiple options for e-Visa procedure for emergency cases. We got your back for uploading the wrong documents, by informing you about them.
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