HOW TO GET YOUR INDIAN VISA ONLINE
Are you checking for Indian Visa online? Want to travel to India? As per the recent news, Indian government has changed some rules regarding their electronic visas. In this blog, we will let you know what all is required; to get your Indian E Visa. Be ready to plan your India tour.
EXPLANATION ON INDIAN VISA APPLICATION
Applying for an Indian visa is necessary to visit any part of India. This is applicable for tourists as well as business travellers, and minors too. Due to growth in technology, Indian visa online application has been possible for a few years now. After consent, the document is sent as a PDF file by an e-mail, and it does not require to be stamped in the passport at the embassy.
Tourists can easily make use of so-called “e-Tourist visa”, medical travellers of the “e-Medical visa” business travellers of the “eBusiness visa”. These are all electronic visas, which can be obtained easily through the online application form.
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR E VISA FOR INDIA?
You just need to apply on some visa site online. It is an easy and fast process which will not take more than 5-10 minutes.
In Application form you must go through only three steps:
In first step you will be asked to fill the general information. Then asked to select the processing time from the given options.
The second will be rechecking step one.
In last step you need to make payment.
Once you finish the process, submit your form, and wait for arrival of your visa. Most of the visa websites provides 24/7 call support, so you can ask any of your queries there.
WHEN TO APPLY FOR AN INDIAN E VISA?
You need to apply for your visa to India online prior 4 days of your date of arrival to India, but now your online Indian visa will come with a “window of arrival” period of 120 days.
WHAT DOES THIS TRULY MEAN FOR TRAVELERS?
Well, this directly implies that if you apply for your Indian Visa online on the 1st of March then your arrival date to India will be between the 5th of March to the 2nd of July – 120 days (4 months). This is really a great news as now you can apply for your India visa far ahead of your actual arrival date to India. So, if you make alterations regarding your arrival date you will have the elasticity to change it without re-applying for a new Indian Visa.
WHAT IS THE VALIDITY OF THIS E-VISA INDIA?
Once issued, the Indian tourist visa will remain valid for 1 year and comes with multiple entry, same rules are applicable for the business e-Visa.
The medical e-Visa has little different rules; in the sense that you cannot stay for more than 60 days in total in India, but you have Triple Entry option.
WHAT ABOUT THE PROCESSING TIME AND PRICES?
It totally depends on your nationality, the type of visa you are applying and how soon you want it.
E-Visa gives you three options: Standard, Rush and Super Rush.
Here is the price list for a Tourist e-Visa if you have an American passport:
Standard: This is the most requested option just because of its price. It just costs USD 86.00, but for that reason you will get visa in 5 days.
Rush: This option is bit faster and that increases the price a little. It costs USD 116.00, but you will get your visa in 3 days.
Super Rush: This is the fastest option so you will have to pay more i.e., USD 151.00, and get your visa as fast as within 2 days.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR THIS E-VISA?
Valid Passport, digital photograph, a passport scan of the info page (This is the page with your photo and other details).
Answer a set of some personal questions (like your parents’ names, contact, address, etc).
Credit/debit card or PayPal account.
Copy of Business Card and Invitation Letter (if valid) for the Business e-Visa.
In case you choose Medical e-Visa, you are required to show the letter from the Hospital in India.
VISA REQUIREMENTS WHEN APPLYING ONLINE
The Indian government retains certain conditions for all visa types, which travellers are expected to observe. This also pertains to the online options; the e-Tourist, e-Medical or e-Business Indian visa. The most important conditions are summed up below.
Regarding travel plans:
Arriving by plane is only permitted at the airports of Amritsar, Bagdogra, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Cochin, Calicut, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Jaipur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Madurai, Mangalore, Port Blair, Pune, Trivandrum, Tiruchirapalli, Varanasi and Vishakhapatnam.
Arriving by boat or cruise ship is only permitted at the ports of Mormugao (at Goa), Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore (at Mangalore) and Mumbai.
Leaving India is permitted at places that has an Immigration Check post. This comprises all seaports international airports, where you can arrive, and includes the border with Nepal, at Banbasa, Gauriphanta, Rani Gunj, Raxaul, Jogbani, Rupaidiha and Sonouli.
In northern side of the country (to the north and east of Bangladesh) are many regions with special constraints. These include Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Sikkim.
It is allowed to change the location and date of arrival/departure after requesting for the visa, provided that the new data matches the visa requirements and drops within the validity period.
ON ARRIVAL IN INDIA, IT IS NECESSARY THAT:
The passport that was used throughout the visa application is still valid for at minimum 6 more months.
And this same passport should be passed over, along with the printed Indian visa.
Also, the traveller can offer a return or transit ticket.
WHEN IS AN E-VISA NOT SUFFICIENT?
Tourists who are looking to stay longer in India more than 180 consecutive days (or 90, depending on your nationality), and business passengers with travel plans lasting more than 180 days, cannot make use of the Indian E visa. The same is applicable for travellers who want to study in India, perform volunteer work or employing with an Indian organisation. They can go for alternative procedure, whereby the visa is stamped right in the passport at the embassy. The costs in that case are higher, and the request takes more time.