“If we were to look over the whole world to find out the country most richly endowed with all the wealth, power and beauty that nature can bestow-in some parts a very paradise on earth-I should point to India”. ~ Max Mueller
Crowned by the Himalayas on top and vast seas surrounding its peninsula, India is quite distinct on the world map. With its diverse natural and urban landscapes, cultures and cuisines, India is a country that never ceases to amaze. From stunning beaches, religious sites and historical monuments to hill stations, India has it all.
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in terms of GDP India’s is the world’s 7th largest tourism economy. According to data, the travel and tourism sector generated Rs 14.1 trillion (USD 208.9 billion) in 2016. Over the past few years, India has started making significant changes to visa facilitation.
Types of Indian Visas
There are two types of Indian Visa viz:
- E-Visa: This includes visa for business tourism and short duration medical treatment purposes.
- Regular visa: This includes Conference Visa, Diplomatic Visa, Employment Visa, Emergency Visa, Entry Visa, Journalist Visa, Medical Visa (for long term treatment), Missionaries Visa, Permit to re-enter within 2 months, Research Visa, Student Visa Transit Visa, Intern Visa and Film Visa.
How to get an Indian e-Visa?
Citizens who want to visit India for business/tourism/short duration medical treatment purposes can now obtain eVisa (officially called “E-Tourist Visa” ).
- e-tourist visa
- e-Business Visa
- e-Medical Visa
e-VISA is completely an online process where the applicant does not have to apply in person before the visa issuing authority.
A brief on the different types of India e-visa
India Tourist Visa
Ideal for tourism, you can avail a tourist visa to explore everything India, right from the spicy Indian cuisine to Ayurveda. We charge a flat $25 for tourist eVisa. You would have to make a payment of $3 only as both registration and processing fee, while you may pay the rest after visa approval.
India Business Visa
Suitable for the different types of business purposes listed above, the business visa requirements vary from that of the tourist visa. While you may use a business visa for tourism, the tourist visa cannot be pursued for business purposes.
India Medical Visa
For those seeking to visit India for medical purposes, we have the Medical eVisa facility. Needless to say, the requirements for a medical visa differ from that of the tourist and business visa.
But all is not rosy when applying for India tourist visa online, the system is abysmal and the payment mode is the worst of any online mode so far. Also once you have tried to make the booking 3 times and fail, you will need to fill the entire visa form once more.
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In these cases, you can make use of online agents such as us who can help you obtain your India eVISA within 2 working days without any hassles.
What are the India e-Visa Requirements?
List of common requirements for all the types of India e-visa;
- Scanned Passport-sized photo (2in x 2in) with white background
- Scan of Passport with at least 6 months validity and 2 blank pages
- Scan of front and back page
- Old passport (if any), is also required
Additional requirements for India business e-visa
- Business card if applicable
- Permission or leave sanction letter issued by the applicant’s current employer/company
- An invitation letter from the India-based company stating the purpose and duration of visit
Additional requirements for India medical e-visa
The applicant must produce proof of diagnosis or medical history issued by an Indian hospital. The other requirements are the same as that of a tourist visa.
Medical attendant e-visa is only granted to two immediate family members of the medical e-visa applicant.
What is the Cost of India e-Visa?
The India visa fee is as follows;
|Indian Visa Types||India Visa Fee||Visa Validity|
|e-Tourist Visa 30 Days||$25||30 Days – Double Entry|
|e-Tourist Visa 1 Year||$40||365 Days – Multiple Entry|
|e-Business Visa||$100||365 Days – Multiple Entry|
|e-Conference Visa||$100||30 Days – Single Entry|
|e-Medical Visa||$100||60 Days – Triple Entry|
|e-Medical Attendant Visa||$100||60 Days – Triple Entry|
Note: The above-mentioned fee does not include the $5 processing fee charged on using your credit card.
How to Apply for India eVisa?
- Visit IndiaVisaInfo and fill the “India visa request” form.
- Make $3 initial payment to process your India visa application.
- Soon, we will share your duly filled visa application form for verification from your end. Make the remaining payment and receive your India eVisa.
How to apply for an Indian Regular visa?
All Individual visa seekers who wish to stay in India for a longer period have to apply for the required Indian Visa online and submit the completed visa application form (printed) to the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to Indian Mission/ Post in the absence of IVAC, on the scheduled date of interview along with the required documents.
Two things to keep in mind before you begin:-
- Filling out the Indian Visa Application form online does not mean you have submitted it. The purpose of the online form is to make sure that you have filled in all the correct information in the right format for easier processing. If you make a mistake, you can start over and it will not affect your application. The only form that matters is the one you print out when you finish.
- You cannot alter the application after you print it as handwritten documents are not permitted. Once you print it out, if you want to make any change at all, you must start filling the application form from the beginning.
Start your Indian Visa Application form
Visit the official Government website
click the Regular Visa Application in the lower-left corner.
Important things to remember
The country you are applying from – This means where you physically are now. It is usually the same as your permanent residence.
Indian Mission – Choose the mission/embassy that you want to issue your visa.
Visa Type – You may be asked to submit some additional documents depending on the visa type
- For Business visa, you will need give the address of the company that is inviting you.
- For Conference visa, you have to give the details of the conference.
- For Employment visa, you will need to know your salary in Rupees. It must be more than Rs 1,25,000 (Given Rs. 60 = US$1) unless you are with an NGO.
- For a Tourist visa, you will need to know the places you want to visit.
- For Medical visa, you will submit the details of the hospital you are going to.
Save the generated temporary application ID
Name: Insert your name exactly as it appears in your passport with no mistakes. “Surname” is your family name. “Given the name” is your first and any middle names.
Town/city of birth: This must be exactly as it is mentioned on your passport. Do not put any other additional information.
Citizenship Number: If your country has a national ID system provides the number here. US citizens should not put their Social Security Number.
Religion: This is basically to identify which community you come from. Keep the answer simple even if your beliefs are complicated.If you are still very uncomfortable, just pick “Other” and put “NA”.
Passport place of issue: This should exactly be as mentioned in your passport.
Present Address: This must match exactly with whatever proof of address you submit. It will also be cross-checked electronically to match it with the Indian mission you chose. If you are applying for a visa away from your permanent residency, put your hotel/current address in the present address and then fill out the permanent address section as well.
Present Occupation: This may seem like a less important question, but how you answer it could cause a lot of resentment later on. Each category matches to a certain type of visa. If you are applying for a visa other than what your profession matches, you may be asked to supply additional documentation or else you might not get the visa you want.
Duration of Visa: Different countries have different duration of visa. You should check with the embassy in your country to see what options you have. The validity of your visa starts when it is issued, not when you land in India.
Purpose of Visa: It is very important that this matches exactly with the type of visa.
Expected Date Journey: This doesn’t need to be the exact date of your travel if you haven’t booked tickets, just close to the date.
Once you have filled in all the details, you will have to start from beginning all over again if you want to make changes after submission. Be extremely careful while you fill in the information as any mismatch may lead to visa rejection.
Once you verify the entire application click the “print form” button and you can save the document as PDF. Double-check the application form again and take two print outs of the application not back to back.
Put signatures in the required boxes, make sure your signature is completely inside the box underneath your photograph. Do not staple your photograph to the application; use glue or paste. Children between 12-17 should sign their name on the first page. Children younger than 12 can put a thumbprint on the first page. For all minors, the second page must be signed by both parents. If you mail in your application, it should also be notarized. If you apply in person, it does not need to be notarized.
What to do when India visa website is not working?
Another problem with India visa website is that very often, the visa process website is down. We cannot say how frequently we have faced this issue ourselves. We would see the end of light with just one click to take us to the payment page where out of nowhere, the website crashes and we need to do it all again.
Of course, an application id is generated for you as you fill the application and we save the application as well. But sometimes all the information that we have filled is gone. What use is saving your India E-Tourist application id if you have to type the whole thing all over again?
The solution for this is to have a dedicated visa expert who constantly monitors the situation and who is persistent in his attempts. Sometimes our India visa guys will refill the whole application multiple times until the documents are correctly uploaded.
How much does it cost for an Indian visa?
The visa fee depends on the type of Visa and it’s duration. The visa fee is basically divided into various types depending upon the case viz: Basic fee, special fee, processing fee by out-sourcing agency. At the end of the online registration process, the basic fee will be displayed. However, this fee is only indicative and final fee shall be charged while submitting the application at the respective counters. Fee once received are non-refundable even if the visa application is withdrawn, the visa is not granted, or if visa issued is of shorter duration of the period than applied for.
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