India Visa – Frequently Asked Questions

It is natural to have many doubts and questions when applying for India Visa. We have answered some of the frequently asked questions on India Visa. If your question is not listed below, drop in your queries and concerns in our comments section below. We will answer them all to our best possible knowledge.

Is my personal information secure to submit online?
Yes, when you complete IndiaVisaInfo’s online request for an Indian visa your information is secure and is submitted directly to the Indian government. Your personal information will be accessed only to decide on your visa application.
If my e-Visa application is denied by the Indian government will my fees be refunded?
Once the application has been submitted to the Indian government, the visa fees are non-refundable.
If I cancel my online order will my fees be refunded?
Once the application is in process, the application fees are non-refundable.
What are the requirements to apply for the visa?
  • You must travel on the Passport which you have applied for eVisa. A passport which is valid for a minimum period of 6 months.
  • To apply online for this visa, you will need scanned copies of each of the following documents to upload to the online application form:
    1. Passport size photograph
    2. Copy of the information page of your passport
  • Application PDF (which you can fill out from the Online Order Form, you will need to type your answers, save the PDF and upload it to the form.)
  • Additional documents as requested
What are India Visa types and its Validity?
Indian Visa Types Visa Validity
e-Tourist Visa 30 Days 30 Days – Double Entry
e-Tourist Visa 1 Year 365 Days – Multiple Entry
e-Business Visa 365 Days – Multiple Entry
e-Conference Visa 30 Days – Single Entry
e-Medical Visa 60 Days – Triple Entry
e-Medical Attendant Visa 60 Days – Triple Entry
What is the processing time for India eVisa?
It takes at least 2 to 3 working days for processing an India eVisa.
What if I am not eligible for the e-Visa?
To know your eligibility you may click on this link below and select your Nationality.

If your nationality is available in this list then you are eligible to apply for India Visa Online. If your nationality is not available in this list you might need to apply locally by visiting the Indian embassy personally, which is available in your country.

Can I apply for a new e-Visa while in India or extend my current valid one once there?
You cannot extend an Indian e-Visa and it is not possible to apply for and then use an e-Visa from within India. e-Visa is non-extendable, non-convertible & not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment Areas. If you intend to visit Protected/Restricted/Cantonment areas, you would require prior permission from the Civil Authority.
When should i apply for an Indian eVisa?
Applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days.
What if I plan to visit India more than once or twice this year?
The e-Visa is valid for multiple entries and is valid for 1 year from the day of electronic approval.
How long is the Indian e-Visa valid?

India business and tourist e-Visas are valid for 1 year from the day of electronic approval.

Business and tourist e-Visa holders may enter India multiple times, with stays of up to 90 days for tourist purposes and up to 180 days for business purposes.

Certain nationalities are eligible for stays of up to 180 days for tourist visits. Start your application to determine your eligibility.

Medical e-Visas are valid for up 60 days from date of entry into India. Triple entry will be permitted on e-Medical visas.

What if I travel by land?
The India e-Visa is only valid while flying into designated airports or seaports. Anyone entering India overland or at a different airport/seaport than those listed must have a traditional visa stamped inside the passport when they arrive.
Is India e-Visa valid for cruises?

The India e-Visa allows only for arrival through the 5 designated seaports of Chennai, Cochin, Goa, Mangalore and Mumbai.
Departure may be from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India. If arriving through any other port of entry, please apply for a traditional Indian visa.

What airports accept the India e-Visa?

The India e-Visa allows for visa on arrival issuance only for arrival through the airports in Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Port Blair, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Vishakhapatnam, and Varanasi.

Departure may be from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India. If arriving through any other airport, please apply for a traditional Indian visa.

Can I apply for an Indian visa on arrival, at the airport?
No, it is not possible to apply for an Indian visa at the airport. All visas, even e-Visas, must be applied for before travel. Most airlines will not let you board without a valid visa.
What is the difference between an India e-Visa and a traditional Indian Visa?

All visitors to India are legally required to hold a valid visa.

A traditional visa is obtained through an application process where the traveller must submit their original passport along with application materials for the visa to be approved. It is stamped inside the passport. While the process itself takes longer and requires more paperwork, the visa that is issued has a longer validity and allows multiple entries.

Eligible citizens travelling for leisure/tourism, business, or medical purposes have the option to apply for an Indian visa online and have their visa granted electronically. The visa will then get stamped in the passport upon arrival in India, at which time biometrics (fingerprints) will also be taken.

How does India e-Visa work?
The Indian e-Visa is issued for multiple entries for visits with a duration of stay up to 90 days from date of first entry for tourist purposes, and up to 180 days for business purposes. Canada, Japan, UK and USA nationals are allowed stays of up to 180 days for tourist visits.
Who can apply for an Indian visa online?

Citizens of 161 countries, including Austria, are eligible to apply for the India e-Visa for India. The e-Visa is for international travellers visiting India for tourism, business, or medical purposes.
If travellers or their spouses, parents, or grandparents were born in Pakistan or ever held Pakistani nationality, they are not eligible for an Indian e-Visa. They must apply for a traditional visa.

What are the documents i need to present while arrival to India?(During the immigration period)
  • A printed copy of your e-visa.
  • A passport which is valid for a minimum period of 6 months.
  • Invitation letter (if any)
  • Medical insurance cover for the period of stay.
  • These are some of the common documents that the immigration authority at the airport may ask you to produce on arrival.
  • However, some countries may ask for additional documents as well.
  • The e-Visa approval will be issued in advance electronically before your departure to India. At the immigration checkpoint, the actual visa will be placed inside your passport.
What are the reasons for e-Visa rejection?

Sometimes, the immigration authority of a particular country may reject your e-visa application. Mentioned below are some of the key reasons why your e-visa may be denied:

  • A discrepancy in the information provided
  • Any past history of criminal activity
  • When your country of residence does not have a good relationship with the destination country (India)
  • If your passport is about to expire
  • When you do not have a valid reason to visit the country
  • If you are unable to establish the reason to return to the country of residence