e-Visa is granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, attending a short term yoga program, medical treatment including treatment under Indian systems of medicine and business purpose and no other purpose/ activity. This facility shall not be available if the person or either of his / her parents or grand parents (paternal or maternal) was born in, or was permanently resident in Pakistan. e-Visa facility shall not be available to holders of Diplomatic/Official passports, UNLP (UN Passport) holders and international travel document holders e.g. INTERPOL officials. List of countries whose nationals are presently eligible for e-visa is given in Appendix I.
- Procedure for applying for e-Visa
The foreign national may fill in the application online on the website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html .The applicant can apply 120 days in prior to expected date of arrival in India.
- Sub-categories of e-Visa
There are three sub-categories of e-Visa i.e. (a) e-Tourist Visa : For recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, and attending a short term yoga program, (b)eBusiness Visa : For all activities permitted under normal Business Visa and (c) e-Medical Visa : For medical treatment, including treatment under Indian systems of medicine. A foreign national will also be permitted to club these activities provided he/she had clearly indicated the same in the application form along with requisite documents.
- Entry points
Persons holding e-Visa are allowed to enter into India only through the designated international airports namely, (1) Delhi (2) Mumbai (3) Chennai (4) Kolkata (5) Trivandrum (6) Bangalore (7) Hyderabad (8) Cochin (9) Goa (10) Ahmedabad (11) Amritsar (12) Gaya (13) Jaipur (14) Lucknow (15) Trichy (16) Varanasi (17) Calicut (18) Mangalore (19) Pune (20) Nagpur (21) Coimbatore (22) Bagdogra (23) Guwahati , (24) Chandigarh and (25) Visakhapatnam. Further, e-visa facility is also provided for entry at 5 major Indian seaports i.e. (1) Mumbai (2) Cochin (3) Mormugao (4) Chennai and (5) New Mangalore for cruise tourists. Persons holding e-Visa can depart from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts in India.
e-visa will be granted for a period up to 60 days with double entry on e-Tourist Visa and eBusiness Visa and triple entry on e-Medical Visa. In the case of e-Medical Visa, extension may be granted up to 6 months on case to case basis on merits of each case by the FRRO/ FRO concerned.
- Conditions for e-Visa
e-Visa shall be non-extendable except in the case of e-Medical Visa as mentioned in para 5 above. e-visa is also non-convertible except in specific cases. Regarding conversion of e-visa to other categories of visa, please see the general policy guidelines relating to Indian visa on this website.
- Fee for e-Visa
Fee for e-Visa for nationals of various countries will be fixed by the Government from time to time.
- Repeat visits
e-Visa will be allowed for a maximum of two times in a calendar year to a foreigner.
2) VISA ON ARRIVAL
Visa-on-Arrival is granted to a Japanese national who is visiting India for business, tourism, conference and medical purposes. This facility shall not be available to the citizens of Japan if the person or either of his / her parents or grandparents (paternal or maternal) was born in, or was permanently resident in Pakistan. This facility shall not be available to holders of Diplomatic/Official passports and UN Passport holders having Japanese nationality.
- Procedure for applying for Visa-on-Arrival
Japanese nationals would be required to fill an application form and approach the “Visa Counter” at the designated airport on arrival. After checking the eligibility criteria and payment of fee, the Immigration officer would then stamp Visa-on-Arrival on the passport.
- Entry points
Visa-on-Arrival is provided to Japanese nationals only at 6 designated international airports namely, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
The Immigration officer may grant a double entry Visa-on-Arrival valid up to 60 days to the citizens of Japan.
- Conditions for Visa-on-Arrival
Visa-on-Arrival shall be non-extendable and non-convertible to any other type of visa except in specific cases. Regarding conversion of Visa-on-Arrival to other categories of visa, please see the general policy guidelines relating to Indian visa on this website.
- Fee for Visa-on-Arrival
A fee of Rs 2000/- or equivalent in foreign currency per passenger (including children), will be charged from each Japanese national. 3
3) TRANSIT VISA
- Eligibility and other conditions
A transit visa is granted to a foreigner for the sole purpose of enabling him/ her to travel through India to a destination outside India. A person who desires to make two entries into India in transit in the course of the same journey can be granted a transit visa valid for two entries and for stay in transit for a period not exceeding 3 days for each journey.
A transit visa will ordinarily be valid for a single journey and for entry within 15 days from the date of issue. If the journey is not performed within this period, a fresh transit visa will be required. A transit visa is only valid for direct transit, which cannot be more than 3 days for each visit. This period is not extendable except in case of extreme emergency like strike, traffic disruption, inclement weather, illness, etc.
- Persons in direct transit through India
A transit visa is not required by a foreigner passing through, in direct transit by air, and travelling onward through India, provided he/she does not leave the specified precincts of the airport. A transit visa is not required by a foreigner who does not leave the ship while it halts at an Indian port.
4) TOURIST VISA
A Tourist visa is granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight
seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, attending a short term yoga program, short duration medical treatment including treatment under Indian systems of medicine etc. and no other purpose/ activity. [Short term yoga program means a yoga program not exceeding 6 months duration and not issued with a qualifying certificate/ diploma etc.]
Validity of a tourist visa will be as specified below:
(i) Multiple entry Tourist Visa may be granted for a period of 10 years to the nationals of USA, Canada and Japan with a stipulation that “continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days and registration not required”.
(ii) In respect of nationals of other countries (except for nationals of 33 countries mentioned below), Multiple entry Tourist Visa may be granted for a period of 5 years as a default option. Grant of 5-year Tourist Visa will be with the stipulation “Continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days and registration not required”. However, in the case of nationals of UK, continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days.
(iii) In respect of nationals of 30 countries i.e. Iran, Egypt, Libya, Qatar, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, Kuwait, Yemen, Algeria, Bahrain, Turkey, Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, 4 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Lebanon, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Belarus, Somalia, South Sudan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka, duration of visa will be decided by the concerned Indian Missions/ Posts subject to a maximum of 5 years with the stipulation “continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days and registration not required”.
(iv) In respect of nationals of Bangladesh and China, provisions as available in the bilateral agreements/ policy guidelines, as issued from time to time, will be applicable.
(v) Tourist visa is not available to Pakistan nationals.
(vi) In the case of foreign nationals of Pakistan origin, Tourist Visa will be granted for a period of 3 months with single entry.
- Conditions of Tourist Visa
Tourist Visa shall be non-extendable and non-convertible to any other type of visa except in specific cases. Regarding conversion of Tourist Visa to other categories of visa, please see the general policy guidelines relating to Indian visa on this website.
- Repeat visits
There shall be a gap of at least 2 (two) months between two visits to India on a Tourist Visa in respect of nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin and Stateless persons. In case any foreign national falling in this category and who has not been issued a 5-year Tourist Visa at the discretion of the Mission is required to visit India again within a period of 2 months after his/her last departure due to any exigent situation, such foreign national may be granted a fresh Tourist Visa. The applicant should furnish an undertaking on the
(a) That the purpose of his/her visit is because of an emergent situation.
(b) That he/she is not engaged in Business activities, nor in Employment or pursuing studies/research etc. in India.
- Group Tourist Visa
Foreign tourists travelling in groups of not less than four members, under the auspices of a recognized travel agency can be granted Group Tourist visa for group tourism in India. The Group Tourist Visa will be granted only on the online mode under the IVFRT. In order to avail of this facility, the travel agency concerned shall mandatorily fill in the applications online on website www.indianvisaonline.gov.in. The Mission/ Post concerned will issue Group Tourist
Visa (T- 2) after necessary checks.
List of countries whose nationals are eligible for e- Visa facility:
1.Andorra 2. Angola 3. Anguilla 4. Antigua & Barbuda 5. Albania 6. Austria 7. Argentina 8. Armenia 9. Aruba 10. Australia 11. Azerbaijan 12. Bahamas 13. Barbados 14. Belgium 15. Belize 16. Bolivia 17. Bosnia & Herzegovina 18. Botswana 19. Brazil 20. Brunei 21. Bulgaria 22. Burundi 23. Cambodia 24. Cameron Union Republic 25. Canada 26. Cape Verde 27. Cayman Island 28. Chile 29. China 30. China- SAR Hongkong 31. China- SAR Macau 32. Colombia 33. Comoros 34. Cook Islands 35. Costa Rica 36. Cote d’lvoire 37. Croatia 38. Cuba 39. Cyprus 40. Czech Republic 41. Denmark 42. Djibouti 43. Dominica 44. Dominican Republic 45. East Timor 46. Ecuador 47. El Salvador 48. Estonia 49. Eritrea 50. Fiji 51. Finland 52. France 53. Gabon 54. Gambia 55. Georgia 56. Germany 57. Ghana 58. Greece 59. Grenada 60. Guatemala 61. Guinea 62. Guyana 63. Haiti 64. Honduras 65. Hungary 66. Iceland 67. Indonesia 68. Ireland 69. Israel 70. Italy 71. Jamaica 72. Japan 73. Jordan 74. Kenya 75. Kiribati 76. Laos 77. Latvia 78. Lesotho 79. Liberia 80. Liechtenstein 81. Lithuania 82. Luxembourg 83. Macedonia 84. Madagascar 85. Malaysia 86. Malawi 87. Mali 88. Malta 89. Marshall Islands 90. Mauritius 91. Mexico 92. Micronesia 93. Moldova 94. Monaco 95. Mongolia 96. Montenegro 97. Montserrat 98. Mozambique 99. Myanmar 100. Namibia 101. Nauru 102. Netherlands 103. New Zealand 104. Nicaragua 105. Niger Republic 106. Niue Island 107. Norway 108. Oman 109. Palau 110. Palestine 111. Panama 112. Papua New Guinea 113. Paraguay 114. Peru 115. Philippines 116. Poland 117. Portugal 118. Republic of Korea 119. Romania 120. Russia 121. Rwanda 122. Saint Christopher and Nevis 123. Saint Lucia 124. Saint Vincent & the Grenadines 125. San Marino 126. Samoa 127. Senegal 128. Serbia 129. Seychelles 130. Sierra Leone 131. Singapore 132. Slovenia 133. Slovakia 134. Solomon Islands 135. South Africa 136. Spain 137. Sri Lanka 138. Suriname 139. Swaziland 140. Switzerland 141. Sweden 142. Taiwan 143. Tanzania 144. Tajikistan 145. Thailand 146. Tonga 147. Trinidad & Tobago 148. Turks & Caicos Island 149. Tuvalu 150. UAE 151. Ukraine 152. United Kingdom(UK) 153. United States of America (USA) 154. Uruguay 155. Uzbekistan 156. Vanuatu 157. Vatican City-Holy See 158. Venezuela 159. Vietnam 160 Zambia 161. Zimbabwe 162. Uganda 163 Kazakhstan