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India electronic visa changes

India is the popular land of colors, spicy food, friendly people, Ganges river, religions, holy buildings, and recognizable sites. It's no wonder why millions of people visit this Asian country every year.

But that's why these travelers should always check if it's necessary to get a visa before entering India. Passport holders from more than 150 countries can now apply for their Indian Electronic Travel Authorization online, better known as the Indian Electronic Visa.

The Indian Government has made the process really easy, and best of all, you can apply for an electronic visa by using a smartphone or computer from anywhere in the world. On this page, we will explain what changes have been made with this new system.

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What is an Indian Electronic Visa?

The India Electronic Visa is an official document that gives you the same authorization as a traditional visa: You can legally enter the country. The only difference is that the e-Visa is electronically linked to your passport.

How many types of Indian e-Visas are there?

There are 3 types of Indian e-Visas that you can apply for:

  • e-Tourist
  • e-Business
  • e-Medical visa.

You apply for these electronic visas by completing an easy-to-use online application form found here at iVisa.

How long are the Indian e-Visas valid for?

It will depend on the type of visa. The 30-day, 1-year, and 5-year tourist visas have different validity. Check out our blog for comprehensive information on India Tourist e-Visa validity and length of stay.

However, the Medical eVisa has a different rule, in the sense that you cannot stay for periods longer than 60 days in Total in India but you will get Triple Entry.

What requirements are needed to apply for an Indian e-Visa?

These documents can vary according to the type of visa.

In the case of a commonly requested tourist visa, you'll require:

  • Applicant's photo
  • Passport page
  • Last page of passport (if applicable)

But with a Indian Medical e-Visa, the documents vary a little, being necessary:

  • Hospital Letter (if applicable)
  • Applicant's photo
  • Passport page
  • Last page of passport (if applicable)

Lastly, the Indian business e-Visa doesn't change that much in comparison to the tourist visa, the only difference is that you'll get your visa for business purposes only.

What are the changes regarding Indian Electronic Visas?

A few changes were recently made by the Indian Government to improve the tourism industry by simplifying the application process for everyone who wishes to travel to India.

The India Electronic Visa now allows you to stay in India for 180 days Per Entry (an increase from the previous 30 day allowance) and in addition to the increase in number of days that you can stay, the tourist/business visas now comes with Multiple Entry and the medical visa comes with Triple Entry.

Also note that these Indian visas are now valid for 30 days after arrival and allows you to stay for a maximum of 180 days Per Entry within India.

What are the prices for the Indian e-Visas?

The prices can vary since they will depend on your nationality, the type of visa you need and how fast you want it too. iVisa gives you three options for that: Standard, Rush and Super Rush.

Here you will find what are the prices for a Tourist e-Visa if you have an American passport. Nevertheless, we recommend you to check a precise price, which can be easily found here.

  • Standard: This is the most requested option due to its price. You'll have to pay USD $125.62, and you'll get your visa in 4 days.

  • Rush: This is a bit faster and changes the price a little. It has a price of USD $160.62, but you'll get your visa sooner, in 2 days.

  • Super Rush: The last and also the fastest option that clearly changes the price more. It costs USD $225.62, but you'll receive your visa as soon as 36 hours can be.

How do I apply for this e-Visa?

If you want to properly have your Indian e-Visa, you can easily apply online at iVisa. It's an effortless process that you can finish very fast. It shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes.

This application process has three steps to follow:

  1. The first step is basically to fill in your general information. You also have to choose the processing time from the options mentioned before and pay the visa fees.
  2. The second step consists of completing the rest of the form and uploading the required documents.
  3. The last step submit your application. You'll receive your visa via email.

Click here if you want to start. If you need some guidance with the application form, iVisa has an excellent support service available to receive your calls anytime.

What should I do once I finish the application form?

After completing the online application form and uploading your digital photo and passport copy, you will receive your Indian Electronic Visa by email in a PDF document attached. This document is issued by the Indian Government, Department of Home Affairs. You then print the document and take it with you when you travel to India! It's that simple.

Can I use the Indian Electronic Visa at any point of entry?

The Indian electronic visa is now valid to be used at 24 airports instead of the previous 16. These airports include: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi.

You can also use the visa to enter these 3 Indian seaports:

Cochin, Goa, Mangalore.

Do I have to print a copy of the Indian Tourist e-visa before I arrive at the airport?

Yes, you should do it since it will need to be presented upon arrival.

Remember that as soon as your e-Visa is approved, we will send you an e-mail from the Government of India with all the details of your e-Visa. In this email, we'll include your application ID, visa number, and visa validity. We always recommend travelers to print this confirmation and keep a copy of your passport.

I still have some questions without answers. Where can I find more information about this e-Visa?

If you want to be attended fast, then click here and chat with one of our agents on the customer service team. You're able to get more info through the FAQs page here too.

Use our Visa Checker Tool today to see if you qualify to apply online for the Indian Tourist / Business or Medical Visa.

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