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Updated May 2024

India has expanded its appeal to global citizens by positioning itself as more than a tourist destination. As part of this initiative, the Indian government has introduced various types of e-visa to simplify the process of obtaining an entry permit for visitors.

If you want to apply for an Indian e-visa, Wego provides everything you need, including eligibility requirements, the application process, processing time, and more.

India e-visa types & validity

Prior to their arrival in India, foreign visitors are required to obtain a valid visa. Visitors from eligible countries can apply for their visas online through the India e-visa application portal.

Currently, there are primarily five sub-categories of the India e-Visa available:

e-tourist visa

There are three options for e-tourist visas with different validity:

  • one-month e-tourist visa (double entry, non-extendable and non-convertible)
  • one-year e-tourist visa (multiple entries)
  • five-year e-tourist visa (multiple entries)

The maximum stay in India during one calendar year must not exceed 180 days for 1-year and 5-year tourist visas.

e-business visa

The e-business visa is valid for one year (multiple entries). The maximum period of continuous stay is 180 days. If applicants need a longer stay, they shall get registered with the FRRO/FRO concerned within two weeks after the expiry of 180 days.

e-conference visa

This visa is valid for 30 days from arriving in India (single entry). Organizers should upload all details and documentation on the MHA website.

e-medical visa & e-medical attendant visa

These visas are 60-day visas that are valid from the date of arrival in India. Applicants are permitted to enter a maximum of 3 times.

e-Ayush visa & e-Ayush attendant visa 

These visas are 60-day visas that are valid from the date of arrival in India. Applicants are permitted to enter a maximum of 3 times.

e-Emergency X-Misc Visa

The e-Emergency X-Misc visa is granted to foreigners who are not covered in the available visa categories but need to visit India urgently due to a family emergency. It is a single-entry visa valid for a maximum of 6 months. 

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India e-visa eligibility & requirements


International travelers who have the following visiting purposes are eligible to apply for an India e-visa:

  • recreation, sight-seeing or casual visit to meet friends and relatives
  • attending a short-term yoga programme
  • short-term courses in local languages, music, dance, arts & crafts, cooking, medicine etc., which are not formal or structured courses/programmes (not exceeding 6 months and not issued with a qualifying certificate/diploma)
  • voluntary work of short duration (for a maximum of 1-month duration and do not involve any monetary payment or consideration of any kind in return)
  • medical treatment, including treatment under the Indian system of medicine
  • business purpose
  • attendants to the e-Medical visa holder
  • attending a conference/seminar/workshop organized by a Ministry or Department of the Government of India, State Governments or UT Administrations etc. & their subordinate/attached organizations & PSUs and private conferences organized by private persons/companies/organizations

However, e-visa will not be available to:

  • Diplomatic/Official passport holders or Laissez-passer travel document holders
  • Individuals endorsed on parent’s/spouse’s passport (Individuals should have a separate passport)
  • International travel document holders other than a passport

To check the list of countries eligible for an India e-visa, you can visit the Indian visa online website.

General requirements

To apply for an India e-visa, applicants are required to possess the following documents:

  • a passport that is valid for at least six months at the time of submitting the application
  • a return or onward journey ticket
  • a recent front-facing photograph with a white background
  • additional documents based on the sub-category of the e-visa

It is important to note that all the required documents must be in English. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of the application. Additionally, carrying a copy of the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is mandatory during your trip. If you’re traveling from a country susceptible to Yellow Fever, you may also need to bring a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card.

Additional required documents

Apart from the aforementioned documents, applicants also need to prepare the following documents according to their purpose of visit:

For e-tourist visa

  • scanned bio page of the passport showing the photograph and details
  • for short-term courses, a copy of a letter from the institute/organization/hospital etc., concerned on its letter-head
  • for voluntary work of short duration, a copy of the letter from the organization concerned on its letter-head

For e-medical visa

  • scanned bio page of the passport showing the photograph and details
  • copy of the letter from the hospital concerned in India on its letterhead, which includes the date/tentative date on which admission has been suggested

For an e-medical attendant visa

  • scanned bio page of the passport showing the photograph and details

For e-business visa

  • scanned bio page of the passport showing the photograph and details
  • a copy of a business card
  • any letter of invitation, if applicable, from Indian parties that you wish to conduct business with (optional)
  • for sports-related activity:
  • copy of Passport page containing personal particulars
  • approval of the Government of India in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (Department of Sports)
  • Invitation letter to foreign sports teams and sports persons to visit India by the concerned Sports Federation/Association in India
  • if the applicant had participated in any commercial sports event during his/her previous visit to India, then documents regarding Tax compliance for the said visit are to be furnished
  • if the sports event entails a visit to Restricted or Protected Areas in India, the mentioned additional documents are also to be submitted:
    • clearance for holding the event from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India
    • political clearance for holding the event from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
    • requisite clearance from the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports

For e-business visa visiting “to deliver lecture/s under Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN).”

  • scanned bio page of the passport showing the photograph and details
  • invitation of the host institute to the foreign faculty
  • copy of the sanction order under GIAN issued by the National Coordinating Institute viz IIT Kharagpur
  • copy of the synopsis of the courses to be taken up by the faculty

For e-conference visa

  • scanned bio page of the passport showing the photograph and details
  • invitation from the organizer
  • political clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs
  • event clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs

Photograph requirements

Here are the requirements for the photograph that should be uploaded when submitting a visa application:

  • the format must be JPEG
  • the minimum size is 10 KB, and the maximum is 1 MB
  • the height and width of the photo must be equal
  • the photo should present a full face, front view, eyes open and without spectacles
  • center head within the frame and present full head from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin
  • the background should be plain light colored, or white background
  • no shadows on the face or in the background
  • without borders

 India e-visa application process

The process of applying for an India e-visa is straightforward. Here are the steps to follow:

  • visit the Indian visa online website
  • input all asked details
  • upload the photograph and all required documents
  • pay e-Visa fee
  • receive ETA

Once all the documents are submitted, the authorities will review the application. If any documents or photographs do not meet the requirements, applicants will receive an email with instructions on how to re-upload the documents.

It is important to note that e-tourist and e-business visa applicants may apply for the visa online a minimum of 4 days before the date of arrival. For e-medical, e-medical attendant and e-conference visas, applicants may apply online at least 4 days before the arrival date with a window of 120 days. This means they can select any arrival date from 4 days until 120 days after submitting the application request.

Processing time

After submitting their applications, it could take 72 hours or longer to process and issue the e-visa. Applicants will be notified via email if their application is approved or declined.

Processing fees

The cost of processing an India e-visa can range from approximately USD 10 to USD 100, depending on the applicant’s home country and the type of visa applied for. A bank transaction charge of 2.5% will also apply. You can find more detailed fee information on the India e-visa website.

It’s important to note that the visa fees are non-refundable whether or not the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is granted or rejected.

India e-visa extension

Unfortunately, Indian electronic visas cannot be extended. Once you enter India, it is valid for the indicated duration. If your e-visa expires, you must apply for a new visa.

India e-visa status check

India e-visa holders can visit the visa status enquiry website to check their visa and payment status and print their ETA. For this purpose, the applicant must enter their application ID, passport number, and captcha verification code. 

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