With the launch of electronic visa (e-visa) facility on 27/11/2014,
tourists from 43 countries can apply for Indian visa in four
simple steps. Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) presently known as
e-Tourist Visa service is enabled
through electronic travel authorisation (ETA) scheme.
The scheme was extended to the citizens of Guyana and Sri
Lanka in January, 2015 and April, 2015 respectively. The e-Tourist
Visa facility was further extended to the nationals of 31 countries in
Under the e-Tourist Visa (eTV) scheme, a foreign tourist can apply for
a visa by uploading his or her passport and photograph and paying visa
fees online. Authorities process the application and send an
electronic travel authorisation, or e-visa, through email within 72
This visa will allow entry of the tourists into India within 30 days
from the date of approval of ETA and will be valid for 30 days stay in
India from the date of arrival in India.
The tourists will be allowed to enter and depart from the following
Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Amritsar, Gaya, Lucknow,
Trichy, Varanasi and Ahmedabad.
Tourists availing this facility would be able to go for usual
sightseeing and recreational activities. The tourism ministry has
included facilities like short duration medical visit and casual
business visit with e-visa.
• International Travellers whose sole objective
of visiting India is recreation , sight seeing , casual visit to meet
friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual
• Passport should have at least six months
• International Travellers should have return
ticket or onward journey ticket,with sufficient money to spend during
his/her stay in India.
• International Travellers having Pakistani
Passport or Pakistani origin should apply for regular Visa at Indian
• Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport
• Passport copy with validity of minimum 6 months.
First page of passport PDF format (Max: 300kb)
• One Photograph white background without
borders. The height and width of the Photo must be equal (JPEG Max:
• Copy of hotel booking
• Return Ticket
Visa Fees: $60 (The fee
must be paid online 4 days before the expected date of travel)
Steps to Follow:
Apply online, upload photo and
Passport Page. You will get 12 Characters application ID (Registered
Number). Apply online minimum 4 days in advance.
Click here to complete partially
Pay visa fee online using
3. Receive ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) through your e-mail
4. Fly to India (Print ETA, Carry it at the time of travel)
Visa Status Enquiry:
Reprint Visa Application Form:
Validity of Visa: 30 days from the
date of arrival in India. Non-extendable. Maximum of two visits
in a Calendar year.
Entry Ports: Electronic Travel
Authorisation (ETA) is valid for entry through 9 designated Airports:
Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.
Help Line: 24x7 Visa Support Call
Center at +91-11-24300666 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The TVoA enabled with ETA Scheme will facilitate nationals of 43
Federated States of Micronesia
Kingdom of Tongo
Papua & New Guinea
Republic of Kiribati
Republic of Korea (i.e. South Korea)
Republic of Marshall Islands
Republic of Nauru
Republic of Palau
OTHER POINTS TO NOTE
• The applicant should be of assured financial
standing (the production of return ticket and availability of
sufficient money to spend during his stay in India).
• The applicant is not a persona-non-grata to the
Government of India.
• The citizens from the above named countries who
want to come to India for longer duration will be granted visa by the
Indian missions concerned.
• The facility shall not be available to citizens
of above countries (Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and
Singapore) if either of his/her parents or grand parents (paternal or
maternal) was born in and was permanently resident in Pakistan. Such
persons can visit India after obtaining appropriate visas from the
Indian missions concerned.
• The tourist visa on arrival can neither be
extended not converted to any other kind of visa during applicant's
stay in India except in the following circumstances with the prior
approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs:-
• The tourist visa on arrival may be converted to
X (entry) visa if a foreigner who has come to India married an Indian
national during the validity of his/her tourist visa on arrival.
Proper documents including a copy of registered marriage certificate
will be required for this.
• Tourist visa on arrival of foreigners who fall
ill after their entry into India and require specialized medical
treatment may be converted to medical visa. In such cases, tourist
visa on arrival of the attendant may also be converted into medical
attendant (MEDX) after submission of medical certificate from
government/government recognized hospitals.
• This facility will not be applicable to holders
of Diplomatic/official passports.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS RELATING TO INDIAN
1. As per the extant instructions of the Government of India, a
Tourist Visa can only be granted to a foreigner who does not have a
residence or occupation in India and whose sole objective of visiting
India is recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends and
relatives etc. No other activity is permissible on a Tourist Visa. The
Tourist Visa is non-extendable and non-convertible.
(a) In respect of foreign nationals holding Tourist Visas with
multiple entry facility, there should be a gap of at least 2 months
between two visits to the country on such a Tourist Visa.
(b) If any foreign national is required to visit the country again
within a period of 2 months of his last departure, such foreign
national should obtain special permission from the Mission/Post
concerned. The Mission/Post may consider such requests on merits of
(c) In all such cases, the foreign national should register himself
with the FRRO/FRO concerned within 14 days of arrival. An endorsement
to this effect will be made on the visa sticker.
(d) If a foreign national applies for Tourist Visa frequently i.e
within one month of expiry of the previous Tourist Visa, the Indian
Missions/Posts abroad would refer such cases to MHA (Foreigners
Division) for clearance before grant of fresh Tourist visa.
Q.1: Whether the gap of two months between two visits would
apply to all Tourist Visa holders ?
Ans.: The gap of two months between two visits would apply to all
Tourist Visa holders.
Q.2: Whether the gap of two months between two visits would apply
irrespective of the duration of stay in India during the previous
Ans.: The intention behind the stipulation of a gap of two months
between two visits on a Tourist Visa is to curb the abuse/misuse of
the Tourist Visa. With a view to ensure that the genuine tourists are
not affected by the recent guidelines, the following clarifications
(I) Foreigners holding Tourist Visas, who after initial entry into
India plan to visit another country largely on account of
neighbourhood tourism related travel and re-enter India before finally
exiting, may be
permitted two or three entries, as the case may be (need based), by
the Indian Missions/Posts subject to their submission of a detailed
itinerary and supporting documentation (ticket bookings). If they are
already outside of their country of origin, they can also get such an
endorsement from the nearest Indian Mission/Post.
(II) The Immigration authorities in all the Immigration Check Posts
may also allow such foreign nationals on Tourist Visas arriving in
India without the specific authorization from the Indian
Missions/Posts to make two or three entries into the country (need
based) subject to production of an itinerary and supporting
documentation (ticket bookings).
(III) The total period of stay in the country counted from the date of
first entry into the country shall not exceed the stay stipulation
period of 180 days or 90 days, as the case may be.
(IV) Once such a foreign national finally exits the country after
availing the facility of two or three entries (within the stay
stipulation period of 180 days or 90 days as the case may be), there
should be a gap of at least 2 months before he/she can come again to
(V) If any foreign national falling in the category as mentioned in
sub-para (IV) above is required to visit India again within a period
of 2 months after his/her last departure, such foreign national should
obtain special permission from the Mission/Post. Such re-entry within
the stipulated gap of two months may be permitted only in emergent
situations like death/serious illness in the family, non-availability
of connecting flights to return to his/her country of origin or travel
to another country or any other exigent situation which can be duly
justified with proper documentation to the satisfaction of the
Mission/ Post granting the permission. The Mission/Post will have to
examine each case on merits before grant of requisite permission
subject to the following conditions:-
(a) The applicant should furnish an undertaking on the following
(i) That the purpose of his/her visit is because of emergency
(ii) That he is not engaged in Business activities, nor in Employment
or pursuing studies/research etc.
(b) In all such cases i.e. those covered by sub-para V above, the
foreign national should register himself with the FRRO/FRO concerned
within 14 days of arrival. This registration may be
done with the FRRO/FRO concerned preferably at the first place of
entry. An endorsement to this effect will be made on the visa sticker.
(VI) If a foreign national applies for Tourist Visa frequently i.e.
within one month of expiry of the previous Tourist Visa, the Indian
Missions/Posts abroad should scrutinise the application thoroughly and
refer such cases to MHA (Foreigners Division) for clearance before
grant of fresh Tourist visa.
Q.3: Whether the permission for the second visit within the period of
2 months in respect of foreign nationals falling in the category
mentioned in sub para (V) in reply to Question (2) can be granted by
Q.4: Whether the Mission/Post in any country can grant permission for
the second visit within the period of 2 months in respect of foreign
nationals falling in the category mentioned in sub para (V) in reply
to Question (2) or whether this can be granted only by the
Mission/Post in the country of origin of the applicant.
Ans.: The requisite permission can be granted by the Mission/Post in
any country on merits of each case and subject to the conditions
mentioned in sub-para (V) in reply to Question (2) above. Intimation
about the grant of permission may be furnished to the Ministry of Home
Affairs (Foreigners Division) and to the Mission/Post from where the
original Visa was issued.
Q.5: Whether the requirement of reference to the Ministry of Home
Affairs in respect of those foreign nationals who apply for Tourist
Visa within one month of expiry of the previous Tourist Visa would
apply in respect of nationals of all countries?
Q.6: Are there any standard guidelines for the Indian Missions/Posts
to decide the requests for re-entry within the stipulated gap of two
Ans.: The re-entry within the stipulated gap of two months, as
mentioned in sub para (V) in reply to Question (2), may be permitted
only in emergent situations like death/serious illness in the family,
non-availability of connecting flights to return to his/her country of
origin or travel to another country or any other exigent situation
which can be duly justified with proper documentation to the
satisfaction of the Mission/Post granting the permission. The
Mission/Post will have to examine each case on merits before grant of
Q.7: In cases mentioned in sub para (V) in reply to Question 2, where
will the foreigner register himself?
Ans.: The registration should be done with the FRRO/FRO concerned
preferably at the first place of visit on re-entry.
Q.8: If a tourist’s passport is not stamped to indicate no re-entry
within two months, can the tourist assume that he will be allowed to
re-enter India within two months?
Ans.: No. Even if the tourist’s passport is not stamped, the
restrictions as laid down will be applicable.
Q.9: Whether the restriction of two months gap for re-entering India is
applicable to PIO/OCI card holders and foreigners holding business,
employment, student and other categories of visa?
Ans.: No. The two months gap is applicable only to Tourist Visa
Q.10: Whether any fee is required to be charged for making the
requisite endorsement on the Passport.
Ans.: Miscellaneous Consular Service fee may be charged for making an
Q.11: How will medical tourists who return regularly to India for
onward treatment be handled?
Ans.: For persons coming for medical treatment, there is a separate
category of Medical Visa. Foreign nationals coming for medical
treatment will have to come only on Medical Visa and not on Tourist
Q.12: How will the family members of diplomatic households who do not
qualify for diplomatic visas (e.g. older children or domestic
partners) be handled?
Ans.: The family members of diplomatic households who do not qualify
for diplomatic visas may have to come on an ‘Entry(X)’ Visa if
eligible. If they come on Tourist Visa, the restrictions as laid down
will be applicable.
Q.13: How will individuals who come to India to volunteer for various
charity organizations be treated? Many of them travel around the
region while volunteering in India for extended periods on tourist
Ans.: Tourist Visa is not the appropriate visa in such cases. A person
coming for voluntary work can apply for ‘Entry (X)’ Visa.
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