Electronic Visa (eTV)
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The eVisa is an official document required to enter and travel inside India. It is not required to meet with the Indian embassy or consulate at any time. You can apply for your visa easily online at least 4 days before arriving in India. Once you have applied online, it will be reviewed by the Ministry of Interior Affairs, once approved, you will receive your eVisa via email as a pdf file. This online application has been designed to streamline the visa to India process, making it as easy as possible. Currently, travelers from over 160 countries are eligible to apply for a number of different electronic visas online. Processing: 1-4 business days
After payment is captured, the eVisa application will be reviewed and submitted to Immigration Control for approval. Processing can take up to 1-4 business days.
After the application is approved, the applicant will receive the eVisa document via e-mail. Print the document and keep with travel documents.
Once in India, you will be asked to present the eVisa document by an Immigration agent. Always keep an extra copy of the eVisa document while in India
In 2014, the government of India released the online electronic tourist visa (e-visa). This was created to encourage and promote easy travel to India. At this point, travelers no longer had to visit an embassy. In 2017, India updated its electronic visa program and introduced subcategories for business, medical, and tourists visits
Visitors arriving in a cruise ship, are allowed entry into India twice (2) with the eVisa. If your cruise will make more than 2 stops in India, you are not eligible for eVisa and will need a regular visa. If one of your arrival seaport is not listed below, you are not eligible for eVisa and will need a regular visa. Available seaports are: Cochin seaport, Chennai seaport, Goa seaport, Mangalore seaport, Mumbai seaport.
Visitors arriving in a cruise will no longer need to provide biometrics. This measure has been waived until December 31, 2020.