For a trip to India, you need a valid visa or an electronic entry permit. Learn about the different visa types and get tips on how to apply.
You will need a visa or electronic travel authorization (e-Visa) to enter India if you do not have Indian, Maldivian, Nepalese, or Bhutanese citizenship.
To simplify travel to India, nationals of many countries (e.g., the entire European Union, Australia, and the United States) are exempt from visa requirements and can apply for so-called e-Visa.
After online approval, the e-Visa for India is valid for between 120 and 360 days (depending on the category) and entitles you to stay between 30 and 180 days for business, tourist, or medical purposes.
e-Visas are issued for different categories and validity periods, which may vary depending on your nationality. When applying for your e-Visa to India, you can choose from the following options:
|Number of entries
|Length of stay at a time
*Tourists from the USA and Japan are allowed to stay in India for a total of 180 days at a stretch.
The list of participating countries in the e-Visa program for travel to India is dynamic. Currently, the following countries and regions are eligible:
|e-Visa for India: eligible countries
|Antigua & Barbuda
|Bosnia & Herzegovina
|Cameron Union Republic
|China- SAR Hongkong
|China- SAR Macau
|Papua New Guinea
|Republic of Korea
|Republic of Macedonia
|Saint Christopher and Nevis
|Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
|Trinidad & Tobago
|Turks & Caicos Island
Due to the military conflict in Afghanistan, the Indian government has introduced a special e-Visa for Afghan citizens who wish to travel to India. During the e-Visa application process, travelers can check a box in the appropriate field if they have an Afghan passport.
Regardless of your nationality, you must provide information whether your parents or grandparents are from Pakistan or whether you were once a Pakistani national.
This information will affect your application's waiting time and approval but must not be concealed. Therefore, people with connections to Pakistan are advised to apply for a traditional visa at the Embassy instead of the e-visa.
The e-Visa is a travel authorization for nationals from visa-exempt countries. Getting an e-Visa is faster, cheaper, and less bureaucratic than getting a traditional visa.
Countries that are not approved for the e-Visa process can only apply for a visa at a diplomatic mission of India and must submit comprehensive personal data and documents for this purpose.
Besides being a citizen of one of the approved e-Visa countries, you need to meet a few other requirements to get an e-visa for India. These include:
The e-Visa for India is accepted at the 28 largest international airports and the five largest seaports in India. These include the airports in Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Port Blair, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi, and Visakhapatnam, as well as the seaports of Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai, and Mumbai.
To apply for an e-Visa for India, you will need the following documents:
After applying for an e-Visa for business travel, you may be required to provide additional documents. These may include:
When entering India, depending on the type of e-visa you have, you may still need to provide the following documents:
During the e-Visa application process for India, you will be required to upload a photo of your face in addition to your passport. This photo must meet the following requirements:
If you want to travel to India with minors, you need to apply for a separate e-Visa for each child. You may also be required to provide the following documents during entry:
All documents, including business cards, invitation letters, and contracts, must be presented in English. Therefore, make sure to obtain certified translations.
The process for the Indian e-Visa takes between ten and fifteen minutes on the e-Visa application page of our partner iVisa. For this, have the following answers, documents, and data available:
During the application, you will also be asked about "Visible identification marks." This refers to obvious deviations from the norm, such as large moles, tattoos, or similar. If you do not have any of these, you can write "none" in the field provided.
You will go through the following steps in the application process:
Once again, make sure all data is correct, print your travel authorization, and add it to your travel documents.
You are required to use the same passport to travel to India that you used to apply for the e-Visa. If you get a new passport after the application, then additionally take the old document with you on the trip and present it to the border officials upon entry.
An approved e-Visa for India always has a fixed purpose to which you are bound as a traveler.
|Recreation, sightseeing, visiting friends or relatives, unpaid participation in sports events, short-term courses (without qualified certificate/diploma)
|One-time medical treatment or accompaniment of patients coming to India for treatment
|Participate in conferences/seminars/workshops organized by a Ministry or Department of the Indian Government
|Occasional business visit
Follow the guidelines exactly to avoid getting into trouble with the Indian authorities. You can also apply for other visa categories such as work or student visas for India.
Should the authorizations of the common e-Visa categories "Tourist," "Business," "Medical," and "Conference" not be sufficient for you, for instance, because you want to live, work, or study in India, you can apply for a long-term visa. The choices include:
If your e-Visa for India has been rejected, there can be various reasons for this. The most common ones include incorrect information in the application (including spelling mistakes), missing documents, and incorrect formats of uploaded photos and documents.
Also, having ancestors from Pakistan, a criminal history, or the wrong passport issuing country (not an e-Visa country) will usually result in an e-Visa rejection.
The Indian government is unlikely to tell you the reasons for an e-Visa rejection, as officials are not required to do so. Nevertheless, in many cases, you can find them out by checking your details carefully.
After your India e-Visa rejection, you have the following options:
Before submitting a new e-Visa application, thoroughly check the accuracy of all data you entered and the completeness and formatting of all documents and photos for upload.
Have your travel documents ready for the border crossing at the airport or seaport in India. These include:
A border official will stamp your passport upon entry with your latest departure date. Double-check this date and stick to it.
Before your entry, learn about the exact import regulations for India. Weapons, food, plants, fabrics such as wool and silk, animal products, medicines, and even certain books or printed matter may not be brought into the country.
Do you have further questions about the India visa? Then hopefully, you will find what you are looking for in our FAQ:
An e-Visa for India is not extendable. If you want to stay in India for longer than the period stipulated in the visa, you need to apply for another visa.
The term of your residence permit begins when you enter India. Use the following three dates as a guide:
The "Last date of stay" will be stamped into your passport at the border. You are allowed to enter India once or multiple times until the "Date of expiry" (depending on the type of your e-visa) and stay in India for the maximum length of stay approved in your e-Visa.
So the combination of the "Date of expiry" and the expected "Last date of stay" (30, 60, or 90 days, depending on your visa) will help you decide if and when you need to apply for a new e-visa for India.
Note that your e-Visa approval is always electronically linked to your passport. So, if you apply for a new passport, you will have to apply for a new e-Visa afterwards as well because your old one will become invalid.
The processing time for an e-Visa for India is a maximum of four days. However, we would recommend you take care of the application earlier so that you can take further steps in case of rejection.
The earliest you can apply for an India visa is 120 days before your arrival.
If you are not an Indian, Maldivian, Nepali, or Bhutanese national, you will need a visa to travel to India.
With an e-Visa for India, you are not allowed to pursue professional employment or long-term studies. Only voluntary activities of short duration (for a maximum of one month) without payment or compensation are allowed.
If you want to come to India for work or study, different categories of work and student visas are available.
If you need to transit India on your way to another country, you need a transit visa. It is valid for 15 days and entitles you to transit for a maximum of three days.