What is an Indian e-Visa?
All e-Visa types – e-Tourist Visa, e-Medicial Visa and e-Business Visa are fully electronically issued. Their single purpose is to travel to India as a tourist, for medical treatment or on business. Indian e-Visa is used to replace the traditional type of visa. The e-Visa is faster, easier and costs lower than the traditional type of visa. You don`t need to visit an Indian Embassy. The process is entirely online from the comfort of your home. The e-Visa approval will be issued electronically before your departure to India. Upon your arrival in India, you will have your biometric information taken and the actual visa will be placed inside your passport at the immigration checkpoint.
Apply for e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa, e-Medical Visa For India
Travelers, who need an e-Visa have to apply online in order to travel to India. The process is fully electronic and can be done only online. Electronic Travel Authorization ( e-Visa ) will be sent via a registered email. Travelers have to choose the type of e-Visa as it may be an e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa and e-Medical Visa. Each visa type has its own purpose, that can be used for one of the following. Sightseeing and holiday, visiting friends and relatives, medical treatment, including Ayurveda (herbal) and yoga, or to participate in sporting events, competitions and activities relating to cultural performance, business meetings, business venture, trades, sales and more. For a full list, please visit e-Visa Types
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ
Who needs a visa to enter India?
Most of the country citizens are required to obtain a visa to enter India. There are many types of visas. Here we are talking about an e-Visa for India. In case you want to know more about Indian e-Visa, please visit e-Visa Types. If you want to apply for an Indian e-Visa, please visit e-Visa Application Page
When will I receive my e-visa and do I need to go to the consulate to get my Indian e-Visa?
Your travel date should be within the next 120 days. You will receive your visa via email within 72 hours of completing the application. The process is fully online and you don`t need to visit an embassy.
Is the India e-visa for multiple entries or а single entry?
It depends on the type of visa, that you apply for. Indian e-Tourist and e-Business Visa are for double entry. The e-Medical Visa allows triple entry. All e-Visas allow 60 day stays from the date of arrival.
Do I need to get a visa for my kids?
Each traveler needs an e-Visa, regardless of the age.
Am I required a vaccine when traveling abroad to India?
Please check with your Government. Some require a proof of yellow fever vaccination. If you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. More info: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india . Its each passenger´s own responsibility to verify regulations.
Where can I read more about India?
Please check our India e-Visa Travel Guide. We are trying to keep it updated with new and more information about India.
Are you affiliated with the Government of India?
We are a private company ( Visa Stream Ltd. ) and we are not connected anyhow with Indian Government. We provide services by processing applicants’ documents to Indian Government. Our services include cooperation, visa agents, taxes, knowledge how to get your e-Visa, as quick as possible.
How to apply for my e-Visa for India?
By filling the Online Application Form. Based on requirements, that are set by the Indian Government, there are several important points you should know:
– All of the provided information have to be correct.
– Name, Date and Place of Birth, Gender, Marital Status, Address, Nationality, Passport Number have to be exactly the same as on your passport.
– Uploaded documents have to meet required criteria.
– Paying the fee, that covers Indian Government fee + our service fee
How much does it cost?
The final price for Indian e-Visa depends on your Nationality. By filling Application form you will see on the last step the price, calculated based on your input. There are not hidden or additional costs. The amount, which you will pay in order to receive your e-Visa is between $52 and $157 USD (Including our Service Fee of $52). Please check our e-Visa Fees and Prices page.
Is the visa to India refundable?
In case your application is submitted to Indian Government we won’t be able to refund. The fee, which you pay is for our service and Indian Government service. Please check our Refund policy for more information.
Is the India e-Visa for multiple entries or a single entry?
e-Visa allows double or triple entry. With e-Medical Visa you have 3 entries in India. With e-Tourist Visa and e-Business Visa you have 2 entries in India. Keep in mind, that e-Visa comes with 60 day stays from the date of arrival.
I am going on a cruise and I am planning to enter India.
Okay. Okay. Please, be sure, that you will enter India through 1 of 3 designated seaports. Cochin, Goa, and Mangalore.
Live Support – Indian e-Visa
We know that someties filling the Application form can be hard. Yes there is a lot of required information and documents to be provided. You may experience hard time uploading documents. Or maybe unsure what info exactly have to be entered. We added Live Chat so you can contact us anytime you need help. You may find the status of the Live Chat – Online, Away or Offline which depends on the day time cycle and our business hours. Please don`t hesitate to send your question or expain your doubt to us. We will respond ASAP. Also you can always pause application process by pressing “Save and Continue later” button. Then, you can come back later and continue your application by following the link that you received.
Important information and instructions about Indian e-Visa
e-Visa was launched in October 2014 by the Indian Government. Citizens from eligible countries may apply online to receive a double or triple entry Electronic Visa before traveling to India. The duration of stay may not exceed 60 consecutive days. It is an electronically issued, double entry and triple entry for e-Medical visa, which may only be requested twice (2) each year.
What to consider before traveling to India and what you can do after your arrival in India?
Let`s see what would be good and what you can do before and after your arrival in India. Of course it all depends on the purpose of your visit but whatever it is there are some important steps and parts of your travel that will make it memorable. If you are not prepared, sometimes you can have bad experience especially if this is your first time traveling to India.
Okay, we assume that you have already planned your trip and you have a visa for India. If you do not have a visa, you can apply for one here. If you need more information, you can visit this full guide page. Now, let`s start with the things that you can take before you leave. Of course they are not mandatory, also some of them may sound funny but they will help you in some specific situations.
Things to take with you:
Do you need one? Yes. There are many reasons to have Travel Insurance. We know that this is one more expense to the travel budget but it will help you in some cases. For example if you need to cancel your trip for a reason – disease or accident, canceled flight, terrorist attack, delayed or lost baggage, lost passport and more.
It`s good to have pure drinking water with you. If you bring with you a Water filter you will be able to filter the water and be safe. Actually you can`t filter the water in Delhi because the tap water is heavily chlorinated. In India people are drinking bottled water and it is safe in general. Just be sure that the bottle you purchase hasn’t been opened before and the seal is not broken.
Did you heard about Delhi Belly? Researches and studies say that is most likely to get it within the first 7 days. Actually this is getting your stomach upset so you should be very careful in the first week. How to avoid diarrhea (Delhi Belly )? Wash your hands regularly. Eat freshly cooked food that is served hot. Avoid street food and drink only bottled drinks. Note that ice is made of tap water. Wash fruit and vegetables and peel them before eating.
Female Urination Device
This one may sound funny but seriously if you see some of the toilets (which are sometimes hard to find) you will be shocked. Even Indian Ladies are trying to avoid them when possible. In such situation where you can`t find a normal toilet bowl the Female Urination Device will help you pee like a man. You don`t have to take your clothes and underpants off, to squat or touch the toilet surface accidentally.
Indian Power Adapter
Type D. You can take one with you or you can purchase one locally in India. If you decide to buy it in India you will be able to find a cheaper one.
Secure your documents
Find a case or pack or anything that fits and can be worn under your top clothes. The idea is to hide your most important papers and money.
Comfortable and secure backpack
Yes, you will need one if you plan to have long walk journeys. It’s better to be safe and find one of the so-called Anti-Theft Backpacks.
Most of the well-known brands are good to protect you from mosquitos. Some of the wristbands are adjustable and easy to fit. Be sure to find bands that are containing DEET or picaridin because they are most commonly recommended by health authorities.
Electrolytes and multivitamins
This is a good way to stay hydrated in the hot, humid weather. It will also help you deal with diarrhea or dysentery.
Compact First Aid Kit
You may or may not need it. Who knows. In general it is good to carry with you things like: Band-aids, Cortisone cream, Benadryl (against allergies and also sleep aid), Malaria pills, Antiseptic cream, Paracetamol/aspirin, Knee supports.
Finally – don`t overpack. Plan the duration of your stay and how many of the above-listed items you may need.
Details and Travel Essentials for India
There are several helpful things to know before you start your journey to India. After all you will be visiting the second most populous country in the world – a country that has its diversities in all aspects and that is far from the general sterotypes and cliches. India is a country of the modern and the traditional, of the rich and the poor, of the chaos and the calm.
General information about India
- Motto: “Truth Alone Triumphs”
- Anthem: “Jana Gana Mana”
- National song: “Vande Mataram” (“I Bow to Thee, Mother”)
- Capital: New Delhi
- Largest city: Mumbai
- Official languages: Hindi, English
- Religion: 79.8% Hinduism, 14.2% Islam, 2.3% Christianity, 1.7% Sikhism, 0.7% Buddhism, 0.4% Jainism, 0.9% others
- Government: Federal parliamentary constitutional socialist republic
- Area: Total 3,287,263 sq. km. (1,269,219 sq mi), Water 9.6%
- Population:2016 estimate – 1,324,171,354; 2011 census – 1,210,854,977
- Currency: Indian Rupee (₹) (INR)
- Time zone: IST (UTC+05:30) – Daylight Savings Time is not observed
- Date format: DD-MM-YYYY
- Drives on the: Left
- Calling code: +91
- ISO 3166 code: IN
- Internet TLD: .in
Requirements for India Visa
Some nationalities are required to face the difficult process of obtaining the Indian touristic visa. Dependong on your nationality and whether you are traveling for less than 60 days, you may have the right to apply through the new light program. Those are the e-Tourist, e-Business and e-Medical Visa.
Indian Currencies, Tipping, Receipts
ATM: You can easily find them in the touristic and central regions. They are relatively reliable, but you should keep in mind that the ATMs located in the smaller cities in the outskirts of the big cities often remain empty. Furthermore the withdrawal at some ATMs is delayed due to the processing of information with the payment systems.
Credit Cards: They are mostly accepted for payment at the big hotels, as well as for online rservations.
Tipping: Usually they are added to the service at hotels and restaurants. Of course additional tipping is welcome.
Receipts: They can be confusing because depending where they are issued, the sum is diffrent from the one on the cash receipt. That is because of the additionally added fees when calculating the bill. These fees are different for food, beverages and services. For example the prices at supermarkets should include tax. Most often you can see prices without tax at bars, restaurants and hotels. Prices of the services are without tax and the trader should cover them. The final amount is on the cash receipt.
Money: Make sure you have with you small banknotes. In many shops, restaurants and bars the assistants will not be able to give you change back if you give them a bill of 1000 rupee. The majority of the traders do not have so much money in cash. You can use the bigger bills when you pay for your hotel accommodation. When withdrawing money from an ATM request (if this option is available) to obtain small banknotes.
Electricity in India:
Power: 230 volts / 50 Hz
Despite the British rules and customs, the electricity and more precisely the power plugs in India do not follow the same configuration as in the UK (square with 2 prongs). The electrical outlets are different in the different places. In the last years you can find universal outlets that can accept the more popular types of plugs.
If your electronic device is not purchased from Europe then you will need an adapter. Additionally you should make sure that the device works on 220/230 V, if not you will need to use a power converter. It is good to know that the electricity in India is often disconnected. There are current shocks and voltage drops. Don’t leave electric devices turned on without supervision.
Accommodations in India
You will be amazed how many documents you will have to fill out when you are being accommodated in a hotel. Even the information from your visa will be documented and photo copied. Carry your passport with you because you will need if often.
Sometimes, during your stay in a hotel or a guest house you will be asked to pay for your stay. In all cases you should request a cash receipt. It is little known to tourists that this payment can be forgotten and you may be asked to pay for your full stay without getting the already made payment subtracted.
Right time to go to India
There are two monsoons with very heavy rains and very high temperatures between them. One of them is the Northeastern monsoon that hits the Eastern coastline in November. The other and stronger one is the Southwestern which starts around June and continues until around October, it covers the whole country with rain. During the winter months the snow covers the higher places and can block the mountain passes.
The month of October is considered the start of the busy tourist season in India. At this time of the year the rains retreat and the tourist start to come.
What language to use in India?
There is an amazing diversity of languages and dialects spoken in India. English is widespread around the whole country and is used by the government. Because of this diversity of langauges and dialects there is a barrier that you will have to get accustomed to if you want to understand what you are being told. This is the spoken accent. Indians have a specific accent as well as speed of talking, that makes the communicating difficult in the beginnig.
Despite the fact that English is widely spoken it would be good to learn a few words in Hindi. “Hello” said in Hindi will always be greeted with a smile. Despite the devirsity of languages you will need to learn only one word “Hello” – Namaste.
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