With this guide we will explain all the necessary steps to correctly apply for an India visa online.
Visiting India means diving into a reality full of traditions and contradictions. A reality that has the power, however, to give the visitor an engaging and transformative experience. Sounds, colours, spirituality but also resignation, poverty and dignity will be your travelling companions if you decide to go to India and immerse yourself in its everyday reality.
The fundamental thing is that you are not in a hurry. Only by really descending into the world you are exploring you will be able to absorb its deep energy. But let’s see now how to get a visa to India, the first thing to take care of when you decide to plan a trip to this country.
As there are many options available to the traveller, we list below the various types of visas for India that you can apply for:
India can be reached through the following gates:
Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengalore, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Coching, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapali, Trivandrum, Varanasi.
The traditional Tourist Visa for India is what you can apply for at the Indian consulate or embassy of your country, but be sure to first carefully consult the information that both institutions provide on the relevant pages, in particular the notice that warns of a series of “fictitious” sites that operate fraudulently with the promise to assist travelers in applying for a visa to India.
Please note that the e-Visa is valid for 30 days from the date of entry into India. It is required from 30 days up to a minimum of 4 days prior to arrival in India, and it is important to stress that this type of visa cannot be renewed. When it expires, in fact, it is necessary to request another one ex-novo. Moreover, in one year it is possible to apply for only 2 e-Visas.
Let’s see what documents are required to apply for a visa online for India:
If you wish to travel to India for a standard holiday, simply use the online e-Visa application form. The e-Visa, is not a real visa but a sort of “entry authorization” in India, as we were saying, since the real visa will be in this case applied on the passport by the competent authorities upon your arrival, once the necessary checks are made and the biometric data that identify you are noted.
To apply for an electronic visa, first log on to this address: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html and click on “APPLY HERE FOR E-VISA” below.
Once you click on the link, a window will open containing the form to fill in. There are a lot of questions you will have to answer, so we suggest you to do this operation having all the necessary documents at your fingertips and having enough time, as well as a good dose of patience. Some of the questions may seem out of place but, unfortunately, it is not possible to avoid them.
In the first screen that will open after clicking on the link we have indicated, you will be prompted:
You will notice that at this point, on the same screen, at the box relating to the type of visa you have chosen, other choices will be displayed. For example, if you have chosen eTourist Visa for 30 days, the system will ask you to enter an arrival date within 30 days of applying for the visa.
Below the ticked box to apply for eTourist Visa, you will see a list of activities to best define the type of your trip to India, and you can choose only by ticking the box next to the description. Then select the reason for your trip and continue by entering the encrypted confirmation text at the end of the page, ticking the information box (bottom left) that warns you to keep the necessary documents handy to continue filling in.
Once you have completed this first screen, click on the Continue button. You will notice that, once clicked, a notice will appear with the specification that this documents are required:
In the meantime, you will already have everything available, so confirm and go to the second screen.
TIP: In order to assist you in compiling your application, the Government of India has prepared a pdf guide which can be downloaded at: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html.
We recommend that you download it by clicking on the button on the lower left hand side, identified by the words “SAMPLE E-VISA APPLICATION”
WARNING: If for some reason the compilation of this first page does not continue quickly or if you take too much time, the system will suspend the operation and you will be warned to close the procedure. In this case, an email is sent at the same time to the address you have entered, where you will find the link to resume the compilation and your security identification code, which you must enter in order to continue with the entry of other data/documents. In this case you will have one week to complete the procedure.
If, on the other hand, the compilation has continued regularly, after clicking on the “continue” button, you will find yourself on the second registration page. At the top, you will notice the temporary code assigned to you (the identifier we mentioned earlier). It is advisable to make a note of it so that you can use it if necessary in case the compilation stops as described above. On this second page you will have to enter:
Now that you have completed the first part of the second page, you have two options:
IMPORTANT: you must in any case complete all the fields (mandatory), so you can continue with the next screen.
In this part of the compilation you will have to enter:
Then continue in the next section of the same page, entering:
A seguire poi, inserirete:
Next, you will enter:
Also in this second part, you can click on the “SAVE AND CONTINUE” button to continue with the third compilation page, or click on “SAVE AND TEMPORARLY EXIT” noting the Application ID (your identifier), to continue the compilation later.
Be patient, the procedure is almost complete.
On the third page you will have to enter:
At this point complete everything with the usual procedure:
IMPORTANT: all information must be true, especially regarding previous entries into the country. If, from the checks, the authorities find that you have not reported other entries into the country, the visa will be refused.
Now that you have completed all the data fields, you will need to upload your photo and passport page.
You can then select the photo file, making sure that the image is centered, contains no shadows, is on a white background and has a clearly visible face. The dimensions of the photo, as already mentioned, must be 5 x 5 cm and the file must not weigh more than 1Mb.
The same procedure should also be performed with the page of the passport that contains your data, i.e. the page of the document that contains your photo. Also this file must be well readable and without shadows covering the data or the photo.
We have reached the final stage of the compilation, which also includes payment.
The cost of the online visa for India is about 80 dollars, to which you will have to add the procedure fee of 2.5%.
We remind you that this amount will not be refunded in case the application is refused and the visa denied.
For the payment you have two alternatives to use:
The second option is the most commonly used.
When you have completed the payment, you will receive an email to the email address you provided during the compilation, with a subject similar to the following:
“Status Regarding e-Visa Application Id: (il vostro numero di ID Application)”
Attention! This email will only specify the receipt and registration of your request, not its acceptance.
The email that certifies, therefore, the issuance of the visa and the confirmation for your entry into the country, will always reach you by email within the next 72 hours.
When you receive this second email, you will have to print it and attach it to your passport, together with the boarding pass that they will give you on the airplane. These are the documents that you must present to the authorities when you enter India.
If you do not receive the confirmation email within 72 hours, return to the website:
and consult the “CHECK YOUR E-VISA STATUS”
Once you have opened the site page and clicked on the section indicated, enter the required data, including your Id Application to check the status of your request.
From what you have read in this article, the procedure for applying for an electronic visa for India is quite complex and requires many steps, but thanks to the PDF guide provided by the Indian government website (which is however written in English as the whole site) and the suggestions we have provided, you will be able, with a little care, to fill in the various online forms correctly without too many difficulties.
However, if you need more peace of mind and comfort, the suggestion is obviously to rely on some specialized agency that will be able to guide you in the best way.
After obtaining your visa for India, you just have to choose one of our itineraries.
We wish you a good trip to India!