This article has been written with direct inputs from my parents who came to India eVisa for tourism for 60 days.
When my parents decided to come to India for my marriage, we weren’t sure whether to get regular India tourist visa for all of us or go for the India tourist evisa. We are all Colombian citizens. Since, I made plans to live in India for a long time,I got a 6 months tourist visa to India, but my parents wouldn’t stay that long. So, after a lot of digging around I decided that a 60 day e-Tourist visa is the best way to go.
Getting the India tourist evisa or e-Tourist visa is a hassle-free affair. Please take your time to read the step by step process and you should be able to get one by yourself easily.
Note- The India tourist evisa is given for 90 days now-a-days, that too with multiple entries.
Step 1: Apply Online
No matter where you are from, you need to visit the official website of Ministry of Home affairs of India to apply for the eVisa for India. You can check whether you are eligible to apply for an India tourist evisa there as well. And do have a look at the sample e-Tourist visa application form for India before filling it. You know, just for the sake of looking.
Firstly, you can register yourself on the official Indian visa application page using my details. When you register, you provide your port of arrival and some other details. make sure that you choose the port of arrival that you would actually arrive at, because you can’t modify it later.
Tips to fill in the application
- Please know that you should choose your port of entry carefully as there are 28 official airports and 5 seaports where you can arrive with an e-Tourist visa.
- Try to keep the expected date of arrival close to the actual date you are planing to arrive.
- If you can’t complete the process in one go, you can save the temporary application number and use it later to complete the process.
- Make sure the photo that you upload is as per the specification. If the photo is different from what’s allowed, your application might not go through.
Step 2 : Payment
Once your application is completed, you can make the payment using your unique application ID. In order to make payment, you need to choose one of the three payment gateways: SBI, Axis or Paypal.
We chose the SBI gateway. When I tried to make payments using my credit card, it didn’t go through. So, later I checked with my Bank, and guess what? My father’s card wasn’t enabled for international payment. Once the guys at the Bank rectified that, we were able to pay for it.
Step 3 : Receive the India Tourist eVisa
We kept on checking the status of my application on the official visa website in anticipation. After 3 days, my father received the email with eVisa to visit India.
When you receive the ETA, it must show the status as GRANTED.
Visa fees: 80 USD + 2.5% for bank charge. It varies as per your country.
No of entries: Multiple
Processing time : 2-4 days normally if all you have done everything right.
Validity: It’s valid from the day of you first arrival in India.
Duration: 30 days
Step 4: Watch a Bollywood movie
If you enjoy watching movies with family, now would be the time to invite the them all for a Bollywood movie night and surprise them with your visa. That’s what we did.
We landed at the IGI airport in Delhi. At the immigration, there is a separate queue for foreigners with India tourist evisas. There you will be required to provide the bio-metric details (pic and fingerprints).
You need to present a printout of the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) sent through email by Bureau of Immigration and got the entry stamp on your passport.
How many days before my travel can I apply for the e-Tourist visa?
For e-Tourist visa, applicants may apply online minimum 4 days and maximum 120 days in advance of the date of arrival.
How many times can I apply for an India tourist evisa?
The limit on the number of times in a calendar year has been removed. But, in order to apply for second time, you need to exit India and come back. It’s not possible to apply for it when you are in India. Make sure that the date of the 2nd exit is on or before 60 days from the date of the first entry.
Can I extend or convert my India tourist evisa?
An e-Tourist visa is not extendable, although you can get a new e-Tourist visa. An e-Tourist visa is non-convertible, although there have been instances when people have been able to convert it to a regular tourist visa or spouse visa.
Do I need to carry a Yellow fever vaccination card?
If you are from a Yellow fever affected country like me, you need to carry a Yellow fever vaccination card with you when you arrive in India.
Can I visit restricted areas with an India tourist evisa or does it have to be a regular tourist visa?
Although you can’t enter restricted areas such as Arunachal Pradesh on an e-Tourist visa, you can get a Protected Area Permit (PAP) or Inner Line Permit (ILP), depending on the requirements of the particular area. This can be done in India after you arrive, using your e-Visa. There is no need to have a regular tourist visa for this.
What do I do if my payment doesn’t go through?
The Visa fee payment status updation may take up to 2 hours due to technical reasons/network delays. You should wait for at least 2 hours before you pay it again. If the Visa fee has been deducted but status of your application is not updated, please verify their payment status by clicking on ‘Verify Payment/Pay Visa Fee’ tab on Home page.
In case of any problems with payment, you can reach out to State bank of India or Axis bank.
State bank of India: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Phone No: +91-22-2752 3816, 180022401.
Axis bank : Email: – email@example.com, Phone no : +91 1800-419-0073 (24 x 7)
I am having an altogether different issue. What should I do?
If there is any unforeseen issue with the visa, you can reach out to the e-Visa helpline. Phone no: +91-11-24300666 (24 x 7)
The Visa Project quick tip:
1. In case the payment doesn’t go through after 3 attempts, you will need to apply with a fresh application.
2. Make sure that you have a return ticket or onward journey booked. You might be asked by the airline before you can even board your flight to India or at the immigration.
3. Scam websites: There are lots of commercial websites that masquerade like the government one. They charge a hefty service fee.
Some of them are:
India is gorgeous and haunting. Full of melody and full of chaos. It’s a walking contradiction that never stops to amaze you. My parents were really happy that they got a chance to visit India.
Have you tried obtaining an e-Tourist visa for India?
If you have tried obtaining an e-Tourist visa for India, let us know in the comments. The visa process is constantly changing and it will help me updating the article if there is any change. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.