Citizens of most countries are now eligible to get an Indian eVisa for purposes of recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to friends and relative, attendance to short-term yoga program, medical reasons and business purposes. For this article, we will discuss mainly on how to process an India Tourist e-Visa for recreation, leisure, and sightseeing. [Check out our list of top things to do in New Delhi]
Who are eligible to get an India Tourist e-Visa?
Citizens of these countries below are eligible to apply for an India Tourist e-Visa. All other citizens not eligible to apply for an eVisa can apply through the Indian Embassy or Consulate.
|Antigua & Barbuda
|Bosnia & Herzegovina
|Cameroon 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
|Vatican City-Holy See
Validity of India Tourist e-Visa
The India Tourist e-Visa is valid one year from the date of issuance of electronic travel authorization (ETA). Again, the validity starts on the issuance date and NOT on your entry date. So it is advisable NOT to apply too early in order to maximize the validity of your Multiple entry Indian visa. Ideally, you can apply at least a week in advance prior to your travel date.
You will be allowed to stay in India up to 90 days each visit. Visitors from the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan can stay up to 180 days.
How to Apply for an India Tourist e-Visa?
To apply, you may visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html and fill out the online application form.
Requirements for Applying an India Tourist e-Visa
The application process is easy and straightforward. You only need to submit a scanned copy of your passport’s bio page and a square photograph (size of the height and width must be equal). The photo must be in a jpeg file and the minimum size is 10kb up to 1MB only 1MB. If it exceeds, you will need to resize the file. The passport copy, on the other hand, must be in pdf file up to 300KB only.
India e-Visa Fees
The cost of Indian e-Visa varies depending on your nationality. It is free to some nationalities but for most citizens including Filipinos, it costs USD80 plus a bank charge of 2.5% for online transactions. To know more about the visa fee for each country, click here.
Entry Ports where eVisa is accepted
As of this writing, holders of India Tourist e-Visa will be allowed to enter India through this list of 28 airports and 5 seaports ONLY.
Sample Copy of India Tourist e-Visa
Glen Nomad is a travel blogger and the founder of Escape Manila, one of the top travel blogs in the Philippines. He has visited all 82 provinces in the Philippines and has explored 53 countries across Asia, North & South America, East Africa, Europe, and Australia. Follow him on IG at @escapemanila