Travelers from more than 150 nations can now visit India for a short-time period by availing an online visa from the comfort of their home or while being on the move. This newest form of visa is the easiest way to get an entry permit to India. Stored electronically on your passport, it replaces the typical visa stamp type permit.
If you hold a passport from any of the following countries, then you need not to apply for a visa to enter India-
Yes, all foreign travelers planning to descend to India, including children, must have a valid visa to travel to India. You must complete a separate visa application for each child.
Recreation, sightseeing, and casual visit to meet friends and relatives.
It is advisable to apply for your India ETA 3-4 weeks before your intended travel date to enter Indian territories. As the visa takes 3-4 business days to get processed, you must also consider few days for a buffer, if in case any issues arise.
The documents required for Tourist Visa On Arrival are as follows:
Traditional India Visa:
Traditional or old style way of obtaining an Indian Visa is the most lengthy and time consuming process. While submitting the visa application form, the applicant is requested to submit their original passport along with the other documents to get their visa approved and stamped. Though the time period that this whole process takes is longer, but it also lets the holder to stay in the India's territory for the longer time period and allows multiple entries.
India ETA/ Visa on Arrival:
Eligible passport holders traveling to India for leisure or tourism purpose can now apply for an Indian visa online, where the visa is granted to the applicant electronically. This new process of availing the visa electronically is called as the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). But, in this process the visa sticker is placed inside the visa holder's passport on arrival at the Indian Airport, here this process is called as the 'Visa on Arrival'. Thus, two names for same visa caused a lot of confusion, forcing the officials to change its name to e-Tourist Visa (eTV). The procedure of applying for the visa online has not changed, and the biometric of the traveler will still be taken at the airport and afterwards the visa is stamped inside the passport on arrival at the Indian Passport.
No, it is not possible to apply for an Indian Visa Application at the airport. You must apply for the visa online, before your travel date.
As the name suggests, an ETA - Electronic Travel Authority is issued to the applicants electronically. Every document required is also scanned and submitted online. Likewise, when your visa is processed and approved, we will send it to you via email. On your arrival at the Indian airport, the authorities will ask you for your biometric information and the stamp will be placed inside the passport.
The eTV is a single entry visa and can only be applied twice a year. In case you want to travel to the nation more than that, you must contact the nearby Indian Embassy or Consulate.