How to get in India: Visa possibility

How to get in India: Visa possibility

Author: Akshay Chugh

Date: 01/10/2017



After the government shift in 2014, there has been a shift in the policy for the Tourist Visa in India.


In India, there are different types of visa available, they are : 
1. Freedom of Movement
2. Visa-free entry
3. Visa on Arrival 
4. eVisa or Electronic Visa
5. Regular Visa

After the government shift in 2014, there has been a shift in the policy for the Tourist Visa in India.

Let us find out about the first four types of visa.

1. Freedom of Movement: India has a collaboration with 2 countries namely Bhutan and Nepal. So, people from the two countries are given a special permission to work, live or own a property in India without any hurdles.

So, Freedom of Movement is provided to the citizens of Nepal and Bhutan.

2. Visa-free entry: India provides visa-free entry only to one country that is Maldives. The citizens of Maldives can enter India and reside here for not more than 90 days.

3. Visa on Arrival: In 2016, India opened the facility of visa on arrival after closing it in 2014 for one country. India provides visa on arrival for the citizens of Japan. The Visa on Arrival can be availed at Six airports in India. The fees for Visa on arrival is They are: 
▪                                    Delhi
▪                                    Mumbai
▪                                    Chennai
▪                                    Hyderabad
▪                                    Kolkata
▪                                    Bangalore


4. eVisa: eVisa is a new scheme that India launched in 2014 to increase the inbound of people to India.  Currently, Evisa is available for 162 countries. The 162 countries personnel who can get the visa are listed below:



Albania
Djibouti
Madagascar
Saint

 Vincent & the Grenadines
Andorra
Dominica
Malawi
Samoa
Angola
Dominican Republic
Malaysia
San Marino
Anguilla
East Timor
Mali
Senegal
Antigua

 & Barbuda
Ecuador
Malta
Serbia
Argentina
El Salvador
Marshall Islands
Seychelles
Armenia
Eritrea
Mauritius
Sierra Leone
Aruba
Estonia
Mexico
Singapore
Australia
Fiji
Micronesia
Slovakia
Austria
Finland
Moldova
Slovenia
Azerbaijan
France
Monaco
Solomon Islands
Bahamas
Gabon
Mongolia
South Africa
Barbados
Gambia
Montenegro
Spain
Belgium
Georgia
Montserrat
Sri Lanka
Belize
Germany
Mozambique
Suriname
Bolivia
Ghana
Myanmar
Swaziland
Bosnia

 & Herzegovina
Greece
Namibia
Sweden
Botswana
Grenada
Nauru
Switzerland
Brazil
Guatemala
Netherlands
Taiwan
Brunei
Guinea
New Zealand
Tajikistan
Bulgaria
Guyana
Nicaragua
Tanzania
Burundi
Haiti
Niger Republic
Thailand
Cambodia
Honduras
Niue Island
Tonga
Cameron

 Union Republic
Hungary
Norway
Trinidad & Tobago
Canada
Iceland
Oman
Turks & Caicos

 Island
Cape

 Verde
Indonesia
Palau
Tuvalu
Cayman

 Island
Ireland
Palestine
UAE
Chile
Israel
Panama
Uganda
China
Italy
Papua New Guinea
Ukraine
China-

 SAR Hongkong
Jamaica
Paraguay
United Kingdom
China-

 SAR Macau
Japan
Peru
Uruguay
Colombia
Jordan
Philippines
USA
Comoros
Kenya
Poland
Uzbekistan
Cook

 Islands
Kiribati
Portugal  
Vanuatu
Costa

 Rica
Laos
Republic of Korea
Vatican City-Holy See
Cote

 d'lvoire
Latvia
Republic of Macedonia
Venezuela
Croatia
Lesotho
Romania
Vietnam
Cuba
Liberia
Russia
Zambia
Cyprus
Liechtenstein
Rwanda
Zimbabwe
Czech

 Republic
Lithuania
Saint Christopher and Nevis
Denmark
Luxembourg
Saint Lucia

For the above-mentioned countries, they can get the eVisa for which, they need to apply a minimum of 4 days before travelling to India.

Criteria: As quoted by the Indian government:


International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.

The Price for the eVisa is divided into four different categories: The Pricing of these 4 categories are:


1  Free($0): Citizens of Argentina, Cook Islands, Fiji, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay and Vanuatu
2  $75: Citizens of US, UK, Russia, Ukraine and Mozambique.
3  $50: Citizens of the majority of countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
4  $25: Citizens of Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Different type of eVisa and their categories are:

1  For e-Tourist Visa: Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details
2  For e-Medical Visa: Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details. Copy of Letter from the Hospital concerned in India on its letterhead
3  For e-Business Visa: Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details and copy of Business Card
4  For e-Business Visa visiting "To deliver lecture/s under Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN)": Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details. Invitation of the host institute to the foreign faculty. Copy of the sanction order under GIAN issued by the National Coordinating Institute viz. IIT Kharagpur. Copy of the synopsis of the courses to be taken up by the faculty

The validity of this visa is for 60 days.
Airports from where you can enter with the E-visa are:
Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum and Varanasi.


The people of the Pakistani Origin are not covered under this any of the Indian scheme other than the normal visa formality.






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