Travelers from 43 countries are now able to apply online for a tourist visa to India after the government of India announced the launch of an electronic visa (e-visa) system on November 27, 2014.
Complete List of Countries Allowed for E-Visa System:
The 43 countries include: Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam.
Visa Application Process
An application must be made online through Indianvisaonline.gov.in at least four days prior to arrival. Applicants need to upload a recent front-facing photograph with white background and a photo page of passport containing personal details like name, date of birth, nationality, expiry date, etc.
The Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) takes a few days to process and will be emailed to applicants for them to use on arrival. The validity of visa will be 30 days from the date of arrival in India. The Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) enabled with ETA cannot be availed more than twice in a calendar year. The application fee is US$ 60/ per person excluding interchange charge for credit/debit cards, and must be paid 4 days before the expected date of travel; otherwise, the application will not be processed. Please be aware that an Odynovo customer from the United States recently reported that the India e-visa system may not accept Capital One credit card for payment online while Wells Fargo card is well-accepted perhaps because India does not like Capital One credit card.
All arrangements, including the software for the system, are now ready and would become operational at nine international airports - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Goa.
Many travelers have reported that the process of getting an India visa is too long and troublesome. The launching of Indian e-visa system would be a great news for those looking to visit India as they no longer have to queue at their local consulates to obtain visas.