Updated E-visa Rules – India 2016
A couple of months ago the Indian Government updated its rules and regulations for obtaining an e-visa. And it wouldn’t do for you to be left in the dark, would it? So here’s a quick briefing on the changes, make a note in your travel diaries.
Indian Visa application form
PURPOSE: Only four possible intentions are considered innocent by the Indian Government for obtaining a visa. Firstly, recreation and sightseeing, likewise, casual visits with friends and family. Secondly, a short duration for medical treatment, and lastly, a casual business visit. Our apologies on not making a category for Self-Discovery.
PASSPORT: The original document should be valid for another six months from arrival. Also, It should have at least two blank pages to fill up with Indian stamps. Unfortunately, those holding Pakistani Passports or are of Pakistani origin, are not allowed this convenience.
Hence, they must apply directly at the India Mission for regular passports. Diplomatic/Official Passport holders, and those endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport and International Travel Document Holders, will all have to also make do with the regular method of obtaining visas.
Always ensure validity (Photo Credit – Jacqueline Marcou from Pixabay)
PASSPORT: For an e-visa, you will need to submit a scanned copy of your passport’s information page online here. So before your stay in India, do make sure that it’s signed and valid for 6 months. Also, it needs to be full of blank visa pages for all your fun travel plans. Don’t forget to carry it with you on your trip!
PHOTO: You will have to upload a digital copy of a passport-sized photo to the website. You can also use a scanned photo of a regular passport photo instead.
PROOF OF DEPARTURE: You will need to show a confirmed round trip ticket. So they know you’re not trying to sneak in and start a new life.
For applications to be eligible for an e-visa they must be submitted no later than 4 days prior to departure, and no earlier than 34 days before the date of arrival so if you’re not the kind that likes their itinerary done and dusted well in advance, you might want to consider a traditional visa.
You can get a maximum of 2 Electronic Travel Authorisations (ETA) in a year with one of them providing a maximum stay of 30 days.
You can pick up a visa on arrival at Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Trivandrum ONLY.
Carry a copy of ETA at the time of your travel (obviously).
Your visa will usually be processed and issued within 3 business days if approved.
Have a safe flight to India!
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