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1. E-Visa has been made available by the Government of India to citizens of certain countries, including the United States of America. Details of the scheme are available on the dedicated website created for this purpose: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

2. International travellers whose sole objective for visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives, attending a short term yoga programme, medical treatment including treatment under Indian systems of medicine, business purpose, as attendant to e-Medical visa holder, attending a conference/ seminar/ workshop organized by a Ministry or Department of the Government of India, State Governments or UT Administrations etc. & their subordinate/ attached organizations & PSUs and no other purpose/activity, can apply for e-Visa.

3. e-Visa has 5 sub-categories viz. e-Tourist Visa (for 30 days/01 year/ 05 years), e-Business Visa , e-Medical Visa , e-Medical Attendant Visa and e-Conference Visa . A foreigner (other than those applying for e-Conference Visa) will be allowed to club activities permitted under these categories. Foreigners applying for e-Conference visa will be permitted to club the activities permitted under e-Tourist visa only (validity co-terminus with e-Conference Visa only i.e. 30 days). Only two e-Medical Attendant Visas will be granted against one e- Medical Visa.

4. For e-Tourist and e-Business visa, Applicants may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival.

5. For e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant and e-Conference visa, Applicants may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. Example: If you are applying on 1st Sept then applicant can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 2nd Jan.

6. Recent front facing photograph with white background and photo page of Passport containing personal details like name, date of birth, nationality, expiry date etc are to be uploaded mandatorily by the applicant. Additionally one more document depending upon the e-Visa type would also be required to be uploaded. The application is liable to be rejected if the uploaded documents and photograph are not clear / as per specification.

7. The revised fee structure for e-Tourist visa is as under:-

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India tourist visa from the embassy in 2023: A complete guide

Published: June 7, 2023

India tourist visa from the embassy

This article is a complete guide to obtaining India tourist visa from the embassy or consulate. You can learn everything about India tourist visa types, requirements, eligibility, documents needed, fee and application procedure.

Indian missions around the world issue India tourist visas for those that require a visa to enter India. Most nationalities are eligible to apply for an e-Visa or Visa on Arrival. But there are a handful of nationalities that are not eligible. These nationalities must apply for a tourist visa at their nearest Indian embassy or consulate. 

Nationalities that are eligible for India e-Visa or India Visa on Arrival are also eligible to apply for an Indian tourist visa from their nearest Indian embassy or consulate. There may be occasions where a tourist visa from the embassy is a better choice than an India e-Visa or India Visa on Arrival . For example, US nationals can get a 10-year tourist visa from the embassy vs an Indian e-Visa which is only valid for 5 years. So a tourist visa from the embassy is a better choice in this case.

There are three types of tourist visa categories T-1, T-2 and T-3. T-1 is for tourists. T-2 is for tour groups and T-3 is for cruise passengers. 

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Requirements for india tourist visa from the embassy (sticker visa).

Countries that require India tourist visa from the embassy

Who is required to apply for India tourist visa?

Following nationalities are REQUIRED to apply for an Indian tourist visa from the embassy in order to travel to India.

  • Congo, Dem. of
  • Congo, Dem. Rep. of
  • North Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Sudan
  • Turkmenistan

NOTE Nationals who are eligible to apply for e-Visa or Visa on Arrival can also apply for an India tourist visa from the embassy. 

Pakistan citizens are restricted from obtaining Indian tourist visas from the embassy. They must apply for a special visa. 

Anyone of Pakistan origin is granted only a 3-month single-entry tourist visa. Applicants whose parents or grandparents were born or ever lived in Pakistan are considered of Pakistan origin. 

What are the different types of India tourist visas available?

Indian embassies offer three types of tourist visas depending on whether the applicant is an individual, a tour group or a cruise passenger. Below is a summary of the three categories of Indian tourist visas offered at the embassy. 

NOTE For this article, we will focus only on the T-1 category meant for individual tourists. 

What is the validity of India tourist visa?

India tourist visa is valid for 1 year, 5 years and 10 years. Your tourist visa validity varies depending on your nationality. Below is a summary of various nationalities and the corresponding tourist visa validity. 

How many days can you stay in India on a tourist visa?

You can stay up to 90 days in India on a tourist visa. Canada, Japan and US nationals can stay up to 180 days. Below is the summary of permitted stay for your tourist visa depending on your nationality.

How many times can you enter India on tourist visa?

All tourist visas from India are multiple-entry, except for those of Pakistan origin. That means you can enter India as many times as you like. But there are some restrictions on how frequently you can enter India on your multiple-entry visa.

When can you enter India on a tourist visa?

You can enter India anytime during the validity of your tourist visa. You are allowed to stay 90 days on each entry (or 180 days if you are a Canada, Japan, UK or US national).

Even if you enter India on the last day of your visa validity, you will still be given 90 days of entry (or 180 days if you are a Canada, Japan, UK or US national)

When should you apply for India tourist visa?

Indian tourist visas can be applied for up to 180 days in advance. But the latest is 30 days as the visa processing takes 15-20 calendar days in some locations. 

Where should you apply for Indian tourist visa?

You can apply for an India tourist visa from any Indian embassy/consulate in any country. You don’t have to be a citizen or resident of that country. You can be a tourist as well. 

In case you are a non-resident or a tourist in a country, the Indian embassy where you have applied may consult the Indian embassy in your home country for the visa process. This usually does not delay the visa process. 

Which airports or land borders you can enter India from using tourist visa?

You can enter India from all international airports, sea ports and land borders using an India tourist visa obtained from the Indian Embassy. There are no restrictions on where you can enter or exit the country with a tourist visa.

What is the minimum passport validity required for India tourist visa?

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.

How many blank pages are required in the passport for India tourist visa?

You need at least two blank pages in your passport for your Indian tourist visa. One blank page is necessary for the visa sticker and another is for entry and exit stamps when entering and leaving India. 

What are the documents needed for India tourist visa?

The following documents are needed for tourist visa.

  • Completed and signed India visa application form
  • One digital photo for the online application
  • One physical photograph to affix on the completed application form
  • Proof of residence (ID, passport or visa)

What are the India tourist visa photo requirements?

You must upload one digital photo during your online application. The photo must meet the following specifications.

  • Must be in JPG or JPEG format only
  • Must be a minimum of 10 KB and a maximum of 300 KB
  • Must be square in dimensions
  • Must not have any borders
  • Background must be white or light color
  • Must not have any shadows on the face or on the background
  • Must show full head from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin
  • Head must be about 1 inch to 1 ⅜ inches, i.e roughly 25mm to 35mm
  • Eye height must be between 1 ⅛ inches to 1 ⅜ inches

What is the current India tourist visa fee?

The visa fee varies depending on the visa period, the embassy’s location and the nationality. For example, the fee for a 10-year India visa for a US citizen applying from the US is $160 plus VFS charges. The fee for a 1 year India visa for Bangladesh nationals applying from Bangladesh is free of charge. 

What is the current India tourist visa processing time?

The India tourist visa processing time is 3 working days the application is submitted directly at the Indian embassy/consulate. 

The processing time is 15 calendar days or more if applied through a visa application center such as VFS. 

Whether you must apply at the visa application center or directly at an Indian mission depends on your location and whether or not the Indian embassy/consulate has outsourced its visa application process. 

INDIA TOURIST VISA APPLICATION PROCESS

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How to apply for Indian tourist visa from the embassy?

The India tourist visa application is a two-step process.

STEP 1: Online Application

Step 2: appointment.

The first step in the Indian tourist visa application process is to fill out an online application on the India visa portal . 

If you are a family or group, each person must complete one online application form. There is no family application. Similarly, each person must schedule one separate visa appointment for document submission. 

In the online application, you must select the Indian embassy/consulate where you plan to apply for your visa. 

After filling out the application, you must print and sign it. 

If the Indian embassy/consulate did not outsource the visa application to a visa application center, then you can walk into the embassy/consulate any day to pay the fee and submit your visa application. 

If the Indian embassy/consulate has outsourced the visa process to a visa application center, then you will have to go to the visa application center’s website and schedule an appointment. You may be able to pay the visa fee while scheduling the appointment. 

On the day of the appointment, you must submit your completed and signed application form, photographs and original passport. You must also pay the fee if you haven’t while scheduling the appointment. 

If there is no visa application center near you, you can also send your completed application and documents to the visa application center by mail. 

Word of caution on India tourist visa fake websites

If you search on the internet, you will see that there are many Indian visa websites posing as “official websites”. There is ONLY one OFFICIAL website for Indian tourist visas. The rest are all fake. The OFFICIAL website is below.

India tourist visa OFFICIAL website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html  

How to track India tourist visa application?

If applied directly at an Indian embassy or consulate: There is no option to track your application. But the processing time is fairly quick. The Indian mission where you are applying will tell you when to come back and pick up your passport, which is usually within 3 working days. 

If applied at a visa application center such as VFS: You can track your visa application status on the visa application center’s website. 

How to receive the approved India tourist visa?

If applied directly at an Indian embassy or consulate: At the time of submitting your documents at the embassy, the visa officer will tell you when to come back to pick up your passport. You will simply have to go back on that day to pick up your passport with your India visa. 

If applied at a visa application center such as VFS: When your visa is processed, you will be notified by email to pick up your passport. If you have opted for returning the passport via mail/courier, your passport will have mailed to your address.

Is there a priority service for India tourist visa?

Unfortunately, there is no priority visa service for Indian tourist visas. You must apply at least 30 calendar days prior to your travel to avoid any delays. Or you can opt for an India e-Visa which usually is processed within 72 hours. 

How to contact India tourist visa customer service?

You will have to contact your nearest embassy or the visa application center for any questions.

WRITTEN BY THIRUMAL MOTATI

Thirumal Motati

Thirumal Motati is an expert in tourist visa matters. He has been traveling the world on tourist visas for more than a decade. With his expertise, he has obtained several tourist visas, including the most strenuous ones such as the US, UK, Canada, and Schengen, some of which were granted multiple times. He has also set foot inside US consulates on numerous occasions. Mr. Motati has uncovered the secrets to successful visa applications. His guidance has enabled countless individuals to obtain their visas and fulfill their travel dreams. His statements have been mentioned in publications like Yahoo, BBC, The Hindu, and Travel Zoo.

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Indian Visa For US Citizens: How To Get Indian Visa? Here's A Step-By-Step Instructional Guide

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India is a country with a rich heritage of diversity. People here belong to various religions, speak different languages, and follow different cultures, among other diversities, which makes it a perfect destination for adventurers. That’s why the arrival of American citizens in India has grown  in the last few years.  

So, if you are a US passport holder and planning a trip to India, you might require a visa to enter India. Here is everything you need to know about the requirements and regulations for US citizens to apply for an Indian visa.

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What are the types of Indian visas?

An  Indian Visa for US citizens , which allows for multiple entries like  tourism, conferences, yoga, medical visits, study, workshops, deal-and-exchange, and other business adventures . Here are some visa categories issued by the Indian government for US citizens.

1. Tourist Visa

2. Medical Visa

3. Medical Attendant Visa

4. Business Visa

5. Conference Visa

Indian visa requirements for US citizens

Indian Visa For US Citizens

The requirement for United States citizens is to have the following ready for the India eVisa:

- Full Name (as per passport)

- Date and place of birth

- Address and contact info

- Passport details

- Applicant Photo

- Ordinary Passport that is valid for 6 months

- Scanned copy of Passport Personal Details

- Other documents are required if the purpose of the visit is different, like business or medical.

- Credit/Debit Card or Paypal Account

How to get an India visa for US citizens

Indian Visa For US Citizens

Getting an  Indian visa for US citizens is quite simple, and it's been a 100 percent online process since 2014, but you can apply offline as well.

e-Visa Application 

American citizens whose sole objective for visiting India is tourism, medical treatment, conferences, yoga, study, courses, attending a conference, seminar, or workshop organised by a ministry or department of the Government of India, state governments, or UT administrations, etc., can apply for an e-Visa.

India e-Visa has 5 sub-categories:

-  e-Tourist Visa for US citizens

- e-Business Visa for US citizens

- e-Medical Visa for US citizens

- e-Medical Attendant Visa for US citizens

- e-Conference Visa for US citizens

Indian visa for US citizens: what documents are required?

Indian Visa For US Citizens

Before you start the application, make sure to have these documents ready:

- A scanned bio page of your passport or other travel document with your photo and passport information.

The passport's validity has to be more than 6 months. If your passport expires within 6 months, you will not be allowed to submit your Indian e-Visa application.

- A recent passport-size photograph taken on a white background.

- Your reference's address and contact information in India, if you know anyone there.

- Enough funds to cover the India Visa fee

How to apply e-visa for US citizens?

While US passport holders greatly benefit from visa waivers for international travel worldwide, we will still need a valid visa to enter India. Fortunately, US citizens can apply for an Indian e-Visa. Follow the below steps to apply for an e-Visa as a US citizen.

STEP 1: Visit e-visa portal. https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/

Indian Visa For US Citizens

STEP 2: Click on "Apply here for e-visa"

Indian Visa For US Citizens

STEP 3: Enter the required details

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STEP 4: Select the type of Visa

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STEP 5: Click on Continue.

STEP 6: Enter the applicant details and passport details

STEP 7: Click on Save and Continue.

STEP 8: Enter the present address, permanent address, family details, marital status etc.

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STEP 9: Enter the details of the Visa sought along with the previous visa and currently valid visa details.

STEP 10: Save and Continue.

STEP 11: Confirm the required details

STEP 12: Upload JPEG format front-facing photograph

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STEP 13: Upload a Scanned bio page of your passport showing the photograph and details

STEP 14: Other documents are required if the purpose of the visit is different, like Business or Medical.

STEP 15: Click on Confirm

STEP 16: Verify the details

STEP 17: e-Visa fee payment

How to apply for a regular Indian visa for US citizens

Applicants may fill out the online application form by going to the official website for Indian visas. Here's a step-by-step guide:

STEP 1: Vist the official website for Regular visa application: indianvisaonline.gov.in

STEP 2: Click on Regular/Paper Visa Application

STEP 3: Fill out the application online as per the forms standardised by the Ministry

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STEP 4:  Submit the form

After filling out the form and submitting it, the system shall automatically generate an Application Id that will be required for further communications with the concerned Indian Mission.

STEP 5:  After submitting the form, the System will ask you to select 'YES' if you want to seek an appointment with Indian Mission and make payment online or 'No' if the applicant just wants to print the submitted application form.

If you click "Yes," the system will use the link to do the following:

*Selection of Appointment Date and Time at the Concerned Indian Mission

*Calculation of Visa fee, service charge, VAT, and so on, as applicable to the Visa type.

- If you select "No," the system will request that the applicant print a copy of the submitted online application form and visit the relevant Indian mission to submit the online form along with supporting documents.

Online payment is not available for all Indian missions around the world. Wherever the said facility is not available, it is requested that the applicant kindly submit the application fees to either the outsourcing agency or the mission directly, along with the supporting documents.

FAQs on Indian Visas for US Citizens

Indian Visa For US Citizens

Does India offer visas on arrival for US citizens?

No, the Visa-on-Arrival facility for American citizens is not available, it's only available to the citizens of Japan, South Korea, and the UAE. So if you are planning to visit India, you need to apply for and obtain your visa for India.

Fees for Indian Visas for US Citizens 

The fee depends on the type of visa applied for and the duration of the visa. Depending on the case, the visa fee is divided into three types: the basic fee, the special fee, and the processing fee charged by the outsourced agency. The basic fee will be displayed near the end of the online registration process. For further information on this, please check with the local embassy office, Indian Visa Application Center office, or websites for information on applicable fees and payment methods.

Here's the fee structure for an Indian e-Tourist visa for US citizens:

- 30-day e-Tourist Visa (from July to March): US$ 25.00

- 30-day e-Tourist Visa (April to June): US$ 10.00

- One-year e-Tourist Visa: US$ 40.00

- Five-year e-Tourist Visa: US$ 80.00

Bank transaction charges of 2.5% will be charged in addition to applicable e-Visa fees.

10-year Indian visa for US citizens

The 10-Year India Tourist Visa for US citizens is valid for 10 years from the date of issuance, not from the date of your first entry. But if you plan to stay in India on a 10-year Indian visa for US citizens, you can only stay for up to 180 days, or 6 months, in India with the 10-year visa. Travellers with this visa need to wait at least 2 months between visits to India.

Fees for a 10-year Indian visa for US citizens

The 10-year Indian Visa fee for US citizens will be calculated (including bank processing fees for e-payments) when you fill in your application form on the visa website. In general, the application fee is about $80–$200 depending on the exact details of your application, which is reasonable for 10 years of multiple entries.

Indian visa processing time for US citizens

The India electronic visa application is easy to complete. The processing time for an Indian visa for US citizens is usually 4 to 5 days, but it’s also common for applicants to receive their visas within 24 hours of completing their application.

Indian Visa for US Citizens of Pakistani Origin

Indian Visa For US Citizens

Pakistani nationals are not eligible for tourist visas; they should apply for visitor visas instead. All applicants of Pakistani origin who hold dual nationality must apply for an Indian visa on their Pakistani passport only.

Those holding a NICOP (National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis) must give a copy thereof. Those who have renounced Pakistani nationality or cancelled their Pakistani passport should submit documentary proof of the same.

How to get Indian Visa for US Citizen Baby

Each and every foreign traveller needs a visa to enter India, irrespective of their age. Minors under the age of 16 are not exempt, and they all require separate visas.

To get an Indian visa for US citizen babies, you will need a photo of the minor and a scanned copy of the passport personal details section, After that, the whole process is just like a normal Indian visa.

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Toll free Numbers from:

  • USA : 1855 205 5577
  • Uk : 0808 178 5040
  • Singapore : 800 1206 355
  • Australia : 1800 153 861
  • UAE : 8000 3570 3218
  • Saudi Arabia : 800 850 0000
  • Qatar : 00 800 100 348
  • Bahrain : 800 11 300

Select option no. 6 on IVR to connect to agents.

From rest of the countries none toll free number to India + 91-40-6717-4100 (Paid Number).

  • eVisa Helpdesk (Due to maintenance activity IVRS services are unavailable.)
  • eVisa Helpdesk

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E-VISA APPLICATION PROCESS

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Apply online

Upload Photo and Passport Page

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Pay eVisa fee online

Using Credit / Debit card / Payment Wallet

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Receive ETA Online

Electronic Travel Authorization/ETA Will be sent to your e-mail

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Fly To India

Print ETA and present at Immigration Check Post where eVisa will be stamped on passport.

Government of India makes no provision of charging of any emergency fees or additional fees for grant of any emergency / express e-visa. Those travelling to India are also advised to go through instructions available on the website of Bureau of Immigration at https://boi.gov.in .

eVisa is admissable only under the following categories:

E-tourist visa, e-business visa, e-conference visa, e-medical visa, e-medical attendent visa, e-ayush visa, e-ayush attendent visa.

  • e-Emergency X-Misc Visa

1. One Month e-Tourist Visa

One Month (30 Days).

Double Entry, non-extendable and non-convertible

2. One year e-Tourist Visa

One year (365 Days) from the date of grant of ETA.

3. Five years e-Tourist Visa

Five years from the date of grant of ETA.

Maximum stay in India during one Calender Year should not exceed 180 days for 1 year and 5 year Tourist Visa.

One year (365 days) from the date of grant of ETA.

Continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days. If the intension is to stay for more then 180 days, shall get registered with FRRO/FRO concerned within two weeks after the expiry of 180 days.

Thirty days (30 days) from the date of arrival into India.

Organizers to upload all details & documentation on the MHA website (conference.mha.gov.in)

Sixty days (60 days) from the date of arrival into India.

If the applicant is unable to complete his e-visa application form, he may save the application and may return to complete the application form by clicking the tab at the bottom of page: After your eVisa applications is submitted, the same shall be scrutinized and if any Document/Image is not appropriate, you may be advised on your given e-mail to re-upload the same. To re-upload use the tab at the bottom of the page. Applicant should normally receive this mail within 24 hours.

  • Useful Web Links
  • Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. Of India.
  • Ministry of External Affairs, Govt Of India
  • Ministry of Tourism, Govt Of India
  • Bureau of Immigration, Govt Of India
  • Incredible India, Govt Of India

Eligibility

  • International travellers whose sole objective for visiting India is recreation, sight seeing,casual visit to meet friends and relatives, attending a short term yoga programme,Short term courses on local languages, music, dance, arts & crafts, cooking, medicine etc. which should not be a formal or structured course/programme (courses not exceeding 6 months duration and not issued with a qualifying certificate/ diploma etc),Voluntary work of short duration (for a maximum period of one month, which do not involve any monetary payment or consideration of any kind in return), medical treatment including treatment under Indian systems of medicine, business purpose, as attendant to e-Medical visa holder, attending a conference/ seminar/ workshop organized by a Ministry or Department of the Government of India, State Governments or UT Administrations etc. & their subordinate/ attached organizations & PSUs and private conferences organized by private persons/companies/organizations.
  • Applicant's passport should have at least six months validity at the time of making application for grant of e-Visa.
  • International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket,with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
  • International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.
  • Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders or Laissez-passer travel document holders.
  • Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent's/Spouse's Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.
  • Not available to International Travel Document Holders other than Passport.

If you are a national of any following countries, you are eligible for eVisa.

  • Afghanistan
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Cameroon Union Republic
  • Cayman Island
  • Cook Islands
  • Cote d'lvoire
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Isle of Man
  • Liechtenstein
  • Marshall Islands
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Niger Republic
  • Niue Island
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Korea
  • Saint Christopher and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Island
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City-Holy See
  • Zambia and Zimbabwe

Documents Requirement & Visa Categories

  • General Instructions
  • Advisory for Canadian Nationals
  • e-Visa has 5 sub-categories viz. e-Tourist Visa(for 30 days/01 year/ 05 years) ,e-Business Visa, e-Medical Visa, e-Medical Attendant Visa and e-Conference Visa. A foreigner (other than those applying for e-Conference Visa) will be allowed to club activities permitted under these categories. Foreigners applying for e-Conference visa will be permitted to club the activities permitted under e-Tourist visa only (validity co-terminus with e-Conference Visa only i.e. 30 days). Only two e-Medical Attendant Visas will be granted against one e- Medical Visa.
  • For e-Tourist and e-Business visa, Applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival.
  • For e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant and e-Conference visa, Applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. Example: If you are applying on 1st Sept then applicant can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 2nd Jan
  • Sample eVisa application form is available on the tab near the bottom of eVisa main page.
  • Recent front facing photograph with white background and photo page of Passport containing personal details like name, date of birth, nationality, expiry date etc are to be uploaded mandatorily by the applicant. Additionally one more document depending upon the e-Visa type would also be required to be uploaded. The application is liable to be rejected if the uploaded documents and photograph are not clear / as per specification.
  • e-Visa fee is country/Territory specific. Bank transaction charges of 2.5% will be charged additionally on applicable e-Visa fees. The fee must be paid at least 4 days before the expected date of travel otherwise application will not be processed. To know the fee applicable on your Country/Territory please Click here (for e-Tourist Visa) and for other e-Visa Click here .
  • e-Visa fee once submitted is non-refundable as the fee is for processing of the application and is not dependent on either Grant or Rejection of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).
  • Applicant should carry a copy of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) along with him/her at the time of travel. Please confirm that your ETA status is shown as 'GRANTED' on this website prior to commencement of your journey. Applicants can track the status of their application online by clicking VisaStatus
  • Biometric details of the applicant will be mandatorily captured at Immigration on arrival in India.
  • e-Visa is non-extendable, non-convertible & not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment Areas. If you intend to visit Protected/Restricted/Cantonment areas, you would require prior permission from the Civil Authority please visit here.
  • The e-Visa fee payment status updation may take up to 2 hours due to technical reasons/network delays. Before re-applying, the applicants are requested to wait for 2 hours for payment status updating, after final submission of the application form and payment of the fee. In cases, where e-Visa fee has been deducted but status is not updated, the applicants are advised to verify their payment status by clicking on 'Verify Payment/Pay Visa Fee' tab or by clicking on the link Verify Payment.
  • Nationals of Yellow Fever affected countries or travellers arriving from these countries must carry YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CARD at the time of arrival in India, otherwise they may be quarantined for 6 days upon arrival in India. Please visit our Ministry Of Health & Family Welfare latest guidelines regarding yellow fever countries here.
  • You must travel on the Passport which you have applied for eVisa. Entry will be allowed into India on the new passport even if ETA has been issued on the old passport, however in such cases a traveler must carry the old passport on which ETA was issued

The documents required for completing the eVisa application is indicated against each type of eVisa. Please keep all these documents ready at hand before beginning to fill your eVisa application. All documents including Business cards, Invitation letters etc. must be in English language, failing which the application would be liable for rejection. The entire process may take 10 to 15 minutes to complete the application and make the payment.

Applicants must be fill eVisa application himself/herself and give correct information in each column and take responsibility for the correctness of information provided.

Documents Required: All documents uploaded by the applicant including business cards, invitation letters etc. must be in English language, failing which e-Visa application would be liable for rejection.

The documents required for e-visa are :.

  • Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details *
  • For short term courses, copy of letter from the institute/organization/hospital etc. concerned on its letter-head *
  • For voluntary work of short duration, copy of letter from the organization concerned on its letter-head *
  • Copy of Letter from the Hospital concerned in India on its letterhead which including the date / tentative date which admission have been suggested .
  • Copy of Business Card
  • Any letter of invitation if applicable from indian parties which wish you conduct the business (optional).
  • Copy of Passport page containing personal particulars *
  • Approval of the Government of India in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (Department of Sports)
  • Invitation Letter to foreign sports teams and sports persons to visit India by the concerned Sports Federation/Association in India.
  • If the applicant had participated in any commercial sports event during his/her previous visit to India, then documents regarding Tax compliance for the said visit are to be furnished
  • If the sports event entails visit to Restricted or Protected Areas in India, below mentioned additional documents are also to be submitted (a) Clearance for holding the event from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. (b) Political Clearance for holding the event from the Ministry of external Affairs, Government of India. (c) Requisite clearance from the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports
  • 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
  • Invitation from organizer, which applicant may seek from this organiser.
  • Political clearance from Ministry of External Affairs
  • Event clearance from Ministry of Home Affairs

The digital photograph to be uploaded along with the Visa application should meet the following requirements:

  • Format - JPEG
  • Minimum 10 KB
  • Maximum 1 MB
  • The height and width of the Photo must be equal.
  • Photo should present full face, front view, eyes open and without spectacles
  • Center head within frame and present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin
  • Background should be plain light colored or white background.
  • No shadows on the face or on the background.
  • Without borders.
  • Format -PDF
  • Size : Minimum 10 KB ,Maximum 300 KB

The applicant has choice of using two option for payment.

  • SBI-FAQS-Payment Related
  • AXIS-FAQS-Payment Related

SBIePay is the Payment Aggregator service of State Bank of India – India’s Largest Bank and amongst top 50 Banks in the world, which provides bouquet of multiple payment options on a single page for the convenience of the customers.

SBIePay has facilitated the following channels on e-Visa platform:

  • Payment Gateway: It seamlessly processes Credit card and Debit Card transactions for all the cards issued internationally by Visa & MasterCard. SBIePay Payment gateway is enabled with BIN identifier which recognises the BIN online when a customer enters the no., which drastically improves the success percentage and reduces customer friction.
  • Paypal: SBIePay also facilitates e-Visa customers to make payment through widely popular and accepted Paypal channel.

SBIePay is certified with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) ver 3.2, which is the latest version, and which further reinforces our promise of security and safety. The payment system fully supports 3DSecure - Verified by Visa and MasterCard Secure Code, wherever it is applicable. Further, SBIePay is secured using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption which ensures that payment information that travels over the Internet is always encrypted and cannot be viewed by unauthorised individuals.

Yes, SBIePay has enabled international card issued by MasterCard and VISA both with and without 3D Secure authentication.

The applicant enters necessary details on https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ , and clicks on 'Pay Now'. The applicant is redirected to SBIePay payment page and is presented with payment options of either entering Card details (Payment Gateway) or Paypal .Applicant enters his card details and clicks ‘Proceed’. Now, either of the below mentioned 2 scenarios will occur:

  • 3 D Secure page of the Card Issuerwill be displayed, where applicant must enter 3D Secure Password/OTP.
  • Transaction is processed without 3D Secure page. After successful completion of transaction, the applicant is redirected on to the https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ with a successful receipt of payment.

If an applicant is presented with a 3D Secure page prompting to enter a password/OTP, this means the Card issuing Bank participates in 3D Secure transaction. If the applicant’s transaction is processed without directing to 3D secure page, he/she should contact the card issuing Bank for support.

In an ideal scenario, once the transaction is processed, the applicant shall be presented with a payment successful page along with a reference number.

In some rare scenarios it may happen where the application is not shown Payment successful page post completion of transaction, which may be due to a drop in connectivity leading to non-receipt of success response. If the applicant does not receive any success message even after card account has been charged, a refund shall be initiated after due reconciliation process to the applicants’ card account.

In rare case of transaction status unknown to the applicant, which is when the applicant has not received success response due to time out or connectivity issue and the account has been debited, we advise the customer not to attempt another transaction immediately and rather provide their Order no. on the e-Visa site after 30 minutes to check the status of the transaction. If the transaction status is showing ‘failed’, then customer may attempt another transaction. Also, the debited amount shall be refunded to the applicants’ card account after reconciliation process within seven (7) days of transaction.

The banking charges for:

  • Payment Gateway Card transactions (both Debit or Credit Card): 2.5%* of the applicable e-Visa fee.
  • Paypal: 3.5%* of the applicable e-Visa fee.

*The charges are inclusive of any applicable taxes.

The breakup of transaction charges will be displayed on the Payment page for applicants’ knowledge and to maintain transparency.

At State Bank of India, we are committed to provide best customer services to our customers. Customers can email us at sbiepay[at]sbi[dot]co[dot]in for any queries related to their transaction. Alternatively, SBIePay provides 24*7*365 customer support to all the e-Visa applicants. Applicants can also call us on the below mentioned number(s):

Contact No: +91-22-2753-5773

An applicant can perform multiple times transactions for a single application ID, with a gap of minimum 25 minutes between each transaction. It is advisable that applicant may check the status of the transaction at e-Visa portal before attempting another transaction.

An applicant shall be charged for only once for any successful transaction against an application ID. Any further debits shall be refunded back to the customer after due reconciliation, within seven (7) days of transactions.

Axis Bank is an Internet Payment Gateway Solution allows you to make payments on a 24 X 7 basis from around the world. It accepts all Visa, MasterCard and Maestro cards.

Axis Bank Payment Gateway services facilitates online payments w.r.t. all Credit and Debit Cards issued by MasterCard and VISA.

Axis Bank Payment gateway services is compliant with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) standards. All transactions initiated at Axis Bank Payment Gateway services come with 128 bit security and two factor authentication via MasterCard Secure Code and Verified-by-Visa authentication is enabled.

Axis Bank Payment gateway accepts all international card issued by MasterCard and VISA both with and without 3D secure authentication.

The applicant after filling details on https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ clicks 'Pay Now'. The applicant is redirected to Axis Bank payment gateway page and is presented with payment options like MasterCard and VISA. Cardholder enters his card number, expiry date, Name and CVV value and clicks 'Pay Now'. Incase cardholder Bank is enabled for 3D secure, then a page will appear for the cardholder to entire either his/her OTP/3D secure password. Else transaction would be processed. After successful completion of transaction, the applicant is redirected on to the https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ with a successful receipt of payment.

Incase Bank is participating for 3D Secure transaction during transaction a 3D secure page would appear and cardholders have to enter his/her password /OTP.

The applicant shall be presented with a payment successful page along with reference number. If the applicant does not receive any success message even after card account has been charged, a refund will have to be initiated after due reconciliation to the applicant's card account.

If a transaction has failed but the applicants card account is debited more than once, the amount will have to be refunded to the applicant's card account after reconciliation process within seven (7) days of transaction. In some cases, If the fund still lies with the card issuing Bank, kindly get in touch with your Bank for such case.

The banking charges are subject to maximum of 2.5% plus applicable taxes on the applicable e-Visa fees. These charges are charged to the applicant at the time of making online e visa fee payment.

Axis Bank provides technical support for all payment related transactions at ecom[at]axisbank[dot]com

Our endeavour is to provide you with a seamless experience on our platform. Please ensure following, before initiating the card payment.

  • Using a non-expired card
  • Have sufficient balance in your account
  • Have sufficient credit card limit on the card being used
  • Card is not reported as “lost or stolen”
  • Entering the correct OTP. Have access to device for accessing OTP or Static password
  • Card supports transactions in INR and USD
  • Amount has not exceeded the daily maximum allowed amount by your issuer
  • Number of transactions have not exceeded the daily maximum allowed count by your issuer
  • Issuer and card not enrolled for 3DS
  • Timeout occurred while receiving the OTP from issuer or while entering OTP on the payment page

SBI e-Pay Payment Gateway :-

  • SBIePay is the Payment Aggregator service of State Bank of India which provides multiple payment options on a single payment page for the convenience of applicants. SBIePay has enabled Debit and Credit issued by MasterCard and VISA.
  • SBIePay facilitates online payments all Credit and Debit Cards issued by MasterCard and VISA.
  • SBIePay is certified with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) ver 2.0 certified, which reinforces our promise of security. The payment system fully supports 3DSecure - Verified by Visa and MasterCard Secure Code, wherever it is applicable. Further SBIePay is secured using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption which ensures that payment information never sent over the Internet unencrypted and cannot be viewed by unauthorised individuals.
  • SBIePay has enabled international card issued by MasterCard and VISA both with and without 3D Secure authentication.
  • The applicant after filling details on https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ and clicks 'Pay Now'. The applicant is redirected to SBIePay payment page and is presented with payment options like MasterCard and VISA. Applicant enters his card details and clicks “Proceed”. Then the applicant may see one of the two options: i. 3 D Secure page of the Card issuing page for inputing 3D Secure password/OTP ii. Transaction is processed without 3D Secure page. After successful completion of transaction, the applicant is redirected on to the https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ with a successful receipt of payment.
  • The applicant shall be presented with a payment successful page along with reference number. If the applicant does not receive any success message even after card account has been charged, a refund shall be initiated after due reconciliation to the applicants card account.
  • If a transaction has failed but the applicants card account is debited more than once, the amount shall be refunded to the applicants card account after reconciliation process within seven (7) days of transaction.
  • The banking charges are 2.5% on the applicable e-Visa fees. These charges are charged to the applicant at the time of making online e-visa fee payment.
  • SBIePay provides technical support for all payment related transactions at +91-22-2753-5773 is (24 x 7).
  • An applicant can perform maximum of three transactions for a single application ID.
  • If the applicant cannot succeed in three attempts, a new application is required to be filled and transaction has to be carried out with new application ID.
  • An applicant shall be charged for only once against an application ID. Any double/triple debit shall be refunded after due reconciliation within seven (7) days of transactions.

Ans- The following are the eligibility conditions for availing e-Visa services-   i. Nationals of countries listed on the e-Visa website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/ are eligible to apply for e-Visa Services.   ii. Foreigners whose sole objective for visiting India is     (a) Recreation and sightseeing     (b) Casual visit to meet friends and relatives     (c) Attending short term yoga programme or short term courses on local languages, music, dance, arts & crafts, cooking, medicine etc. which should not be a formal or structured course/programme      (courses not exceeding 6 months duration and not issuing a qualifying certificate/diploma etc. to the participants)     (d) Voluntary work of short duration (for a maximum period of one month, which do not involve any monetary payment or consideration of any kind in return)     (e) Medical treatment, including treatment under Indian systems of medicine     (f) As attendant to e-Medical visa holder     (g) Business purpose     (h) Attending a conference/ seminar/ workshop.   iii. Passport should have at least six months validity at the time of making application for grant of e-Visa and a re-entry permit, if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant.    The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.   iv. The foreigner should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.   v. Foreigners of Pakistani origin or having Pakistani Passport are not eligible for e-Visa. Foreigners who are not Pakistani nationals, but whose parents or grandparents (either paternal or maternal) was born    in, or was permanently resident in Pakistan, are also not eligible for e-Visa. They may apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.   vi. Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders or Laissez-passer/ international travel document holders.   vii. Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent's/Spouse's Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.

Ans- For details regarding procedure for applying, please visit our website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/

Ans- No, https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/ is only the official website to apply for the e-Visa Services.    Note - Services of e-Visa are completely online and no facilitation is required by any intermediary / travel agents etc. It is advised not to believe or fall in trap of any such unscrupulous elements who claim    speedy/express grant of e-Visa and charge money for it.    Do not share your personal information with any unauthorized website as it may lead to leakage of your personal data. Only visit the official website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/ for e-Visa    service.    For any clarification, you may write us on our email id ' indian-evisa[at]gov[dot]in ' or contact us on +91 11 24300666 .

Ans- No, there is no fee other than the processing fee for e-Visa application and it is non-refundable. Please visit our website to know the fee applicable for your country as it is country-specific.

Ans- (i) For e-Tourist Visa (01 year / 05 years), e-Business Visa, e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant and e-Conference visa, applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance    of the date of arrival. Such application can be made 120 days in advance from proposed date of travel.    (ii) For e-Tourist Visa (30 days) , applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival. Such application can be made 30 days in advance from    proposed date of travel.

Ans- Yes. Immediately after you submit your e-Visa application and make the payment, you will receive a confirmation of submission of your application on the email id provided by you while filling up your    application form.

Ans- Your e-Visa application may take 72 hours or more for processing. You will be intimated about your Visa status (Granted or Rejected) on your email id provided by you in the e-Visa application.

Ans- Yes, you may check the status of your e-Visa application by visiting our website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/ and clicking on 'Check your Visa Status' Tab provided on the website.

Ans- The validity of e-Visa would be according to the e-Visa service you have requested in the application form as -    For e-Tourist Visa (01 year / 05 years) , the validity would be 365 days / 05 years from the date of grant of ETA with Multiple entries and Maximum stay in India during one Calender Year should not exceed 180 days.    For e-Tourist Visa (30 days) , the validity would be 30 days from the date of your first arrival in India. Double entries will be granted within the e-Visa validity period stamped on your Passport. Your first    arrival must be between the date of issue and expiry of ETA.    For e-Business Visa , the validity would be 365 days from the date of grant of ETA with Multiple entries and continuous stay during each visit which shall not exceed 180 days and no registration would be    required if stay is for a period of less than 180 days. However, if the intention is to stay for more than 180 days, then the foreigner shall get himself/herself registered with the FRRO/FRO concerned     (https://indianfrro.gov.in) within two weeks after the expiry of 180 days of his/her arrival in India.    For e-Conference Visa , the validity would be 30 days from the date of arrival in India with Single entry.    For e-Medical Visa , the validity would be 60 days from the date of first arrival in India and triple entry will be allowed within the e-Visa validity period stamped on your Passport.    For e-Medical Attendant Visa , the validity would be 60 days from the date of first arrival in India and triple entry will be allowed within the e-Visa validity period stamped on your Passport.

Ans- No, e-Visa is non-extendable and non-convertible.

Ans- You may arrive at 31 designated Airports i.e. Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa(Dabolim), Goa(Mopa), Guwahati, Hyderabad,Indore    Jaipur,Kannur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Port Blair, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi & Visakhapatnam, and 5 designated seaports (i.e. Cochin, Goa, Mangalore,    Chennai and Mumbai seaports). You may depart from any of the Indian Immigration Check Posts (ICPs).

Ans- Your e-Visa application may take upto 72 hours for processing. For more enquiries on your e-Visa application, you can contact us at +91 11 24300666 or e-mail at indian-evisa[at]gov[dot]in    The applicants are advised to beware of unscrupulous elements/ travel agents/ intermediaries in this regard. In cases where applicants have been asked for correct details or additional information    where application is incomplete, the same must be sent immediately. If such information is not provided within 72 hours, the application is liable to be rejected.

Ans- Yes, ensure that your child’s passport is valid at-least for next 06 (six) months from the date of arrival in India.

Ans- e-Visa processing fee once submitted is non-refundable as the fee is for processing of the application and is not dependent on either Grant or Rejection of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

Ans- No. You have already paid the required processing fee online. The applicants are advised to beware of unscrupulous elements/ travel agents/ intermediaries demanding extra payment.

Ans- This pertains to customs department.

Ans- Make sure you delete the browser history and cookies before trying to make payment. Also try to change the browser if the problem persists.    In case you have already tried more than thrice, then you may have to re-submit the entire application form once again.    Payment Support helpline :-     Axis Bank Technical support. Email address: ecom[at]axisbank[dot]com    Contact No Toll free Numbers from:    USA : 18552055577 UK : 0808178 5040 Singapore : 8001206355 Australia : 1800153861 UAE : 8000 3570 3218 Saudi Arabia : 8008500000 Qatar : 00800 100348 Bahrain : 80011300    For rest of the countries: + 91-40-6717-4100     SBI ePay payment support provides technical support for all payment related transactions at +91-22-2753-5773 (24 x 7).

Ans- Please visit our website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/ and click on 'Verify Payment/ Pay e-Visa fee'.

Ans - You have to upload the business card along with the details of Indian Firm/Company (which you intend to associate yourself with) for business activities. For Sports Related Activity under e-Business Visa, please refer Instructions for applicant page for the list of documents required.

Ans- Business card means 'a card provided to you by the company you are working for' OR you can also upload 'an invitation letter from the company in India including company's information, address and    phone number in India'.

Ans - A Copy of Letter from the Hospital concerned in India on its letterhead which includes the tentative date of admission/treatment in the hospital mentioning the name, nationality and Passport number of    the patient/ e-Medical Visa applicant.

Ans- For e-Conference Visa, following are the required documents:    (i) Invitation from organizer (mandatory)    (ii) Political clearance from Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India (mandatory)    (iii) Event clearance from Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India (optional)

Ans- You may be allowed entry into India on the new passport even if ETA has been issued on the old passport with the condition that you must carry the new Passport and old passport on which ETA was    issued.

Ans- No, You can only enter through the designated airports/seaports which are listed on the e-Visa website.

Ans- You have to put the Previous visa details in the application form as it is mandatory. You can write NA or Not Available or Not Applicable or any other suitable phrase according to you in the application    form if you do not remember your earlier Visa number/details.

Ans- The Visa on Arrival facility is only for the nationals of Japan, South Korea and UAE (only for such UAE nationals who had earlier obtained e-Visa or regular/paper visa for India). For the nationals of all other    countries eligible for e-Visa, the e-visa application have to be filled online and the applicant must wait till the confirmation/Grant of ETA for travelling to India.

Ans- e-Visa processing fee once submitted is non-refundable as the fee is for processing of the application and is not dependent on either grant or Rejection of the Application.

Ans- Entry by cruise ship is allowed with the ETA through 5 designated seaports namely Mumbai, Chennai, Cochin, Goa and Mangalore seaports.

Ans- 'Visible identification mark' generally means moles, birthmarks, permanent scars etc. which are visible and can be shown if askd for by the Indian Immigration Authority.

Ans- All the foreigners arriving in India within 6 days of departure from any yellow fever endemic country are required to possess (in original) a valid yellow fever certificate of vaccination.    List of Yellow fever vaccination countries-     https://mohfw.gov.in/sites/default/files/Updated%20List%20of%20Yellow%20Fever%20Endemic%20Countries%20by%20WHO_0.pdf

Ans- The applicant must check all the details including Name, Nationality, Passport Number and Date of Birth, photograph/self image etc before final submission of e-Visa application. The applicant would be    responsible for any discrepancy irrespective of grant/rejection of e-Visa application. However, if any discrepancy found on ETA, e-Visa Support Centre may be contacted at indian-evisa[at]gov[dot]in or     +91 11 24300666 for assistance at least 24 hours before the journey date.

Ans- e-Visa is not allowed for employment. You may apply for a Regular Visa.

Ans- e-Visa is not allowed for NGO activities and journalism purposes. However, Voluntary work of short duration (for a maximum period of one month, which do not involve any monetary payment or    consideration of any kind in return) are allowed.

Ans- Only two e-Medical Attendant Visas will be granted against one e-Medical Visa (patient).

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Persons holding eVisa will be allowed to enter into India only through the designated international airports (31) namely :

  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Goa(Dabolim)
  • Visakhapatnam
  • Bhubaneswar

eVisa facility is also been provided for entry at 5 major Indian seaport for cruise tourists:

  • New Mangalore

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  • Attari Road
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  • Kailashahar
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  • Nhava Sheva
  • Vishakapatnam
  • Agati and Minicoy Island Lakshdwip UT
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  • Krishnapatnam
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Press Release - Reduction in E-Tourist Visa Fees

          In order to promote tourism, the Government of India has decided to reduce the e-Tourist Visa fees for nationals of several countries, including the United States, as per details given below:-

(i) The fee for one-year e-Tourist Visa has been reduced from US$80 to US$40;

(ii) A 30-day e-Tourist Visa has been introduced with a fee of US$25, which will be applicable during the months from July to March;

(iii) During the April to June period, the fee for a 30-day e-Tourist Visa has been further reduced from US$25 to US$10;

(iv) The fee for a Five-year e-Tourist Visa would be US$80.

The procedure for e-Tourist Visa application remains the same as per details available at  https://indianvisaonline.gov. in/evisa/tvoa.html .

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Travel Advisory June 23, 2023

India - level 2: exercise increased caution.

Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism.

Do not travel to:

  • The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest .
  • Within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict .

Country Summary : Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations.

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and government facilities.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in rural areas from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these areas.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to India.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined India has a moderate level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to India:

  • Do not travel alone, particularly if you are a woman. Visit our website for Women Travelers .
  • Review your personal security plans and remain alert to your surroundings.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter .
  • Review the  Country Security Report for India.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist .

Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Terrorist attacks and violent civil unrest are possible in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Avoid all travel to this state (with the exception of visits to the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh). Sporadic violence occurs particularly along the Line of Control (LOC) separating India and Pakistan, and in tourist destinations in the Kashmir Valley: Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam. The Indian government prohibits foreign tourists from visiting certain areas along the LOC.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas .

India-Pakistan Border – Level 4: Do Not Travel

India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border. The only official India-Pakistan border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the state of Punjab between Attari, India, and Wagah, Pakistan. The border crossing is usually open but confirm the current status of the border crossing prior to commencing travel. A Pakistani visa is required to enter Pakistan. Only U.S. citizens residing in India may apply for a Pakistani visa in India. Otherwise apply for a Pakistani visa in your country of residence before traveling to India.

Northeastern States – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Incidents of violence by ethnic insurgent groups, including bombings of buses, trains, rail lines, and markets, occur occasionally in the northeast.

U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are prohibited from traveling to the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur without special authorization from the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata.

Central and East India – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Maoist extremist groups, or “Naxalites,” are active in a large swath of India from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal, particularly in rural parts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and on the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha. The Naxalites have conducted frequent terrorist attacks on local police, paramilitary forces, and government officials.

Due to the fluid nature of the threat, all U.S. government travelers to states with Naxalite activity must receive special authorization from the U.S. consulate responsible for the area to be visited. U.S. officials traveling only to the capital cities in these states do not need prior authorization.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas . 

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Required for yellow fever if the traveler is arriving from an infected area; others are suggested.

The possession of satellite phones is prohibited in India; Currency in excess of USD $5,000 must be declared. Please check with the Indian Embassy in Washington if you are planning to carry a large amount of currency into India.

Check local law for reporting requirements for exiting with large quantities of foreign currency and Indian rupees.

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Shantipath, Chanakyapuri New Delhi - 110021 India Telephone: +(91) (11) 2419-8000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) (11) 2419-8000 Fax: +(91) (11) 2419-0017 [email protected]

The U.S. Embassy, New Delhi   serves American citizens in the Indian states of  Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh, the union territories of Chandigarh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, and the country of Bhutan.

U.S. Consulate General Mumbai (Bombay) C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex Bandra East, Mumbai 400051 India Telephone: +(91) (22) 2672-4000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) (22) 2672-4000 If you are calling from within India, but outside Mumbai, first dial 022. Fax: 91-(0)22-2672-4786 [email protected]

The Consulate General in Mumbai provides consular services for the states of Goa, Gujarat, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra, and the union territory of Diu and Daman, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

U.S. Consulate General Kolkata (Calcutta) 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani Kolkata - 700 071, West Bengal, India Telephone: +(91) (33) 3984-2400 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) 99030 42956 or +(91) (33) 3984-2400 then dial "0" Fax: +(91) (33) 2282-2335

The United States Consulate General in Kolkata provides consular services for the states of Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Tripura and Assam. [email protected]

U.S. Consulate General Chennai (Madras) 220 Anna Salai at Gemini Circle Chennai, India 600006 Telephone: +(91) (44) 2857-4000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (0) 44-2857-4000. Ask for American Citizen Services.(Within India, but outside Chennai, first dial 044. From the United States, first dial 011-(91) (44) ) Fax: +(91) (044) 2811-2020

The Consulate General in Chennai provides consular services for the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Pondicherry and Lakshwadeep Islands. [email protected]

U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad Survey No. 115/1, Financial District, Nanakramguda Hyderabad, Telangana, 500032 Phone: 040 6932 8000

The Consulate General in Hyderabad provides services to the U.S. citizens in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Odisha. [email protected]

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All U.S. citizens need a valid passport as well as a valid Indian visa or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, to enter and exit India for any purpose. Travelers without valid documents or the correct type of visa may be denied entry into India. Indian visa regulations and instructions change frequently, often with little advance notice. Travelers are urged to check the  website of the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C.  before any travel to India to review the most current information. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in India cannot assist you if you arrive without proper documentation.

U.S. citizens seeking to enter India solely for tourist purposes for stays of less than 60 days may apply for an eVisa at least four days prior to their arrival. Please visit the  Indian government's website for electronic travel authorization for additional information and to submit an application.  

U.S. citizens seeking to enter India as a tourist for longer than 60 days or for any other purpose must apply for a visa from an Indian embassy or consulate. The Government of India has appointed VFS Global to assist with visa services to individuals in the United States. Applicants may apply for Indian visas through the application link https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind/apply-visa .

Diplomatic and Official visa applications are accepted directly at the Indian Embassy and Consulates. All U.S. government employees traveling on official orders, including military personnel, must obtain country clearance for travel to India. Once you have received your visa, check it carefully to ensure that the type of visa and number of entries is appropriate for your travel plans.

Keep copies of your U.S. passport data page, as well as the pages containing the Indian visa and Indian immigration stamps with you at all times. Consider downloading these documents to your mobile phone in case of emergency. If your passport is lost or stolen, copies will help you apply for a replacement passport and an exit visa from the Indian government. Replacing a lost visa, which is required in order to exit the country, may take four or five business days.   

U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin or descent are subject to administrative processing and should expect additional delays when applying for Indian visas.

Foreign citizens who visit India to  study, do research, work, or act as missionaries,  as well as all travelers and residents planning to stay more than 180 days,  are required to register their visit or residency within 14 days of arrival with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO)  closest to where they will be staying in addition  to having the appropriate visa  when they enter India. The FRRO maintains offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Lucknow, Calicut, Goa, Cochin, Trivandrum, and Amritsar. District Superintendents of Police serve as Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs) in all other places. We recommend all U.S. citizens review the entry requirements described on the  Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)  section on the Indian Bureau of Immigration website.

If you overstay your Indian visa, or otherwise violate Indian visa regulations, you may require clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs to leave the country. Generally, you will be fined and, in some cases, may be jailed for months. Visa violators seeking an exit permit must visit  the Foreigners Regional Registration Office portal  to submit the application and pay any levied fines. Processing of an exit permit under these circumstances can take up to 90 days and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.  

For the most current information on entry and exit requirements, please contact the  Embassy of India  at 2536 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 939-9806 or the Indian Consulates in Atlanta ,  Chicago , Houston ,  New York , or  San Francisco . Outside the United States, inquiries should be made at the nearest Indian embassy or consulate.

General information regarding Indian visa and immigration rules, including the addresses and telephone numbers for the FRRO offices, can be found at the  Indian Ministry of Home Affairs Bureau of Immigration website .

HIV/AIDS RESTRICTIONS:  There are no disclosure requirements or restrictions for HIV/AIDS patients who enter India on a tourist visa. Disclosure regarding HIV/AIDS is required of anyone seeking a resident permit in India. Foreign residents found to be suffering from HIV/AIDS will be deported. Please verify this information with the  Embassy of India  before you travel.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction  and  customs regulations  on our websites.

Safety and Security

U.S. citizens should always practice good personal security and situational awareness. Be aware of your surroundings (including local customs and etiquette) and keep a low profile. Monitor local news reports, vary your routes and times in carrying out daily activities, and consider the level of security present when you visit public places, including religious sites, and when choosing hotels, restaurants, and entertainment and recreation venues.

India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect U.S. citizens directly or indirectly. Anti-Western terrorist groups, some on the U.S. government's list of foreign terrorist organizations, are active in India, including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba. The U.S. government occasionally receives information regarding possible terrorist attacks that could take place in India, monitors such information to determine credibility, and advises U.S. citizens accordingly.  Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive messages from the Embassy automatically.   

Past attacks have targeted public places, including some frequented by Westerners, such as luxury and other hotels, trains, train stations, markets, cinemas, mosques, and restaurants in large urban areas. Attacks have taken place during the busy evening hours in markets and other crowded places, but could occur at any time.  Alerts are usually more frequent around major holidays. The Maoists (also known as “Naxalites”) are the most active insurgent group in India. The Naxalites typically attack Indian government officials, but have also derailed trains, targeted other government buildings such as police stations, and conducted other criminal activity.  In eastern India’s Bihar state, 10 security personnel were killed and five injured in a Naxalite-triggered Improvised Explosive Device blast on July 18, 2016.  In the eastern state of Jharkhand, seven policemen were killed and eight others injured in a landmine blast by Naxalites on January 27, 2016.   

Beyond the threat from terrorism and insurgencies, demonstrations and general strikes, or “bandh,” often cause major inconvenience and unrest. These strikes can result in the stoppage of all transportation and tourist-related services, at times for 24 hours or more. U.S. citizens caught in such a strike may find they are unable to make flight and rail connections, as local transportation can be severely limited. Local media generally give an idea of the length and geographical location of the strike. Large religious gatherings that attract hundreds of thousands of people can result in dangerous and often life-threatening stampedes. Local demonstrations can begin spontaneously and escalate with little warning, disrupting transportation systems and city services and posing risks to travelers. In response to such events, Indian authorities occasionally impose curfews and/or restrict travel. You are urged to obey such curfews and travel restrictions and to avoid demonstrations and rallies as they have the potential for violence, especially immediately preceding and following political rallies, elections, and religious festivals (particularly when Hindu and Muslim festivals coincide). Tensions between castes and religious groups can also result in disruptions and violence. In some cases, demonstrators specifically block roads near popular tourist sites and disrupt train operations in order to gain the attention of Indian authorities; occasionally vehicles transporting tourists are attacked in these incidents. India generally goes on “High Alert” status prior to major holidays or events. You should monitor local television, print media, Mission India’s American Citizens Services  Facebook  page, and enroll with the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  for further information about the current situation in areas where you will travel.

The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai will post information about routine demonstrations on the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General websites, under the heading “Demonstration Notices.” Please monitor our websites regularly for information about protest activities in the country. Please note that the Embassy and Consulates General will issue emergency/security messages for other purposes, as necessary.

Religious violence occasionally occurs in India, especially when tensions between different religious communities are purposefully exacerbated by groups pushing religiously chauvinistic agendas. There are active "anti-conversion" laws in some Indian states, and acts of conversion sometimes elicit violent reactions from Hindu extremists. Foreigners suspected of proselytizing Hindus have been attacked and killed in conservative, rural areas in India in the past. 

Swimming in India:  You should exercise caution if you intend to swim in open waters along the Indian coastline, particularly during the monsoon season. Every year, several people in Goa, Mumbai, Puri (Odisha), off the Eastern Coast in the Bay of Bengal, and other areas drown due to strong undertows. It is important to heed warnings posted at beaches and to avoid swimming in the ocean during the monsoon season. Trained lifeguards are very rare along beaches.

If you visit the Andaman Islands, be aware that there have been reports of crocodile attacks in salt water resulting in fatalities.  Ask local residents about dangerous sea life before swimming and keep a safe distance from animals at all times.

Wildlife safaris:  India offers opportunities for observation of wildlife in its natural habitat and many tour operators and lodges advertise structured, safe excursions into parks and other wildlife viewing areas for close observation of flora and fauna. However, safety standards and training vary, and it is a good idea to ascertain whether operators are trained and licensed. Even animals marketed as “tame” should be respected as wild and extremely dangerous. Keep a safe distance from animals at all times, remaining in vehicles or other protected enclosures when venturing into game parks.

Trekking in India:  Trekking expeditions should be limited to routes identified for this purpose by local authorities. Use only registered trekking agencies, porters, and guides, suspend trekking after dark, camp at designated camping places, and travel in groups rather than individually or with one or two companions. Altitudes in popular trekking spots can be as high as 25,170 feet (7,672 m); please make sure that you have had a recent medical checkup to ensure that you are fit to trek at these altitudes and carry sufficient medical insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage.

Train Travel:  India has the third largest rail network in the world, and train travel in India generally is safe. Nevertheless, accidents and on-board fires are sometimes caused by aging infrastructure, poorly maintained equipment, overcrowding, and operator errors. Train accidents and fires have resulted in the death and serious injury of passengers.

Areas of Instability: Jammu & Kashmir:  The Department of State strongly recommends that you avoid travel to the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir because of the potential for terrorist incidents as well as violent public unrest. A number of terrorist groups operate in the territory targeting security forces, particularly along the Line of Control (LOC) separating Indian and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, and those stationed in primary tourist destinations in the Kashmir Valley: Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam. Since 1989, as many as 70,000 people (terrorists, security forces, and civilians) have been killed in the Kashmir conflict. Foreigners are particularly visible, vulnerable, and at risk. In the past, serious communal violence left the territory mostly paralyzed due to massive strikes and business shutdowns, and U.S. citizens have had to be evacuated by local police. The Indian government prohibits foreign tourists from visiting certain areas along the LOC (see the section on Restricted Areas, below).

India-Pakistan Border:  The Department of State recommends that you avoid travel to areas within ten kilometers of the border between India and Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border. The only official India-Pakistan border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the state of Punjab between Atari, India, and Wagah, Pakistan. The border crossing is usually open, but you are advised to confirm the current status of the border crossing prior to commencing travel. A Pakistani visa is required to enter Pakistan. Only U.S. citizens residing in India may apply for a Pakistani visa in India. Otherwise you should apply for a Pakistani visa in your country of residence before traveling to India.

Both India and Pakistan claim an area of the Karakoram mountain range that includes the Siachen glacier. Travel or mountain climbing in this area is highly dangerous. The disputed area includes the following peaks: Rimo Peak; Apsarasas I, II, and III; Tegam Kangri I, II and III; Suingri Kangri; Ghiant I and II; Indira Col; and Sia Kangri. Check with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi for information on current conditions.

Northeastern states:  Incidents of violence by ethnic insurgent groups, including bombings of buses, trains, rail lines, and markets, occur occasionally in the northeast. While U.S. citizens have not been specifically targeted, it is possible that you could be affected as a bystander. If you travel to the northeast, you should avoid travel by train at night, travel outside major cities at night, and crowds. U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are prohibited from traveling to the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur without permission from the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata. Restricted Area Permits are required for foreigners to visit certain Northeastern states (see the section on Restricted Areas, below.) Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata for information on current conditions.

East Central and Southern India:  Maoist extremist groups, or “Naxalites,” are active in East Central India primarily in rural areas. The Naxalites have a long history of conflict with state and national authorities, including frequent terrorist attacks on local police, paramilitary forces, and government officials, and are responsible for more attacks in the country than any other organization through an ongoing campaign of violence and intimidation Naxalites have not specifically targeted U.S. citizens but have attacked symbolic targets that have included Western companies and rail lines. While Naxalite violence does not normally occur in places frequented by foreigners, there is a risk that visitors could become victims of violence.

Naxalites are active in a large swath of India from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal, particularly in rural parts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and on the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha. Due to the fluid nature of the threat, all U.S. government travelers to states with Naxalite activity must receive authorization from the U.S. Consulate responsible for the area to be visited. U.S. officials traveling only to the capital cities in these states do not need prior authorization.

Restricted/Protected areas:  While the Indian Government has designated that travelers to “portions” of certain areas need special advance permission, actual practice has been to require a permit to enter any portion of certain states or territories. Areas requiring a permit include:

  • The state of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Portions of the state of Sikkim
  • Portions of the state of Himachal Pradesh near the Chinese border
  • Portions of the state of Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) near the Chinese border
  • Portions of the state of Rajasthan near the Pakistani border
  • Portions of the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir near the Line of Control with Pakistan and certain portions of the union territory of Ladakh
  • The union territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  • The union territory of the Laccadives Islands (Lakshadweep)
  • Portions of the state of Manipur
  • Portions of the state of Mizoram
  • Portions of the state of Nagaland

More information about travel to/in restricted/protected areas can be found from India’s  Bureau of Immigration .

“Restricted Area Permits" are available outside India at Indian embassies and consulates abroad, or in India from the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) at Jaisalmer House, 26 Man Singh Road, New Delhi. The states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim maintain official guesthouses in New Delhi, which can also issue Restricted Area Permits for their respective states for certain travelers. While visiting Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) in Tamil Nadu, be aware the Indira Gandhi Atomic Research Center, Kalpakkam, is located just south of the site and is not clearly marked as a restricted and dangerous area.

For the latest security information, travelers should enroll in  STEP  to receive updated security information and regularly monitor travel information available from the  U.S. Embassy in New Delhi  as well as the U.S. Consulates General in  Mumbai  (Bombay),  Chennai (Madras),  Hyderabad , and  Kolkata  (Calcutta).

CRIME:  Petty crime, especially theft of personal property (including U.S. passports), is common, particularly on trains or buses, at airports, and in major tourist areas. Pickpockets can be very adept and women have reported having their bags snatched, purse-straps cut, or the bottom of their purses slit without their knowledge. If you are traveling by train, lock your sleeping compartments and take your valuables with you when leaving your berth. If you travel by air, be careful with your bags in the arrival and departure areas outside airports. Violent crime, especially directed against foreigners, has traditionally been uncommon, although in recent years there has been a modest increase. Be cautious about displaying cash or expensive items to reduce the chance of being a target for robbery or other crime, and be aware of your surroundings when you use ATMs. ATM card scams have been used to clone credit card details to withdraw money.

Sexual Assault:  Travelers should be aware that there have been reported cases of sexual assault, including rape, of U.S. citizens traveling throughout India. U.S. citizens, particularly women, are cautioned not to travel alone in India. Women traveling in India are advised to respect local dress and customs. Customary everyday dress for Indian women throughout the country is conservative, and even more so in non-urban areas,  with women wearing clothing that covers their legs and shoulders. Exceptions are vacation resorts catering to foreign clientele and some neighborhoods of the major cities of New Delhi and Mumbai. Western women, especially those of African descent, continue to report incidents of verbal and physical harassment by individuals and groups of men. Known locally as “Eve-teasing,” these incidents of sexual harassment can be quite frightening and can quickly cross the line from verbal to physical. Sexual harassment can occur anytime or anywhere, but most frequently has happened in crowded areas such as in market places, train stations, buses, and public streets. The harassment can range from sexually suggestive or lewd comments to catcalls to outright groping. The Government of India has focused greater attention on addressing issues of gender violence. One outcome has been greater reporting of incidences of sexual assault country-wide, and Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Among large cities, Delhi experienced the highest number of reported crimes against women. Although most victims have been local residents, recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas across India underline the fact that foreign women are at risk and should exercise vigilance.

Women should observe stringent security precautions, including avoiding use of public transport after dark without the company of known and trustworthy companions, restricting evening entertainment to well-known venues, and avoiding isolated areas when alone at any time of day. Keep your hotel room number confidential and make sure hotel room doors have chains, deadlocks, and peep holes. Travel with groups of friends rather than alone. In addition, only hire reliable cars and drivers and avoid traveling alone in hired taxis, especially at night. Use taxis from hotels and pre-paid taxis at airports rather than hailing them on the street. If you encounter threatening situations, call “100” for police assistance (“112” from mobile phones).

Scams:  Major airports, train stations, popular restaurants, and tourist sites are often used by scam artists looking to prey on visitors, often by creating a distraction. Beware of taxi drivers and others, including train porters, who solicit travelers with "come-on" offers of cheap transportation and/or hotels. Travelers accepting such offers have frequently found themselves the victims of scams, including offers to assist with "necessary" transfers to the domestic airport, disproportionately expensive hotel rooms, unwanted "tours," unwelcome "purchases," extended cab rides, and even threats when the tourists decline to pay.  There have been reports of tourists being lured, held hostage and extorted for money in the face of threats of violence against the traveler and his/her family members.

You should exercise care when hiring transportation and/or guides and use only well-known travel agents to book trips. Some scam artists have lured travelers by displaying their name on a sign when they leave the airport. Another popular scam is to drop money or to squirt something on the clothing of an unsuspecting traveler and use the distraction to rob them of their valuables. Tourists have also been given drugged drinks or tainted food to make them more vulnerable to theft, particularly at train stations. Even food or drink prepared in front of the traveler from a canteen or vendor could be tainted.

Some vendors sell carpets, jewelry, gemstones, or other expensive items that may not be of the quality promised. Deal only with reputable businesses and do not hand over your credit cards or money unless you are certain that goods being shipped are the goods you purchased. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it is best avoided. Most Indian states have official tourism bureaus set up to handle complaints.

There have been a number of other scams perpetrated against foreign travelers, particularly in Goa, Jaipur, and Agra that target younger travelers and involve suggestions that money can be made by privately transporting gems or gold (both of which can result in arrest) or by taking delivery abroad of expensive carpets, supposedly while avoiding customs duties. The scam artists describe profits that can be made upon delivery of the goods, and require the traveler to pay a "deposit" as part of the transaction.

India-based criminals use the internet to extort money from victims abroad.  In a common scam, the victim develops a close romantic relationship with an alleged U.S. citizen they meet online. When the “friend” travels to India, a series of accidents occur and the victim begins to receive requests for financial assistance, sometimes through an intermediary.  In fact, the U.S. citizen “friend” does not exist; they are only online personas used by criminal networks. Victims have been defrauded of thousands of dollars in these schemes. Do not send money to anyone you have not met in person and carefully read the Department of State’s advice on  international financial scams . 

U.S. citizens have had problems with business partners, usually involving property investments. You may wish to seek professional legal advice in reviewing any contracts for business or services offered in India. The U.S. Embassy and/or consulates are unable to provide legal advice or intervene on behalf of United States citizens with Indian courts on civil or criminal matters.  A list of local attorneys is available on the Embassy and Consulates General  websites .

In another common scam, family members in the United States, particularly older people, are approached for funds to help callers claiming to be grandchildren or relatives who have been arrested or are without money to return home. Do not send money without contacting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General to confirm the other party’s situation. You can also call our Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 888-407-4747 (from overseas: 202-501-4444). Review our information on  Emergency Assistance to Americans Abroad . 

See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for more information on scams.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

Victims of Crime:  U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the local police, then inform the U.S. Embassy or local Consulate.

Report crimes to the local police by calling “100” or “112” from a mobile phone.                      

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

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Please note that you should ask for a copy of the police report, known as a “First Information Report” (FIR), from local police when you report an incident. Local authorities generally are unable to take any meaningful action without the filing of a police report. 

If your passport is stolen, you should immediately report the theft or loss to the police in the location where your passport was stolen. A FIR is required by the Indian government in order for you to obtain an exit visa to leave India if the lost passport contained your Indian visa. Although the Embassy or Consulate General is able to replace a stolen or lost passport, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) are responsible for approving an exit permit. This process usually takes three to four working days, but can take longer.

In cases of sexual assault or rape, the Embassy or Consulates General can provide a list of local doctors and hospitals, if needed, to determine if you have been injured and to discuss treatment and prevention options for diseases and pregnancy. You should be aware that in order for evidence of an assault to be submitted in a court case, Indian authorities require that the medical exam be completed at a government hospital. Therefore, if a victim goes to a private hospital for treatment, the hospital will refer them to a government hospital for this aspect of the medical process. 

There are a number of resources in India for victims of rape and sexual assault. The specific toll-free Women’s Helpline Service number in Delhi is 1091; in Mumbai it is 103; in Kolkata, 1090; in Chennai, 1091 or 2345-2365; and in Hyderabad one can dial 1-800-425-2908 or 1098 for crimes in general.

The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in India is “100.” An additional emergency number, “112,” can be accessed from mobile phones.

Please see our  information for victims of crime , including possible victim compensation programs in the United States. 

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur.  Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field.  In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities.  First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance.  See our webpage for more  information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

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Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some activities are crimes under U.S. law and can be prosecuted in the U.S. regardless of whether they are allowed under local law.  For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

Alcohol: Each of India’s states has independent regulations concerning alcohol purchase and consumption. Legal drinking ages range from 18 to 25 and can vary by beverage type. Some states permit alcohol use for medicinal purposes only, others require you to hold a permit to buy, transport, or consume alcohol. Penalties for violation can be harsh.

Drugs:  Several U.S. citizens have been arrested at Indian airports for attempting to smuggle illegal drugs from India.  All claimed that they did not realize they were carrying narcotics.  Never transport or mail packages that do not belong to you and maintain direct control of your luggage at all times.

Beef and Cow Hide: Several states in India impose various types of prohibition on beef.  In some rural areas, cow protection vigilantes have attacked people they suspected of selling or consuming beef, or possessing items made with cow hide.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

Dual nationality: India does not permit its citizens to hold dual nationality. In 2006, India launched the "Overseas Citizens of India" (OCI) program, which does not grant Indian citizenship but is similar to a U.S. "green card" in that you can travel to and from India indefinitely, work in India, study in India, and own property in India (except for certain agricultural and plantation properties). If you are a U.S. citizen and obtain an OCI card you will not become a citizen of India; you will remain a citizen of the United States. An OCI card holder does not receive an Indian passport, cannot vote in Indian elections, and is not eligible for Indian government employment. The OCI program is similar to the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card except that PIO holders must still register with Indian immigration authorities, and PIO cards are not issued for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens of Indian descent can apply for PIO or OCI cards at the Indian Embassy in Washington, or at the Indian Consulates in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Houston. Inside India, U.S. citizens can apply at the nearest FRRO office (please see “Entry/Exit Requirements” section above for more information on the FRRO). U.S. citizens are required to travel on a U.S. passport when traveling in and out of the United States.

Religious activities and faith-based travelers:  See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report .  If you plan to engage in religious proselytizing you are required by Indian law to have a "missionary" visa. Immigration authorities have determined that certain activities, including speaking at religious meetings to which the general public is invited, may violate immigration law if the traveler does not hold a missionary visa. Foreigners with tourist visas who engage in missionary activity are subject to deportation and possible criminal prosecution. The states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Arunachal Pradesh have legislation that regulates or places restrictions on conversion from one religious faith to another. If you intend to engage in missionary activity, you may wish to seek legal advice to determine whether the activities you intend to pursue are permitted under Indian law.

Tourists should also be mindful of restrictions and observances when planning to visit any religious establishment, whether Hindu temples, mosques, churches, or other locations considered sacred by the local population. Many individual temples and mosques do not permit non-members to enter all or parts of the facilities, and may require the removal of shoes, the covering of the head, or have other specific requirements for appropriate attire.  

Customs restrictions: Before traveling to or from India, you are urged to inspect all bags and clothing thoroughly to ensure they do not inadvertently contain prohibited items. Several U.S. citizens have been arrested or detained when airport security officials discovered loose ammunition (even spent individual bullets and casings) or weapons in their luggage. If you are found to have loose ammunition or bullets (including empty bullet shells used in souvenirs) on your person or in your bags, you could be charged with violation of the Indian Arms Act, incarcerated, and/or deported from India.

In addition, U.S. citizens have been arrested for possession of satellite phones. Satellite phones, personal locator beacons, and hand-held GPS devices are illegal in India.

Indian customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from India of such items as, antiquities, electronic equipment, currency, ivory, gold objects, and other prohibited materials. Permission from the Government of India is required to bring in restricted items, even if you are only transiting through India. If you do not comply with these regulations, you risk arrest or fine or both and confiscation of these items. If you are charged with any legal violations by Indian law enforcement, have an attorney review any document before you sign it. The Government of India requires the registration of antique items with the local police along with a photograph of the item. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of India in Washington or one of India's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements. More information is available from the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs .

Indian customs authorities encourage the use of an ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) Carnet for the temporary admission of professional equipment, commercial samples, and/or goods for exhibitions and fair purposes. ATA Carnet Headquarters, located at the U.S. Council for International Business , 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, issues and guarantees the ATA Carnet in the United States. For additional information call (212) 354-4480, or email USCIB for details. Please see our section on Customs Information for more information.

Natural disaster threats: Parts of northern India are highly susceptible to earthquakes. Regions of highest risk, ranked 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, include areas around Srinagar, Himachal Pradesh, Rishikesh and Dehra Dun, the northern parts of Punjab, northwest Gujarat, northern Bihar, and the entire northeast. Ranked 4 (high damage risk) is an area that sweeps along the north through Jammu and Kashmir, Eastern Punjab, Haryana, Northern Uttar Pradesh, central Bihar and the northern parts of West Bengal. New Delhi is located in zone 4. Severe flooding is common in hilly and mountainous areas throughout India. Flooding in 2013 in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and other areas left thousands of people presumed dead and temporarily stranded dozens of U.S. citizens.

Typhoons/cyclones and subsequent flooding are common along the Indian coasts, in particular the Eastern coastal states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal, and have at times resulted in massive loss of life.  Tourists and residents in areas prone to these events should remain vigilant during severe weather, monitor local media for latest developments, and heed all municipal warnings.  Residents in these areas should have contingency plans for loss of power and inavailability of goods and services, including supplies for multiple days after a severe weather event.

Accessibility: While in India, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different than what you find in the United States. Despite legislation that all public buildings and transport be accessible for disabled people, accessibility remains limited. One notable exception is the Delhi metro system, designed to be accessible to those with physical disabilities.

Women Travelers: Please review our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

Students:  See our   Students Abroad  page and FBI travel tips .

LGBTQI+ Travelers:  Section 377 of India’s penal code makes same-sex sexual acts illegal in India. On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India declared unconstitutional the application of Section 377, barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, effectively legalizing homosexuality in India. Reports of widespread discrimination and violence against LGBTQI+ persons, particularly in rural areas, persist. See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Zika is present in India. See the Centers for Disease Control’s website for more information.

The quality of medical care in India varies considerably. Medical care in the major population centers approaches and occasionally meets Western standards, but adequate medical care is usually very limited or unavailable in rural areas.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage . 

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of India to ensure the medication is legal in India.  Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you are arriving in India from Sub-Saharan Africa or other yellow-fever areas, Indian health regulations require that you present evidence of vaccination against yellow fever. If you do not have such proof, you could be subjected to immediate deportation or a six-day detention in the yellow-fever quarantine center. If you transit through any part of sub-Saharan Africa, even for one day, you are advised to carry proof of yellow fever immunization.

Dogs and bats create a high risk of rabies transmission in most of India. Vaccination is recommended for all prolonged stays, especially for young children and travelers in rural areas. It is also recommended for shorter stays that involve occupational exposure, locations more than 24 hours from a reliable source of human rabies immune globulin and rabies vaccine for post-exposure treatment, adventure travelers, hikers, cave explorers, and backpackers. Monkeys also can transmit rabies and herpes B, among other diseases, to human victims. Avoid feeding monkeys. If bitten, you should immediately soak and scrub the bite for at least 15 minutes and seek urgent medical attention.

Influenza is transmitted from November to April in areas north of the Tropic of Cancer (north India), and from June through November (the rainy season) in areas south of the Tropic of Cancer (south India), with a smaller peak from February through April; off-season transmission can also occur. All travelers are at risk. Influenza vaccine is recommended for all travelers during the flu season.

Outbreaks of avian influenza (H5N1 virus) occur intermittently in eastern India, including West Bengal, Manipur, Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Assam. For further information on pandemic influenza, please refer to the Department of State's 2009-H1N1, Pandemic Influenza, and H5N1 Fact Sheet .

Malaria prophylaxis depends on time of year and area the traveler is visiting. Please consult the CDC website for more information. Dengue fever presents significant risk in urban and rural areas. The highest number of cases is reported from July to December, with cases peaking from September to October. Daytime insect precautions such as wearing long-sleeved shirts and mosquito repellent are recommended by the CDC.

Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in India. For further information, please consult the CDC’s Travel Notice on TB .

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Air pollution is a significant problem in several major cities in India, and you should consult your doctor prior to travel and consider the impact seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution may have on you.  The air quality in India varies considerably and fluctuates with the seasons.  It is typically at its worst in the winter. Anyone who travels where pollution levels are high is at risk. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:

  • Infants, children, and teens
  • People over 65 years of age
  • People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
  • People with heart disease or diabetes
  • People who work or are active outdoors

Current air quality data can be found on the Embassy’s Air Quality page . The data on this site are updated hourly.

Rh-negative blood may be difficult to obtain as it is not common in Asia.

For emergency services, dial 112 from a cell phone; from a land line, dial 100 for police, 102 for ambulance (108 in parts of South India), and 101 for fire. Ambulances are not equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, and traffic does not yield to emergency vehicles. Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance. Most hospitals require advance payment or confirmation of insurance prior to treatment. Payment practices vary and credit cards are not routinely accepted for medical care.

Medical Tourism: Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry. Companies offering vacation packages bundled with medical consultations and financing options provide direct-to-consumer advertising over the internet. Such medical packages often claim to provide high quality care, but the quality of health care in India is highly variable. People seeking health care in India should understand that medical systems operate differently from those in the United States and are not subject to the same rules and regulations. Anyone interested in traveling for medical purposes should consult with their local physician before traveling and refer to the information from the CDC . Persons traveling to India for medical purposes require the proper “medical” visa. Please check with the nearest Indian embassy or consulate for more information.

Despite reports of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals, in general travelers should not delay or avoid treatment for urgent or emergent medical situations. However, health tourists and other travelers who may be contemplating elective procedures in this country should carefully research individual hospital infection control practices.

Surrogacy: Commercial surrogacy is illegal for foreigners in India, subject to complex local regulation.  For additional information, visit the Government of India’s official information on foreigner surrogacy . 

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in India maintain lists of local doctors and hospitals, all of which are published on their respective websites under "U.S. Citizen Services." We cannot endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Travel by road in India is dangerous. India leads the world in traffic-related deaths and a number of U.S. citizens have suffered fatal traffic accidents in recent years. You should exercise extreme caution when crossing streets, even in marked pedestrian areas, and try to use only cars that have seatbelts. Seatbelts are not common in three-wheel taxis (autos) and in taxis’ back seats. Helmets should always be worn on motorcycles and bicycles.Travel at night is particularly hazardous.

On Indian roads, the safest driving policy is always to assume that other drivers will not respond to a traffic situation in the same way you would in the United States. Buses and trucks often run red lights and merge directly into traffic at yield points and traffic circles. Cars, autos, bicycles, and pedestrians behave only slightly more cautiously. Use your horn or flash your headlights frequently to announce your presence. It is both customary and wise.

Inside and outside major cities, roads are often poorly maintained and congested. Even main roads frequently have only two lanes, with poor visibility and inadequate warning markers. On the few divided highways one can expect to meet local transportation traveling in the wrong direction, often without lights. Heavy traffic is the norm and includes (but is not limited to) overloaded trucks and buses, scooters, pedestrians, bullock and camel carts, horse or elephant riders en route to weddings, bicycles, and free-roaming livestock.

Public Transportation: Buses, patronized by hundreds of millions of Indians, are convenient in that they serve almost every city of any size. However, they are often driven fast, recklessly, and without consideration for the rules of the road. Accidents are quite common.

Traffic Laws: Traffic in India moves on the left. It is important to be alert while crossing streets and intersections, especially after dark as traffic is coming in the "wrong" direction. Travelers should remember to use seatbelts in both rear and front seats where available, and to ask their drivers to maintain a safe speed.

In order to drive in India, you must have either a valid Indian driver’s license or a valid international driver’s license. Because of difficult road and traffic conditions, you may wish to consider hiring a local driver.

If a driver hits a pedestrian or a cow, the vehicle and its occupants are at risk of being attacked by passersby. Such attacks pose significant risk of injury or death to the vehicle's occupants or risk of incineration of the vehicle. It could be unsafe to remain at the scene of an accident of this nature, and drivers may instead wish to seek out the nearest police station. Protestors often use road blockage as a means of publicizing their grievances, causing severe inconvenience to travelers. Visitors should monitor local news reports for any reports of road disturbances.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.

Emergency Numbers: The following emergency numbers work in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata:

  • Fire Brigade 101
  • Ambulance 102

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of India’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of India’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page . Travelers are urged to use caution while booking private helicopters for travel, especially in the northeast. 

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  • Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
  • Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook .
  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

India was cited in the State Department’s 2023 Annual Report to Congress on International Child Abduction for demonstrating a pattern of non-compliance with respect to international parental child abduction. Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in  India . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the  International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA )  report.

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A Guide To The Latest Fee of Indian Visa For US Citizens

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Last Updated on Apr 19th, 2022 by Renu Dahiya, 2 comments

Do you intend to travel to India from the USA? If yes, knowing all the information related to the Indian visa fees and different visa categories well before applying for an Indian visa will help you. So, here we are going to talk about the fee of various types of Indian Visa for US citizens so you can easily plan your next visit to India and experience its tradition and culture. Every year, many US citizens come to India for its beauty, wildlife, mountains, and beaches. No wonder the visitor count is on a rise! 

US citizens can apply for Indian visas either physically or electronically. There are 5 types of Indian e-Visas and 14 Indian physical visas that applicants can apply for from the USA. 

List of Different Indian Visa Categories that US Citizens can apply 

  • Business Visa
  • Tourist Visa
  • Conference Visa
  • Student Visa
  • Employment Visa
  • Medical Visa/ Medical Attendant Visa 
  • Missionary Visa
  • Mountaineering Visa
  • Journalist Visa
  • Transit Visa
  • Emergency Visa

Fees of Physical Indian Visa for US Citizens

Getting a physical Indian visa is a time-consuming process as one can only apply through the Indian Embassy or Consulate Office. You need to submit your original passport along with the additional required documents. The fee for a physical Indian visa totally depends on the type of visa and the country you are applying from. A physical Indian visa for US citizens can be applied either under the single entry category or multiple entry categories. There are 14 different types of physical Indian visas that US citizens can apply for, and below you can find the cost for the same. 

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The Emergency Visa for India is available only for US citizens of Indian origin and their family members who want to visit India because of a family emergency such as death or critical illness of a family member. Service Provider – VFS Global has started accepting Emergency Visa applications from December 13th, 2021.

E-Visa for US Citizens

An e-Visa (Electronic Visa) means that citizens of specific countries can apply for Indian visas online, as the name e-Visa depicts. A US citizen visiting India for tourism, business, or medical purposes can apply for an Indian e-Visa. This kind of visa will be electronically linked to your passport. The whole process will take much less time than applying physically as you do not need to visit the embassy. You can apply for an e-Visa in approximately 20 minutes. But you have to make sure that you are providing accurate information according to your original documents because once you submit the file, there is no going back. Let’s take a look at the multiple types of Indian e-visa that US citizens can apply

Different Indian e-visa Categories that US Citizens can apply

  • Tourist e-Visa
  • Business e-Visa
  • Medical e-Visa
  • Conference e-Visa
  • Medical Attendant e-Visa

India e-Visa fee for US Citizens 

An e Visa India fees for US citizens varies depending on the types of visa and nationality of the person. Its cost for US citizens is anywhere from $10 to $80. Applicants should apply online at least 4 days in advance of the arrival date with a window of 120 days. For instance: If you are applying on 1st May then you can select the arrival date from 5th May to 1st September. 

Bank transaction charges of 2.5% will also be charged on the applicable e-Visa fee for India. Now, let’s know the basic processing fees for different categories of Indian e-Visa. 

Indian Tourist e-Visa Fee

People can apply for Indian Tourist e-Visa for tourist activities like sightseeing, recreation, casual visit to meet family, and friends, etc. The visa will be electronically linked to the passport and will be typically issued within 3 to 5 business days.

Indian Business e-Visa Fee

US citizens who want want to make a business trip to India like for building contacts on behalf of a company outside India or for making sales, can easily apply for Indian e-business visa. Apply at least 4 days before the date of arrival and your visa will be issued within 3 to 5 business days. 

Indian Medical e-Visa Fee

An Indian Medical e-Visa can be applied electronically by those applicants who wish to seek medical treatment in India. It is a short-term visa that will be issued as a triple entry visa for 60 days only. The processing time of this Indian Visa is 3 to 5 business days.

Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa Fee

An Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa will take the same processing time as an Indian Medical e-Visa takes. This visa is also issued for 60 days for triple entry only. Against 1 Indian Medical e-Visa, one can apply up to 2 Indian Medical Attendant Visas.

Indian Conference e-Visa Fee

Those who wish to visit a conference in India can apply for an Indian Conference e-Visa which will be issued electronically within 3-5 days. One must apply at least 4 days in advance of the date of arrival. This visa will be issued for 30 days for a single entry only as it is a one-time event.

To avoid Indian visa refusal, it is better to give complete detail in the required formats with accurate documentation to ensure a hassle-free visa application process.  However, the important thing is to begin the visa application procedure well before the expected travel date to enable enough time for the visa process. 

Q: What is the cost of 10 year Indian visa for US Citizens?

Ans: 10 year multiple-entry tourist Indian visa for US citizens will cost $178.90 ($160.00 Consular Fee + $3.00 ICWF Fee + $15.90 Service Fee) to a US citizen. 

Q: What is the cost of H1B visa in India?

Ans: Below is the details of the H1B visa filing fee in India:

Q: Under how many categories one can apply for Indian eVisa from USA?

Ans: There are 5 types of Indian e-Visas that US citizens can apply for:

  • e-Tourist Visa
  • e-Business Visa
  • e-Medical Visa
  • e-Conference Visa
  • e-Medical Attendant Visa

Q: What is the processing time for Indian e-Visa?

Ans: The processing time of an Indian e-visa is 3-5 business days.  

Now that you have complete information about Indian visa fees, applying fast to explore the beauty of India and to visit your family and friends wouldn’t be an issue. And once you have the visa, our travel experts at MyTicketsToIndia are here to assist you in booking your flight tickets to India from USA at the lowest prices with 100% transparency. Give us a chance to make your journey memorable and budget-friendly by getting in touch with us today! We’re here for you 24*7. So pick up your phone and call us at +1-585-948-0222 or join us through live chat.

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How to Apply for India Tourist Visa for US Citizens

Owing to distinct geographical entities, US travelers are required to apply for an Indian visa. There are numerous types of visas with a specific process to obtain. There is a prerequisite set of documents required for the Indian tourist visa along with the COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

We have jotted down some of the important factors and requirements for applying for a tourist visa for US citizens visiting India to ease your hassles.

Take a look to gather detailed information about the process and necessities for an Indian tourist visa for US tourists.

1. India Tourist Visa for Us Citizens

  • Regular Type
  • Duration and Costs

2. Documents Required For India Visa for US Citizen

  • For Regular/ Paper Tourist Visa
  • For e-Visa Tourist Visa

3. Indian Visa Application Process For US Citizen

4. Passport & Photo Requirements for Indian Visa

  • Passport Specification for Indian e-Visa
  • Photo Specification for Indian e-Visa

5. Indian Visa Processing Time for US Citizen

  • Regular Paper Tourist Visa
  • E-Tourist Visa

6. US Embassy Registration for Visiting India

7. COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for US Travelers

8. Visa Services during COVID-19 Pandemic

India Tourist Visa for US Travelers – Type, Duration & Costs

United States citizens and passport holders can apply for visas to India and indulge in recreation, sightseeing, and go for casual meet with their friends or relatives. This visa allows US citizens to visit India for a short stay. To obtain an Indian visa, the passport must be valid for six months beyond the date of visa application.

There are two major categories of Indian tourist visas available to travelers from US citizens.

1. Regular Visa

The regular paper visa can be applied through the Consulate General of India, San Francisco. The applicants are required to send the duly filled application form along with the documents on the official address of the Consulate General of India.

This category is the most preferred class of visa by travelers. E-Visa India for USA citizens is a multiple-entry tourist visa, which may be granted for the period of 10 years with the stipulation that “continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days and registration not required”.

The applicant may note that the Consulate does not process e-visas and any inquiries in this regard will need to be made directly on the e-visa portal. https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html .

Duration & Cost of Indian Visa for US Travelers

The revised fee structure for an e-Tourist visa for US citizens is as under:-

Note: Bank transaction charges of 2.5% will be charged additionally on applicable e-Visa fees. The fee must be paid at least 4 days before the expected date of travel otherwise the application will not be processed.

Documents Required For India Entry Visa for US Citizen

1. for regular/ paper tourist visa:.

  • Copy of duly filled in and signed online visa application form and Additional Particulars Form (pdf).
  • Original passport of the applicant, as well as a copy of passport (only biographical pages), and existing visa, if any.
  • Copy of address proof (Driver’s license/ utility bill or lease agreement in the name of applicant or parents in case of minor applicant).
  • In case the applicant’s previous nationality was Indian, a copy of Renunciation Certificate/canceled Indian passport with an endorsement that foreign nationality has been acquired,  If renunciation certificate has not been obtained earlier, please make an application with VFS (details available at https://services.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind/apply-for-renunciation), and enclose a copy of the fee receipt on submission of renunciation application, along with your visa application.
  • Copy of the Birth Certificate of the child (if applicable).
  • Marriage Certificate of parents (in case of minor applicant).
  • In the case of the minor applicant, the Notarized Parental authorization form (pdf), duly signed by both the parents, with copies of their passports.

2. For e-Visa Tourist Visa:

  • Scanned Bio Page of the passport showing the Photograph and Details.
  • For short-term courses, a copy of the letter from the institute/organization/hospital, etc. concerned on its letterhead.
  • For voluntary work of short duration, copy of letter from the organization concerned on its letter-head.

India Visa Application Process For US Traveller

  • To apply for Indian Visa, US citizens are required to fill out the application and upload the scanned copy of necessary documents including photos. Then, submit the application online, take a print-out of the visa application, and sign the same. In the case of a minor applicant, the visa application and the additional particulars form can be signed by either parent, but the parental authorization will need to be signed by both parents.
  • Thereafter, please send the following documents by USPS/UPS with a return paid self-addressed envelope with a tracking facility to

Visa Section

  • 540 Arguello Blvd,
  • San Francisco CA 94118
  • Fill the application on the official website of the e-Visa for India: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/Registration . After completion of the application, upload the scanned copy of the bio page of the passport and photography of particular specifications.
  • The scanned copy of the passport must be in pdf format and comprise another required document of a copy of the letter of institute etc.
  • After verifying the particulars, pay the e-Visa application fees. The fee is required to be paid at least 4 days in advance of the expected date of travel.
  • The biometric details of the applicant will be compulsorily taken at the Immigration center on arrival in India. The e-Visa is non-extendable, non-convertible, and not valid for visiting protected/ restricted and cantonment areas. In case you wish to visit protected/ restricted/ cantonment areas, you would require prior permission from the Civil Authority of the respected region.

Passport and Photo Requirements for India Visa

1. passport specification for indian e-visa:.

The photo page of the Passport containing personal details like name, date of birth, nationality, expiry date, etc. is to be uploaded mandatorily by the applicant. Additionally, one more document depending upon the e-Visa type would also be required to be uploaded.

The Indian visa application is liable to be rejected if the uploaded documents and photograph of the passport are not clear or as per specifications that are mentioned below:

All documents uploaded by the applicant including the letter of recommendation, institute, etc. They must be in the English language, failing which e-Visa application would be liable for rejection.

  • PDF Format.
  • Minimum Size 10 KB.
  • Maximum Size 300 KB.
  • Photo of passport containing personal details to be uploaded by the applicant.
  • The photo page of the passport uploaded should be of the same passport whose details are provided in the application.

2. Photo Specification for Indian e-Visa:

Recent front-facing photographs with white background must be uploaded of the required specification and in case of failure, the application is liable to be rejected. The photo specification for e-Visa India for USA citizens:

  • JPEG Format
  • Minimum size 10 KB and maximum size 1 MB.
  • The minimum dimensions are 350 pixels (width) * 350 pixels (height).
  • Clear front-facing photograph with preferable white background.
  • If the photograph is not clear and the dimensions are not as per the required specifications, the application is liable to be rejected.
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US Embassy Registration for Visiting India

To serve and protect US citizens in India, the United States Embassy started a program named as Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This offers a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling India to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Here is the following information for which they help their citizens:

  • They provide important information about safety conditions in India, which helps you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  • You can be provided with help by the U.S. Embassy in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
  • They help you to get in touch with your family and friends in an emergency.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for US Travelers

U.S. citizens who are looking forward to traveling to India are strongly advised to get fully vaccinated before travel. As only fully vaccinated US travelers are allowed to enter India. The negative test report within 72 hours of their flight is a must to carry while traveling to India from the USA.

It is also recommended to continue to take personal health safety measures to protect themselves, including practicing social or physical distancing, cleaning hands with soap or using hand sanitizer, wearing masks, and avoiding crowded areas.

Other Vaccination Requirement for US Travelers

  • If you are traveling to India from Sub-Saharan African countries or other yellow fever areas, then you are required to present the vaccination proof against yellow fever.
  • Influenza vaccine is recommended for US travelers during the flu season, which is majorly from November to April.
  • Typhoid vaccine is recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.
  • Consider rabies vaccination before your trip if your activities mean you will be around dogs or wildlife.
  • Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.
  • Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include Chickenpox (Varicella), Polio, Shingles, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B.

Visa Services during COVID-19 Pandemic

The Government of India has issued an advisory to issue fresh India tourist visas for US citizens with effect from 15 October 2021 for group tourism by chartered flights and from 15 November 2021 for individual travel.

In this context, the following may be noted:

  • All US nationals intending to visit India for tourism will be allowed to enter India on an e-Tourist Visa and regular paper Tourist Visa.
  • US nationals will not be allowed to enter India through land routes on an e-Tourist Visa or regular paper Tourist Visa.
  • As per the visa rules, the Single Entry e-Tourist Visa/ regular paper Tourist Visa valid for a stay of up to 30 days will be issued. The visa will have to be utilized within a period of 120 days from the date of issue. This visa will be issued on a gratis basis for a limited time once to each applicant.
  • The existing valid e-Tourist Visa/ regular paper Tourist Visa issued before 6 October 2021 will continue to remain suspended and travel on such visas is not permitted.
Complete details about the United citizen to India Post-COVID

Processing Time of Indian Visa for a US Citizen

1. regular paper tourist visa:.

It may be noted that it could take up to 10 business days or maybe longer in certain cases for processing of the visa on receipt of the application in the Consulate, which is subject to complete submission of documents. The applicants are advised not to finalize travel arrangements prior to issuance of visa as incomplete applications will be rejected and returned without the issuance of visa.

2. E-Tourist Visa:

Electronic India Visa is available in 3-4 business days at the earliest. In certain cases, an emergency visa to India can be applied and rush processing can be attempted. It is advisable to apply for an India Visa at least four days in advance of your trip. Once the electronic India Visa (e-Visa India) has been delivered by email, it can be saved on your phone or printed on paper and carried in person to the airport. There is no need to visit the embassy or Indian consulate.

Now you have all the information to apply for an e-Visa with which travel to India from the USA will be possible for you. Visiting friends and family or exploring the breathtaking beauty of India while relishing the rich culture of the country becomes easy for you with obtaining a visa.

The tourist visa gives permission to individuals to enter India from the USA for a short period to a long period either for tourism, recreation, or for family visits. Also, during your visit, keep in mind travel guidelines for USA tourists post-COVID for safer holidays. For a better experience, you can also contact us for visa assistance, tours in India, and hassle-free vacations in India.

Faqs About Tourist Visa for US Travelers Visiting India

Q: how long does it take for united states citizens to fill out an online form.

The online form of an Indian visa is quite simplified and takes 15 minutes to complete the online form for an electronic India Visa (India e-Visa).

Q: Is it necessary to pay the Visa fees immediately while filling the form?

No, it is not necessary. You can fill the form and save it for future reference. However, it is mandatory to complete the payment at least 4 days before the traveling date. Otherwise, the visa may not be issued on time or be liable for rejection.

Q: What do United States citizens need to do after receiving an electronic Visa for India by email?

Once the electronic Visa or e-Visa for India has been delivered by email, you can save it on your phone or print it on paper and carry it in person to the airport. There is no need to visit the embassy or Indian consulate.

Q: Do my children also require an electronic Visa for India? Is there a group Visa for India?

Yes, all individuals require a Visa for India regardless of their age including newborn babies with their own separate Passport. There is no concept of a family or a group Visa for India, each individual must apply for their own Indian Visa application.

Q: When should United States citizens apply for a Visa to India?

India e-Visa can be applied anytime as long as your journey is planned within the next 1 year.

Q: How much time will it take for updating the e-Visa fees status?

It may take up to 2 hours to update the e-Visa fee payment status on the website due to technical reasons or network delays. Before re-applying, the applicants are requested to wait for 2 hours for payment status updating after the final submission of the application form and payment of the fee. In cases where the e-Visa fee has been deducted but the status is not updated, the applicants are advised to verify their payment status by clicking on the ‘Verify Payment/Pay Visa Fee’ tab or by clicking on the link Verify Payment.

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India Revises Visa Fees for US Citizens and It is Applicable from April 1, 2017

Enough of USA visa and immigration updates, which have been making social media feeds and news headlines since the US elections 2016! Now we got something important to share about the visas to India for US citizens. The Indian Embassy in Washington DC publicized the new visa fees for US citizens, following the latest update on revision of visa fees by the Government of India. The revised fees for visas to India will be applicable from April 1, 2017.

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From April 1, 2017, US citizens will have to shell out more for 14 different visas to India , including Tourist Visa (T), Student Visa (S), Entry Visa (X), Medical Visa (MED), Business Visa (B), Transit Visa, Employment and Project Visa (P), Journalist Visa (J), Missionary Visa (M), Intern Visa (I), Conference/Seminar Visa (C), Film Visa (F), Medical Attendant Visas (ME X), and Mountaineering Visa (MX).

India’s Tourist Visa Fees for US Citizens  

The tourist visa to India with validity for up to 10 years will cost $100 to US citizens.

India’s Business Visa Fees for US Citizens

They will have to pay $160 for a single-entry business visa to India for a period of 12 months, and $270 for a multiple-entry business visa to India with validity up to 10 years.

India’s Entry Visa Fees for US Citizens

$100 is the new fee for entry visa to India valid for six months, while a multiple entry visa to India for 6 months to 1 year will cost $140 now onwards. The multiple-entry visa to India will cost $220 for 1 to 5-year validity.

India’s Employment & Project Visa Fees

The revised fee for India’s employment and project visa for US citizens is $100 for up to six months. The same visa with multiple entry and for 6 months to 1 year will cost $220 from April 1, 2017. The same multiple-entry visa to India for employment and project will come for $320 if validity is up to five years and not less than 1 year.

India’s Medical Visa Fees for US Citizens

The new fee for medical visa to India, single or multiple entry, is $100 for US citizens. The medical visa to India will cost $140 in case of validity from 6 months to 1 year. The same are the revised fees for medical attendant visas to India for US citizens.

India’s Student Visa Fees for US Citizens

$100 is the revised fee for student visas to India for US citizens if the validity is up to 5 years or as long as the duration of an academic course.

The revised fees will be applicable to visa applications received by the Embassy of India on or before April 1, 2017, though the applications were filed before that particular date. The embassy would collect an additional amount from the applicants based on the latest revision of fees for visas to India. Apart from this, the applications whose approval is pending due to additional documentation or investigation will be charged the new fee as per the revision.  Check the complete list of revised Indian visa fees for US citizens here .

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how much are the fees if i was born in Mysore and want a 10 year multiple entry visa (assuming i can apply for the OCI card after i arrive in Bangalore)

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Visa fee for the USA from India: documents, process and more

Are you interested in traveling to the United States? Did you know that depending on your nationality or travel document requested, there are certain visa fees? It is essential to understand what you need to have to travel to a chosen destination, and with iVisa, you will have answers to all these questions and more.

As an Indian citizen, you can apply for two types of documents. First, we have the DV Lottery Entry Form , or the diversity visa, which allows 50 thousand randomly selected people to obtain a green card or permanent visa. This is clearly a rarely requested document.

On the other hand, we also have the B1/B2 Visa ; this type of visa allows you to enter the country for tourism or business, depending on the traveler's needs. However, like most, iVisa does not process the visa as a document, but the letter of invitation that allows the appointment at the embassy and the necessary advice to arrive prepared to process your visa.

Don't waste your time, and start this process with us! Learn more below about the process and the visa fees.

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The B1/B2 Visa for Indian citizens: All you need to know!

As mentioned above, the B1/B2 visa is a travel document that allows you to enter the United States for tourism or business . This is a process that is often tedious, especially when you do not know much of the language and when you are applying for the first time.

That is why iVisa not only allows you to prepare in advance, but we also help you during the process, we give you the best tips, and you will have an expert advisor during the whole process.

What is the B1/B2 Visa, and how is it processed?

The American visa is a travel document that is divided into two categories:

  • Category B1 is for business in the country or to participate in business meetings, events, congresses, fairs, or scientific, educational, or professional conventions.
  • Category B2 is for people who want to travel for tourism, pleasure, or also for medical treatment.

The American B1/B2 visa is valid for ten years after issuance. This type of visa allows you to stay in the country for periods of up to 180 days Per Entry .

To apply for your visa with iVisa, just follow these steps:

Complete the simplified iVisa form with your personal information here.

Receive support from your iVisa Expert from start to finish to evaluate if you are complying correctly with the process.

Prepare for your in-person interview with our personalized B1/B2 manual.

Attend and get your travel document. From there, you will be ready to travel.

What documents are required to apply for the Visa?

To process the B1/B2 service with iVisa, it is crucial that you, as a visa applicant, submit the following information so that we can help you:

  • Valid passport : To process, you must have a valid passport of at least six months. It is also recommended to have a passport with more validity to avoid renewing it and obtaining the B1/B2 visa.
  • Photograph of the applicant : You must present a digital photo. We provide a photo service at iVisa too.
  • Other information : You will probably be asked about your travel plans, places to stay, if you have visited the country before, etc.
  • Email : A valid email address to be in contact with our team and to be able to send you relevant information and documents.
  • Methods of payment: You can pay with a credit or debit card.

What are the visa application fees for the B1/B2 Visa?

B1/B2 visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a visa application fee which is non-refundable and non-transferable . This fee is payable whether you successfully obtain a visa and is determined by the type of visa you are applying for.

The most common nonimmigrant visa issuance fee is $160. This includes tourist, business, student, and exchange visas, which, as you can see, will include the B1/B2 visa.

Other nonimmigrant visas like work and religious visas, on the other hand, cost $190. K visas cost $265, and E visas cost $205. The fee always depends on the visa categories.

The required immigrant visa fees can be paid at the Embassy or Consulate in cash. You can pay in U.S. dollars or Indian rupees, or you can pay by bank draft in rupees issued by a domestic or foreign bank.

The bank draft must be made payable to 'The American Embassy, New Delhi', and must be payable in Delhi or payable to 'U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai' and must be payable in Mumbai.

It is important to note that visa fees are non-refundable. So, if you encounter an error with your payment or believe your payment was unsuccessful, wait until you obtain the correct payment information. If you make a second payment, it will not be refunded.

What can I and cannot do with a B1/B2 visa?

Among the activities you are able to do with this travel document are tourism, shopping, purchasing goods or real estate, visiting friends or relatives, taking a short recreational course, participating in fairs, and participating in congresses as a listener or as a speaker but without charge, surgical interventions, consultations with a U.S. doctor, signing contracts, business meetings, and settle an estate.

On the other hand, you will not be able to work, study, reside permanently in the country, obtain a driver's license, or authorize a child to attend school.

You should be aware of this information before processing your travel document.

What are the benefits of applying for the B1/B2 visa with iVisa?

Applying with iVisa brings several benefits that you will not find anywhere else. For example:

  • You will have a guaranteed application : We review each of the answers you give in the form and adjust them for a better chance of the government approving it.
  • You will have 24/7 support: Usually, 4 out of 10 applicants have their visa applications rejected due to problems filling out the applications. That is why iVisa assigns you an iVisa Expert to guide you.
  • We have a simplified form : The original form has approximately 150 confusing and tedious questions. With iVisa, you will only have to answer 80 straightforward, easy-to-understand questions.
  • You can save time : With iVisa, you can fill out the form at your own pace, make changes at any time and save your progress. This will not only save you time due to the size of the form but will also allow you to fill it out in your free time, so you don't have to sacrifice work or personal time.
  • We will provide you with an educational guide and manual : Once you set out to complete the application, iVisa will provide you with a manual with tips on how to answer the tricky sections. It will also help you with recommendations for the interview at the embassy.

Covid-19 Restrictions on Entry into the United States

Pandemic restrictions are constantly changing, so we recommend you keep up with the latest news. It is important to note that these restrictions only include COVID-19.

To enter the country, travelers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. There are exceptions to the vaccination schedule, but the immigration officer evaluates these issues.

Traveling to the United States, travelers are no longer required to present a PCR or antigen test with negative results or documentation of Covid-19 recovery before boarding the flight. There will also be no random testing at airports.

Masks are also not required to be worn. However, it is advisable to wear them in enclosed spaces such as public transportation. Remember that the mask rule will depend on the airline you use, as it is governed by the regulations of the country to which they belong.

The United States does not currently have any quarantine requirements.

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6 newest countries offering visa-free travel to Indian travellers

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Visa-free travel means entering a country without the necessity of obtaining a visa beforehand. It offers a straightforward approach to visiting nations without the complexities of visa procedures, as well as saving on visa fees. Some governments have agreements with India, which enables Indian citizens to travel to their countries without undergoing lengthy visa processes.

Under regular visa-free travel, one can freely visit countries with just a passport. Typically, clearing customs in most visa-free nations requires only your passport, although some may request additional documents like proof of onward travel. And the latest countries that have joined the list of offering visa-free access to Indian travellers are as follows:

Starting from February 4, Iran declared the exemption of visa requirements for holders of Indian passports, with the objective of fostering tourism and luring more and more tourists into the country. This initiative underscores Iran's dedication to promoting global engagement. Those with regular passports can enter the country without a visa every six months, enjoying a maximum stay of 15 days. It's crucial to note that this 15-day duration is non-extendable.

Effective from December 1, 2023, tourists hailing from India and China can now enjoy visa-free entry into Malaysia, and will be allowed to stay in the country for up to 30 days. Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, while announcing this development, stressed that the exemption would be subject to thorough security screening. He added, "Initial screenings will be conducted for all tourists and visitors to Malaysia. Security is a different matter. If there are criminal records or the risk of terrorism, they will not be allowed to enter."

Kenya became visa-free for Indian citizens from January 1. Kenya in fact eliminated visa requirements for all global visitors, a measure that is expected to boost the nation's vital tourism sector. This initiative aims to provide visitors with a seamless travel experience to partake in wildlife safaris and beach vacations. With regard to this, President William Ruto expressed, "It is no longer necessary for anyone from any corner of the globe to bear the burden of applying for a visa to come to Kenya."

Earlier, the Thai Government brought joy to Indian travelers by declaring that, starting from November 10, 2023, until May 10, 2024, individuals holding Indian passports would not need a tourist visa for their visit to Thailand. Within this time frame, Thai authorities implemented a provisional visa exemption, allowing a 30-day stay for activities related to tourism.

As reported earlier, Vietnam announced to offer visa-free entry to both Indian and Chinese nationals this year, aiming to enhance tourism in the country. Presently, certain European citizens enjoy visa-free access, while others can opt for e-visas, which remain valid for 90 days and allow multiple entries.

In a recent development, the Ministry of Tourism in Sri Lanka announced that visitors from seven countries, namely India, Russia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, will be granted access to the country without the need for a visa. If reports are to go by, this is a pilot project, which will remain in place until March 31, 2024.

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  • New initiative enables eligible Emirates customers to skip the Visa-On-Arrival queue in Dubai
  • Service exclusive to Indian passport holders who have booked their travel on Emirates with a valid six-month visa for US, EU or UK  Residency

Dubai, UAE, 1 February 2024: Emirates has exclusively partnered with VFS Global to introduce a pre-approved visa on arrival facility for Indian passport holders who have booked their travel with the airline. Fulfilled by Dubai Visa Processing Centre* (DVPC) and issued as a 14-day single entry visa, the new initiative will enable Emirates customers to skip queues when arriving in Dubai, simplifying their arrival formalities by breezing through customs before heading out to visit the city. 

Emirates customers can book their flights through emirates.com or through their preferred travel agent.  After retrieving their booking through ‘Manage an existing booking’ on emirates.com, customers should click on the ‘apply for a UAE visa’ link. They will be redirected to the online UAE Visa application site powered by VFS Global Services, which sets out the requirements, terms and conditions to facilitate the visa application process. For additional information visit https://www.emirates.com/ae/english/before-you-fly/visa-passport-information/uae-visa-information/

The service is exclusively available to Indian passport holders who have a valid six-month visa for the US, US Green Card, EU Residency, or UK Residency. The issuance of visas remains at the absolute discretion of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs.

Dubai remains a first-choice destination Indian travellers, with an array of attractions and accommodation options that meet every taste, age and budget.  It’s also home to a vibrant Indian community that frequently welcomes family and friends from India and around the world. According to Dubai Tourism statistics, Dubai welcomed 2 million overnight visitors from India between January to October 2023.

Emirates currently serves nine destinations in India with 167 weekly flights, connecting travellers to Dubai and onwards to a global network of more than 140 destinations. The airline’s network in India includes Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram.

*Dubai Visa Processing Centre (DVPC), is VFS Global’ s exclusive facility designated by Emirates Airline and the Government of Dubai to process UAE visas via its online portal linked to www.emirates.com .

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Rwanda visa for US citizens: Everything you need to know

Rwanda visa for US citizens: Everything you need to know

  • 1. Is it necessary to get a Rwanda visa for US citizens?
  • 2. Requirements to apply for the Rwanda visa for US citizens
  • 3. What is the cost of the Rwanda visa for US citizens?
  • 4. How long does it take to get a Rwanda visa for US citizens?
  • 5. Where is the Embassy of Rwanda in the United States?
  • 6. Where is the Embassy of the USA in Rwanda?
  • 7. What are the vaccine requirements for Rwanda for US citizens?
  • 8. What is the time difference between Rwanda and the US?
  • 9. What is the currency of Rwanda and the exchange rate to USD?
  • 10. How to travel to Rwanda from the US

Have you considered Rwanda as your next holiday destination? There are so many unique things to do in Rwanda ! For example, you can go on a famous gorilla trekking in Rwanda , or explore some of the wonderful cities in Rwanda .

Here you will discover all the important information you need before you travel to Rwanda from the US, including what visa types you can apply for, their costs and characteristics.

Is it necessary to get a Rwanda visa for US citizens?

Yes , it’s mandatory to get a Rwanda visa for US citizens, for which they are eligible to apply online .

There are three types of Rwanda visa for US citizens available online: 

  • The single entry visa for tourism or a family visit. It’s valid for 30 days. 
  • The East African visa: it allows for multiple entries to enter Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya with one visa. Rwanda has to be the first country you enter. Its validity is 90 days. 
  • The transit visa. It’s only valid for 72 hours.

Requirements to apply for the Rwanda visa for US citizens

These are the general requirements to apply for the Rwanda visa for US citizens:

  • Having a valid passport
  • Having a bank card with sufficient funds to pay for the visa fees
  • Providing a valid email address in which you can receive the approved visa

There are also certain specific requirements, which vary according to the type of visa for Rwanda you need:

  • For the transit visa : you will need to show proof of your travel itinerary
  • For the East African visa : a passport-sized, color photograph of the applicant

It’s worth noting that all travelers are obliged to purchase travel insurance Rwanda : it’s part of the mandatory Rwanda entry requirements .

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What is the cost of the Rwanda visa for US citizens?

These are the costs of every type of Rwanda visa for US citizens:

  • The single entry visa has a cost of 46 EUR
  • The East African visa costs 92 EUR
  • The transit visa has fees attached of 28 EUR

How long does it take to get a Rwanda visa for US citizens?

It’s advisable to send in the application for the Rwanda visa for US citizens approximately 15 days before traveling. Even though it usually takes around 3 to 5 days to be processed, it will leave you enough time to work around any unexpected issues.

Where is the Embassy of Rwanda in the United States?

The Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda is located in Washington D.C. 

Address : 1714 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Telephone : (202)-232-2882

Email : [email protected]  

Website : Embassy of Rwanda in the USA  

Where is the Embassy of the USA in Rwanda?

The US Embassy in Rwanda is located in the city of Kigali.

Address : 30 KG 7 Avenue (Kacyiru)

Telephone : (250) 252 596 400

Fax : (250) 252 580 325

Website : US Embassy in Rwanda

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What are the vaccine requirements for Rwanda for US citizens?

There are no mandatory vaccine requirements for Rwanda. However, the CDC has recommended that all travelers get the following vaccines:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis A and B

Foreign citizens that travel to Rwanda from an endemic country also need to get the vaccine against yellow fever . However, the US is not endemic for this disease, so you won’t be asked to show your vaccination certificate. 

What is the time difference between Rwanda and the US?

Rwanda is in Central Africa Time (UTC+2). To correctly establish the time difference with the US, you have to compare against the 6 different time zones in existence within the country:

  • Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST): UTC-10 (12-hour difference)
  • Alaska Standard Time (AST): UTC-9 (11-hour difference)
  • Pacific Standard Time (PST): UTC-8 (10-hour difference)
  • Mountain Standard Time (MST): UTC-7 (9-hour difference)
  • Central Standard Time (CST): UTC-6 (8-hour difference)
  • Eastern Standard Time (EST): UTC-5 (7-hour difference)

What is the currency of Rwanda and the exchange rate to USD?

The currency in use in Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc (RWF) . The current exchange rate from USD to Rwandan Franc , and vice versa, is: 

  • 1 USD = 1259,4 RWF
  • 1 RWF = 0,0008 USD

How to travel to Rwanda from the US

There are no direct flights departing in the US for Rwanda. Luckily, you will be able to fly from many different cities with one or more layovers. It will take around 20 hours to get from one country to the other.

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Govt Clarifies 4 Changes Tourists Will Experience in Visa-Free Era

T he State Department for Immigration and Citizen Services has given an update on visa free travels to Kenya and the status of the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) .

In a statement, PS Julius Bitok said ETA has introduced significant changes to the travel and transit experience for foreign nationals visiting Kenya.

According to Bitok , the program has led to equal treatment and reduced fees for all foreign internationals coming or transiting through Nairobi.

According to him, entry requirements and applicable payments for all foreign nationals, except for East African Community (EAC)citizens, will now be the same irrespective of the country of origin.

In the statement, Bitok explained that the initial visa fee was $50 (Ksh.7,600) while the ETA fee will be $30 (Ksh.4,560), thereby ensuring fairness and equality.

Prior passenger information

He further explained that ETA provides passengers information in advance and, hence allowing early preparations.

Previously, travelers from 51 countries were not required to fill out any forms on personal and relevant travel details. 

Therefore, the PS said there was no means of obtaining data to inform critical decisions and plans around security, infrastructure and insurance needs. 

“With the introduction of the ETA, we now have comprehensive data on all visitors, significantly improving our ability to ensure the safety and well-being of both our visitors and citizens,” he said.

Other ETA Benefits

Besides, ETA provides for a simple and faster process as compared to visa application.

This, the PS says, has reduced the processing time.

“Previously, it took up to 14 days to process visa applications for foreigners from 12 listed countries. The waiting period for this category has now been drastically reduced to a maximum of 72 hours,” he said.

Also Read:  History Made as Ruto’s Visa-Free Promise Kicks Off

The government has also introduced a 24-hour service desk dedicated to the ETA to guarantee a seamless experience.

At the same time, PS Bitok explained that the government will ensure that clients are attended to irrespective of the hour and the different time zones across the world.

“We will continue to review and refine the ETA system to align it with our clients’ convenience and to support our commitment to make Kenya a natural home for visitors and investors. With ETA system now in place, we are proud to declare to the world: Welcome home!” he added.

Ruto’s Promise 

President William Ruto promised to scrap all visa requirements for all foreign nationals visiting and transiting through Kenya from January 2024.

Speaking during the 2023 Jamhuri Day Celebrations, the President said that the decision will boost tourism and attract more foreign investments to Kenya.

Subsequently, the visa requirements have been replaced by the ETA system. 

Also Read:   Kenya Exposed as Govt Delays Visa Free Directive

ETA Applications Received

According to data from the Immigration department, 9,787 ETA applications have been received so far through the https://www.etakenya.g0.ke   website.

“Of these, 4,046 have already been processed while the others are undergoing review on priority basis guided by the travel schedule submitted by each applicant,” stated Bitok.

Furthermore, Bitok said the introduction of ETA is premised on the need to have a fair, faster and reliable system that also addresses Kenya’s security and other strategic interests.

Before ETA, citizens from 51 countries enjoyed visa-free entry to Kenya, while travelers from 155 other countries were subject to a visa application process at a cost of $50 (Ksh.7,600).

The State Department for Immigration and Citizen Services has given an update on visa free travels to Kenya and the status of the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). In a statement, PS Julius Bitok said ETA has introduced significant changes to the travel and transit experience for foreign nationals visiting Kenya. According to Bitok, the program has led to equal treatment and reduced fees for all foreign internationals coming or transiting through Nairobi. According to him, entry requirements and applicable payments for all foreign nationals, except for East African Community (EAC)citizens, will now be the same irrespective of the country of […]

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Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme factsheet – February 2024

The government’s number one priority is keeping the UK safe. To strengthen the security of our border and improve travel, the UK has launched an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme - an ETA is a digital permission to travel to the UK.

ETAs are being introduced as part of our transformation and digitisation of the UK border. They will enable a more efficient customer experience and cement the UK as a world leader in border security.

The ETA scheme is broadly for visitors who do not need a visa for short stays to the UK, or who do not already have a UK immigration status prior to travelling.

On 1 February 2024, the scheme opened for nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, who will require an ETA to travel to the UK from 22 February 2024. Qatari nationals already need an ETA. Other nationalities cannot and do not need to apply yet.

An ETA costs £10, permits multiple journeys and is valid for two years or until the holder’s passport expires – whichever is sooner.​​

The ETA scheme will be introduced worldwide for visitors to the UK who do not currently need a visa for short stays, including European nationals.

We will confirm the timings in due course for when remaining eligible nationalities will need an ETA, and we will ensure they have sufficient time to prepare.

How much will an ETA cost?

  • An ETA costs £10.
  • This cost is competitive and comparable with similar international schemes by international partners.
  • As with all our fees, we will keep the cost of an ETA under review.

How do people apply for an ETA?

  • The application process is simple and fast. Most applicants will receive a response within three working days, with many receiving a result sooner.
  • The easiest way to apply for an ETA is through the ‘UK ETA app’. Individuals can also search for ‘Apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation to come to the UK’ on GOV.UK if they do not have access to a smartphone.
  • Provide contact and passport details
  • Provide a valid photo, complying with our rules for digital photos on  GOV.UK
  • Answer a set of questions
  • Individuals must travel using the same passport they used when they applied for an ETA.

How many visitors will this impact?

  • The ETA scheme will broadly apply to visitors who do not  need a visa  for short stays and who do not have any other UK immigration status prior to travelling to the UK.

How will an ETA help UK border security?

  • Those applying for an ETA will provide their biographic, biometric and contact details, and answer a short set of suitability questions. This will increase our knowledge about those seeking to come to the UK and prevent the arrival of those who present a threat.

What will happen if someone is refused an ETA?

  • If an individual’s ETA application is refused they will need to  apply for a visa  if they wish to seek permission come to the UK.

How will the scheme work in the context of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border?   

  • British and Irish citizens will not require an ETA.
  • The Common Travel Area (CTA) facilitates movement of people between the United Kingdom, the Crown Dependencies and Ireland.
  • As is the case now, the UK will not operate routine immigration controls on journeys from within the Common Travel Area, with no immigration controls whatsoever on the Ireland-Northern Ireland land border.
  • All individuals arriving in the UK, including those crossing the land border into Northern Ireland, will continue to need to enter in line with the UK’s immigration framework, including the need to obtain an ETA if required.
  • People who are legally resident in Ireland and from a nationality that does not usually require a visa to visit the UK (e.g. EEA and US nationals), do not require an ETA when travelling to the UK from within the CTA, provided they hold acceptable evidence of their residence status. Full guidance on this can be found at  GOV.UK .  However, when such residents are travelling to the UK from outside of the CTA, they will require an ETA before travel.
  • Once granted, an ETA will be valid for multiple journeys for up to two years, including those across the Ireland-Northern Ireland border whilst protecting the Common Travel Area from abuse.

Will Electronic Visa Waivers still be valid?

  • ETAs are replacing the Electronic Visa Waiver scheme (EVW) for nationals of Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The ETA is an improvement on the EVW costing £10 and permitting multiple journeys to the UK over two years or until the holder’s passport expires – whichever is sooner.
  • Qatari visitors already need an ETA to travel to the UK.
  • Visitors from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates can now apply for an ETA, and will need one to travel to the UK from 22 February 2024. Before 22 February 2024, they will continue to require an EVW or visa to travel to the UK.

Are ETAs needed by those transiting through the UK? If so, why? 

  • Strengthening our border remains one of the government’s top priorities. The ETA scheme will give us a comprehensive understanding of those travelling to the UK and the ability to prevent the travel of those who pose a threat, including those who are transiting through UK airports.
  • Requiring those transiting to obtain an ETA will stop transit being a future loophole for people to use to avoid needing an ETA. This is in line with the US ESTA scheme.

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  1. Welcome to Consulate General of India, New York (USA)

    E-Visa has been made available by the Government of India to citizens of certain countries, including the United States of America. ... Five year e-Tourist Visa. US$ 80.00. 8. Bank transaction charges of 2.5% will be charged additionally on applicable e-Visa fees. The fee must be paid at least 4 days before the expected date of travel otherwise ...

  2. India Visa Online

    Apply here. Visa on Arrival for the nationals of Japan, South Korea and UAE (only for such UAE nationals who had earlier obtained e-Visa or regular/paper visa for India) Available at selected Airports Advisory: Government of India has not authorized any agent or intermediary to charge any fee for facilitation of emergency / express Visa/eVisa.

  3. Welcome to Embassy of India, Washington D C, USA

    Revised Visa fees for USA nationals. Sr No. Visa Type/ Duration/ Entries. Fee in US$ 1. Tourist Visa (T)* Up to 10 Years/ Single or Multiple Entry. 160.00. 2. Business Visa (B) Up to 10 Years/ Single or Multiple Entry. 160.00. 3. Entry Visa (X) Up to 6 Months / Single or Multiple Entry. 100.00 . More than 6 Months and up to 01 Year / Multiple ...

  4. India Visa Cost for USA Citizens in 2023

    The cost of a tourist visa for US citizens is $160 for a single entry and $250 for a multiple-entry visa. Business visas are for US citizens traveling to India for business purposes. These visas are valid for up to one year and allow multiple entries. The cost of a business visa for US citizens is $250.

  5. India tourist visa from the embassy in 2023: A complete guide

    Published: June 7, 2023 This article is a complete guide to obtaining India tourist visa from the embassy or consulate. You can learn everything about India tourist visa types, requirements, eligibility, documents needed, fee and application procedure.

  6. Indian Visa For US Citizens: How To Get Indian Visa? Here's A Step-By

    Updated on Nov 30, 2022, 15:27 IST - India is a country with a rich heritage of diversity. People here belong to various religions, speak different languages, and follow different cultures, among other diversities, which makes it a perfect destination for adventurers.

  7. E-VISA APPLICATION PROCESS

    1 Apply online Upload Photo and Passport Page 2 Pay eVisa fee online Using Credit / Debit card / Payment Wallet 3 Receive ETA Online Electronic Travel Authorization/ETA Will be sent to your e-mail 4 Fly To India Print ETA and present at Immigration Check Post where eVisa will be stamped on passport. Advisory

  8. India Tourist Visa for US Citizens

    08 Need more information? Check visa requirements iVisa | 11 min read | Updated on Jan 26, 2024 Embarking on a journey to India? Don't forget to apply for your India tourist visa before your trip! From the iconic Taj Mahal to the lively streets of Mumbai, India promises a captivating experience.

  9. Welcome to Embassy of India, Washington D C, USA

    Press Release - Reduction in E-Tourist Visa Fees. In order to promote tourism, the Government of India has decided to reduce the e-Tourist Visa fees for nationals of several countries, including the United States, as per details given below:-. (i) The fee for one-year e-Tourist Visa has been reduced from US$80 to US$40; (ii) A 30-day e-Tourist ...

  10. India International Travel Information

    Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Travel Advisories.

  11. How Much Does an Indian Visa Cost?

    Travel Blog How Much Does an Indian Visa Cost? Posted on 04 Apr 2021 India Visas The standard Indian eVisa cost for United States citizens is anywhere from $41 to $103. But the cost varies depending on nationality of the passport holder. A person visiting India with the purpose of tourism, business or medical reasons can apply for an eVisa.

  12. Indian Visa Fee: Expert Guide For US Citizens

    Start Checked Facts: April 15, 2023 By Aid-Air Export The Indian visa fee for US citizens varies based on the visa type and duration. For a tourist visa, fees range from $10 for a 30-day double-entry visa to $80 for a 5-year multiple-entry visa.

  13. How much does an India visa cost

    The cost of an e-tourist visa can fall anywhere between $69 to $141. Alternatively, a business e-visa can cost you around $175, and the Indian e-visa fees for a conference visa is around $155. Tourist Visa. If a traveler is unable to get an electronic visa, he/she can apply for a traditional one. For tourism, you can apply for an India tourist ...

  14. Everything You Need To Know About The India Visa

    E Tourist Visa. An India E Tourist Visa is an electronic travel authorization that allows US citizens to visit India for tourism purposes. This includes sightseeing, visiting friends, visiting family, etc. The Indian Tourist Visa, also known as the e-Tourist Visa, allows you to travel to India for a short term. This visa is valid for 30 days.

  15. Indian Visa Fee For US Citizens

    The fee for a physical Indian visa totally depends on the type of visa and the country you are applying from. A physical Indian visa for US citizens can be applied either under the single entry category or multiple entry categories.

  16. India E-Visa Fees and Costs in 2024

    Rough estimates can range from $50 to $200. Accommodation and Daily Expenses: India offers a broad range of accommodation options for every budget. A budget traveler might spend as little as $20 per day, while luxury travelers might spend $150 per day or more. Passport Photos: Passport photos may be required during the application process.

  17. How to Apply for India Tourist Visa for US Citizens

    1. For Regular/ Paper Tourist Visa: To apply for Indian Visa, US citizens are required to fill out the application and upload the scanned copy of necessary documents including photos. Then, submit the application online, take a print-out of the visa application, and sign the same.

  18. How to get a US visa for Indians [Guide, Requirements, Fees]

    4 minute read The US is a major destination for travel, visiting family, studying, and employment. Whether you're planning a business trip or a holiday, read on to learn more about US visa guidelines for Indians. Table of Contents Types of US visas for Indians Visitor visa (for tourism or business) Work visa Student visa US visa Fees and Expenses

  19. List of New Fees for Visas to India for US Citizens

    The revised fee for India's employment and project visa for US citizens is $100 for up to six months. The same visa with multiple entry and for 6 months to 1 year will cost $220 from April 1, 2017. The same multiple-entry visa to India for employment and project will come for $320 if validity is up to five years and not less than 1 year.

  20. Indian 1-Year e-Visa for US Citizens

    Visitors must apply online at least four days before arrival. There are two types of Indian 1 year e-Visas for US citizens, known as 1 year e-Tourist and e-Business visas, valid for 365 days. The maximum duration a US national can stay in India on a one-year e-tourist visa or business e-Visa within a calendar year is limited to 180 days.

  21. India Visa Cost: Fees & Guide For US Citizens

    Checked Facts: April 15, 2023 By Aid-Air Export. The India visa cost for US citizens ranges from $10 to $160, depending on the type of visa and duration of stay. The most common visas, tourist and business, cost around $10 to $160 and $160, respectively.

  22. Visa fee for the USA from India: documents, process and more

    iVisa 6 min read Updated on Jan 22, 2024 Are you interested in traveling to the United States? Did you know that depending on your nationality or travel document requested, there are certain visa fees?

  23. US tourist visa for Indian citizens in 2024

    Indian citizens must obtain a visa before travelling to US. US B1/B2 Visa is required for Indian citizens. With this tourist visa stay is usually long with a period of 180 days and visa expires in upto 10 years. Applicant is required to be present when applying for US tourist visa. A total of 11 documents are required for applying US tourist visa. You can find US visa exemptions.

  24. 6 newest countries offering visa-free travel to Indian travellers

    Kenya became visa-free for Indian citizens from January 1. Kenya in fact eliminated visa requirements for all global visitors, a measure that is expected to boost the nation's vital tourism sector.

  25. Emirates rolls out pre-approved visa on arrival for Indian travellers

    Service exclusive to Indian passport holders who have booked their travel on Emirates with a valid six-month visa for US, EU or UK Residency . Dubai, UAE, 1 February 2024: Emirates has exclusively partnered with VFS Global to introduce a pre-approved visa on arrival facility for Indian passport holders who have booked their travel with the ...

  26. Rwanda visa for US citizens: Everything you need to know

    There are three types of Rwanda visa for US citizens available online: The single entry visa for tourism or a family visit. It's valid for 30 days. The East African visa: it allows for multiple entries to enter Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya with one visa. Rwanda has to be the first country you enter. Its validity is 90 days.

  27. Govt Clarifies 4 Changes Tourists Will Experience in Visa-Free Era

    Before ETA, citizens from 51 countries enjoyed visa-free entry to Kenya, while travelers from 155 other countries were subject to a visa application process at a cost of $50 (Ksh.7,600).

  28. Iran visa-free entry for Indian tourists: Check rules, eligibility and

    The free-visa policy announced by the Iranian government is subject to four condition, as mentioned below: Frequency and duration: Individuals holding ordinary passports will be permitted to enter Iran without a visa once every six months, with a maximum stay of 15 days. It's crucial to note that the 15-day period cannot be extended.

  29. Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme factsheet

    The ETA scheme is broadly for visitors who do not need a visa for short stays to the UK, or who do not already have a UK immigration status prior to travelling. On 1 February 2024, the scheme opened for nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, who will require an ETA to travel to the UK from 22 February ...