Visa for India application
How to apply for the e-visa for India
1. Apply for Visa
Submit your application via the online application form.
2. Pay online
Safely pay for the visa cost with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal.
3. Print it
Print the visa which you receive by e-mail, and take it with you to India.
Indian visa explanation
Do I need a visa for my trip to India? All tourists and business travellers with British or Irish nationality must apply for an Indian visa before departure. The same applies to travellers with the nationality of another European country, such as France or Switzerland. Children need their own visas as well. For some years now, going to the consulate or embassy is no longer required for a visa application. The application can be made entirely online, and will be sent by e-mail after granting. You only need to print it out and take it with you on your trip.
Which visa type do I need? If you are travelling to India for a holiday or business trip, you can make use of the electronic visa. This so-called “e-visa India” has the lowest cost and fastest processing time. Tourists can use the "e-Tourist" variant, while business travellers can use the “e-Business” variant. Both electronic visas can be applied for with the same online application form. You can submit an Indian visa application here.
Do you want to stay in India longer than the validity period of the e-visa? Or do you not meet the requirements? Then you need to apply for a physical visa, which will be inserted into your passport by a consular employee. This comes with higher costs and longer delivery times.
Validity period of the India visa
You can choose from several options when applying for the Indian e-visa. You can apply for a tourist visa that allows a maximum stay of 30 days ( £59.95), or one that allows you to stay 90 days. ( £84.95). Or, you can apply for an Indian visa that allows a maximum period of stay of 180 days ( £139.95). Once granted, the visa types that permit a maximum stay of 90 or 180 consecutive days, can be used to travel in and out of the country an unlimited number of times within their one year validity period. See this page to find a more detailed explanation of the validity period of your visa.
Requirements for the Indian visa
Are you travelling to India for a holiday or business trip? Then you must abide by the rules and requirements imposed by the immigration authorities on the use of a tourist or business visa. For most travellers, this will not be a problem. However, it is important to check whether you also meet the following requirements:
- Your passport must be valid for at least six more months on arrival in India, and contain two empty pages
- You must follow the coronavirus rules in India, check them again before travelling
- You must have already booked a return or transit ticket before the trip to India
- You must prove that you have sufficient financial means to pay for the entire trip
- Were you in a country with yellow fever in the six days before your arrival? Then you must be vaccinated against that.
- Arriving by plane is only allowed at the airports of: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Port Blair, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi and Vishakhapatnam.
- Arriving by boat or cruise ship is only allowed at the ports of: Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai, and Mumbai
- You may also leave India at other locations, for a full list see the visa requirements page
- You cannot visit certain protected regions in the north-eastern point of India, to the north and east of Bangladesh. These are Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim. Do you want to travel to these areas? Then you need a special permit.
- You cannot conduct journalistic activities or work for an NGO.
Online Indian visa application
Submitting an Indian visa application is easily done with the online application form. Filling in the online form usually takes no more than fifteen minutes. After filling it in, you pay the visa fee of £59.95 per person. This can be paid for safely and reliably through Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal. Finally, you must provide a photograph and a passport scan for all travellers in the Indian visa application. Business travellers are also required to provide their business card and a letter of invitation. These documents can be easily uploaded online, almost all file formats are accepted.
Your visa application is manually checked for errors. First, a visa specialist will check the filled in form for commonly made mistakes. Next, it is checked whether the documents you provided meet the requirements, and match the details filled in on the application form. If we find an error, then you are contacted right away so that the application can be corrected and processed in time. Once everything is corrected, then your visa application is sent to the Indian immigration service for processing.
Your Indian visa is on average granted in 7 days, urgent cases usually within 24 hours. This is counted from the moment you submit all documents in good order. Are you in urgent need of an Indian visa? Then you can check the option "urgent delivery" in the application form. Urgent applications are checked faster for errors, even outside office hours. A surcharge of £17.50 per visa applies. Urgent applications are also dependent on how busy it is at the immigration service. On average, urgent applications are approved in 24 hours.
Receive the e-visa by e-mail, print it and take it with you on your trip. Keep it in your hand luggage, so that you can show it during your trip. You can view an example e-visa here. Do you still have questions? Please check the frequently asked questions about the Indian e-visa.
|For a holiday or business trip
| Double-entry 30 days or
multiple-entry 365 days
| Double-entry 30 days or
multiple-entry 90 days
| Standard application: average 7 days
Urgent application: average 24 hours
|£59.95 (double-entry, see details) or £84.95 (multiple-entry)
|Only online: apply now
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e-Visa.co.uk is a commercial and professional visa agency, and supports travellers in obtaining, among others, the India visa. e-Visa.co.uk acts as an intermediary and is in no way part of any government. You can also apply for a visa directly with the immigration service (25.63 USD per visa, via indianvisaonline.gov.in). However, not with our level of support. If you submit your application via e-Visa.co.uk, our support centre is available to you 24/7. In addition, we manually check your application and all the documents you provide before submitting it to the immigration authorities on your behalf. If we suspect any errors or omissions while doing so, we will personally contact you to ensure that your application can still be processed quickly and correctly. To use our services, you pay us 25.63 USD in consular fees, which we pay to the immigration service on your behalf, as well as £39.70 in service fees as compensation for our services, including VAT. Our services have saved many travellers from major problems during their trip. Should an application be rejected despite our support and verification, we will refund the full purchase price (unless an application for a previous India visa was rejected for the same traveller). Read more about our services here.