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Old Nov 28, 14, 3:38 am
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E-Visa / ETA and 30 Day Single Entry Visa on Arrival in India


India new Visa On Arrival
(Actually advance online e-Tourist Visa with actual visa issued on arrival)
https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

The Indian e-Tourist Visa is available for holders of passports of following countries and territories:
Albania, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong SAR), China (Macau SAR), Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Eligibility
Citizens of the above-listed countries using ordinary passports from such countries when the sole objective of visiting India is one or more of the following: recreation (of most but not all sorts); sight seeing (in most of India); casual visit to meet friends or relatives (in most of India); short duration medical treatment; or casual visits for most (but not all) business purposes.

The passport should have at least six months' validity on the date of arrival.

International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket,with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.

The visa is valid for a single entry for a stay of 30 days (from the date of entry) and cannot be extended.

Be sure to fill out your information very accurately! If there's anything off, you may be required to board the next flight out operated by your airline of entry.

Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.

Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.


E-TOURIST VISA APPLICATION PROCESS
Step 1
Apply online
Upload Photo and Passport Page

Step 2
Pay visa fee online
Using Credit / Debit card

Step 3
Receive ETA Online
ETA Will be sent to your e-mail

Step 4
Print ETA and carry it for and on the flight to India so you can present it on arrival at the immigration desks.

This being India, it is the real experience on arrival that is critical, especially since this is a brand new operation.

We need datapoints for
- How long it took you to get through immigration?
- Any issues (human, bureaucratic or technological?)

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Evisa & Visa on arrival for India

Old Nov 13, 22, 1:33 pm
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I was wondering if anyone can help with some practical information.

I am looking to go to India in April with the family and need to apply for a visa (UK passport holder so e visa not possible at present) and get an appointment at the Indian embassy in London or at least at one of the VfS centres.

Can I check whether all 4 of us need to turn up in person at the embassy or can either my wife or I turn up on behalf of the rest of us? The difficulty is that we will need to make a trip over to London especially so ideally if only one of us can do it then that will make life easier.

If only one of us needs to turn up do we book one appointment only or do we still need to be book four individual appointments?

Does anyone know how long the application process is taking at the moment and how long we need to set aside at the embassy?
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Old Nov 18, 22, 8:25 am
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Hello,

Curious if anyone has used the 30-day tourist e-visa for a double transfer through Delhi Airport? I am traveling to Bhutan with a connection in Delhi and unfortunately the double-entry transit visa is only valid within 15 days (our trip is longer than this,) otherwise we have to apply for another transit visa while in Bhutan.

I'm wondering if the 30-day tourist e-visa can be used for double entry transfer purposes, or if this would raise suspicion with the airport authorities given we won't actually be spending a significant amount of time in India?

Any insight on the matter would be greatly appreciated!

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Old Nov 18, 22, 2:56 pm
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No problem at all just get a multiple entry visa.
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Old Nov 21, 22, 5:14 am
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Originally Posted by oliver2002
No problem at all just get a multiple entry visa.
Maybe a solution for other nationalities, but for those with a UK passport multiple-entry and longer-term visas aren't so easy to get through current arrangements...
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Old Nov 21, 22, 7:57 am
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The question was from a member who has 'Location: New York' in his profile
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Old Dec 5, 22, 11:37 am
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Looks like UK will get back the evisa soon

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Old Dec 5, 22, 6:23 pm
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Originally Posted by ukdoctor
Looks like UK will get back the evisa soon

https://twitter.com/hci_london/statu...Ikjic1LmbC_J2A
excellent news!

but to be less than gracious - about bloody time!
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Old Dec 7, 22, 12:14 am
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Originally Posted by ukdoctor
Looks like UK will get back the evisa soon

https://twitter.com/hci_london/statu...Ikjic1LmbC_J2A
Anyone have insight as to why e-visas weren't allowed for UK until now, and which side blinked/what they gave up in order to get them back?
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Old Dec 9, 22, 3:03 am
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TVOA India eVisa

There are 12 of us going on an Oceania cruise on January 2023. The cruise ends in Mumbai. Since Oceania was charging an exorbitant fee to get our India visas, we opted to get the visas on our own. We applied for 1 year evisas with the official Indian government TVOA website so we can apply earlier. If we apply for a 30-day visa, we cannot apply earlier than 30 days prior to arrival in India. TVOA said the processing time will take 72 hours. I think they should remove that because only 3 of our 12 members got evisas within 72 hours. The remaining 9 are still waiting more than 1 month now. Day by day we get frustrated. We keep checking our visa status daily. We also send an email to TVOA once a week to inquire. The response must be computer-generated, its being processed. Wait for an email confirmation. On the TVOA application, it asks when we will arrive in India which is Feb 5. It does not ask when we need the visa by date. In hindsight, we should have put the date when we will actually sail which is Jan 18 because without the India visa, we cannot go. It is nerve-wrecking especially Oceania said we will not be allowed to board without our India visas. If our cruise does not end in Mumbai, India, we could just stay onboard the ship and not go down. But thats our final stop so we must have our evisas. We get nervous as the days approach. We are trying to find a Plan B to solve this situation. Any ideas?
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Old Dec 9, 22, 3:16 am
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I'm travelling with a party of 3 to India just after xmas who need a visa. My family already have OCI. They applied on https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html and got the confirmation within one day.

You have to apply within 30 days of arrival, if you apply too early they will hold your application till it is within 30 days. So in your case if you plan to arrive on Feb 5 you should not apply before January 5.

If you applied with an agent (there are quite a few out there who show up on op of google search results) they will also hold back the application and file only 30 days before arrival. My colleague fell for that trap because he wanted to square away the visa as early as possible and applied with an agent two months before arrival. They kept him in suspense till 30days of departure are correctly filed the application and got him his visa within two days of filing.
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Old Dec 11, 22, 1:25 am
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Originally Posted by xobile
Anyone have insight as to why e-visas weren't allowed for UK until now, and which side blinked/what they gave up in order to get them back?
not a UK-specific relaxation. 164 nationalities in total are now restored e-visa privileges. previously 156 i think

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

probably got tired of processing all the paper visas. and maybe VFS charging india too much

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Old Dec 12, 22, 4:50 am
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Originally Posted by gnomey
not a UK-specific relaxation.
We are talking a UK-specific relaxation.
The UK visa situation was unique.

The country is a major generator of trips to India: yet despite the contribution promised to India's travel and tourism industries the government insisted on maintaing what were in effect stringent restrictions on UK passport holders, while lifting restrictions on other nationalities.

I have no idea what quid pro quo Modi was waiting for, or if he got it. But he was certainly under pressure from the Indian tourism sector, and from the UK government. Maybe the new UK prime minister was uniquely placed to exert specifically focussed pressure: who knows?
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Old Dec 12, 22, 5:41 am
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Originally Posted by IAN-UK
We are talking a UK-specific relaxation.
The UK visa situation was unique.

The country is a major generator of trips to India: yet despite the contribution promised to India's travel and tourism industries the government insisted on maintaing what were in effect stringent restrictions on UK passport holders, while lifting restrictions on other nationalities.

I have no idea what quid pro quo Modi was waiting for, or if he got it. But he was certainly under pressure from the Indian tourism sector, and from the UK government. Maybe the new UK prime minister was uniquely placed to exert specifically focussed pressure: who knows?
UK, Canada and a few other countries who rank high in visitaiton to India and familial ties were being fought since tourism resumed to get back to evisa list.

several made it back this round, but Canada is still out cold.

anyway, your answer
http://www.politico.eu/article/rishi...-visa-deal/amp
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Old Dec 12, 22, 1:33 pm
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Just wanted to confirm something I'd read on a few blogs because, bluntly, I trust you all more. I plan on entering India via DEL and would like to crossover into Lahore via the Wagah crossing, and then come back into India via the same crossing. As I understand it, since the initial entry was via one of the approved airports, there isn't any issue in using that visa to cross at the land border?
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Old Dec 13, 22, 10:52 am
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Timatic says no visa required

I am a USA citizen traveling for a very short vacation to DEL. I used Delta's link to TimaticWeb 2 and Timatic says no visa is required.

Is that right? This web site e-Visa (indianvisaonline.gov.in) suggests to me I do need a visa.

Thanks all.
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