The Indian Government issues two types of visas: An e-Tourist Visa (electronic visa) and a traditional visa stamped into your passport.
The e-Visa will be processed and issued electronically and sent to you by email. When the traveler arrives in India, they will need to have biometric information taken at the airport and their passport will be stamped with the actual traditional visa.
TravelDocs recommends applying for an e-Tourist Visa if you only require a single entry visa for India. If a multiple entry visa with longer validity terms is required please apply for the traditional stamped visa.
The e-Visa is valid for a single entry only, good for 30 days from date of issue for a stay up to 30 days, A maximum of two Indian e-Visas can be issued for the same traveler within one year. It is very easy to apply for and does not required sending your physical passport to TravelDocs only a copy as part of the online order form. It can be issued in as little as 1-4 Business Days (Monday - Friday) and is a cost-effective option.
The India online visa application must be submitted no later than 4 days prior to departure for India, and no earlier than 34 days before the date of arrival in India. It is possible to apply for a traditional Indian tourist visa up to several months in advance of your travel date.
The eTV, once issued on arrival, is non-extendable, non-convertible, and not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment areas.
A Traditional Stamped Visa is valid for multiple entries into India, good for up to 10 years from date of issue for a stay up to 180 days, This option requires your physical passport and supporting documents to be sent to TravelDocs for submission to the Indian Embassy for processing. Although more complicated to apply for this option is best if you require more than one entry into India as part of your itinerary and/or you may return to India in the future.
The Indian E-Visa is only valid for Travelers arriving to 16 international airports: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum and Varanasi. If arriving from any other port of entry, you must apply for a traditional stamped Indian visa.