How It Works
The Indian Government issues two types of visas: An e-Visa (electronic visa) and a traditional visa stamped into your passport.
The Indian e Tourist or e Business 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 India e Visa if you only require a short validity visa of no more than one year. If a multiple entry visa with longer validity terms is required, please apply for the traditionally stamped visa.
The Tourist and Business e Visa is valid for multiple entries, good for 1 year from the date of issue for stays up to 180 days per entry. It is very easy to apply for and does not require sending your physical passport to TravelDocs only a copy as part of this online order form.
The Medical e Visa has a validity of 60 days from the date of issue and good for Triple entry.
The Conference e visa has a validity of 30 days from the date of issue and good for a single entry only. An e Conference Visa can only be applied for if you are attending a Government Sponsored Conference, privately sponsored or hosted conferences do not qualify for an e-Conference Visa you must apply for a traditional stamped visa.
The Indian e Visa can be issued in as little as 2-6 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 120 days before the date of arrival in India. It is possible to apply for a traditional Indian visa up to several months in advance of your travel date.
The India e Visa, 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 the 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 at 28 international airports: and 5 Seaports, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Madurai, Nagpur, Pune, Portblair, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Vishakhapatnam and Varanasi. The Seaports are Chennai, Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, and Mumbai. If arriving from any other port of entry, you must apply for a traditional stamped Indian visa.