Citizens who want to visit India for business/tourism/short duration medical treatment purposes can now obtain E- visa (officially called “E-Tourist Visa”).
- E tourist visa
- E Business Visa
- E Medical Visa
E VISA is completely an online process where the applicant does not have to apply in person before the visa issuing authority. But all is not rosy when applying for India tourist visa online, the system is abysmal and the payment mode is the worst of any online mode so far. Also once you have tried to make the booking 3 times and fail, you will need to fill the entire visa form once more.
All Individual visa seekers who wish to stay in India for a longer period have to apply for the required Indian Visa online and submit the completed visa application form (printed) to the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to Indian Mission/ Post in the absence of IVAC, on the scheduled date of interview along with the required documents.
Two things to keep in mind before you begin:-
- Filling out the Indian Visa Application form online does not mean you have submitted it. The purpose of the online form is to make sure that you have filled in all the correct information in the right format for easier processing. If you make a mistake, you can start over and it will not affect your application. The only form that matters is the one you print out when you finish.
- You cannot alter the application after you print it as handwritten documents are not permitted. Once you print it out, if you want to make any change at all, you must start filling the application form from the beginning.
Country you are applying from – This means where you physically are now. It is usually the same as your permanent residence.
Indian Mission – Choose the mission/embassy that you want to issue your visa.
This is where you will be asked to enter any additional information that your visa requires.
Duration of Visa: Different countries have different duration of visa. You should check with the embassy in your country to see what options you have. Validity of your visa starts when it is issued, not when you land in India.
Purpose of Visa: It is very important that this matches exactly with the type of visa.
Expected Date Journey: This doesn’t need to be the exact date of your travel if you haven’t booked tickets, just close to the date.
After you complete all these 5 steps go through the entire application line by line as no changes can be done after submission. You will have to start from beginning all over again if you want to make changes after submission. Be extremely careful while you fill in the information as any mismatch may lead to visa rejection.