You still have to apply for your visa to India online at least 4 days in advance of your date of arrival to India, BUT now your India e Visa will come with a “window of arrival” period of 120 days.
How do I apply online for a visa to India?
Apply Indian Visa online at e Visa. It’s an easy process and once you completed your online form, which should not take more than 5-10 mins, our customer service team will guide you through the process and notify you of the status of your order. Check out the e Visa.
To apply for a visa to India you will need
- Valid Passport
- A digital photo
- A passport scans of the information page (This is the page with your photo and info).
- Answer a set of personal questions (Questions like you parents names, address etc).
- Credit/debit card or PayPal account.
- Business Card copy and Invitation Letter (if applicable) for the Business e Visa
- Letter from the Hospital in India for Medical e Visa
For applications to be eligible they must be submitted no later than 4 days and no earlier than 34 days before the date of arrival. So if you’re the kind that likes their itinerary done and dusted well in advance, you might want to consider a traditional tourist visa for India. You can get a maximum of 2 Electronic Travel Authorizations (ETA) in a year with one of them providing a maximum stay of 30 days.
You can pick up a visa on arrival at the airports of Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh,Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi as well as the cruise sea ports of Cochi, Goa and Mangalore.
Carry a copy of ETA at the time of your travel (obviously). After you arrived at one of the designated airports mentioned you will need to proceed to the e-visa counter where they will actually add the tourist visa to your passport. Afterwards you will need to carry on to the immigration counter where they will stamp your passport. This might take quite some time at busy airports like Delhi or Mumbai.
Your Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) will usually be processed and issued within 3 business days after your online application if approved.