India has announced recently that they are now offering e-business and e-medical visas for travel to India. They also changed the previous e-visa time limit from 30 days to the now 60-day maximum. This is great news! I want to share how to get a business e-visa for India and a medical one, which are now the same directions as a tourist e-visa.
Getting a paper visa to India is a pain in the ass. Previous to this rule you could only get an e-visa if you were a tourist and staying in India less than 30 days. Now, it is for many reasons that you can get an e-visa and you can stay twice as long.
It’s great for tourists who want more time and fantastic for people coming on health retreats or quick business.
The previous paper visa meant you had to sent in documents plus your passport to officials and wait up to six weeks to get approved. The e-visas take up to four days. Massive improvement.
I’ve previously written two articles on this topic:
- How to get a Visa for India from USA (step by step if you stay longer than 60 days)
- How to get a Visa for India from UK (step by step if you stay longer than 60 days)
- How to get an e-tourist visa for India (the 30-day visa which is now 60 days)
I have gone back to update those posts to show that it is 60 days for the e-visa now, and not only 30. Hopefully, they will eventually make it even longer than 60 days.
How to get a business e-Visa for India & a Medical e-Visa for India
Like I’ve mentioned in other posts, the easiest and fastest way is to use the third party iVisa, as they do it all for you and make sure all paperwork is in order before it’s sent. You can also do it more directly and cheaper on the government site.
Basically, if you sent a photo which isn’t to their standards the Indian Embassy will decline you and you have to pay again and reapply. iVisa helps avoid this and gets it done easy peasy, but with a service fee added. For me, it’s totally worth the fee but I know some on a budget would rather go directly through the government.
If you want to use iVisa, there is a link to start the India paperwork.
Here are the full changes made to the e-visa system in India
- E-visas now for 60 days instead of 30.
- Not only e-tourist visas but now medical and business.
- They also added more countries to their list of people who can come to India on an e-visa. There are now 161 countries eligible for entry.
- They have also added more airports. Previously you could only fly into a selected 16 airports to use the evisa and now there are 24 airports and three ship ports: Cochin, Goa, and Mangalore.
- You used to be able to apply for the evisa only within 4-30 days of your travel, no sooner! Now, you can apply 120 days before your arrival date.
- While it used to be mostly just Americans who could get 5 year visas (the type you mail in, not e-visas), now more countries are able to apply for this lengthy visas.
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