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Indian Visa Application | How To Get India 60 Day E-Tourist Visa The Easy Way

If you’re wondering how to get an Indian visa from the USA or many other countries, I’m here to help! The Indian Visa application process is always changing and can seem complicated. It’s also complicated because there are many sites which look “official” offering the Indian visas. In this post, I share how to get a one-year E-Tourist visa. In the past, it was a 60-day visa but it has been increased to one year with a max stay at a time of 180 days for some.

UPDATE April 2019: E-tourists and e-business visas can now be applied for up to one-year validity. Those applicants from the US, UK, Japan, and Canada can stay continuously for 180 days at a time. Other applicants who qualify for the e-visa also get one year but can stay continuously up to 90 days maximum. Keep an eye on this, as they may soon allow everyone to stay for the 180 days. You’ll see it on your application once you select your nationality. When your visa has processed the length of stay will be on it. For the one year visa, that does not mean you can stay in India for one year, the length of stay will be listed on your visa and at 90 or 180 days you need to exit but can re-enter within the year. These are multiple-entry (previously only double entry). The e-medical visa which is 60 days and triple-entry. The e-conference visa is a single-entry valid for 30 days.

If you’re looking for a visa for MORE than one year, you need to do another process (mail-in) and cannot do the e-visa. They are no longer offering the six month paper visa. This is basically a moot point now as after one year, you can just apply again for an e-visa. There is almost no reason to do a paper visa now unless you want a long-term visa. I have complete guides for this, though, don’t worry! Here’s how to get a visa for India from the USA and how to get a visa for India from the UK. Each are complete guides with screenshots that take you through the entire process.

How to Get a Visa for India Online

The first thing you need to keep in mind is this is an “E-visa” NOT a visa on arrival. Visa on Arrival is often used when talking about this Indian visa and even is on the signs in Mumbai airport BUT you do not get your visa on arrival in India like you do in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Jordan, and many countries.

You MUST get the India e-visa sorted BEFORE you come to India.

Trust me, people get this confused. I get many e-mails from people who didn’t realize until the night before and have had to change their flights. Even if you rush it for an “emergency visa” it’s going to take 24-48 hours. Typically, this visa takes a week to get but sometimes you can get it faster. I’ve had people tell me they were approved the very next day even though they didn’t “rush” the visa application.

Cost of the India e-visa

The cost used to be $80 but it was quietly increased to $102 card fees over the last couple of years and if you select a one year visa, it could be higher, they are always changing it, but right now the one year is the same price.

The validity of the e-visa for India

Visas are valid from the DATE OF ISSUE, valid for one year, and you can apply up to 120 days before your arrival date. You should submit AT LEAST 4 business days before your date of leaving.

Who can get an India e-visa?

Most countries are eligible for the e-tourist visa, but not all. Check this list of countries valid for e-visa to India to see if your country is.

How to apply for the Indian E-Visa Online Before Your Trip

There are two ways:

  1. On the iVisa website. This is the easiest way as they have a “zero frustration policy”. You just tell them the date you are flying in and they take care of it for you. If you’re rejected for an error they pay to try again.
  2. On the Indian Government website. You do it yourself and follow the instructions they lay out. If you mess up or forget a piece of paperwork, they will not give you a second chance for free, you must pay again. Many people have issues with the government site which is why I always suggest using iVisa and personally use it.

Why I recommend using iVisa, a third party, and paying their $35 fee

iVisa charges a $35 fee to submit your visa for you. I have lived in India for over 5 years and blogging about it and have had THOUSANDS of emails about getting the e-visa. People have issues with the government site (card not accepted to pay, site crashing over and over, no receipt of submitting it, and more). They email me about to rip their hair out. I just think the $35 is a small price to pay to just not worry about this. From booking trains online in India to visas, they do not make it easy for foreigners. Often, our foreign cards don’t work, the systems are overloaded and crash, and the website just “spins” when you try to submit.

iVisa does the process for you and you pay them, so you just have zero of the hassle. Beyond that, India is very strict about submitting the information EXACTLY. So if you make one small error, a number, or letter wrong, they will decline it and you have to pay and submit again. iVisa offers a guarantee and they will be the ones submitted (on their dime) if you use them. It’s basically an added insurance policy.

Everytime someone emails me (daily nearly) about issues, I say you should have used iVisa, so I really cannot stress it enough. I give you both options, though, and you can certainly try the government site. I DO NOT recommend any other site than iVisa. iVisa is a professional site that is the most well-known and recommended Visa site in the world. Any other site charges more. They’ll also manage it in any language for you (if you don’t speak English). They can also do urgent visa requests of up to 18 hours before your trip.

You have options of 18 hours, 24 hours, and 72 hours with iVisa and with the government site the only option is 72 hours. You can also pay with all international cards or PayPal.

Customer service

Note, there is no customer service help with the government site. iVisa has 24/7 customer service and that is a peace of mind on its own worth the $35. I know traveling to India is stressful to plan, so I just tell my readers to at least make the visa process the easiest way possible.

Step by Step here’s how to get the e-visa for India

 Step by Step here's how to get the e-visa for India

I’ll take you through the process now so you can just check it off your to-do list.

  1. Go to this iVisa link.
  2. Enter your nationality and the country you are traveling to.
  3. Select tourist e-visa with the green “apply now” button.Step by Step here's how to get the e-visa for India
  4. Enter your basic information in the boxes. how to get india evisa
  5. Choose “standard processing” for the cheapest visa and then you’ll see the price listed with the $35 fee added. You can change it to another currency of your home country here.Step by Step here's how to get the e-visa for India
  6. Click the green next button.
  7. Check all personal details are correct and put in your payment details and click send.
  8. It will pop up saying “Status Incomplete” this is good. You need to complete your application. Click “complete now”.
  9. A page comes up to add information. You need to make an email and password – just use your email and any password you want to log in.
  10. Enter the information asked (religion, where your parents are from) and click “save and continue”.
  11. Upload your passport copy in PDF format and a photograph in JPEG as per the instructions with a white background. Phone photos work fine! Click “save and continue”.
  12. Done. Now you can click “save and complete request”. You will get confirmation via email and then iVisa will deal the embassy. Your final visa will come to you via email. Print this and take it with you on your trip!

Remember if you have problems their customer service is there 24/7 to help you.

What you need to know ahead of time about Indian e-visa for tourists:

  1. Your passport must have at least 6 months expiration left on it from the date of arrival.
  2. You must have a return ticket or onward journey booked. This is a serious part of the Indian visa application process and they take it quite seriously. You will often be asked by the airline before you can even board your flight to India.
  3. You should print a paper copy of this E-visa once it’s issued to show the immigration officers when you land in India.
  4. This used to be a single entry visa. But now you can enter multiple times. As in you can go to Nepal or Sri Lanka, etc, and come back to India.
  5. The E-Visa is NOT valid for restricted and protected areas which includes my favorite place NE India, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, and parts of Himachal among others.
  6. With the E-Visa you could only fly into these 16 airports: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi but they are slowly adding more, now up to 24 airports, including Port Blair. You can leave from any airport.
  7. You can only apply for TWO E-tourist visas in one year.

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These are pretty much the only things you need to know before coming to India for a one month or smaller trip. Make sure you do not forget to get the visa. SO many people somehow do! I recommend applying with iVisa as soon as you’ve booked your flight so that it’s going to 100% be taken care of.

The Indian visa application process has always been daunting. The paperwork visa for longer than 2 months is very difficult and you have to mail in your passport to the embassy which is why I wrote a step by step guide for getting a longer Indian visa. The e-visa was meant to be hassle-free but it’s still not really and they change the rules all the time. Hopefully, in the future, they will have a true visa on arrival where you can just buy it in person when you land.

PS: If you’re coming to India, check out my India Guide eBook. After 6 years living here, my experiences from backpacking to luxury travel have been put into this 100,000-word book which will plan you the most amazing trip in India. Read what’s inside and reviews here.

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Brooke November 16, 2016 at 1:31 am - Reply

    If only you had posted this a few days ago. I have been researching it for a few weeks and literally just went through the whole process yesterday. It was so damn painful! The website itself was constantly redirecting me back to the Indian visas online home page before the form was complete. I eventually found that it is better to use internet explorer over google chrome.
    On the side I received approval the next day.
    One thing that you have stated which may mislead some readers is that the visa IS Valid from the date of ARRIVAL. As you have stated, applicants are given a 30 day window period from the date of approval in which they can enter the country however the 30 days in which you can be in the country doesn’t commence until the date you physically enter. Therefore applicant should apply no more than 31 days and no less than 4 days before entry. I hope that makes sense
    Much love :)

    • Rachel Jones November 16, 2016 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      You’re so right, I wrote that totally dumb! lol I’ve changed it now :) The e-visa is meant to be easier than the paper one, but man the paper one is SUCH a pain! I did my parents a couple years ago and was so annoyed the whole time.

      • Ray Stoddard November 24, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

        Hi Rachel: My wife and I will be arriving in Cochin just before Christmas 2017 and leaving just after January 1, 2018. What I have read seems to indicate that the eVisa is good for a calendar year that begins in January and ends in December. Does that mean that we need to apply for 2 eVisas each?

        Thanks for your assistance.


        • Rachel Jones November 26, 2017 at 3:45 am - Reply

          Ray, no that would be just one E-visa. I think it just gets lost in translation how they worded it!

  2. lauren November 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    I just applied for an evisa for a friend who is arriving in goa in a few days. I used the india government site. It is a bit time consuming ( but nowhere nearly as painful as applying for a regular tourist visa!)
    You definitely need a laptop or desktop as you will need to upload a photo of your passport and passport sized photo. And also you may need a bit of photo editing skills because the photo has to be a certain size and megabytes. The passport copy will need to be in PDF format. If you upload a scanned copy of your passport to your computer, it may be in a JPG file. You can google JPG to PDF and there are numerous sites that will convert the file from jpg to for free!
    The beneficial thing about the government evisa site is that it is cheap. You don’t have to pay a middleman. It was $48 . It says they will grant the visa within 72 hours. In this case it was granted by the next morning.
    Good luck to all!

  3. roy November 19, 2016 at 7:55 am - Reply

    can i attain an evisa, stay in india for a month, and then gain another e visa while I’m india to extend it to two months?

    we will be there in 2 months for HOPEFULLY 2 months

    • Rachel Jones November 19, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      No, you cannot do that. You have to exit after your evisa is over.

  4. Margaret December 14, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

    My flight arrives in Mumbai at 11:55PM, so must I count that as 1 day? Unfortunately, if I count that as Day 1, then I fly out of Delhi on the 31st day and must use the mail to embassy Visa.

    • Rachel Jones December 15, 2016 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      Hello Margaret,

      I am not sure. I wouldn’t think so, as by the time you are at immigration it will be the “next” day. You will need to call and double check this.

      • Margaret December 15, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

        Thank you, Rachel. My thinkng exactly. I sent an email to india.gov with specific days and flight times. Waiting to hear back, and will also call them if I do not get a response. Thank you, also, for posts regarding demonetization. Arriving in India in mid-Feb., and hoping much will be resolved by then. I am not finding local banks that carry Rupees here in Southern Ohio. Will do further checking.

        • Rachel Jones December 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

          Hmm I think my parents got them at our small local bank but if not there than you can check with AAA if you have a membership with them – I’m pretty sure they can order the money in.

          • Margaret December 16, 2016 at 11:09 pm

            Here is an update to share from AAA. Stopped by yesterday and was told AAA is no longer getting Rupees. Not any available currently nor will they have them in the future. I will check with the banks after the new year since they don’t seem to have any now either.

          • Rachel Jones December 17, 2016 at 1:35 pm

            wow :( thank you for sharing that update! I have been following the news very closely here and it seems in the north it’s still quite unstable.

  5. Irene Lal January 12, 2017 at 2:18 am - Reply

    I will be taking a flight into Jammu and Kashmir from Delhi. What would I do for a visa in this case?

    • Rachel Jones January 12, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      I think you have to have the paper visa – it should be listed on the site if the region is restricted.

  6. KIRRILY ARMOUR May 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I am in india on an employment visa which is about to expire. I’m booked to fly to Thailand for 2 days, purely so I can return to India on the 60 day evisa as a tourist. Can I apply for the evisa online whilst still in India? (so I have it in hand before I leave India for 2 days and then return) I’m concerned about what address to leave and if they see I’m already in India they may reject my application? Also I’m only in Thailand for 2 days so not enough time to apply from there I think.

    • Rachel Jones May 22, 2017 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      Yeah you can’t put an Indian address on there – but you can use a VPN anytime online to change where you “are” in the world so they wouldn’t know you are applying from India. I don’t know how much time you have to wait to come in after an employment visa expires or the rules on that front. You need 4 days technically but you can rush with ivisa and do it in 24 hours.

      • KIRRILY ARMOUR May 23, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

        Thanks Rachel! I spoke to the ivisa people last night who said the same – will look to use their 24hr service! And fingers crossed there’s no waiting period between visas…. PS Being an India freak, I love your blog :)

  7. debra May 29, 2017 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Thank you for this. I applied and got an email saying “Granted”. Is that email the document/evisa I print out and bring? I was expecting something a little more official looking than a basic email. If something more official was supposed to be attached, I certainly want to know sooner rather than later. Thanks again.

  8. Won June 18, 2017 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Hi, Rachel. I have been trying to the support center, but I have not been able to reach its customer rep. I am wondering if you have an answer for my question. I was granted the first double entry e-Tourist visa which allows me to arrive in India between 08/May/2017
    and 09/Sep/2017. I made my first entry to India on 21/May/2017 and departed India on 30/May/2017. The stamp indicated the visa expiry
    date to be 19/July/2017. Now, I plan to return to India on 12/July/2017 and depart on 02/August/2017.

    I am wondering if my current e-Visa is still valid for this trip, or
    do I need to re-apply for the second e-Visa?

    I’d greatly appreciate your feedback! Thank you!

  9. Emmy Young September 9, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Hello Rachel,

    I am going to India in November (flying into New Delhi), I am going to be applying for my visa from Chiang Mai, Thailand. Is it possible to get the 60 day evisa even though I am not in my own country (USA)? Is the whole thing online or do you need an appointment with the embassy?

    Any help would be greatly greatly appreciated..



  10. shelley September 11, 2017 at 1:01 am - Reply

    I have brought the 60 day visa, and need something to be clarified if possible! I know entry must be at one of the designated airports (we are flying to Delhi). But does the second entry have to be at one of the designated airports? I.e can we leave india after 3 weeks and enter again across the border from Nepal? We have tried ing support but they are not giving us straight answers!

    Thanks :)

    • Rachel Jones September 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      It’ll still need to be an airport that is listed for e-visa as when you re-enter you’ll go through immigration exactly as before and will be separated evisa line or regular visa… if there is no e-visa line you would be SOL!

      • Rachel Jones September 11, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

        & about crossing the border – no I don’t think you can with evisa and I know sharell from tripsaavy also wrote something about this saying that she also didn’t think you can as they don’t have the facilities. the evisa is quite new so there are few places that can take it

        • Judi Kloper December 21, 2017 at 2:01 am - Reply

          I’ve tried getting an answer to this for months from various blogs and from the Indian Embassy and ministry in India itself–The Indian Embassy folks wrote me an email and said check its website. I wrote back and said that it’s not addressed there and repeated the question. They never wrote back, nor did the ministry I wrote to. I’ve traveled to India extensively since 1987 and lived there three years ago. This trip, however, a group of us are traveling to NE India and crossing by land into Myanmar. While I have a regular visa, the others got an E-visa because our travel guide in India checked it out and said we should be fine once we get the stamp in Delhi on the first entry. I read on one blog that one person had no problem re-entering. But this is India and what one person does at immigration may be different than what a person at another counter at immigration does (i.e. as long as our first entry is in Delhi, for example, we can leave to Myanmar and re-enter by land).

          • Rachel Jones December 21, 2017 at 11:17 am

            Judi, from what I understand you cannot reenter by land with an e-visa – you can only enter India at specified places that accept e-visa (they have to have a system set up) which doesn’t even include all the airports in India, only the major ones. They may be relaxed about it and just let you in as it’s a valid visa, but I think technically they are not allowed to.

          • Judi Kloper December 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm

            HI Rachel…It’s so confusing that even my Indian counterparts were having trouble getting an answer to this question for the group of us. I posted on Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree forum on India a few months ago and was told that a few people had crossed into India from Myanmar on an E-visa that they used to enter India previously by air. And then, this post was answering someone else’s similar question two days ago: “Yes. We’ve had this confirmed by a handful of posters. Your first entry must be by air; the second entry can be by land.” I guess we’ll find out in January! We cross into Myanmar around the 14th or 15th of January (I can’t remember when) and we’ll be there just under two weeks, crossing back into India and then flying back down to Delhi. By the way, I’ll be returning to visit my friend in South Goa; he has a B/B there. I have been traveling through India since the 80s and lived in AP a few years ago. The most beautiful beaches in India are in Goa!

  11. Jewels Bertrand September 27, 2017 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your post Rachel. I am here in India on a 60 day e-visa. My visa ends mid Nov. I would like to stay for another 30 days. Is it possible to get another visa and do a visa run in Nepal or Sri Lanka?

    • Rachel Jones September 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Hey – I think you have to wait a certain time in between visas. It should be on their website!

  12. Sal October 21, 2017 at 2:42 am - Reply

    hi Rachel,

    My Boyfriend will be travelling from USA to India on e-visa; however after staying for 2 weeks we plans to got to thailand for a week and come back to India. can he still use the same e-visa if the validity is still there?

    • Rachel Jones October 21, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      Hey Sal, yes you can – it’s mentioned in the post here “This used to be a single entry visa. But now you can enter TWICE. As in you can go to Nepal or Sri Lanka, etc, and come back to India.”

  13. Ashley bousquet October 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel! I don’t know how long I’ll be in India for- maybe 3 weeks, maybe 3 months! If I book an outbound flight is that just money wasted?

    • Rachel Jones October 23, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Hi Ashley, I’ve only ever had them ask me once for proof of an outgoing flight so you could risk it but if they do ask you’ll have to book one on the spot. You can book on a site that allows 100% money back on cancellations within 24 hours so you can cancel it after.

  14. Katrina Murray November 2, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Hi, thanks for the great article! have you personally used the iVisa website? just checking its 100% trustworthy :)

    • Rachel Jones November 3, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Hey Kat, yes I have and so have hundreds of readers from my site! :)

  15. Andrew November 9, 2017 at 3:13 am - Reply

    Hey Rachel,

    My partner and I are looking at booking a 60-day visa at the moment. Unfortunately we booked our trip for 63 days – thinking that going into Nepal wouldn’t count towards the 60-day India passport. We were wrong.

    Now, during the application process, we’ve been told that visas are valid from the time of issue (rather than being valid from time of arrival). Do you have any advice on how we should organise our application then? (e.g. it takes exactly 30 days to arrive, so apply 31 days prior to arrival.. etc?)

    Also – do you know whether it’s possible to apply for two distinct 60 day e-visas? (so we would use the first for our first 2 weeks, then coming back from Nepal we’d use our second)?

    Thanks for any assistance!

    kind regards,

    • Rachel Jones November 9, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

      The mail-in visa can take various amounts of time so it’s almost impossible to say when to shoot for, but 30 days would be a pretty good guess. I think my last one took only 2 weeks to come back.

      For the second question, no you cannot do two back to back e-visas – there is some time limit between applying and a max of two a year but I don’t remember the limit off the top of my head. I think it’s in this article, though!

  16. Sylvia January 11, 2018 at 3:04 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for creating this awesome site!
    I just want to make sure I have this right. I just applied for my eVisa. If my application gets approved, does this mean I will print out the eVisa, show it to immigration officials in India upon arrival, and then receive my actual Visa upon landing in India?

    • Rachel Jones January 11, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Syliva, yes you should print it and take it with you then follow the signs for the evisa line. I haven’t done an e-visa myself so I don’t know once you arrive what they do but I imagine they see your paper visa in your hand and just stamp your passport?

  17. Renee January 23, 2018 at 4:15 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel, do you know any more about the “restricted areas” that you cant enter on an e-visa? Im struggling to find info on where this is, its the first ive heard about it! Somewhere said Jaisalmer is that correct? We have a 2 month trip planned around Rajahstan and a little bit of Northern India so need to make sure nowhere is on the restricted list

    • Rachel Jones January 23, 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

      No the restricted areas are like NE India, Jammu & Kashmir and some others, but not Rajasthan.

  18. Judi Kloper January 29, 2018 at 8:07 am - Reply

    HI Rachel, I just want to update you and your readers on something I posted a month ago in response to the e-visa and multiple entries. I’m in Goa now, having brought a small group of friends to India almost a month ago. They entered on an e-visa in Delhi (very simple) and a week later we entered Myanmar from India via the border crossing in Moreh/Tamu. We then re-entered India almost two weeks later at the same border crossing and had no problems. So, this hopefully will help readers who are hoping to come to India first on an e-visa and then re-enter one time via a land crossing. E-visas are not applicable for a first time entry to India at a land crossing because there is not the wi-fi connections that are necessary to process these visas. But if you enter India on an e-visa at the regular entries, you should have no problems leaving and re-entering from Myanmar. It just takes time because there are time-consuming checkpoints on both sides. And everything is done by hand, not computers.

    • Rachel Jones January 29, 2018 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing Judi – I remember you asking about this in the FB group and we couldn’t find an answer so that’s really helpful! :)

  19. Derreck March 4, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Can you apply for the visa and if you receive it in under 4 days use it before the fourth day?

  20. Fiona Jamieson March 4, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel,
    I hope you can help me. We’ve travelled to India a few times and the last time Dec17/Jan 18, we obtained e visas and start from the wait to have then checked and exit the airport – it was 100% easier, cheaper and quicker than anything previously undertaken. We’re looking to travel to India again at the end of the year, and as we star far south and use Trivandrum airport we thought a trip to the Maldives would be lovely and relatively hassle free. I’ve checked the visa status for the Maldives (don’t need one before arrival) but I can’t see if the e visa is single entry? I’m assuming a visit to the Malduves would be classed as leaving India?

    Can you help.

    Thank you,
    Fiona ❤

    • Rachel Jones March 5, 2018 at 7:09 am - Reply

      Maldives is not part of India so yes you need multiple entry – e-visas allow two entries now during valid time of visa which is just 60 days and also look that your old visa wasn’t too close to the timing of the new one as you can’t come in back to back on a new visa

  21. Rod Holebas August 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Hello Rachel, can you please tell me do I really need to show my hotel booking or where I am staying for tourist visa? I got return ticket tho.

  22. Mi August 31, 2018 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Hi – My E-visa has an expiration date of September 20th. My flight out of India is at 11.00 PM on September 20th. Is that ok? There are many threads since 10 years ago but none provides a definite answer. Hopefully we can get one here.

  23. Anna Benedek September 20, 2018 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Hii, thanks for this it was really helpful. I have a question though. I would like to stay in India for about 4 months. To avoid going through the hassle with the long term visa, I choose Evisa.
    Is it possible to reapply for the Evisa another time, for an additional 60 days? and if it is possible, is it also possible from INDIA or do i have to leave india (I am plannning to visit nepal during my stay ) and do the application from there? thank you so much,, i cannot find this info anywhere

  24. Judi Kloper September 20, 2018 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Anna, I travel to India a lot. I was last there this past January and February into early March. The E-Visa is only good for two months and two entries. I have been in the situation you’re in and it’s a hassle. I do not think it is possible to apply for the E-visa from India because they’ll see that you haven’t even left India yet. They won’t let you extend it either–I have tried. You can possibly apply for it from Nepal but I have no idea. It’s really a lot easier to get a regular visa that will be issued for either five years or ten years. (it’s at the discretion of the visa officer; I have always had ten year visas, and when I went to renew mine two years ago, I applied and paid for the ten year visa and a five year visa was returned to me!)

  25. Will September 22, 2018 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel, hope you can help me. I already have an approved evisa. However, i booked my travel tickets on dates different from the ones I indicated during my evisa application. But my confirmed travel dates is within the visa validity period. Will that be okay? Or the dates on the application form should be strictly followed? Thank you.

  26. Anne Shimmin October 15, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    OMG, Rachel – you are a star! Spent 3 days in Sumatra trying to do this damn form and kept getting thrown off, server going down etc and thought it was just the bad wifi there hehe. Left early from there to KL to get the very frustrating form done only to find the same thing…
    My daughter sent me to your blog and, voila !!!!! Thanks for saving me from a meltdown x

  27. Ilona October 29, 2018 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    I am in India now with the 2 month E visa.
    I would love to extend it without leaving the country.
    Do you know anything about this?
    Trying to find info about it but cannot really find any recent information about it..

    Thanks a million!

  28. Judi Kloper October 29, 2018 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    When my visa was almost up, I looked into extending it in-country but was told, by various authorities, that I would have to leave. I went to Bangladesh and then returned.

    • Colleen Wedding November 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      I have the same problem coming up. I am on an Evisa (business visa) I will have to stay at least 4 months now as plans changed. I think I cannot extend this Evisa… so I will have to fly to Sri Lanka or somewhere and get another Evisa right away. So you had no problem leaving the country and right away applying for another evisa?? There is no particular rule about a gap? On many sites they say only a gap is required if from certain countries like China, etc

      • Rachel Jones November 10, 2018 at 2:25 am - Reply

        You cannot extend the evisa so yes you have to leave, reapply and come back. it will take at least a week and you can only do this 2x in a year.

  29. Garry Wheeler October 30, 2018 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel, I am going on a cruise that stops at 3 ports in India in early January. I applied online, but just noticed that I put Jan 10th as my entry date, but the cruise actually goes to the first port on 1/6. Is this a problem or is the visa good for any start date once it is issued? Also, will 3 ports count as 3 entries or do they consider it one entry at the first port and only until we exit the last port? Thanks!

  30. Colleen Wedding November 9, 2018 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this helpful info. I noticed my same question has come up before, but not such a clear reply…. I want to get an Evisa – Business visa. I will stay Nov 20 – Jan 7, then fly to Colombo shri lanka… then I need to come back for more meetings right away on Jan 12 and stay again until March 7. These are 2 trips of 2 months with only a 1 week gap between trips… *Can I apply for another evisa within a week from my last visit??? A few years ago there was a time gap required between visits, but I remember when this changed. Now most info online is saying that restriction is only for certain nationalities like China, Afghan, etc. *What is the most offical website to find this updated detailed information? thanks for your help!

    • Rachel Jones November 10, 2018 at 2:24 am - Reply

      Hi Colleen,

      If it’s four months than you will have to leave re-apply and come back in. You can have two evisas within a year and it shouldn’t matter if they are back to back. All info is here and you can check there as they do change the rules often https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html

  31. Cynthia Walker November 13, 2018 at 12:17 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel I find all info very helpful and interesting. Is the visa valid for 30/60 days as I seen valid for different time in different comments .just don’t won’t to go over my stay and be sure .
    Thank you for your great help

    • Rachel Jones November 13, 2018 at 12:43 am - Reply

      60. It was 30 when this post was first written, hence comments about that but in 2017 it was changed to 60.

  32. Vishwajeet Singh December 20, 2018 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Just got your blog after reading I can say it’s the great blog for those who are looking for the Indian visa. Thank you so much Rachel for sharing this….

  33. Steven December 29, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I see that the Indian tourist Evisa is valid for 60 days, I’m planning on leaving after 59 days (to Bangkok for 5 – 7 days), can I apply for a second e-visa after and then return a week after leaving? I have an American Passport if that makes a difference. I don’t think i have time to get a traditional 6 month tourist visa before i leave and would like to spend at least 90 days in India between mid Jan – April. I am fine with with taking a weeklong visa run to another country

    • Elyce March 6, 2019 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Steven- I have a similar itinerary to you, including plans to go to Bangkok to apply for another e-visa to re-enter India and stay for two more months. We’re you successful? How long did you have to stay in Bangkok before you were granted the second e-visa?

  34. Joëlle January 29, 2019 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Hey there, thanks for the useful information you are providing! Do you have an idea if e-visa’s are valid if you travel overland?

  35. EY February 26, 2019 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Thank you for all information. So I read all your posts and all kind of bloggs out there but Its so hard to get the whole picture of what a double entry really means. How dose it work really?

    I have 60 day E visa with double entry for 120 days.

    If I leave the country before these 60 days, and enters India again within these 60 days. Lets say on the 59th day back in India again.
    Do I just arrive at the airport with the same visa I had the first time?

    Or do I need to do the whole process again and apply for a new Evisa before I coming back on my 2 entry of the double entry.

    Do I need to pay the fee again to enter again event though I have double entries.

    I need to get this explained in detail in every step as I am a5 year old kid thats needs to get the whole picture in one answer. Lol

    Thank You

    • Rachel Jones February 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Hello, not totally sure I understand your question but the 60 day evisa is only for 60 days. so you can leave on day 20 lets say and come back on day 40 but you’re still using those days of the validity of the evisa when you are not there. It starts counting when you enter the country the first time.

  36. Andrew March 19, 2019 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Rachel, I plan to get a 60 day evisa. I am flying to Delhi from Nepal. Then, I fly from Udaipur to Mumbai (layover in Mumbai), and then from Mumbai to Cochin. Questions (1) Can I use the evisa to fly from Udaipur to Mumbai? From your list, it looks like the evisa is accepted at Delhi, Mumbai, and Cochin, would I also need Udaipur to accept the evisa if I am departing from Udaipur? (2) I understand the flying from Nepal to Delhi will count as one usage of the evisa. Does flying within India count toward the 2 entries? Thank you!

    • Rachel Jones March 19, 2019 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      once you are in india, you don’t need a visa or to even show passport – you can book domestic flights showing your driver’s license if you want!

  37. Gill March 27, 2019 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Howdi, great article… I’m from Ireland and hope to be able to get one if these EVisas…
    My question is .. We leave for our travels April 19th but don’t head to India until next April ..

    How long is this Evisa valid for and do I have to do it from Ireland ..

    We have not decided on dates/flights etc… Hope to book these nearer the time…

    Defo won’t be back in Ireland before India.

    I do hope this makes sense :)

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