Application Guide to India Tourist and Business Visa

 Application Guide to India Tourist and Business Visa

Whether you want to explore the delicious cuisine, unique culture, colourful celebrations and spectacular architecture or go over for business meetings or conferences. You’ll be needing an Indian E-visa. People from over 160 countries can apply for the India E-visa. You’ll need to apply for this visa from your home country – before travelling to India. There’s three subcategories of the E-visa for India:

  • Business
  • Medical
  • Tourist

The Indian business and tourist E-visas are valid for one year since it has been granted to you. Once you arrive in India with any of the subcategories of the E-visa, it cannot be extended. However, if you would like to stay longer in India, you can apply for a traditional Indian visa, which means you’ll have to go to the embassy near you.

Difference between the business and tourist E-visas

1. Tourist E-visa

If you want to explore India, visit friends and family or if you want to go over for a yoga retreat you can apply for the E-visa for tourist purposes!. Your tourist E-visa will be valid for 90 days Or 180 if you’re from:

  • Canada
  • Japan
  • UK
  • USA

But there are some exceptions:

  • You do not need a tourist E-visa if you’re from Nepal or Bhutan
  • You do not need a tourist E-visa if you’re from Maldives and are visiting for 90 days only
  • You can obtain a Tourist E-visa on arrival if you’re from Japan, South Korea or the United Arab Emirates

2. Business E-visa

You can travel to India on a Business E-visa for:

  • Business meetings
  • Carrying out tours
  • Delivering lectures under the Global Initiative for Academic Networks
  • Recruiting
  • Working on a project
  • Purchasing, selling or trading
  • Starting a business
  • Partaking in business, trade affairs or exhibitions

The Business E-visa is valid for 180 days and you can enter India up to two times.

Visa Application Requirements

There are a couple of things you’ll need to apply for any subcategory of the E-visa:

  • Copy of your personal page of your passport
  • Passport formatted electronic photo (a different one to your passport)
  • Completed application form
  • Email address
  • Credit or debit card for application fees
  • Return ticket
  • Show adequate funds at the port of entry

As well as the above information and documents, a business visa will also require you to have:

  • Name and address of the host or company in India
  • Invitation letter or Business card
  • The Indian’s company website
  • Business card or email signature

How long does it take to get an Indian E-visa?

It takes approximately two to four business days to have your E-visa processed and sent to you by email if your application is successful. If you have been granted an E-visa, you’ll receive an email with it. You then have to print a copy of it and bring it with you when travelling to India. On your entry, you’ll also need your passport with a minimum of two blank pages so that you can get a stamp on your arrival and departure. Biometric information will be collected from you when you arrive at an airport in India, i.e. fingerprints. Moreover, if you are from one of the countries affected by Yellow Fever, India requires that you have proof of vaccination at the port of entry – a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card.


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