eVisa India: How To Get An Indian e-Visa Online (Travel & Tourist)

by David & Intan

India has some amazing architecture and natural sights, with famous landmarks like the Taj Mahal in Agra, and snow capped mountains in the Himalayas.

Most nationalities (except for Bhutanese and Nepali citizens) will need a visa to visit India, which is given in the form of an electronic Indian visa (eVisa) since November 2014.

This guide explains everything about how to get an Indian tourist visa using the e-Visa India website! I wrote it in 2019 and last updated it in 2023.

I went through this process as a tourist, but the process on the e-Visa India website is very similar for the other visa categories as well.

What Is The India eVisa?

The Indian e-Visa is for visitors coming to India on a short term trip for sightseeing, visiting friends or relatives, short term medical treatment or casual business related things.

The 5 eVisa types are as follows: e-Tourist, e-Business, e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant, or e-Conference.

The eVisa is valid for 30 days, 1 year, or 5 years from the date of your arrival in India, and it’s a double entry visa (for e-Tourist or e-Business), single entry visa (e-Conference), or triple entry visa (e-Medical). It’s non-extendable and non-convertible.

You can apply and pay online anywhere from 4 to 120 days in advance of your date of arrival in India, but no later than 4 days prior to arrival, otherwise the application will not be processed.

The eVisa is valid for entry through 26 designated airports and 5 seaports in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Goa. The full list of airports and seaports permitted for the India eVisa can be found here (click the Instructions For Applicant link on the left side).
 

Who Is The eVisa Available To?

The eVisa is available to US citizens and those of 170+ other places, and the fee depends on your country/territory.

The current fee for American citizens and other countries can be found in their full list of fees by country on the website.

An additional bank transaction charge of 2.5% may be applicable on the eVisa India online website.

The visa fee is non-refundable, even if for some reason your application is rejected.
 

How Can I Get The India eVisa?

The visa process may sound complicated, but don’t worry, it’s actually pretty simple! Here it is broken down in 4 short steps:

  • 1. Apply Online. You will need to submit an application with a personal photo and passport page.
  • 2. Pay Visa Fee. Credit or debit cards (or Paypal) are accepted for online payment.
  • 3. Receive e-Visa. The visa will be sent to you by email.
  • 4. Visit India. You will need to print the India eVisa and carry it with you at the time of travel.

 

Before You Apply For The Indian e-Visa

It’s important to fill out your visa application completely and accurately, otherwise it may be rejected.

Before applying on the eVisa India website, make sure of the following:

  • Passport Validity. Your passport should have >6 months validity
  • Visa Pages. Your passport should have at least 2 blank visa pages for stamping
  • Sufficient Funds. You should have enough money for your stay in India (this is rarely questioned), and also a return ticket or onward ticket.

You will also need to have the following items on your computer:

  • Personal Photo. This should be a recent, clear photo of your face with a white background. JPEG format is required.
  • Passport Photo. This should be your main passport page with your name, date of birth, nationality, etc. PDF format is required. If you need help changing your passport image to a PDF, you can use the following website: https://smallpdf.com.

Note: If you’re applying for an e-Business or e-Medical visa, in addition to the above you will also need a copy of the business card (for the e-Business visa) or a copy of the letter from the hospital concerned in India on its letterhead (for the e-Medical visa).
 

How To Apply For The India eVisa (Indian Tourist Visa)

When you’re ready to proceed, you can begin your visa application at the Indian government’s official eVisa website:

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

THIS IS IMPORTANT. There are other websites circulating on the internet that mimic this one or pretend to grant speedy visas, but those are often scams and they will take your money. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER WEBSITE.

I’ve provided some photos below as EXAMPLES to guide you through the application, but these are not from my actual eVisa submission. In other words, the addresses and other data I used in the images below are only examples. With that said, the pages you see in your visa application will resemble the ones shown in these images.

If anything has changed in the application process since this guide was written, please let me know in the comments at the bottom of this page and I will update the guide ASAP. I will do my best to keep this entire page up to date.

To begin your visa application, click the button circled in red that says Apply here for e-visa.

India eVisa application guide and steps

To begin your visa application, click the button circled in red that says Apply here for e-visa.


 

Visa Application Page 1

e-Visa Application

Passport Type*: Select Ordinary Passport
Nationality*: Select your country from the dropdown list
Port Of Arrival*: Select the airport you will be flying into
Date Of Birth*:
Email ID*:
Re-enter Email ID*:
Expected Date Of Arrival*:
Visa Service*: Select from the list, and then choose an activity that best fits your trip to India
Please Enter Above Text*: Enter the captcha code given

(Items above marked with * are required.)

India e-Visa online application guide and steps on page 1

Page 1 of the Indian visa online application on the eVisa India website. Very straightforward.

After selecting continue, if you’re applying for the Indian tourist visa (e-Tourist), then a small message will appear: “The following documents are required to be submitted. 1) Photograph. 2) Passport.” Select OK.

(For some reason the photo dimensions here state 2″ x 2″ but when you come to the actual uploader, the correct minimum dimensions will be 350 x 350 pixels. You’ll use the latter. Side note: separate messages may appear for Business/Medical eVisa applications.)

India eVisa application guide and steps on page 1

You can ignore this message on the Indian visa application and click OK.

You have now arrived at the second page of the Indian visa online application form. It’s a good idea to write down the Temporary Application ID because it will be required if you have issues or need to come back to your application later.
 

Visa Application Page 2

Applicant Details Form

Surname*:
Given Name*:
Have You Ever Changed Your Name?* If yes, click the box and give details
Sex*:
Date Of Birth: Automatically filled in
Town/City Of Birth*:
Citizenship/National ID No*: If not applicable, type NA
Religion*:
Visible Identification Marks*: List any tattoos if you have them, otherwise put NONE
Education*:
Nationality: Automatically filled in
Did You Acquire Nationality By Birth Or By Naturalization?* Select yours
Have You Lived For At Least Two Years In The Country Where You Are Applying Visa?* Select yes or no
 

Passport Details

Passport Number*:
Place Of Issue*: Whatever nationality is on your passport
Date Of Issue*:
Date Of Expiry*:
Any Other Valid Passport/Identity Certificate (IC) Held?* Yes or no. If yes, give details

(Items above marked with * are required.)

India eVisa application guide and steps on page 2

Page 2 of the e-Visa India application form. Personal identification details.


 

Visa Application Page 3

Applicant’s Address Details

House No./Street*:
Village/Town/City*:
Country*:
State/Province/District*:
Postal/ZIP Code*:
Phone No.*: One phone number is required
Mobile No.:
Email Address: Automatically filled in
Click Here For Same Address*: Click here if your permanent address is the same address as above, and then it will be applied.

(Items above marked with * are required.)

India eVisa application guide and steps on page 3

Page 3 of the Indian visa online. Personal address details.


 

Visa Application Page 3 (continued)

Father’s Details

Name*:
Nationality*:
Previous Nationality: Leave blank if it never changed.
Place Of Birth*: Use the state/province/district of birth if you don’t know the town/city
Country Of Birth*:
 

Mother’s Details

Name*:
Nationality*:
Previous Nationality: Leave blank if it never changed.
Place Of Birth*: Use the state/province/district of birth if you don’t know the town/city
Country Of Birth*:

Applicant’s Marital Status: Select whether you’re single or married. If married (or separated but not divorced), enter your spouse’s details. If divorced, just select single.
Were Your Parents/Grandparents (Paternal/Maternal) Pakistan Nationals Or Belong To Pakistan Held Area? Select yes or no
 

Profession / Occupation Details Of Applicant

Present Occupation*: Select your occupation from the dropdown list. If it’s something else, select ‘Others’ and then enter it. The image below gives an example.
Employer Name/Business*:
Designation:
Address*: 
Phone:
Past Occupation, If Any:
Are/Were You In A Military/Semi-Military/Police/Security Organization?* Select yes or no. If yes, a dropdown will appear asking for the following: Organisation, Designation, Rank and Place Of Posting.

(Items above marked with * are required.)

India eVisa application guide and steps on page 3

Page 3 (continued). Family and occupation details for the Indian visa online.


 

Visa Application Page 4

Details Of Visa Sought

Type Of Visa: Automatically filled in
Visa Service: Automatically filled in
Places To Be Visited*: Enter any cities or areas (e.g. Delhi) you will be visiting in India
Places To Be Visited Line 2: 
Duration Of Visa: Automatically filled in
No. Of Entries: Automatically filled in
Port Of Arrival In India: Automatically filled in
Expected Port Of Exit From India*: Select the correct airport from the dropdown
 

Previous Visa/Currently Valid Visa Details

Have You Ever Visited India Before?* Select yes or no. If yes, enter the name and address of the place you stayed previously.
Cities In India Visited*: Enter details from previous visits
Last Indian Visa No/Currently Valid Indian Visa*: If your previous visit was with an eVisa, the number will be written on the stamp given in passport. If you don’t know the number, type unknown.
Type Of Visa*: Tourist
Place Of Issue*: United States (if it was a regular visa). Enter the airport name in India if it was an eVisa.
Date Of Issue*: The date it was issued. For an eVisa, you can use the date of entry from the stamp on your passport, or possibly in your email.
Has Permission To Visit Or To Extend Stay In India Previously Been Refused?* Select yes or no. Hopefully the answer is no
 

Other Information

Countries Visited In Last 10 Years: List any countries you’ve recently visited. I didn’t have room to list all of them, so I included a partial list. This field is not mandatory.
 

SAARC Country Visit Details

Have You Visited SAARC Countries (Except Your Own Country) During Last 3 Years?*: The list of SAARC countries can be found in the dropdown list.

(Items above marked with * are required.)

India eVisa application guide and steps on page 4

Page 4 of the eVisa application. Your travel details.


 

Visa Application Page 4 (continued)

Reference

Reference Name In India*: Your accommodation details will work
Address*: For a hotel this can usually be found on Google Maps or the listing at Booking.com or Agoda.com
Phone*: For a hotel this can usually be found on their website or on Google Maps
Reference Name In Home Country*: A relative or friend will work
Address*: 
Phone*: 

(Items above marked with * are required.)

India eVisa application guide and steps on page 4

Page 4 (continued). Travel and reference details.


 

Visa Application Page 5

Additional Question Details

  • Have You Ever Been Arrested/Prosecuted/Convicted By Court Of Law Of Any Country?* Yes or no
  • Have You Ever Been Refused Entry/Deported By Any Country Including India?* Yes or no
  • Have You Ever Been Engaged In Human Trafficking / Drug Trafficking / Child Abuse / Crime Against Women / Economic Offense / Financial Fraud?* Yes or no
  • Have You Ever Been Engaged In Cyber Crime / Terrorist Activities / Sabotage / Espionage / Genocide / Political Killing / Other Act Of Violence?* Yes or no
  • Have You Ever By Any Means Or Medium, Expressed Views That Justify Or Glorify Terrorist Violence Or That May Encourage Others To Terrorist Acts Or Other Serious Criminal Acts?* Yes or no
  • Have You Sought Asylum (Political Or Otherwise) In Any Country?* Yes or no

(Items above marked with * are required.)

Application guide and steps on page 5 for Indian visa online

Page 5 of the Indian visa online application. Background questions.


 

Visa Application Page 6

Upload Photograph

At this point you will be asked to upload a personal photo.

If you need to come back and do this later, you can save and exit the application (but make sure to write down the Temporary Application ID because it will be required if you want to reuse your application later).

The photo format will need to be JPEG, with a minimum size of 10 KB and a maximum size of 1 MB. Minimum dimensions are 350 pixels wide x 350 pixels high. The personal photo needs to be recent and front facing, with a white background.

The picture needs to be a clear photo of your face. You can get these done at places like Walgreens, for example. Unfortunately you cannot crop your passport photo to use for this, it needs to be a separate photo.

It’s important to follow all of these specifications and rules, otherwise your eVisa India application may be rejected. Click choose file and navigate to the photo you want to choose; then click upload photo.

After uploading the photo, you’re given an opportunity to crop the photo or upload it again if you’d like.

Application guide and steps on page 6 for Indian visa online

Page 6 of the Indian visa online guide. Upload your personal photo.


 

Visa Application Page 7

Upload Passport

Next, you will be asked to upload a copy of your passport page.

This should be the photo page with personal details like name, date of birth, nationality, expiration date, etc. It should match the passport details entered in your eVisa application.

The file should be in PDF format with a minimum size of 10 KB and a maximum size of 300 KB. If you need help changing your passport file from an image to a PDF, you can use the following website: https://smallpdf.com.

Again, it’s important to follow all of the specifications and rules, otherwise your eVisa application may be rejected. Click choose file and navigate to the PDF file you want to choose; then click upload document.

Application guide and steps on page 7 for Indian visa

Page 7 of the Indian visa online guide. Upload your passport.


 

Verification & Payment

After submitting your passport upload, the next page will ask you to confirm ALL of the previous details from your Indian e-Visa application.

Look these over thoroughly to make sure you entered everything correctly, because this will be your last chance to edit anything. Once you verify and continue, you will be brought to the visa payment page.

At this point, you can pay for the visa now or later. Follow the instructions on the page for either option. You should also write down the visa Application ID so you can access the application again.

You can pay with international credit or debit cards, or you can make your visa payment with Paypal. I used Paypal and I would recommend this. It was easy to process.

If you don’t have a Paypal account, then the next best option is probably using your card via the Axis option.
 

Completion

After submission and payment, you will get an email from the Indian government saying that your Indian visa online application was submitted successfully and will take 72 hours for processing.

Generally you will hear back in much quicker time; in my case the Indian visa application was processed and granted in under 24 hours.

You MUST print the email you receive containing the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) and present it to the immigration officer when you arrive in India. I would recommend printing and bringing at least two copies.

The government of India emphasizes that you should also track your application and make sure that the status says granted on the official eVisa India website (same link as above) before making your journey to India.
 

What If My India Visa Is Rejected?

If your India visa is rejected, don’t worry. You can apply again, and there’s no minimum amount of time you have to wait before re-applying for a visa. If the online system allows you to re-apply, then you can go ahead and do it when you’re ready.

However, it’s important to find out why you were rejected so you can fix it in your next application. Unfortunately a reason is not always given, but generally the most common reasons for India visas being rejected are simple errors like typos, wrong dates, or wrong photo specifications.

When reapplying, you’ll be faced with this question: “Has permission to visit or to extend stay in India previously been refused?”

How you answer this question will depend on why you were rejected in your first application. If it was a simple clerical error like a wrong date or wrong photo specifications, then I would answer no, because you weren’t actually refused a visa for visiting India due to being ineligible for some reason, you only made a minor mistake in the submission process that can easily be corrected.

Good luck and happy travels!

Black and white Taj Mahal pool reflection in Agra
 
Disclaimer: To my knowledge, the above information in this e-Visa India guide is correct at the time and date of posting. This blog post is not legal advice and I am only sharing my own personal experience. I am not affiliated with the Government of India or their website. If anything has changed in the eVisa India application process since this guide was written, please let me know in the comments below and I will update the guide ASAP. This visa guide was originally posted in 2018, and last modified in 2023.
 

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13 comments

mianali February 17, 2021 - 10:27 am

I impressed by the quality of information on this website. There are a lot of good resources here. I am sure I will visit this place again soon.

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Jeanne January 26, 2023 - 2:39 am

I have an extra copy of my passport photo. Although it is the same picture as in my passport it is not just a cropped version of the photo in the passport. Is this acceptable?

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David January 27, 2023 - 3:52 am

Hi Jeanne, I haven’t tried that myself but it should be okay as long as it meets the other requirements for the personal photo. Regards

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Esther March 7, 2023 - 7:53 pm

I used my extra copy of my passport photo this past week for my India E-visa, and it worked!

Thank you, David, for providing the details regarding the E-visa information. It was really helpful and guided me as I entered the required fields in the application.

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David & Intan March 7, 2023 - 10:00 pm

Good to hear. Thanks Esther!

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Allyqa March 21, 2023 - 7:57 am

why is it that when i filled the places to be visited form, it says invalid characters

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David March 21, 2023 - 8:56 am

What are you trying to enter there?

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Soorya July 15, 2023 - 5:37 pm

Once we receive ETA the first name and last name are shuffled is it the same for everyone?

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David July 15, 2023 - 5:46 pm

Yes, it was the same on my ETA. No problem.

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Abigail September 1, 2023 - 9:41 am

Hi David, thank you SO MUCH for this helpful post. I’m flying to India in a month and my e-visa application was just rejected (I traveled to India in early 2020 and had no issues at all) so I’m now going through the process of carefully re-applying… one question I’m hoping you can help me with: I just got married 2 weeks ago, do you expect it to be an issue to check the “married” box despite the fact my (USA & Israeli) passports say nothing about being married (or single, for that matter?) also -I can’t seem to find anything online about a minimum amount of time to wait before re-applying… any idea? Trying to minimize all odds of being rejected again. Thanks so much again, really appreciate your guidance.

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David & Intan September 3, 2023 - 8:00 am

Hi Abigail! Glad the post was helpful for you. Yes, it should be okay to put married on the application. Like you say, the marital status isn’t shown on the passport anyway, and spouse names aren’t always changed right away after marriage either, or sometimes they never change. So that should be fine.

As far as I know, there’s no minimum amount of time to wait before re-applying. If the online system allows you to re-apply, then I would go ahead and try again. Do you know why you were rejected the first time? I would figure that out before re-applying. Good luck!

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Avigyle September 1, 2023 - 10:10 am

Hi David! Another important question – for the “Has permission to visit or to extend stay in India previously been refused?” question on page 4 – would my previous e-visa rejection quality as a “yes”?

Thank you!

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David & Intan September 3, 2023 - 8:08 am

For this question, I think it would depend on the reason why you were rejected on the first application. Was it a simple error like a wrong date, wrong photo specifications, etc? If so, I would answer no, you weren’t refused a visa for visiting India, your application was only rejected because of a minor mistake. This is different from refusing you a visa because you aren’t eligible for some reason.

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