5 Year India Tourist Visa for US Citizens
Indian Tourist Visa Eligibility
US citizens can apply for an India Visa Online
US citizens are eligible for 5 Year e-Tourist Visa
US citizens enjoy fast entry using the India e-Visa program
American nationals keen to visit India for casual visits to meet friends and family, sightseeing or recreation or Yoga programme are eligible to apply for a 5 year India Tourist Visa. The India Tourist eVisa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within India and is electronically linked to your passport.
Indian Immigration Authority overhauled their Tourist Visa policy in September 2019.
In order to realise the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of doubling the number of tourists coming to India from the United States,
tourism minister Prahlad Singh Patel announced a spate of changes to Indian Online Visa.
With effect from September 2019, a long-term 5 year Indian Tourist Visa (India e-Visa) is now available to tourists on United States passports who yearn to visit India multiple times in a span of 5 years.
The article covers validity and documents required for 5 year Tourist Visa and top attractions for Americans.
India Tourist Visa for United States citizens is available in following categories:
India Tourist Visa 30 days: Double entry visa valid for 30 days from date of entry in India.
India Tourist Visa for 1 Year (or 365 days): Multiple entry visa valid for 365 days from date of grant of e-Visa.
India Tourist Visa for 5 Years (or 60 months): Multiple entry visa valid for valid for 5 years from date of grant of e-Visa.
All visas mentioned above are non-extendable and non-convertible. If you have applied and paid for a 1 year Tourist Visa, then you cannot
convert or upgrade that to a 5 year Visa.
5 Year e-Tourist Visa Stay Notice for US Citizens
For United States passport holders continuous stay during each entry shall not exceed 180 days.
5 year e-Tourist Visa is usually issued within 96 hours. However it is advisable to apply a week in advance of your flight.
Which activies are permitted on 5 Year Tourist Visa for US citizens?
India Tourist visa is granted to those who intend to travel to India for one or more of following reasons:
Trip is for recreation or sightseeing
Trip is for visiting friends, family or relatives
Trip is to attend short term yoga programme
Read more about Tourist e-Visa for India
What are essential requirements to obtain 5 year e-Tourist Visa?
The essential requirements for 5 year India e-Tourist Visa are:
A passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of first arrival in India.
An Email ID.
A valid method for payment like a debit card / credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex etc), UnionPay or a Paypal Account.
Click here to learn about Indian e-Visa Documents Requirements.
What are top places of interest for US Citizens in India?
Experience Taj Mahal in Agra- Taj Mahal needs no introduction, the finest monument depicting love and devotion.
Agra also boasts of many other histoical monuments of Mughal era and a city brimming with culture and heritage.
Ladakh or Little Tibet - Ladakh is a major attraction due to its exceptional beauty and culture. Situated in Jammu and Kashmir
, it boasts lovely weather and houses many ancient Buddhist monasteries.
Sikkim - Sikkim is one of the smaller and least populous Indian state.
Located at the base of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by beautiful mountains and has a colorful mix of Tibetan and
Kerala - Kerala offers serene beaches, Ayurveda resorts and natural spas. It is a must visit
for American tourists and perfect for couples or family vacations. Kerala also offers travellers tea and spice plantations.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands - Beautiful beaches to lounge on, water sports, amazing and delectable seafood, elephant
safari to sea-walking are some of the attractions of this colorful and amazing attraction.
Lush sea plantations in Darjeeling - Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a world heritage site. World famous for its
tea, Happy Valley Tea Estate is another popular tourist attraction. The flavor and aroma of Darjeeling Tea is not to be missed.
Sea of forts and palaces Jaipur - Jaipur is popular for its historical monuments.
Multiple palaces and forts like City Palace, Amer and Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar Observatory; a world heritage site and Lakshmi-Narayan Temple
A spiritual hub Rishikesh - An ideal place at foothills of Himalaya to savour spiritual and healing experience in the form of
many great ashrams as well as temples. Rishikesh is also famous for several Yoga programmes.
For Americans and music lovers, “Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram” is a place of great significance owing to the fact that The Beatles visited the place in 1960’s.