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Restoration of India e-Visa

India e-Visa

With immediate effect from 30.03.2021, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has restored India e-Visa facility for foreigners from 156 countries. The following categories of e-Visa has been restored:

  • e-Business Visa: Who intend to visit India for the purposes of business
  • e-Medical Visa: Who intend to visit India for medical reasons
  • e-MedicalAttendant Visa: Who intend to visit India as attendants of an e-Medical Visa holder
However, e-Tourist Visa viz. e-Visa under Tourist category is presently suspended.
  • e-Visa facility is still not available to citizens of Canada, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia

India e-Visa was available to citizens of 171 countries before restrictions were announced in 2020. In October of 2020, India had restored all existing visas (except all types of e-Visas, tourist, and medical visas) enabling foreigners to come to India for business, conferences, employment, education, research and medical purposes, after availing regular visas from missions and embassies abroad. .

What is e-visa?

  1. An e-Visa is provided in following major categories — e-Tourist, e-Business, conference, e-Medical, and e-MedicalAttendant.
  2. Under the e-Visa programme, foreign nationals can apply online four days prior to travel.
  3. After the application is completed online along with payment, an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) is generated, which has to be presented at the immigration checkpost on arrival.
  4. Entry through e-Visas is allowed only at 28 designated international airports and five major seaports in India.

Should you have any doubts or require assistance for your trip to India or India e-Visa,contact Indian Visa Help Desk for support and guidance.