e-Visa India 🇮🇳

Tourism / Business / Medical / Conference / NGO

Since 2015, an electronic visa issuance system has been in place for India, initially called "e-Tourist Visa" and later renamed "e-Visa", operational at 5 ports and 31 airports on Indian territory. In 2019, e-Visas have become even more flexible, allowing stays of up to 90 days (Tourism) or even 180 days (Business) in India.

By misnomer, it's also called "Visa on Arrival", even though the e-Visa must be applied for before boarding the plane to India, and no e-Visa is issued on the spot. Everything is done entirely online, you don't have to send anything by post, and you don't have to go anywhere. Photocopies of your passport and a passport photo should be sent once the application has been completed and paid for. You'll then receive a PDF travel authorization form, which you'll need to print out and present at the airport of arrival to have the final visa affixed to your passport and fingerprints taken.

The e-Visa is valid for applicants holding a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival for each stay in India. No FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) registration is required for these e-Visas.

Start an application for an e-Visa India

Single rate of 39 € per passenger
Excluding consular fees, if applicable

Frequently asked questions about the India e-Visa

Any French citizen wishing to travel outside the European Union must obtain a visa in order to legally enter the desired territory. The visa, whether it is electronic or more traditional, is issued by the competent authorities of the country where you wish to go, and constitutes proof of authorization to visit that country for a specific period of time, generally set at 90 days.

If you're planning to visit India, you'll need to obtain an electronic visa before you even arrive.. An electronic visa issuance system was introduced in 2015 for India, to facilitate people's access to Indian territory via multiple entry points (ports and airports, no land points).

As of March 2019, e-Visas for India have become more flexible and now allow travelers to visit India for single or multiple entry stays and stay for up to 90 days at a time for tourism, and up to 180 days if it is a business trip. If you wish to benefit from an e-Visa for India, Visamundi can assist you in your application thanks to its expertise in handling visa applications from professionals and individuals. By completing the e-Visa India form available on our website, you will easily obtain, through our services, your e-Visa to travel to India.

What are the eligibility criteria for obtaining an e-Visa India?

All nationalities are covered by the e-Visa India. Only Nepalese and Bhutanese nationals need a " traditional " paper visa. If you are a French national, you will have access to the e-Visa India in the same way as other nationals of different continents, except for travelers of Pakistani origin who may encounter difficulties in obtaining an e-Visa from the Indian authorities.

The e-Visa India is mainly issued for tourism and business travel, but also for medical travel or to attend a conference as a researcher. The e-Visa India is available in several forms, e-Visa Tourism, e-Visa Business, e-Visa Medical, and finally e-Visa Conference.

  • The Tourist e-Visa is for single entry stays and is valid from 30 days to 5 years from the date of entry, and you must enter India within 30 days of issue.
  • The e-Visa Business allows travelers to enjoy multiple stays of up to 180 days for 1 year from the date of issue of the e-Visa.
  • The e-Medical Visa allows patients and accompanying persons to enjoy up to 3 entries for a maximum of 60 days of cumulative stay. From the date of issue of the e-Visa, you will have 120 days to enter India.
  • The Conference e-Visa allows one entry into India for up to 30 days. You will also have 120 days to enter India from the date of issue.

To be eligible to obtain an e-Visa for India as a French national, you will need to carry a passport with a validity of at least 6 months from your date of arrival for each stay in India. Moreover, no registration with the FRRO(Foreigners Regional Registration Office) is required to obtain an e-Visa India. Your fingerprints will be taken directly upon arrival by the relevant authorities, after the final visa has been affixed to your passport.

How do I get an e-Visa for India on Visamundi ?

Compared to a traditional visa, an e-Visa India offers many advantages to facilitate the processing of the visa application. Thanks to the e-Visa form available on our website, you will be able to complete all your procedures online, without having to schedule a trip to theIndian Embassy to finalize your application.

To obtain your e-Visa India, we suggest you fill out an application form on our website, complete and intuitive which will greatly facilitate the realization of your project. The photocopy of your passport and a passport photo will be sent only once the visa application is completed and paid. Once the agreement of the Indian authorities has been obtained, we will send you a travel authorization in electronic format (PDF), which you will then have to print out in order to present it upon your arrival at one of the possible entry points (ports or airports).

Although the turnaround time for obtaining an e-Visa for India is quite fast, you will only be able to apply for an e-Visa if your trip takes place more than 5 days after your application. Please note that the validity of the e-Visa for India only starts from the date of your arrival in India, not from the moment the e-Visa is issued.

All the documents required to complete your application for an e-visa for India will be uploaded directly online, without any postal procedures. Once you have completed the form, all you have to do is send us your documents so that we can check them before sending them to the Indian authorities. The documents concerned are a photocopy of your passport valid for at least 6 months after your arrival in India, as well as a passport photo. For a Business e-Visa, you will need to send us a business card, and for a Medical e-Visa an invitation from the hospital where you need to be treated.

How much does an e-Visa for India cost?

On our India e-Visa application form, you will find a clear and detailed price list, which will show you the price of the different e-Visa options available to enter India. The price of an e-Visa for India will depend on the type of e-Visa you choose, between the Tourist e-Visa, Business e-Visa, Medical e-Visa and Conference e-Visa. The prices mentioned in our price list include the consular fees of the Indian authorities, as well as our service fees for the proposed support.

What are the documents needed to apply for an e-Visa for India?

To apply for an e-Visa for India, you must provide the following documents:

  • Photocopy of passport valid at least 6 months after arrival
  • Passportphoto
  • Business : business card
  • Medical: invitation from the hospital
  • Conference: political clearance

Other documents may be required depending on the reason for your trip to India.

Can an e-Visa be extended?

The Tourist e-Visa cannot be extended or changed to other types of visas. This is stated on the document. You will need to contact your local immigration office to request a regular visa.

To apply for a new e-Visa, you will need to be outside India. This is because it requires activation at authorized immigration posts.

Do I have to register with the FRRO upon arrival in India?

There is no need to register with the FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) for these e-Visas, and fingerprints will be taken upon arrival.

How much does a visa for India cost?

The cost of a 30-day tourist visa for India is approximately $25 in consular fees. This fee can be reduced by $15 during the low season, between April and June. There are different fees for different e-visas: tourism, business, medical.

For those wishing to apply for a visa themselves, please note that any error on the visa application forms or incorrect completion of the form may result in the visa being refused or issued as an invalid visa. The Indian authorities never refund consular fees, even in the event of refusal.

Does the Indian e-visa allow me to visit the whole country?

It is a legend that has a life of its own: yes it is possible to travel anywhere in India with an e-Visa.

However, some areas require an additional registration, to be done locally or on the internet(e-FRRO). This is also the case for a classic visa. Moderate additional fees are to be expected. These areas include Sikkim, the Pakistani border, Leh, or the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

How many days can I stay in India with a visa?

In general, the most common length of stay options for the India Tourist e-Visa are as follows:

  1. 30-day dual-entry e-Visa: You can stay in India for 30 days from the date of entry, with one or more authorized entries.
  2. 1-year multiple-entry e-Visa: you can stay in India for 365 days from the date of issue, with one or more authorized entries.
  3. 5-year multiple-entry e-Visa: you can stay in India for 5 years from the date of issue, with one or more authorized entries.

It is important to note that the duration of validity of the India e-Visa does not mean the total duration of your stay in India. The actual length of stay will depend on the purpose of your trip and any other conditions attached to your visa.

How long does it take to get an Indian visa?

Currently, the average time to obtain an electronic visa is 4 days. Travelers are advised to apply relatively early, especially during Indian holidays and high season.

The exit date indicated on my India visa is not the right one.

There is no "exit date" indicated on e-Visas for India. There is an "expiry date", which is the date before which you must enter India to activate your e-Visa.

If you have taken a 30-day e-Visa, the 30 days will start from the time you pass through the Indian immigration. A 30-day e-Visa can only be issued within 30 days prior to arrival in India.

Which nationalities are exempt from the India visa requirement?

There are 3 nationalities exempted from India visa: Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives. Pakistanis are strongly advised not to apply for an electronic visa.

The e-Visa is free (no consular fees only) for nationals of the following countries: Argentina, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

Japanese, South Koreans and Emiratis can apply for a visa on arrival.

What reasons for staying are eligible for the e-Visa India?

The India e-Visa is available for foreign travelers wishing to enter India for the following reasons:

  1. Tourism: for vacations, family visits or leisure activities, trekking, yoga, ayurveda, cruises, etc.
  2. Business: for business meetings, conferences, trade delegations, e-commerce activities, etc.
  3. Medical: for medical care, treatments, consultations, etc.
  4. Humanitarian work and volunteering: for charitable activities, humanitarian missions, volunteer activities, etc.

What are the authorized entry and exit points?

The authorized entry and exit points for the Indian e-Visa depend on the type of visa you have applied for. In general, authorized entry points include international airports and major seaports.

It is important to check the authorized exit points (many more than entry points, including land points) for your type of e-visa before planning your trip to India. You can find this information on the Indian embassy website or on dedicated websites.

How to make a visa photo for India to the standards?

Here are the requirements for the India visa photos:

  1. Size: The photo must measure 2 inches x 2 inches (51 mm x 51 mm).
  2. Quality: The photo must be clear and sharp, without spots, scratches, shadows or other defects.
  3. Background: The background should be white or light and uniform.
  4. Expression: Your expression should be neutral, with your mouth closed and eyes open. You should not smile or make faces.
  5. Position: Your head should be centered and tilted slightly forward. There should be a clear space around your head and shoulders.
  6. Pixels: The photo must be in color and in high resolution. The minimum pixel requirement is 600 x 600.

Do I need to print my e-Visa for India?

Airlines or shipping companies require a printed document to verify data and to board. Once in India, immigration officials will rely on the printed barcode to confuse the traveler's data.

Deciphering a visa for India

  • Application Id: The visa application number
  • Passport number: Your passport number. Must respect what is written on the passport page containing the photo. This is what the transport companies check.
  • Application status: The status of the application. Must be GRANTED
  • ETA number: The number of the electronic visa
  • Nationality: Your nationality
  • Visa type: Always e-Visa
  • Service name: The category of the visa, which usually includes many subcategories not displayed
  • No. of entries: Number of "incoming" immigration passages allowed
  • Date of issue of ETA: Date d'édition du document
  • Date of expiry of ETA: Date until which you can enter India to "activate" your e-Visa
  • Activities permitted: Activities permitted in India. Please note that the agent will probably ask you questions to confirm your reason for travel.

When should I go through VFS Global for my visa to India?

If you wish to submit your visa application online, you can do so directly through the Indian Embassy's website or through the website of a third party agency that is accustomed to processing electronic visa applications. This option may be more convenient for most cases and individuals who prefer to manage the visa application process online and wish to avoid travel and queuing.

If you prefer to submit your visa application in person, you can choose to go through VFS Global, accredited to receive paper visa applications in the passport. Crla is for travelers with specific typologies: regular long stays, land entry, etc. Please note that processing time may be longer in this case, as it is local.

Embassy of India in France, Belgium or Switzerland

The Embassy of India in France is located in Paris, in the 17th arrondissement, at 15, rue Alfred Dehodencq, 75016 Paris. The telephone number is (+33) 1 40 50 70 70 and the fax number is 01 40 50 09 96. The Embassy has a consular wing at 20 Rue Albéric Magnard, 75016 Paris. India has a consulate in Lyon, located at 2 Rue Cavenne.

The Embassy of India in Switzerland is located at 9, Rue de Valais 1202 Geneva; its telephone number is (+41) 22-906 8686 and fax number is (+41) 22-906 8696. It is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm every day.

The Embassy of India in Belgium is located at Chaussee de Vleurgat 217, 1050 Brussels. The phone number is (+32) 2-640 9140 (+32) 2-645 1850 and the email address is info@indembassy.be.

India: mandatory and recommended vaccines

Recommended vaccines

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B: For long or repeated stays.
  • Japanese encephalitis: From the age of 2 months, for expatriates or those staying in rural areas during the transmission period.
  • Malaria: Year-round transmission throughout the country in areas less than 2,000 m above sea level. - The most at-risk states are the northeast, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka (excluding the city of Bangalore), Madhya Pradesh, Maharasthra (excluding the cities of Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik and Pune), Orissa and West Bengal (excluding the city of Calcutta). - No risk in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim, and low transmission in the rest of the country.
  • Rabies: for prolonged stays in isolation (children: as soon as they walk).
  • Typhoid fever: in case of prolonged stay or in precarious hygienic conditions (children: from age 2)

India: Covid-19 travel restrictions

Information updated on 15/02/2024

India: these restrictions are still in force

India: are medical examinations required for travelers?

All passengers are subject to pre-departure and arrival health screenings, such as temperature checks and visual assessment. Additional health tests may be required for individuals with symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, travelers must self-monitor after arrival and report any symptoms.

In a nutshell:
  • No PCR test is required by this country (but may be required by the airline)
  • No health pass is required by this country
  • This country does not require Covid-19 vaccination for incoming travelers
  • No quarantine is required upon arrival in this country
  • No health form is required to go to this country