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.

How to apply for an e-Visa India

Single rate of 39,00 € per passenger
Excluding consular fees, if applicable

Frequently asked questions about e-Visa India

All French nationals wishing to travel outside the European Union must obtain a visa, in order to enter the desired territory legally. The visa, whether electronic or more traditional, is issued by the competent authorities of the country you wish to visit, and constitutes proof of authorization to visit that same country for a fixed period, 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).

In March 2019, e-Visas for India gained in flexibility and now allow travelers to visit India for single-entry or multiple-entry stays and to stay for up to 90 days at a time for tourism, and up to 180 days if on business. If you would like to apply for an e-Visa for India, Visamundi can help you with your application, thanks to its expertise in handling visa applications for professionals and individuals. By completing the e-Visa India form available on our website, you can easily obtain your e-Visa for travel to India through our services.

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

All nationalities are covered by the India e-Visa. Only citizens of Nepal and Bhutan are required to have a " traditional " paper visa. If you're a French national, you'll have the same easy access to the e-Visa India as any other national of any other continent, with the exception of 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 formulas: e-Visa Tourism, e-Visa Business, e-Visa Medical and e-Visa Conference.

  • The Tourism e-Visa 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 electronic visa.
  • The e-Medical visa enables patients and accompanying persons to benefit from up to 3 entries for a maximum cumulative stay of 60 days. From the date of issue of the e-Visa, you will have 120 days to enter India.
  • The Conference e-Visa allows a single entry into India for a maximum of 30 days. You will also have 120 days to enter India from the date of issue.

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

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

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

To obtain your e-Visa for India, we suggest you fill in a complete and intuitive application form on our website, which will make it much easier for you to complete your project. A photocopy of your passport and a passport photo need only be sent once the visa application has been completed and paid for. Once the Indian authorities have given their approval, we'll send you a travel authorization in electronic format (PDF), which you'll then need to print out and present on arrival at one of the possible entry points (port or airport).

Although the time taken to obtain an e-Visa for India is fairly short, you will only be able to apply for an e-Visa if your trip takes place more than 5 days after your application. We remind you that the validity period of the e-Visa for India only starts from the date of your arrival on Indian soil, and not from the date of issue of the e-Visa.

All the documents you need to complete your application for an e-visa to India can be uploaded directly online, with no need for any postal procedures. Once you have completed the form, simply send us your documents so that we can check them before forwarding 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, and a passport photo. For a Business e-Visa, you'll need to send us a business card, and for a Medical e-Visa an invitation from the hospital where you are to be treated.

How much does an e-Visa for India cost?

On our e-Visa application form for India, you'll find a clear and detailed price list, which will show you the price of the different e-Visa formulas available for entry into India. The price of an e-Visa for India will depend on the type of e-Visa you choose, from Tourism e-Visa, Business e-Visa, Medical e-Visa and Conference e-Visa. The prices quoted in our price list include consular fees charged by the Indian authorities, as well as our service fees for the support we provide.

What documents do I need 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
  • Passport photo
  • Business: business card
  • Medical: hospital invitation
  • Conference: political clearance

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

Can an e-Visa for India be extended?

The Tourist e-Visa cannot be extended or changed to other types of visa. This is indicated on the document. In this case, you'll need to contact your local immigration office to apply for a regular visa.

To apply for a new e-Visa, you'll need to be outside India. In fact, it requires activation at authorized immigration posts.

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

There's no need to register with the FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) for these e-Visas, and fingerprints will be taken on 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 rates for different e-visas: tourism, business, medical.

For those wishing to apply for a visa themselves, please note that any errors 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.

Can I visit the whole country with an Indian e-visa?

It's an enduring legend: yes you can travel anywhere in India with an e-Visa.

However, some zones require additional registration, either locally or online(e-FRRO). This is also the case for a classic visa. Moderate additional fees apply. These areas include Sikkim, the Pakistan border, Leh, or the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

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

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

  1. 30-day double-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 e-Visa India 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 obtain an Indian visa?

Currently, the average time to obtain an e-visa is ≈ 4 days. Travelers are advised to get in relatively early, especially during Indian holidays and high season.

The exit date indicated on my India visa is not correct. What should I do?

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

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

Which nationalities are exempt from the India visa requirement?

There are 3 visa-exempt nationalities in India: Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives. Pakistanis are strongly advised not to apply for an e-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 types of stay are eligible for e-Visa India?

The India e-Visa is available to foreign travellers 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, treatment, consultations, etc.
  4. Humanitarian work and volunteering: for charitable activities, humanitarian missions, volunteer work, etc.

What are the authorized entry and exit points?

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's 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 do I get an India visa photo up to standard?

Here are the visa photo requirements for India:

  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 blemishes, 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. Do 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 and shipping companies require a printed document in order to verify data and board the plane. Once in India, immigration officials will use the printed barcode to confuse travelers' data.

Deciphering a visa for India

  • Application Id: The visa application number
  • Passport number: Your passport number. Must correspond to what is written on the passport page containing the photo. This is what transport companies check.
  • Application status: The status of the application. Must be GRANTED
  • ETA number: The electronic visa number
  • Nationality: Your nationality
  • Visa type: Always e-Visa
  • Service name: The visa category, which usually includes many sub-categories that are not displayed.
  • No. of entries: Nombre de passages à l'immigration "entrants" autorisés
  • 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 use VFS Global for my visa to India?

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

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 concerns travelers with specific typologies: regular long stays, land entry, etc. Please note that processing may take longer in this case, as it is local.

Embassy of India in France, Belgium or Switzerland

The Indian Embassy 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, at 2 Rue Cavenne.

The Indian Embassy in Switzerland is located at 9, Rue de Valais 1202 Geneva; its telephone number is (+41) 22-906 8686 and fax - (+41) 22-906 8696. It is open from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm every day.

The Indian Embassy in Belgium is located at Chaussee de Vleurgat 217, 1050 Brussels. The telephone number is (+32) 2-640 9140 (+32) 2-645 1850 and the e-mail address is [email protected].

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)