Goa International Airport

Goa's breathtaking beauty and vibrant culture attract tourists from all over the world. To facilitate their travel, the Indian authorities have introduced the e-Visa system. Here's detailed information on Goa International Airport, obtaining an e-Visa for India and the formalities involved.

Goa International Airport: your gateway to this tropical paradise

Goa International Airport, also known as Dabolim Airport, is located in the town of Dabolim, around 30 kilometers from the capital Panaji. It is the only airport in the state of Goa and handles both domestic and international flights.

Main airlines and destinations served

Goa airport welcomes flights from all over the world. Major airlines operating from the airport include :

  • Air India
  • IndiGo
  • SpiceJet
  • AirAsia India
  • Go First

As for international destinations, you can fly direct to Goa from cities such as London, Moscow, Dubai and Doha. The most frequent domestic connections include Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Airport services and facilities

Goa International Airport offers a variety of services and facilities to ensure a comfortable journey for passengers. These include:

  • Currency exchange offices
  • Cash dispensers
  • Duty-free stores and stores
  • Restaurants and cafés
  • Premium waiting rooms
  • Airport shuttle service

Obtaining an e-Visa for India: the simplified online procedure

To make it easier for tourists to enter India, the Indian government launched the e-Visa system in 2014. This electronic visa is now available to nationals of over 160 countries. Travelers can apply for an e-Visa for India in several different categories: tourism, business, conference, medical treatment. Here are the steps to follow to obtain your e-Visa:

  1. Access the Indian government's official website for electronic visas and fill in the online application form with your personal information and passport details. You can also use a visa agency, provided it's well-known and reputable.
  2. Upload a recent photo of yourself and a scanned copy of your passport's identification page.
  3. Pay your visa fees online using an international credit or debit card.
  4. After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You should receive a reply regarding visa approval within four working days.
  5. Once approved, print out your e-Visa and present it to the appropriate authorities on arrival in India.

Note that validity and length of stay vary according to the type of e-Visa obtained. For example, an e-Visa for tourists allows multiple entries and is valid for one year from the date of issue. Holders of this visa can stay for up to 90 days per visit.

Formalities on arrival at Goa International Airport

Once you have arrived at Goa International Airport with your e-Visa, here are the formalities to complete:

Passport and visa control

At passport control, present your passport and e-Visa to the immigration officers. They will check your documents and stamp your passport to indicate the length of your authorized stay in India. Make sure your passport has at least six months' validity left before you arrive.

Customs and baggage reclaim

After passport control, collect your baggage and proceed to the customs area. You may need to complete a customs declaration if you are carrying certain items subject to import duties or restrictions.

Airport transfers

Goa International Airport offers several options for reaching your final destination. Pre-paid cabs are available at the airport, as well as airport shuttle and car rental services. Travelers on a budget can also use local public transport, such as buses and trains.

Get the official e-Visa document for India