Tamil Nadu

India is a multi-faceted country, offering visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. Among its many wonders, Tamil Nadu stands out for its cultural, historical and natural wealth. To discover this exceptional state, it's essential to find out about the formalities involved in obtaining an e-Visa.

The different categories of e-Visas for India

When planning your trip, you need to take into account the different types of e-Visas available for entering India. Depending on the nature and duration of your stay, you'll need to opt for one of three main categories:

  • e-Tourist visa: mainly intended for tourists wishing to visit India for vacations, cultural visits or other recreational activities. It is valid for a maximum of 365 days, with stays not exceeding 90 consecutive days.
  • e-Business visa: intended for business travel, such as business meetings, trade shows, etc. It is also valid for 365 days, with stays not exceeding 180 consecutive days.
  • e-Medical visa: for people wishing to travel to India for medical treatment. It is valid for 60 days, with three authorized entries into the country.

There is also a Conference e-Visa, which is rarer but subject to the same conditions as the Medical e-Visa.

The Adiyogi Statue in Coimbatore, India

e-Visa eligibility requirements for India

To be eligible for e-Visa, you must meet certain prerequisites:

  • Be a national of an eligible country: the list of countries concerned is available on the Indian government's official e-Visas website.
  • A passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival in India.
  • A recent passport photo that complies with international standards.
  • Enter a detailed travel itinerary and accommodation details for the trip.
  • Pay the processing fee for the e-Visa application.

Documents required to apply for an e-Visa

To complete your e-Visa application, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • A scanned copy of your passport' s identification page (with photo and personal information).
  • A digitized passport photograph complying with Indian government requirements.
  • Proof of reservation ofaccommodation in India sometimes.
  • A letter of invitation (business and medical)
  • A business card (business only)

The e-Visa application process for India

Once you have gathered the necessary documents, you can proceed with the e-Visa application by following the steps below:

  1. Go to the Indian government's official e-Visa website and select the e-Visa category corresponding to your situation.
  2. Fill in the online form with your personal information, passport details, accommodation in India and travel itinerary.
  3. Download supporting documents (scanned copies of passport and passport photo).
  4. Pay the application fee by credit card.
  5. Once your application has been validated, you will receive a confirmation email containing your e-Visa in electronic format (PDF). We recommend that you print it out and keep it with your passport when you travel.

Processing times and validity of e-Visa

We recommend that you start the e-Visa application process at least 4 days before your planned departure date. Processing time generally varies between 24 and 72 hours. In some cases, however, it can take up to 7 working days, or even longer if you have to wait for the authorized submission window.

The validity of the e-Visa starts from the date of arrival in India indicated on the form for fixed-entry e-Visas. It is therefore essential to plan your travel dates carefully to avoid any problems related to the validity period of your e-Visa.

Tips for a successful stay in Tamil Nadu

To make the most of your discovery of Tamil Nadu, here are a few useful tips:

  • Plan your itinerary carefully: Tamil Nadu abounds in tourist and cultural sites to visit. It's a good idea to plan a coherent itinerary so you don't miss out on any of the region's must-sees.
  • Respect local customs: As a visitor, you should show respect for local customs and traditions, especially when visiting places of worship.
  • Be vigilant about your health: changes in environment, climate and food can sometimes cause discomfort. Remember to take along a first-aid kit, as well as travel insurance to cover any medical expenses.
  • Find out about the weather: Tamil Nadu's climate varies according to season and region. It's important to find out about local weather conditions and bring appropriate clothing.

By following these tips and complying with India's entry formalities, your stay in Tamil Nadu will be a memorable and rewarding experience. The e-Visa makes it much easier to explore this fascinating region, so don't hesitate to embark on your adventure!

Get the official e-Visa document for India