Udaipur, nicknamed the "Venice of the East", is a popular tourist destination in India. To visit this city of palaces and temples, visa formalities have now been simplified thanks to the introduction of the electronic visa (e-Visa) for foreign nationals.

What is an e-Visa for India?

The electronic visa, or e-Visa, is a system set up by the Indian government to facilitate administrative procedures for travelers to India. It is a dematerialized travel authorization attached directly to the applicant's passport. Once granted, it can be presented to border authorities on arrival in India.

Advantages of e-Visa

Using e-Visa has several advantages for travellers:

  • Simplicity of procedure: the application is made entirely online, with no need to visit a consulate or embassy.
  • Speed: processing is generally faster than for a traditional visa.
  • Flexibility: e-Visa is available for a variety of travel purposes, such as tourism, business or medical visits.

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Types of e-Visa available for India

There are several types of e-Visa for India, depending on the reasons for your visit:

  • e-Tourist Visa (e-TV): for tourist travel, including visits to Udaipur. It allows stays of up to 30 or 90 days in India, and can be applied for several times a year.
  • e-Business Visa (e-BV ): for business trips, conferences or professional meetings. It is valid for up to 365 days and authorizes multiple entries into the country.
  • e-Medical Visa (e-MV ): for people requiring medical treatment in a recognized facility in India. This visa is valid for a maximum of 60 days, and can be extended if necessary.

Conditions for obtaining an e-Visa for India

To be eligible for an e-Visa for India, you must meet certain conditions:

  • Be a national of one of the countries eligible for the e-Visa program.
  • A valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival in India.
  • Do not hold a valid Indian visa or reside in India at the time of application

Steps to apply for an e-Visa for India

To apply for an e-Visa for India, follow these steps:

  1. Fill in the online form: you'll need to provide personal details (surname, first name, date and place of birth), your passport number, your planned travel dates, and the reason for your visit (tourism, business, medical). You'll also need to upload a recent digital photo of yourself.
  2. Pay the processing fee: the amount varies according to the type of e-Visa requested. Payment can usually be made by credit card or PayPal.
  3. Receive authorization by e-mail: if your application is accepted, you will receive an e-mail containing your electronic travel authorization within a few days (usually between 3 and 7 days). You will need to print it out and present it on arrival in India.

Tips to maximize your chances of obtaining an e-Visa for India

Here are a few tips to increase your chances of obtaining an e-Visa for India:

  • Make sure you fill in all the information requested in the online form correctly, with no spelling mistakes or errors.
  • Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your expected arrival in India.
  • Prepare a digital photo that complies with Indian government requirements (white background, JPEG format, minimum size 10 Kb and maximum 1 Mb).
Get the official e-Visa document for India