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All You Need to Know About Tourist Visa on Arrival in India – TVoA
Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Indian government launched the Tourist Visa On Arrival (TVoA) scheme this November. This much awaited initiative is great news for people who wish to travel to India for sightseeing, casual business visit or short term medical treatment. It’s a simple 4 step process to apply for a Tourist Visa On Arrival. Tourists from 43 countries can avail this facility, using Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), which means the application process and fee payment can be completed online. Continue reading for a comprehensive guide on how to apply for a visa on arrival.

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Q. What are the travel purposes for which one can avail tourist visa on arrival in India?

A. Objective for visiting India should be one of these: recreation, sight-seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives/casual business visit, or short duration medical treatment.

Q. What will be the validity of the visa obtained through visa on arrival (TVoA) method?

A. Tourist Visa On Arrival (TVoA) is valid for 30 days from the date of arrival in India. Tourist Visa On Arrival (TVoA) once issued on arrival is non-extendable, non- convertible and not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment Areas. Plan your trip accordingly, leaving some margin for unexpected events. Given that this visa is valid just for a month and it is not extendable, it’s best suited for small trips of 1 to 3 weeks duration.

Q. What is the fee to apply for tourist visa on arrival in India?

A. 60 USD per person (around 39 GBP or 49 Euros as per current conversion rate). This amount is excluding forex conversion and any other charges that might be levied by your bank or debit/credit card company. Last date to pay the fees is 4 days before the expected date of travel as mentioned in the visa application form. If there is a delay, your application will not be processed. So it’s better to apply at least a week in advance. Also make sure that your documents are in order, as the fees once paid is not refundable.

Q. How many days in advance should one apply?

A. As mentioned above, visa fees has to be paid at least 4 days prior to the travel date. There is also a 30 day limit to the arrival date. Here’s how it works:  If you are applying for a visa on 1st January, you can choose an arrival date between 5th January and 3rd February. So, depending on when you wish to arrive in India, calculate backwards and choose an application date.

Q. Are there any limits to the number of times visa on arrival can be used while traveling to India?

A. Tourist Visa On Arrival (TVoA) is allowed for a maximum of two visits in a calendar year.

Q. What are the documents needed to apply for TVoA?

A. Passport with at least six months validity; return ticket or onward journey ticket. Applicant may need to supply proof that there is sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.

Q. What is the process to apply for tourist visa on arrival in India? Is there a specified agency that one should go through?

A. You can apply directly, online. No need to go through any middle-men. The process to apply for visa is quite simple.

Step 1: Apply online by filling in application form and uploading photo and passport page.

Step 2: Pay visa fee online using credit/debit card.

Step 3: Upon successful receipt of all the required documents and fees, your application will be processed. If your application goes through, you will receive your visa document (ETA) on your email.

Step 4: Print the ETA document and carry it along with your passport and travel documents. TVoA is valid only for arriving at one of the 9 designated airports in India, listed below.

Q. Which Indian airports process tourist visa on arrival in India?

A. Tourist visa on arrival can be used to enter through 9 designated Airports. These Indian airports are Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai  and Trivandrum, which are gateways to some of the best business and tourist destinations in India.

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Q. Citizens of which countries can avail the option of tourist visa on arrival in India?

A. Here is a list of countries, whose citizens (passport holders) can avail Tourist Visa On Arrival:

Australia | Brazil | Cambodia | Cook Islands | Djibouti | Fiji |Finland | Germany Indonesia| Israel| Japan| Jordan| Kenya| Kiribati| Laos| Luxembourg| Marshall Islands| Mauritius| Mexico| Micronesia| Myanmar| Nauru| New Zealand |  Niue Island | Norway| Oman| Palau | Palestine| Papua New Guinea| Philippines | Republic of Korea | Russia | Samoa | Singapore | Solomon Islands Thailand | Tonga| Tuvalu| UAE | Ukraine | USA | Vanuatu | Vietnam.

Q. Who may not apply for tourist visa on arrival in India?

A. TVoA cannot be availed by Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders. It is also not available for people holding a Pakistani passport and people of Pakistani origin. The latter have to apply for a regular Visa at an Indian Mission.

Q. What is the website to apply for tourist visa on arrival?

A. Click here to go to Indian government’s website for tourist visa on arrival.

Q. Where can one track the status of their TVoA application?

A. If you have applied for TVoA to travel to India, you can track the status of your application here.

Happy traveling!  Have any questions? Leave a comment below.



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