India, being one of the oldest economies, is also a hub of rich cultural heritage and influence as well as many tourist attraction sites. Better still, India attracts many medical tourists because of the state of art hospitals equipped with modern facilities, well-trained professionals resulting in quality medical care in an affordable manner.
Before making these visits, travelers need to apply Indian visa online for access India. Previously, the visa would be valid for a maximum of sixty days. For the tourist and business e-visas, the tourists would be allowed two entries while for the medical visa three entries.
From January this year, the Indian High Commissioner in New Zealand announced that the validity of the e-visas had increased up to one year. That means travelers would be allowed to access India several times in the course of the year. However, there is a condition to that effect, – each visit should not be more than 90 days.
The change applies for the five e-visa categories namely conference, medical, tourist, business and medical attendant visa. Should your single visit to India be longer than 90 days, then you should apply for the normal visa at the consulate or the embassy for that provision.
The process of applying any of the five categories of e-visa is quite simple. Just fill the online Indian visa application form and upload a colored passport-sized photo and a passport valid at least six months. After that, make the necessary payments using your credit/ debit card or even PayPal.
Finally, wait for an email confirming your successful e-visa application. You should then print out your visa approval form and carry it with you to the airport. This will be your verification document. Your e-visa will finally be stamped on your passport when you land in India.
So you have every reason to take your trip to India and stay up to three months.
Once you get your visa, it has specifications that you should follow dutifully. There are rules that you must abide by when in India and there is the particular duration of time that you should not exceed. If you do, you will have to pay financial penalties that can be high. Below we outline the summary of overstay and visa violations financial penalties.
It is important to note that the government has changed the penalties and scaled them higher as from December 2018.
e-Visa stamping in your passpor
When the official announcement was made on the 7th of January, the charges details were as follows:
The best way to avoid these penalties is to choose to adhere to the India laws and remain within the provisions and jurisdiction of the visa granted. Further, plan your stay accordingly and apply for the right type of visa that allows you ample time to carry out the activities you want in India. Otherwise, violating the regulations may be too costly.
Since the launch of the Indian e-visa in 2014, many countries have been allowed to obtain the e-visa in a fast, efficient and hassle-free manner. However, the Saudi nationals have not enjoyed this advantage until last month, February 2019.
Like other nationals, the Saudi’s will be required to give their personal details as they fill the e-visa application form, upload scanned copies of the passport and two passport-sized recent photographs. After that make the payment using PayPal, debit/credit card. The completion of the process is marked by receiving an email confirmation of the visa approval.
There is an option of either choosing an e-Medical Visa, e-Tourist Visa or e-Business Visa depending on the goal of your visit. An amazing thing is that Saudi residents to do not need agents to get the visa and the visa application can be completed at the comfort of one’s home. The old regime that has come to an end required that the Saudi’s provide their fingerprints before getting to India.
With this change, the government of India hopes to increase the number of tourists coming to India from Saudi. Better still, this progressive step will further tighten the economic and cultural ties of Saudi Arabia and India since they are close to each other geographically.
Visa extension India due to COVID:
However, for those foreign nationals who are already in India. The Indian government announced that they would be able to extend or renew their visas to allow them to stay in the country and avoid traveling. Apply through Indian visa extension online application. No need to make an appointment to visit the FRRO/FRO office.