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India Restores Long Term e Tourist Visa with Immediate Effect 2022

India Restores Long Term e Tourist Visa
We have joyful news for worldwide Indian travel lovers. Indian government restores long-term 1-year and 5-year e-tourist visas with immediate effect.

The government also said that it has restored old, long-term regular tourist visas (paper visas) with a validity of 5 years and 10 years, issued to citizens of all countries.

Now you can re-experience Indian hospitality, recreate your own experience and create new memories with your friends, family. There will be no limit of stay for 30 days. Citizens of 156 Eligible Countries for Indian e-Visa now can apply for 1-year and 5-year e-tourist visas from 16 March 2022 and stay in India for a longer period.


  • Currently, a valid e-Tourist Visa issued for 5 years, which was suspended since March 2020, shall stand restored to nationals of 156 eligible countries with immediate effect. Nationals of these 156 counties will also be eligible for issuance of a fresh e-Tourist visa.
  • Currently, valid Regular (Paper) Tourist visa with validity of 5 Years, issued to foreign nationals of all countries, which remained suspended since March 2020, shall stand restored. Fresh Regular (Paper) Tourist visa up to 5 years validity may also be issued to the nationals of the eligible countries subject to the restrictions imposed from time to time.
  • Currently, valid old Long duration (10) Regular Tourist Visa which remained suspended since March, 2020 shall stand restored for the nationals of USA and Japan. Fresh Long duration (10) Tourist Visas can also be issued to nationals of the USA and Japan.

Please Note: The government instructions will not be applicable in the following country. All e-Visa and Visa online services are still suspended for citizens of the countries. We will update as soon as the e-visa/visa facility is resumed for the below country:

  • Canada
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • United Kingdom
  • Uzbekistan

Now, Please apply for a regular sticker visa at the Indian embassy in their country or nearby countries. Please contact the nearest embassy, consulate, or visa application center.

Foreign nationals on tourist and e-tourist visas will be able to enter India by flights only through designated Maritime Immigration Check Posts (IPs) or ICPs of the airport, including those under the 'Vande Bharat Mission' or 'Air Bubble' scheme or through any included by others. Flights permitted by DGCA or Ministry of Civil Aviation.

In no case, foreign nationals will be allowed to enter through the land border or river route on a tourist visa or e-tourist visa.

33 responses to “India Restores Long Term e Tourist Visa with Immediate Effect 2022”

  1. Narasimha Subban 16-03-2022
    Good morning after getting the 5 years tourist evisa, how long I can wait to enter India ? Usually I had 3 months time to use an evisa. Now is the same ? Thanks for reply
    • Uppen Ramesh Patel & Ramesh Govindbhai Patel 25-03-2022
      I have completed 120 months (10 years) visa application today online for me and my dad Ramesh Patel, can you please advise me how much is the fees, how and where to mail application with payment. Thank you Application Id - USAHV00A2F22 - UPPEN RAMESH PATEL Application Id - USAHV00A3022 - RAMESH GOVINDBHAI PATEL
    • Indiaevisas 29-04-2022
      Indian Immigration Authority modified their e-Tourist Visa policy in September 2019. According to the new policy Indian e-Tourist visas with 5-year or 60 months validity will start from the date of visa issuance. Once you receive the e-visa, you can plan your travel right away. Electronic visas are instant travel permits that can be acquired within a few days and even a few hours before your travel.
    Desor 16-03-2022
    US CITIZEN holding such visas are good to travel to India. These e Tourist / Tourist visas were suspended in March 2020. due to the Pandemic.
    Nazim Shafi Sayed 16-03-2022
    Hi my husband and I purchased a 5year visa in 2018 because of covid 19 we have not been allow to go will they still be valid for the years we wasn't allowed to go Margaret Roberts
    mark 16-03-2022
    Are you currently putting through a 5 year visa for USA citizens? Are there changes? What is the cost?
    • Indiaevisas 29-04-2022
      For US passport holders, the continuous stay for a 5-year visa must not exceed 180 days. The visa cost depends upon the type of visa required, such as single-entry or multiple-entry, three months, 1-year, 5-year validity, and the processing time. If you want the visa urgently, that is, within 24 hours, you will pay for an urgent visa, which costs higher than standard electronic visas. you can check visa fees details on our India visa fees page.
    sandie hare 16-03-2022
    I have a 5 year paper visa with 3 years remaining. I see the 5 year visa has been reinstated and that it now seems possible to obtain a new one. Could you please let me know if my existing visa is now valid again or do I need to reapply.
    • MRITIKA ROY 10-04-2022
      My Father ( 65 years old) has a 5-year paper visa which is valid up to 2023. I see the 5-year visa has been reinstated. Could you please let me know if my father's existing visa is now valid again or do I need to reapply? Please suggest Can he use Agartala broader for crossing from Bangladesh to India with his old visa? Please Note, In the visa, it mentioned broader name is Agartala Broader. Please Clarify the above issues as we are in a puzzle with so much confusing recent news.
    • MRITIKA ROY 10-04-2022
      My Father ( 65 years old) has a 5-year paper visa which is valid up to 2023. I see the 5-year visa has been reinstated. Could you please let me know if my father's existing visa is now valid again or do I need to reapply? Please suggest Can he use Agartala broader for crossing from Bangladesh to India with his old visa? Please Note, In the visa, it mentioned broader name is Agartala Broader. Please Clarify the above issues as we are in a puzzle with so much confusing recent news.
    • Indiaevisas 29-04-2022
      Your father’s existing visa is valid and he can travel using the same visa, without needing to reapply for a new visa. The Government of India restored all valid long duration or 10-year and regular paper tourist visas obtained by foreign nationals of all countries. This policy is applicable on visas suspended since March 2020. Fresh paper tourist visas with up to 5-year validity will also be issued to foreigners of eligible countries but with certain restrictions.
    Rosemary 16-03-2022
    I have a ten year multiple entry visa that is valid till 2024. Is India honoring that now? Thanks
    • Indiaevisas 29-04-2022
      If you are a USA or Japan national, your visa will be honored. The Indian government has restored all currently valid 5-year e-tourist visas issued to nationals of 156 countries and standard paper visas to all foreign travellers. This new policy is applicable to visas suspended since March 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Currently, all valid long duration or 10-year validity regular tourist visas that were suspended in March 2020 have been restored for the nationals of USA and Japan only. And, fresh long duration, 10-year validity tourist visas will be issued to USA and Japan nationals.
    Martin Brading 16-03-2022
    Dear Visa Office, I applied for a new 10 year tourist visa for India back in November 2021, as mine was due to expire. Since then everytime I check online it says the Visa is in progress, but that's nearly 4 months now. Is that likely to change soon? I see on today's that new 5 and 10 year visas are being issued again now. So do I need to start a new application process?
    • Indiaevisas 29-04-2022
      In March 2022 the government of India restored all 5-year validity e-tourist visas for citizens of 156 countries and paper visas to nationals of all countries. However, 10-year validity visas have only been restored for nationals of the USA and Japan. If you do not belong to any of these countries, your e-tourist visa will not be processed.
    Yogesh Unadkat 16-03-2022
    With The Latest Announcement Today, why Indian E-visa not Opened Up For UK?
    • Indiaevisas 29-04-2022
      The Indian government has reinstated e-visas for nationals of all 156 countries eligible to apply for an electronic visa to visit India. British nationals can also apply for fresh Indian e-visas to meet family/friends, sightseeing, recreation, or participating in Yoga programs. From September 2019, tourists on British passports also get the right to apply for a long-term, 5-year validity Indian tourist e-visa with multiple entries.
    Virginia D 16-03-2022
    Dear Sirs, Madams, Namaste, Namaskar I had a ten-year visa and it has lapsed for a couple of years. Is it possible for me to get a new 5-year visa? I am a U.S. citizen. Thank you, for your help.
    I am an Australian citizen.Right now i am in Australia itself .Currently I have a tourist visa of 30 days validity,which I wish to travel on May 2022 .I wish to upgrade my visa to one year visa with multiple entry .Can I upgrade this visa or Can I apply for another visa in same time
    • Indiaevisas 29-04-2022
      Please remember that you cannot extend or renew your Indian e-visa. Also, you cannot apply for and used your e-visa from within India. Once the visa is issued, it is not possible to extend its validity and you will have to apply for a new visa with one-year validity.
    Paramjit Singh 19-03-2022
    I am an Australian Citizen. Right now I am in India on e-visa with 30 days stay till 25th March. Can I get an extension as my father is unwell and I want to stay for some more time. Is the limitation of 30 days still existing for e-visa as the website says "There will be no limit of stay for 30 days" from 16th March 2022.
    Madhumeeta Chakranarayan 21-03-2022
    I am a US citizen and am currently in India on the 30 day e-tourist visa and have applied for an extension 2 weeks back since I needed to stay longer to look after my mother. I have not received the extension yet. How can I find out the latest status of my extension? On the status on E-FFRO website, for last one week it says Application/documents completed, wait for further instructions. However I just saw this news - India Restores Long Term Tourist Visa with Immediate Effect on March 16, 2022. I already have a Tourist visa stamped in my passport valid till 2024, will that allow me to stay in India longer without getting an extension since my old visa is valid now?
    Indira Vemuri 29-03-2022
    Before filling out the long evisa form, I wanted to ask a couple of questions: How much is a tourist visa for a USA citizen coming in April 2022? What kind of tourist visa do I need for the following: Arriving in Delhi staying 1 night at JW Marriott on 7 April Coming back to Delhi staying 1 night on 15 April, departing for USA the next day I very much appreciate your help on answering these questions. Thanks.
    tenz lha 29-03-2022
    How does this evisa work? Am I to understand it correctly that once we get the print out visa confirmed page in about 5 days we have to show this at the airport and the visa is stamped there in our passport? How long does it take on a regular basis?
    • Indiaevisas 29-04-2022
      After your e-visa application is processed and verified, the approved visa is sent directly to your email inbox. The visa is usually sent in PDF format. You need to take a print out of the e-visa and also save its digital copy. Carry your passport that you used to apply for the e-visa and the printed copy or scan of the approved visa along when you travel to India. Upon your arrival, you will have to show both travel documents to the immigration officials. The authorities will take your biometric data and the visa sticker will be pasted inside your passport.
    jawher jumaila 29-03-2022
    my name is jawher jumaila and im a indian citizen currently residing in US. recently i applied for 1 month evisa for my son who is US citizen. I would like to change the visa category from 1 month single entry visa to 1year multiple visa . what are the procedures for that?
    erick 30-03-2022
    Can a valid USA entry visa (tourism or work) be denied due to a old credit card debit or other credit restrictions that happened in the US? Is there a problem with the USA entry on a B1/B2 5-year visa during the last 6 months? I have read about it here but haven't got the proper answer
    • Indiaevisas 29-04-2022
      Credit or debit card debt, whether current or old, does not affect your chances of obtaining an electronic visa. There’s very less chance that your tourist visa application will be rejected because of your credit history as long as you can pay the visa fee, travel expenses, and support your stay in India. If you provide proof of financial stability or someone can sponsor your stay, your visa application will be approved.
    • Indiaevisas 29-04-2022
      The B-1/B-2 visa is a non-immigration, temporary visa allowing the visa holder to travel to the US for tourism or business purposes. There has been a problem with visa processing lately due to COVID-19 but currently, there is no issue and you can travel to the USA without any hesitation.
    Anastassia 31-03-2022
    Hello, I am UK nationalised but cannot find this nationality in the drop list
    Ammarah 31-03-2022
    Please confirm whether indian visit visa to meet friends/relatives for Pakistani nationals (Pakistani passport) has been restored?
    • Indiaevisas 29-04-2022
      An e-Tourist visa to India is not issued to holders of Pakistani passports. There are other types of visas that Pakistani nationals can apply for, including visitor visa for attending arts, sports, or cultural events, conference visa, pilgrim visa, medical and medical attendant visas, transit visa, journalist visa, student visa, assignment visa, official visa, and group tourist visa.
    Glenda 19-05-2022
    Hi, My husband and self applied for a 5 Year E-Visa from the UK in 2019 to travel to India in March 2019. We were issued with the E-Visa for 5 years then due to Covid 19 our E-Visa was suspended. When can we use our E-Visa and has it been unsuspended so we can travel to see our family in India.Thanks for your help.

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