Indian Government Announces Tourist Visas Available from 15 November

The government of India has announced to end the travel ban it had introduced due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If you plan to book a trip to India after November 16 and your travel purpose is tourism or meeting family/relatives, you are entitled to apply for an electronic visa/e-visa/online visa. Here is all the information you need to obtain the Indian e-Visa.

Applying for the Tourist Visa- Key Points

  • Foreign travellers can apply for a tourist visa by filling out an Indian visa online application form
  • However, it is essential to note that all the visa applications submitted before November 15 will be processed now
  • At the moment, the government also allowed urgent/express/ visa delivery.
  • All travellers should arrive by air.

Changes in the Validity Period

Tourist visas for India used to be valid for one year, and travellers could stay for at least 90 days consecutively. But this rule was applicable before the pandemic. Now, as per the new guidelines, the government has shortened the visa validity period. From now on, the Indian tourist e visa will be valid for 120 days, and travellers can stay in India for a maximum duration of 30 days on a single visit, non-extendable and non-convertible.

Information about United Kingdom Nationals

The online visa facility is not yet available for those travelling on a UK passport or are UK citizens. Therefore, UK travellers should apply for the traditional sticker or paper visa by visiting an Indian embassy. It is worth noting that a paper visa may be slightly more expensive than e-Visas, and the application process is a bit more time-consuming. Currently, there is no clarity over when travellers from the UK will apply for an online visa.

Indian Quarantine Policy

Travellers who got fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least fifteen days before travelling to India and have citizenship of any Category A country will not need to undergo quarantine when they arrive in India.

Vaccines Recognised by India

The government only recognises a few vaccines, so make sure you meet this requirement before applying for an online or paper visa. The government approved vaccines include Sinopharm, Janssen, Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca/Covishield, Moderna, and Sinovac.

Countries Part of Category A

  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Lebanon
  • Nepal
  • Ukraine
  • Serbia
  • United Kingdom      

Please note that the Indian government can change the countries in the Category A list at any time.

Who Needs to be Quarantined

Individuals who haven’t been fully vaccinated with a coronavirus vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) fifteen days before their arrival in India or their nationality is not listed in the Category A countries are required to quarantine upon arrival. They will have to get a PCR test done at the time of arrival in India at the airport. They will then directly be taken to a quarantine location of their choice. The travellers will stay at the quarantine facility for seven days at least. The quarantine facility could be a home of their family or friends or a hotel. After seven days, they will again take the PCR test. If the result is negative, the traveller will be allowed to follow their travel itinerary on the condition that they will monitor their health for another week.

Mandatory Coronavirus Testing

A traveller must be tested negative for the COVID-19 virus before boarding a flight to India. The PCR test must be taken 72 hours before their departure. The result will be submitted along with a health declaration form to the Air Suvidha Portal. When the traveller arrives in India, they will have to take another PCR test. 

Pre-Pandemic Visa

If you have an Indian e-Visa issued before October 6 2021, then this visa will no longer be valid for travelling. All travellers must apply for a new India visa

If you have a paper visa granted before the COVID-19 pandemic, this is also invalid now, and you will have to re-apply at an Indian embassy or consulate.

Exit Requirements

Many foreign countries have imposed certain requirements for travellers from India. Such as, travellers returning to the UK must book and pay for a PCR test that will be taken before day 2 of their return ends. In case the traveller is not fully vaccinated, they will undergo two more tests, one right before departure and the other one on the eighth day of their return to the UK.

Business and Medical Travel

If your travel purpose is business or a medical reason, or you are part of a larger tourist group, you can also apply for an Indian Visa

Travellers of Indian origin

Indian nationality holders can travel with their Indian passports. If you are an Overseas Citizen of India, you can also travel using your OCI card. However, if you do not possess any of the two travel documents and are a Person of Indian Origin, you can travel with your PIO card. Travellers holding Indian passports, OCI Card or PIO Card do not need to apply for a visa. They only need to contact the High Commission of India to understand the requirements before travelling to India.

3 responses to “Indian Government Announces Tourist Visas Available from 15 November”

  1. Iveta 20-11-2021
    Hello, We have been granted a 30-day tourist evisa, but our flight leaves on day 31. Can you advise how much we will be charged if we overstay for 1-2 days? Thank you,
  2. Lata roy 20-11-2021
    Good day, We travelling from South Africa to India on 6 Dec to 15 Jan 2022 After I booked tickets I only getting visa for 1 month now this setiuation can I extend my visa after travelling India? Even I can't change my tickets too no seat are available Kindly guide me Thanks
    • Indiaevisas 01-12-2021
      You can extend your Indian Tourist E-visa beyond its expiry date, but you have to do it before the visa expires. However, you cannot renew or extend your 30-day e-visa as it is a short-term travel permit. The visa extension is offered to holders of long-term visas.

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