How To Apply Online for An Indian E-Tourist Visa (For Filipinos & 100+ Nationalities)
By DAN FORTEZA
India is so much more than just the Taj Mahal. India to me is a mix of everything. It is astonishing and fascinating; it is loud and crowded. It is INCREDIBLE and always calls for an adventure! Now, if you’re planning to visit India and looking for a guide on how to apply for an Indian Tourist Visa, then you’re in the right place.
However, I’ll be only outlining the process on how to get the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or “E-Tourist Visa” (now aptly called as “e-Visa”). This is totally the visa to get if your sole purpose is just tourism or visiting friends and family.
The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) facility became operational in November 2014 up to present and is eligible for citizens of over 40 countries, including those who are eligible for visa on arrival. The list was further expanded to 113 countries in August 2015 (see Visa Policy Map below).
You’re lucky if you’re a citizen of Nepal, Bhutan, and Maldives. Citizens of these countries do not require visa to enter India (unless arriving from mainland China).
But don’t you worry! Getting an e-Visa is not that complicated. I received my ETA document attached via email on the same day I applied! The process is fast, simple and straightforward.
But again, just like in other visa application blogs I’ve written, no one can give you the guarantee of your Indian e-Visa’s approval – not me, not even a lawyer or a travel agent. If anyone does, is most likely a scammer.
As a travel blogger, what I can offer you here is just a guide with helpful tips to increase your chances of getting that e-Visa. =)
YOU ARE ELIGIBLE OF E-VISA IF:
A. You are a citizen of the following countries – this is as of April 2019 (this is also in reference to the ‘Visa Policy Map’ highlighted in orange).
Antigua & Barbuda
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Cameroon Union Republic
China- SAR Hongkong
China- SAR Macau
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea
Republic of Macedonia
Saint Christopher & Nevis
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Island
Vatican City-Holy See
B. You are entering India via any of the following Airports*:
*Or Sea ports of: Kochi, Goa, Mangalore, Mumbai, Chenna
OTHER eligibility requirements:
C. Your objective of visiting India is recreation, sight seeing,casual visit to visit friends and relatives, attending a short term yoga programme, medical treatment including treatment under Indian systems of medicine, business purpose, as attendant to e-Medical visa holder, attending a conference/ seminar/ workshop organized by a Ministry or Department of the Government of India, State Governments or UT Administrations etc. & their subordinate/ attached organizations & PSUs and no other purpose/activity.
D. You have a passport that has at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
E. You have a return ticket or onward journey ticket,with sufficient money to spend during your stay in India.
F. You do NOT have Pakistani Passport or are NOT of Pakistani origin. Otherwise, you may apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.
G. You do NOT hold a Diplomatic/Official passport or Laissez-passer travel document.
When you qualify the above requirements, then you’re good to proceed to applying your e-Visa online.
Below are the step-by-step application process.
STEP 1: PREPARE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
You have to prepare first the required documents before you lodge your application online. The following documents and information are needed:
1. Scanned copy of your passport’s bio-page. Save it to .pdf format in no more than 300KB size.
Tip: To save you from using a scanner machine, you can instead use a mobile app called “CAMSCANNER”. It is available in both Android and iPhone. Just take a picture of the file and it can be saved as pdf. I use it myself and it appears just like a normal scanned document!
2. Recent Digital Photo. Dimension of 2″ x 2″ is preferable and must be with white background. Save it as .jpeg format in no more than 1MB size.
3. Hotel/Hostel Accommodation. When filling up the application form online, you would need this information under the section “References in India”.
TIP: I usually book my hostel accommodation at booking.com. Thus, I recommend you guys trying it as well. Room accommodation ranges from cheap hostels to luxury hotels.
Please use my link to book your trip in India and you’ll get 10% of your booking back after your stay. Click this link to get that discount.
Or try Airbnb in finding comfy and cozy rooms! I have used Airbnb on some of my other trips and I loved it!
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STEP 2: PROCEED WITH YOUR E-VISA APPLICATION ONLINE
So this is it. You’ve came this far! =)
For you to be able to facilitate your application ONLINE, just follow the through the below steps:
1. Go to indianvisaonline.gov.in and click the e-Visa Application box (upper left corner).
Then it will lead you to a page to start registering.
Just complete the requested information, click eTOURIST VISA, and select your main purpose of travel, e.g. recreation/sightseeing. Tick on “I have read the instructions…”, and then click continue.
2. On the next page – Applicant Details Form, fill up those information requested – Applicant Details. Passport Details, Address Details, Family Details, Occupation details, Visa & Travel Details, and Reference in India.
Then, ‘Save and Continue’ to direct you to the payment section.
REMEMBER: once you click ‘Save and Continue’, you can NO longer change any of the information, so make sure you’ve got everything right.
3. On the next pages, you will be asked to upload your .jpeg photo and your .pdf passport’s biopage. Ensure that you fulfill the specification under STEP 1.
Once done, you’ll be processing your payment! Woo hoo!
STEP 3. PAY THE VISA FEE
You will be redirected to the Payment portal just like the snapshot below.
Just click the bullet that says ‘Yes’ and click on ‘Pay Now’.
Then, you would select either ‘Sbi e-pay’ or ‘Axis Bank’ as your payment gateway.
I selected ‘Sbi e-pay’ (Sbi stands for State Bank of India), and I don’t think there is a difference if I selected ‘Axis Bank’.
Then the next page will be an Sbi portal page which gives you the option to pay for the visa fee with a debit card, a credit card or with PayPal.
Once done, you’ll receive a confirmation email stating that you have successfully lodged your application and will take 72 hours for processing (but it only takes 12 hours in my case) just like the one snapshot below:
HOW MUCH DOES THE VISA COST?
The e-Visa fees are divided into four slabs of zero, USD25, USD80 and USD100, depending on nationality (based on reciprocity), plus a bank fee of 2.5% of the visa fee. Check out the detailed visa fee chart here.
Take note that it is FREE for countries such as Indonesia, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Niue Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay, & Vanuatu. LUCKY them!
For Filipinos like me, it costs me USD80.00 (plus bank fee of 2.5% of the visa fee).
NOTE: Payment is non-refundable.
STEP 4. WAIT FOR THE RESULTS OF YOUR APPLICATION
After you completed the whole online application process, you just have to wait for the result of your e-Visa application.
In my case, I submitted my application at around 10:00AM (GMT+8) and then I received an email at around 9:00PM (GMT+8), the same day, that my e-Visa application status is GRANTED!
See how easy it is to apply for India’s e-Visa? I hope this blog helps you in any way. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a reply in the comment section below. I’ll reply as soon as I can.
With all that said, I wish you all the best on your Indian tourist visa application!
Visa Type: ETA / e-Visa
Visa Validity: 4 Months
Entry type: Double Entry
Visa Fee: 80.00 USD
- Hotel / Hostel
- Booking.com. I usually book my hostel accommodation at booking.com. Thus, I recommend you guys trying it as well. Room accommodation ranges from cheap hostels to luxury hotels. Book hostels through booking.com as they have free cancellation or pay-at-the-hotel option.
Use my link to book your hostel and you’ll get 10% of your booking back after your stay. Click this link to get that discount.
- Airbnb. Try Airbnb in finding comfy and cozy rooms! I have used Airbnb on some of my other trips and I loved it!
Have you tried Airbnb? Sign up with my link and you will get up to 42 USD (2,200 Php) off your first stay. Click this link to get that discount.
- KAYAK. All of my flight bookings are all from KAYAK. Kayak is one of the world’s leading travel search engines and searches hundreds of travel sites.
I suggest you check Kayak (click HERE) as they usually offer cheap fare rates compared to other booking sites.
- Travel Insurance
- World Nomads. If you don’t have travel insurance when times get tough, basically you are screwed. Traveling always comes with inherent risks attached. Whether you are trekking in the Nepalese mountains or wandering the streets of Delhi, unforeseen events can suddenly upend your world. Generally speaking, travel insurance covers you for the following: Medical Costs – hospital visits, emergencies, evacuations; Property Loss – luggage and their contents; Travel Issues – accommodation and transportation expenses. Thus, I highly recommend you guys getting a travel insurance. I bought one from the World Nomads (available in 130+ countries) where most travelers get their travel insurances.
Go to this link to get to your World Nomads travel insurance.