Visitors to India mush obtain a visa from an Indian diplomatic mission unless they are from a country which has visa-free travel provision to India. India offers visa-free entry to the citizens of Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives (for 90 days). Travelers having an Overseas Citizens of India document or a Person of Indian Origin Card are also exempted from obtaining Indian visa.
The Indian government, in order to give a massive boost to the tourism industry of the country, has introduced policy of e-Tourist Visa from November 2014. The Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) facility has become operational for the citizens of 40 countries. The list of 40 countries also includes the countries which have visa-on-arrival policy. However, the list of the 40 countries were further expanded to 113 countries in August 2015.
The policy of e-Tourist Visa started on 15 April 2015 extends this facility to the citizens of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and many more. The citizens of Japan can also avail the facility of visa on arrival since 1st March 2016.
The application for e-Tourist Visa has to be applied at least four days in advance of the date of arrival to India. The visa is valid for single entry and offers a maximum stay of 30 days from the date of arrival. The visa can be obtained twice in a calendar year and cannot be extended. The fees of eTV are divided in four slabs of zero, USD 25, USD 48 and USD 60, depending on nationality, and includes a bank fee of 2.5% of the visa fee. As of now, the e-Tourist Visa allows arrival at the 16 international airports located in Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchi and Varanasi.
Please note, the visa policy of a country is subjected to change. Visit the nearest Indian diplomatic mission in your respective country or check with the website of Indian Visa for more updated information.
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