India increases e-visa’s duration

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The Indian Government has increased from April 1, 2017, the validity of e-Visa from existing 30 days to 60 days from the date of arrival in India. Also there have been created, apart from the existing e-tourist visa, two new sub-categories for e-visa, i.e. e-business and e-medical visa. Double entry is permitted on e-Tourist Visa and e-Business Visa. Triple entry will be permitted on e-Medical Visa.

Applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online  on Indian Government website HERE minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. Example: If you are applying on 1st Sept then applicant can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 2nd Jan.

This facility is in addition to the existing Visa services (through Embassies) and can be availed for maximum of two times in a calendar year i.e. between January to December.

E-visa facility has been extended to the nationals of 161 countries for entry through 24 designated Airports (i.e. Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh,Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi) and 3 designated seaports (i.e. Cochin, Goa, Mangalore). However, the foreigner can take exit from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India. This service will also be provided from Mumbai and Chennai seaports shortly.

Under the e-visa scheme, an applicant receives an email authorizing him or her to travel to India after it has been approved. The tourist can travel with a print-out of this authorization. Biometric details of the applicant will be mandatorily taken at Immigration on arrival in India.

The multiple entry tourist and business visas for a period of five years will also now be available to nationals of most of the countries.

The liberalization of the visa procedure is believed to considerably facilitate entry of foreigners into India for tourism, business and medical purposes. Consequently, the arrival of foreigners in India is expected to go up substantially in the coming years.  This will in turn give a boost to tourism, medical and business sectors resulting in substantial increase in direct and indirect employment in these sectors.

Foreign Tourists Arrivals (FTAs) in India during the year 2015 were 8,027,133 with a growth rate of 4.5% over the year 2014 and during the year 2016 were 8,889,784 with a growth rate of 10.7% over the year 2015.