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India liberalises e-visa regime, makes it more tourist friendly

The Union Tourism Ministry recently made a series of amendments in India's e-visa regime, liberalising it further and making it more tourist friendly. The duration of stay in India of e-tourist and e-business visas has been made maximum up to one year with multiple entry subject to the stay stipulations.

Feb 16, 2019 13:23 IST
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The Union Tourism Ministry recently made a series of amendments in India's e-visa regime, liberalising it further and making it more tourist friendly. The e-tourist Visa, which was introduced in September 2014 with 46 countries has now been made applicable for 166 countries.

The Ministry of Tourism had been working very closely with the Ministry of Home Affairs for easing of the visa Regime in the country over a period of time.

Key Modifications

The duration of stay in India of e-tourist and e-business visas has been made maximum up to one year with multiple entry subject to the stay stipulations.

The existing restriction of allowing foreigner for a maximum of three times has also been removed.

Further, e-visa will be valid for entry through 2 two more designated airports such as Bhubaneswar and Port Blair, raising the total number of such airports to 28.

There would be no separate category of destination wedding visa. Those attending a destination wedding in India can do so under normal e-tourist visa or tourist visa.

Further, foreign nationals who fall sick during their stay in India can now avail medical treatment without converting their visa into medical visa. This would take care of sudden medical emergencies.

Besides, visa-on-arrival facility has been extended to the nationals of the Republic of Korea.

Changes in e-Tourist Visa

The e-tourist visa has now been made applicable for 166 countries.

On e-tourist visa, continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days in case of nationals of all countries who are eligible for grant of e-visa except nationals of USA, UK, Canada and Japan.

In case of nationals of USA, UK, Canada and Japan, the continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days.

In all cases no registration will be required.

Changes in e-Business Visa

On e-business visa, the continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days in case of nationals of all countries who are eligible for grant of e-visa

No registration will be required if the stay is for a period of less than 180 days.

Following is the comparative statement showing recent changes made by the Government in e-visa:

S.No

Particulars of Visa Issues

Previous Status

Revised Status

1.  

Duration of e-Visa

 

For a maximum period of 60 days with double entry for e-Tourist and e-Business Visa

Duration of stay in India of e-Tourist and e-Business visa is maximum upto 1 year with multiple entry subject to the stay stipulations and registrations applicable for normal Tourist and Business Visas.

 

2.

Duration of Stay per visit

Maximum upto 60 days

e-Tourist visa

90 Days per visit

1. On e-Tourist Visa continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days in case of nationals of all countries who are eligible for grant of e-visa except nationals of USA, UK, Canada and Japan.

2. In case of nationals of USA, UK, Canada and Japan continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days.

e-Business visa

1. On e-Business visa continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days in case of nationals of all countries who are eligible for grant of e-visa.

2. No registration (with FRRO/FRO concerned) will be required if the stay if for a period of less than 180 days.

3.

Number of Entry

Double entry allowed to e-Tourist and e-Business Visa

Multiple entry allowed

4.  

Number of times visa issued in a year

3 Times in a calendar year

Multiple times

5.

E-visa entry airports

26 airports

2 more airports (Port Blare and Bhubaneshwar) added raising the total e-visa entry airports to 28.

6.

Kind of e-visa categories

Five sub-  categories:

e-tourist,

e-Business

e-Medical visa

e-Conference

e-Medical Attendant

Demand for issuing Destination Wedding Visa not accepted - To be granted under normal Tourist/e-tourist visa

7.

Conversion of Visa Category for Medical Treatment in India

Conversion of visa category needed

Foreign nationals who fall sick during their stay in India can now avail medical treatment without converting their visa into Medical Visa. This would take care of sudden medical emergencies.

8.  

Visa-on-Arrival

Earlier, it was available to the nationals of Japan

Visa-on-Arrival facility extended to the nationals of Republic of Korea.

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