Four years ago, I visited the South of India. During that time there was still no e-visa, but Filipinos could get a visa-on-arrival at the main airports. I flew to Chennai airport to get the VOA and took a domestic flight to Cochin. Since that time, India has launched a new eTourist visa scheme – ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) or E-Tourist Visa. The VOA for Philippine citizens is no longer available, immigration now requires an E-visa.
This time I planned to spend Christmas and New Year in India and explore Rajasthan for 3 weeks. I applied for my Indian e-Tourist visa and received the visa the following day. The process is very straightforward.
Indian e-Tourist Visa Application
#1 – Countries Eligible for the E-visa
Before applying, check if your country is eligible for the E-visa. The e-Tourist Visa is available for the citizens of the following countries.
Antigua & Barbuda
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Cameron Union Republic
China- SAR Hongkong
China- SAR Macau
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea
Republic of Macedonia
Saint Christopher and Nevis
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Island
Vatican City-Holy See
Zambia and Zimbabwe
#2 – Ports of Entry:
The E-visa is valid to 24 airports and 3 seaports. If you’re not entering at any of these ports of entry listed below, apply for a regular tourist visa at the Indian Embassy in your country or country of residence.
Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Changdigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kalkota, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varnasi
Goa, Cochin, Mangalore
#1 – Passport
Scanned Bio Page of your passport showing the Photograph and Details in PDF format
#2 – Photo
Passport size photo (2inches x 2inches) with white background in JPG format. Size should not be less 10 KB or not higher than 1 MB
Other documents required before you lodge your application. These are all needed when filling the application form online.
Hotel details (this is need for India References)
Entry and exit date of your travel in India
Visa Payment (Debit card, credit card or PayPal account)
Once you have all your documents ready start with the visa application online through the Indian Government e-Visa website here.
#1 Click the e-Visa Application (orange tab) and fill the form. Once this is completed and clicked “I have read the instructions” you will get a pop-up window reminder of the requirements needed.
#2 Application Details Form – The next step will be to fill the additional details asked such as applicant’s information, visa details, family details, etc. Once this all done, you will have the option to “Save and Continue” or to “Save and Temporarily Exit”.
- Make sure that all your details are all correct if you choose the “Save and Continue” you can no longer go back and edit your details.
- If you choose to temporarily exit make sure to take note of your Temporary Application ID. This is needed when you go back later on to continue your partially filled form. Just go to the “Partially Filled Form” (lavender tab) to do this.
#3 Submission of Requirements. After all the forms are filled and completed, the next page is used to upload your passport bio page and your photo. You also have the option to upload additional requirements.
#4 Visa Payment – The last step is that you will be redirected to the payment page. Choose the payment method and click “Pay Now”. Please note down the Application ID, this will be required to check your status, track your visa or for the e-Visa printing of your visa.
Visa fees depends on the reciprocal relationship of your country and India. You can see the visa fees here. I paid 50.00 USD and bank charges of 1.76 USD, for a total of 51.76 USD.
#5 Wait for the Result of your Visa – Once the whole process is completed you will have to wait for an email notification granting your visa. I received a confirmation email in less 24 hours that my visa was granted. I was given a double entry visa valid for 60 days.