Guest Post: Applying for an Indian E-Tourist Visa

Guest Post: Applying for an Indian E-Tourist Visa

 

My good friend from eatsinbaguio who has transplanted herself to the beautiful city of Bangalore has written another helpful post for acquiring an Indian E-visa for Philippine Passport Holders. You can read below for more information

 

 

APPLYING FOR AN INDIAN E-TOURIST VISA

First of all, there is no such thing as VISA ON ARRIVAL TO INDIA. This has been discontinued- or at least renamed on April 2015.  (Read update here http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-changes-name-of-visa-on-arrival-scheme-to-e-tourist-visa/articleshow/46920566.cms)

Therefore, when planning a trip to India, make sure to have your visa with you. I’ve done it both ways- first time was a Regular Visa stamped on my passport good for 6 months – and the E-Tourist visa for my folks for their upcoming trip to India.

This post is about how to apply for an E-Tourist visa.

Before you begin your application- please be aware of that date this post was written. Always check official sites for updates.

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

http://tourism.gov.in/

Or for specific questions about the Indian E-Tourist Visa- please email (in English) their helpdesk at:  indiatvoa@gov.in

 

THINGS YOU NEED:

  • An Indian destination J . Make sure your entry point is on the list below:
  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Amritsar
  3. Bengaluru
  4. Chennai
  5. Cochin
  6. Delhi
  7. Gaya
  8. Goa
  9. Hyderabad
  10. Jaipur
  11. Kolkata
  12. Lucknow
  13. Mumbai
  14. Tiruchirapalli
  15. Trivandrum
  16. Varanasi
  • A reliable internet connection
  • A Visa/ Mastercard Credit Card
  • A working email address
  • Your passport
  • Scanned first page of passport in pdf format (Minimum Size 10KB, Maximum , 300KB)
  • A digital copy of an ID photo in jpeg format (Minimum size 10kb, Maximum, 1MB) ( TIP: Just have your pic taken by a professional / in a studio to make your life easier)
    • Make sure to follow the following photo requirements:
      1. Height and Width of Photo should be equal
      2. Photo should present full face, front view, eyes open
      3. Center head within frame and present full head from top of head to bottom of chin
      4. Background should be plain light colored or white
      5. No shadows on face or background
      6. Without borders

 

STEPS:

  • READING THE INSTRUCTIONS: With your reliable internet connection J – go to the official E-tourist visa site and read the eligibility very carefully before proceeding: ( **Tip** Read everyyyything! If there’s something that’s not clear to you- contact the helpdesk. )

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

  • FILLING OUT THE FORM: Now that you’ve confirmed you’re eligible, you may now proceed with the application! (**Tip** Pay attention to how dates are written. It’s DAY/ MONTH/ YEAR. Also, you cannot apply for a visa earlier than 34 days before your trip. )After filling out the first page, note down your TEMPORARY APPLICATION NUMBER.

 

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  • UPLOADING YOUR FILES: After filling out the lengthy application form- get your files ready- your passport copy in pdf and your jpeg photo. (**Tip** You might not be able to be successful the first time you upload it. So be patient and try to figure out what you’re doing wrong – especially if you have to adjust the file size or the image settings. ) Save your work when you are done- and then proceed to payment.
  • PAYING THE VISA FEE. The E-tourist visa fee is $60 + processing fee of about $2. Now, here’s the thing – I’ve had two friends try to pay for themselves using their Philippine Credit Card and Debit Card. These attempts were rejected by the Indian E-tourist visa payment system. I called the E-toursit visa helpline about this and the representative basically said it wasn’t their fault as- they receive credit card payments from all over the world without a problem.  I was told the problem may be with the applicant’s side. It could be- (A) an unreliable internet connection or (B) a bank ‘s credit card policy.  You might want to check with your bank if you get rejected. So how did my friends and parents do it? We paid on their behalf using my husband’s Indian Credit Card.
  • WAITING FOR THE APPROVAL (or REJECTION). After paying successfully- it won’t take you long to receive approval (or rejection). This will be sent to your email within 24 hours- as per my experience with my parents and my friends’. They were approved.
  • PRINTING THE DOCS. Make sure you print multiple copies of your visa and also save a digital copy on your smart phone or tablet. And just like that, you have your Indian E-Tourist Visa!

This is how an Indian E-Tourist visa looks like:

 

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