Recently on our travels, while we were standing in the queue to board our flight from Amsterdam to New Delhi, there was a passenger ahead of us who wasn’t allowed to board the flight as due to an issue with his E-visa.
Apparently he hadn’t received a confirmation/approval of him being issued an E-visa and was refrained from boarding.
Not to be confused with Visa on Arrival, E-visa must have an approval electronically, which is later stamped on the passport on arrival.
The Government of India, has now extended its e-visa facility which is an electronic authorization to travel to India for citizens of 165 countries at the 25 international airports and 5 seaports.
Check the country eligibility here-
The Indian e-Visa is issued for single double or multiple entries for visits with a duration of stay up to 90 days from date of first entry for tourist purposes, and up to 180 days for business purposes. Canada, Japan, UK and USA nationals are allowed stays of up to 180 days for tourist visits.
A traditional visa is obtained through an application process where the traveler must submit their original passport along with application materials in order for the visa to be approved. It is stamped inside the passport. While the process itself takes longer and requires more paperwork, the visa that is issued has a longer validity and allows multiple entries.
Eligible citizens traveling for leisure/tourism, business, or medical purposes have the option to apply for an Indian visa online, and have their visa granted electronically. The visa will then get stamped in the passport upon arrival in India, at which time biometrics (fingerprints) will also be taken.
No, it is not possible to apply for an Indian visa at the airport after you land.
All visas, including e-Visas, must be applied for before travel. Most airlines will not let you board without a valid visa.
There have been cases in the past where passengers have applied for an evisa and have booked their travel without waiting for an official electronic confirmation of their visa being granted. They have concluded of their application confirmation as a visa confirmed status.
However as I was researching for this I found that the information on the website is lacking in some clarity regarding visa on arrival and evisa directives.
It’s better to cross check the details with the airlines and travel agents, in case of any doubts, before embarking on your journey.
For more information on tourist visa on arrival click here-
For more information on the Indian E-visa click here-