Advisory on Tourist Visas Advisory on Tourist Visas

Advisory on Tourist Visas

Consulate General of India

Atlanta

Advisory on Tourist Visas

 

1. The Government of India has decided to issue fresh tourist visas with effect from 15 October, 2021 for group tourism and from 15 November, 2021 for individual travel. In this context, the following may be noted:

(i)All foreign nationals intending to visit India for tourism will be allowed to enter India on e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa through chartered flights (for group tourism only) with effect from 15 October, 2021.

(ii) All foreign nationals intending to visit India for individual tourism purposes will be permitted to enter India on e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa with effect from 15 November, 2021. Such travel will be allowed through Vande Bharat Mission, Air Bubble Scheme or by any scheduled/non-scheduled commercial flight allowed by the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation.

(iii) Foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter India through land routes on e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa.

(iv) A Single Entry e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa valid for a stay of up to 30 days will be issued, which will have to be utilized within a period of 120 days from the date of issue. This visa will be issued on a gratis basis for a limited time once to each applicant.

(v) It may be noted that existing valid e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa issued before 6 October, 2021 will continue to remain suspended and travel on such visas is not permitted.

2. The process of obtaining e-Tourist Visa/Regular Tourist Visa may be accessed at the following links:

    1. (a) e-Tourist Visa - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. The applicants may note that this is a completely online application process. The application process involves applying online and receiving Electronica Travel Authorization (ETA) by e-mail. The applicants should take the print-out of the ETA and present it at the immigration check post in India where e-visa will be stamped on the passport. The applicants may note that the Consulate does not process e-visas and any enquiries in this regard will need to be made directly on the e-visa portal.

    1. (b) Regular Paper Tourist Visa through Consulate General of India. This application process involves filling up online application, and sending physical copy of the application to the Consulate along with passport and supporting documents https://indiainatlanta.gov.in/public_files/assets/pdf/Tourist_Visa_Guidelines_2021_oct21.pdf

3. Applicants are also advised to go through the guidelines for international travel to India available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals17022021.pdf.

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