Do you need a visa for India?

All foreigners entering India require a visa. You may be able to apply for an e-visa depending on your nationality, the reason for travel, the duration of your India trip, and how you plan on entering the country. If you're not eligible for an e-visa, you may need to apply for a regular/paper visa through your local Indian consulate or embassy either in person or via post. 

E-visa eligibility and entry requirements

The majority of nationalities are eligible to apply for an India e-visa including travellers from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the UK, Canada and South Africa. You can check your eligibility on the Indian Government's website. The e-visa allows travellers to pre-register and pay for their visa prior to travelling to India, meaning your passport will be stamped by an immigration officer upon arrival at a designated sea or airport. The India visa website we mentioned above lists the entry ports you may enter with an e-visa.

Most foreign nationals can apply for a tourist e-visa for stays of up to 90 days, while some may also be eligible for stays of up to 180 days. Most e-visas also allow you multiple entries into India, and are valid for 1 year from the day of electronic approval.

India visa fees

Depending on your nationality and the amount of time you’re spending in India, an e-visa will cost somewhere between USD 10–40, though it may be free for some nationalities. View the fees. Please note that if you plan on travelling overland from Nepal to India (or vice versa) you'll need a paper visa. This can be difficult and time-consuming if you’re applying from Nepal, so it's best to try and sort it out in your home country before you set off.

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