In the wake of the recent pandemic every family faced their share of challenges. Covid 19 is that comet whose snarling tail hit our world hard and decimated travel hopes as well as vocations. However, as they say, “a new dawn always follows the dark night”, we have some really good news to share with you - the Indian Tourist Visa is now yet again available to the seeking tourist. The guests who intend to visit India for tourism can apply for a tourist visa and obtain the same. This is incredible news for all of us in the travel fraternity. The tourist visa can be applied 120 days before your date of arrival in India.
The countdown has just begun for everyone who wishes to cherish and behold the magnanimous aura of an Indian vacation that brings to the fore the country’s intrigues, charm and rich diversity.
We are here to take away all your worries by providing you as below the complete step by step Guide to obtaining a tourist visa to India.
The Indian visa situation is constantly evolving, and, we shall surely update this blog to reflect the same. So, do refer to this blog before you embark upon a tourist visa application to India. The tourist visa is eligible to the applicant for recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives, attending a short-term yoga program, etc.
Pre-departure information you need to bear in mind before applying for the Indian tourist Visa.
The Tourist Visa to India is currently available for 30 days and permits a single entry or visit to India. This means that if you are combining your travels to India with another country, you may choose to visit that country after your travels in India and then exit from that country without reentering India. Alternatively, you may visit the other country first, and then arrive into India for your tours before finally departing from an Indian port . The visa regulation does not inhibit us from planning your vacation in countries outside of India. We are only sharing Indian tourist visa protocols here.
The application for a tourist e-visa can be submitted at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html . The government has notified these countries as eligible for tourist e-visas (SEE IMAGE 01). This is a dynamic list and it is expected that more countries would be added to this list in the near future.
Countries as eligible for tourist e-visas - Image 01.
b. Paper visa
In case, your country is not mentioned above in the listed countries eligible for tourist e-visas, you simply need to apply at the Indian embassy, High Commission or consulate office near you or through any of their designated agents. You would receive detailed guidance from the said office.
Representative Image of Paper Visa to India
B. Flights - To maintain international connectivity till regular flights are restored, the Indian Government proactively engaged in air bubble agreements with many airlines, airports, and countries the world over (See Image 02). Several flights are arriving from global destinations into various airports in India. This process is being continually expanded and there would be no flight connectivity related issues in achieving your return travels to India.
Image 02 - Countries having Air bubble agreements with India
C. Covid Related Pre-Departure Protocols
1. Travellers should be fully vaccinated by a WHO-approved vaccine (SEE IMAGE 03). Also; 15 days should have elapsed from the finally completed vaccination shot. Please do carry your fully vaccinated certificates with you for verification by Indian health authorities.
2. An RTPCR test needs to undertake 72 hours before your fight date.
3. Complete the self-declaration form and upload the negative RTPCR test report as mentioned in point 2 on the Indian health ministry available on the AirSuvidha website https://www.newdelhiairport.in/covid19 .
4. You may track your Application Status online at the link mentioned in point 3. Once you receive an approval/acknowledgment, do take a printout of the completed Form/acknowledgment, etc. & keep it with you and submit the same for verification to the Indian health authorities upon your arrival at the Indian airport.
Image 03 - WHO Approved Vaccines Recorgnised By Goverment Of India
All this sounds positive and very much in sync with global protocols for visitor entries to respective countries. All that you need to do is to will yourself to a tour to India and brace yourself for an o credible love affair that would go straight to your heart and stir the soul.
On our part we will be constantly updating this blog with the latest India Travel information coming from the Government of India. So, please do keep an eye on this space.
Excited about coming to India? We are as excited as you and shall be sharing comprehensive post Arrival protocol information so that you are fully prepared for a hassle free India tour experience. The procedures are simple and we are there with you every step of the way to guide you through an incredible India vacation.