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5 Common Mistakes People Make When Applying for An e Visa to India

The first and biggest mistake people make when it comes to the e visa, is not even knowing that it is an option!


1. Not Applying Online

Ever since 2014, the Indian government has been offering tourists (and other visitors) the option of obtaining an electronic visa (also known as an evisa, e-tourist visa or e visa).

What is an e Visa?

An e visa is simply a travel visa that you can apply for and receive online, making the entire application process far quicker and easyer – all you need to do is:

  • fill out an online application form,
  • provide the necessary information and documentation,
  • pay the required fee,
  • and then wait for your evisa to arrive via email.

Once the approved e visa arrives, you can print it out and take it with you to present at the port of entry to the country.


2. Choosing the Wrong Type of Visa

A travel visa grants you permission to enter India for a limited time period, depending on the type of visa you apply for, your nationality, and other factors. This limitation usually allows for a stay of a few weeks or a few months, within a given time period.

While the evisa is certainly a convenient, hassle free option, it allows visitors to stay in India for a maximum time period of 30 days.

Unfortunately, this means that if you plan on staying in India for a longer time, you will have to apply for your visa the old fashioned way – by queuing up at the nearest Indian embassy or consulate.


3. Applying too Late

Most people plan their trips well in advance in order to ensure that they have a flight, a hotel room, a valid entry visa, and anything else required for their trip. While this is definitely the best way to ensure that your vacation goes smoothly, when it comes to your travel visa, it’s important to make sure that it will be valid in time for your trip.

So, if you plan on applying online, waiting too long can be risky. When it comes to an evisa, the Indian government requires a minimum of 4 days between the application and the arrival date.

So the best time to apply for an e-visa to India is around 2 weeks ahead of your arrival.


4. Providing Inaccurate Information

The information provided on your visa application should be identical to the information that appears in your passport (if you hold more than one passport, then the information should be identical to the one with which you’re travelling to India), including your name, passport number, place of birth, etc.

Any discrepancy between the details you provide on your online application and the  information on the passport, can cause the officers at the port of entry to reject your evisa and prevent you from entering the country.

Therefore, in order to make sure the information is accurate and identical to that which appears on your passport, you should:

  • fill out the application form carefully;
  • pay close attention to details and how they appear on your passport,
  • take the time to review your application before sending it to be processed.

Otherwise you will either have to obtain a new visa (and pay for it as well) or worse, risk being prevented from entering India.

5. Providing Low Quality Documentation

Since your e visa application is completed online, you are required to include a copy of your passport, a copy of the picture page in your passport and / or a photograph.

In order to avoid having your application rejected, you should carefully follow the guidelines for submitting these documents as specified application form:

Your passport copy should be in PDF format and include all the personal information on the page clearly.

If a photo is required – it should be taken with a light background and show your face fully and clearly.

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