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India Restored e Visa 2021


Update 16 March 2022:

As per the new guidelines of the Government of India, the Long Term Tourist/E-Tourist Visa has been restored with immediate effect from March 16, 2022. Now eligible countries for Indian visas can apply for 1 year and 5-year visas.

Old Update:

New Entry Requirements for India: The ministry of civil aviation India has started a contactless solution by the name of air suvidha for all the international passengers visiting India due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Air Suvidha self-declaration form to be mandatorily filled by all international arriving passengers to India.

Nationals of 156 countries
are now allowed to visit India on their e-Visas after the changes made by the government in the Covid-affected visa policy. The Ministry of Home Affairs, MHA has lifted restrictions on Medical, Business, and Conference e Visas.

Previously, the Indian government had restricted the mobility of foreigners within its territory under such visa categories. The e-Visas mentioned were suspended last year in March before the national lockdown. The government halted the visa issuance under such categories to limit the increasing number of Covid cases.

The Ministry of Home Affairs announced lifting the restrictions by issuing an order on March 30, 2021. The official release of the MHA stated that the government had restored the e-Visa under the categories including Indian 30 Days Tourist eVisa, e-Business Visa, e-Medical visa, e-Medical Attendant visa, and e-Conference visa with immediate effect. According to the latest order, the nationals from 156 countries may come to India for getting treatment or attending to patients. They can also visit India for business and conference purposes by applying for their respective e-Visas.

Travelers who need to visit India under these categories Can now apply for an e Visa according to their visit nature:

The decision seems questionable, as the country has seen an enormous rise in Covid patients this month. According to MHA officials, the decision to open an e-visa will not add the burden on health infrastructure in India. He mentioned that the officials would issue an e-Visa for medical reasons only if the applicant meets the condition. According to the new rule, to get a medical e-Visa, the patient needs to show a confirmed appointment at a hospital. So if the hospitals are overwhelmed, they will not be giving appointments to other patients.

The Indian government has still not allowed the nationals of the UK and China to visit the country under e-Visa schemes. The authorities will review the decision regarding restricting travel from these countries this month and then take the final decision.

In October 2020, the authorities had restored all visa types except e-Visa, tourist visa, and medical visa. According to the order released, all existing visas, which got suspended, except electronic visa (e-Visa), tourist visa, and medical visa, will stand restored with immediate effect.

If the validity of suspended visas had expired, the foreign national might obtain a fresh visa of the appropriate category and sub-category from the Indian Mission or relevant post. In the case of a Medical Visa (including a visa for Medical Attendants), the Indian Mission may grant a Medical visa for an appropriate period to the foreign nationals intending to visit the country for medical treatment under emergencies.

What do tourists need to travel in India?

India is a country known for its culture, heritage, historical temple style, variety of rivers, and wildlife. The country is surrounded by the mighty Himalayas, deep Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. The Indian civilization and culture inherit the tradition of Atithi Devo Bhava (The Guest is like God) from time immemorial. 

India attracts a large number of tourists all over the world because of its diverse attractions and geographic location, India is therefore considered as an important tourist hotspot offering an array of experiences to the tourists.

The government of India issues the latest advisory guidance for international travel to India which mandates for all travelers.

Guidelines for Travelers During COVID-19 :

Do you have to wear a mask in India?

Masks are compulsory for all the nationals and tourists for your concern during this pandemic COVID-19 situation. If you are not wearing a mask while visiting a crowded place, a hospital or workplace or not maintaining social distance you are responsible for your condition. You have to follow The Indian Government guidelines. if you refuse or break any restrictions set by the Indian government. you must pay a heavy penalty according to Indian law and the Indian government can take strict action against you. 

What kind of face-covering is best?

It must be:

  • have a nose wire
  • Have at least two or three layers of material
  • fit snugly over mouth, nose, and chin

Are restaurants open in India?

Yes, restaurants are open in India but some restaurants are still closed during this pandemic COVID-19 situation. The restaurant checks individual temperatures before entry. If you want to go to a restaurant don't be afraid because restaurants take care of all your worries regarding your health, They follow the Indian Government restrictions, before giving you restrictions. They regularly sanitize the restaurants and their staff also follow every rule strictly. so, you have to fulfill the restaurant guidelines such as you have to be vaccinated and maintaining social distance, wearing a mask all time, and sanitizing your hands regularly to avoid the risk of getting infected.

30 responses to “India Restored e Visa 2021”

  1. Komal Bajwa
    Are spouses of OCI card holders that may have only a 10-year tourist visa allowed to travel under existing rules?
  2. Karin manchester
    When will E Visa be restored for tourists
    • Mary Skaag
      I wish to travel to India on 16th November 2021, please can I apply for my visa now before booking flight - Thank you
    • Arlene Mirer
      I have a multiple entry visa issued in 2019 that expires in 2029. This is my 4th,but I believe it was stopped due to COVID. I have gone to India for the past 30 years, staying 2-3 months on my yearly visit. The E visa is only good for 30 days? What do I do to stay for 57days starting in Jan.2022? No one responds to emails, or phone calls at the Embassy. Is there a chance they might reinstate the multiple entry 10 year tourist visas that are valid?
    • Neha Desai
      I have 10 yrs multiple tourist visa issued in 2016 to 2026. May I know did you resume that after suspension? I paid lots of money and put lots of efforts to get this visa So need to activate please.
    • alan
      I have 2 years left on my 5 year e visa, will India restore valid e visas for uk citizens or have I lost this visa ?
    When is the e-Visa opening for tourists from the USA?
    Anthony Jackson
    Due to travel December 24th to Goa. There are no appointments available for Visas at the embassy! Please can India reinstate the Evisa system for U.K. ASAP!
    Kulvinder Gill
    I already have 10 years visa, is it still suspended?, or do I need to renew it. Because I am planning to go to India in the month of Jan/2022.
    29-05-2021 to 18-11-2021 - No response by any Indian Foreign Services officer from 161 countries (including India) ! What a shame and failure ! If you have OCI Card - stop wasting your time,here. You can go to India anytime.It does not give you voting rights as misleading name suggest "Overseas Citizen of India" - No you are not citizen of India and can not vote. Kulvinder Gill & others - You read Unlike other countries - we made life difficult by offering tons of "visa-type" w/o providing clarity to world even on policy so agents and airlines makes tons of money and people like us loose money despite taking off at job and buying expensive airfare. So open your Foreign Passport - go to Visa stamp - locate "Type of Visa" and " No of Entries". Most common type - Type of Visa "T" indicates you have Tourist Visa but "No of Entries" field can be Single/Double or Multiple. You all T Visa guys are screwed until Jan-2022. Game over. Now - type of Visa is "X" indicates you have Entry Visa.Entry Visa is NOT Tourist Visa as per consulate. It is for persons of Indian origin and spouse and children of Indian citizens/persons of Indian origin/OCI cardholder (other than those registered as OCI cardholders). Idiots do not provide clarity for Entry Visa and agents are claiming that you are tourist. No technically you are NOT tourist in your own country of origin so this visa is restored effective 15th Nov,2021 - Monday as per Consulate in USA. UK & China are different cases. Ask same question to your local consulate via Twitter and add their boss @DrSJaishankar, @MEAIndia, @narendramodi, @PMOIndia. Good luck ! Jai Hind !
    Alex U
    Hello there, I'm an Estonian citizen and I would like to get Visa to enter India in January to have a wedding. I know that the current situation is very difficult but I really hope to get a visa for me and my family. Me and my bride from Shillong are trying to find an opportunity to get married and start living together in Estonia for more than a year already. Covid was always playing against us in this matter. I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you in advance! Kind regards
    Ram Veeraraghavan
    Dear Sir / Madam, I have not visited my parents for the past 2 years and with recent relaxation for travel, I am intending to travel from Sydney to Chennai between the dates 26th Dec 2021 to Feb 9th 2022. I originally had 5 year tourist e-visa and during my last visit my Australian passport got damaged and had to issue a new passport. Attached herewith a screenshot of the 5 year e-visa i had been granted earlier stamped in my previous passport. I noticed in your website, currently only 30 days is issued and not 5 year (if i have to re-apply). My tickets are already booked and are non-refundable. What are my options? 1. can i book for 30 days and apply for extension for the rest of the period? 2. Can my already granted e-visa be applied to my new passport? 3. Should i apply for a new 5 year e-visa passport? With ageing parents, i intend to travel atleast 2 to 3 times to India and this is really useful to me. Kindly provide support and guidance on how to receive the right visa documentation for my visit. Already i am preparing for all the other documentation required which is time consuming and this was not anticipated. Appreciate your help on this. Looking forward for your earliest response. I have been double vaccinated with International covid certificate and have valid passport to travel which has more than 6 months validity. Regards
    Dear Sirs/Madam, I am originally from India, who is currently a USA Citizen, & I was granted a 5-year eTouristVisa eVisa issued on 11/01/2020, & Valid till 09/01/2025. & I visited India from 27/01/2020 to 05/02/2020 on this eVisa. Due to Covid, I was not able to visit my parents at India in the last 2years. CAN I TRAVEL TO INDIA TO VISIT MY PARENTS DURING DECEMBER'2021, with my above eVisa, which is valid till 2025? Appreciate your clarifying reply. Thanks & best wishes
    The site where I am trying to apply for evisa says. "The specified URL is inaccessible at this time. Please try after some time". This has been like that all day. Can you please fix this ?
    • Gurpreet Singh
      I am trying from last one month to get regular paper visa but got this message all the time "The specified URL is inaccessible at this time. Please try after some time". I got this message as soon as I hit "Regular/paper visa" tab. I tried different browsers, different devices, different ip addresses but every time failed to get to the next page. Its shameful for India that they cannot maintain an important website. This is digital India.
    • Sam G
      Was there a fix to this issue? In May 2022, I see the same issue
    HELLO, Good Day, I am trying to fill application form for medical visa to INDIA for the family of 4 but i don't know what to do. I have started filling the application form for the patient but i will need your assistance on how to fill the form for the whole family, Please advice if am to fill the form separately and still for medical visa for the remaining three family. Hope To Hear From You Soon, THANKS...
    A.D. Maclachlan
    When will India reinstate our U.S citizen's 10 year multiple entry tourist visas? Mine is still valid until end of 2025 and the 1 month e-visa is useless for me, I need more than one month to visit all my family and friends in India. Have been going now for 15 years every Winter. Please, please tell the government to reinstate our visas, or renew them as multiple entry e-visas. I love India and want to return to India for several months at the end of this year, beginning next.
    Hi how I apply for business visa to India and do I need to be COVID 19 vaccinated to get business visa to India .
    Darrell Parsons
    My Multiple entry evisa ID 1004V4155820 was cancelled by India due to your entry ban for Covid. Will I get an extension or re-issue so I can complete my tour of India? Thank Yoy
    Wazhma yaqubi
    how to apply medical visa for Afghan national from UK
    Jean François Labour
    Hi, I'm a French citizen currently in the kingdom of Thailand. III'de like to travel to India with a multiple entry tourist visa. I don't know much about the current situation. So maybe you can advise me. I plan to depart from Bangkok and fly to New Delhi around March 2022.. I got a friend there, indian citizen, who can also be my guarantor I'm not currently unvaccinated. So I would like to know about requirements, documents and health certificates in order to make a correct enquiry for this visa, and of course if it's possible to travel to India now. Thank you very much
    Madh Sanjanwala
    Dear Sir/Madam I have a 10 year Visa that I was issued in 2017. Can I travel to india on that visa or do I need another visa? I plan to travel on 24th February. Thank you
    I am indian orgin with spanish passport, Can I apply for for multiple rentry tourist visa ON LINE for 1 year, ? and can i re enter india after week ten days from the date of departure from india ? is there any restriction of 2 months gap in my case. would be grateful if could please guideme.
    I want to go India medical visa. May I know is there any RT-PCR test mandatory for Dhaka immigration for medical visa
    Leela Chaduvu
    Please can India reinstate the Evisa system for U.K as to get a visa is a nightmare not getting an early date, like me havent seen the family since 3 years due to covid now want to travel
    Can you please tell me who actually benefits from this political tit-for-tat nonsense over the suspended e-visa UK service? Especially given the number of british born indians in the UK? Personally speaking my husband hasn't seen his mum in three years due to covid restrictions and my son has only met his grandma once. He's now 6. The paper visa would be fine if consular appointments were more readily available. There is currently nothing until April. Indian tourism is missing out on so much revenue.
    very upset
    Just found out that I could not get an appointment in time to process my visa before my flight. I will lose a lot of money but the Indian economy will lose even more! I will not make the mistake of trying to travel to India again!
    Jan van oortmerssen
    Is the UK on the list of 156 countries whose e-visas have been reinstated? I am on British passport and my 5 year e-visa has been suspended.
    Can you please advise when will India reinstate the Evisa facility for China citizen

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