Today marks a big step forward for tourism in India, with the launch of a new e-visa system that will help visitors from 43 countries – including Germany, the United States, Brazil, and many other major countries – to more easily obtain travel visas to India.
The move means that travellers to India can now obtain a visa online rather than jumping through numerous hurdles, waiting in lineups, going to embassies at odd hours of the day and other inconveniences that can often deter would-be tourists.
Now, all one needs to do is apply for their travel visa at a designated website, pay the requisite fees (USD$60 per passenger, non-refundable) and get an electronic version of the visa within 96 hours. According to the Government of India, this is a four-step process:
1) Apply online with photo and passport page
2) Pay visa fee online using credit or debit card
3) Receive Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) via e-mail
4) Print ETA and carry with you at time of travel
The new TVoA (Tourist Visa on Arrival) system is valid only for recreation/sightseeing, short-term medical treatment, casual business trip or visiting family and friends. The printed ETA will be verified at check-in for your flight.
This bold move is in line with Nezasa’s innovative direction in the travel and tourism industry, as our online itinerary booking service also promises an ease of planning, booking and travelling all in one place. You can do everything from your laptop at home rather than going through the maddening process of waiting in lineups and dealing with daunting paperwork and payments.
India’s new e-visa system and accompanying software will be in place at nine international airports, including major gateways in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Goa. The Indian government plans to include all countries – barring a few for political reasons – in the new system over the next two years.
The move comes just a month after Myanmar installed its own e-visa processing system, with tourism visas for USD$50. You can get your tourism visa via their official government website. Like India, Myanmar’s website promises a swift processing system with an approval letter delivered within three days of your application.
Meanwhile, take a moment to check out Nezasa’s itineraries for India and start planning your trip now!