India Restores All Tourist Visas, Paper and Electronic, with Immediate Effect after 2 Years of Suspension

In March 2020, India – the second most populous country in the world – took several measures to combat the pandemic, like cancellation of scheduled/regular international flights, suspension of tourist visas, and nationwide lockdown. With foreign countries having vaccinated their populace and the COVID graph being flattened in India, the government has relaxed the pandemic-induced restrictions for international arrivals since February 14, 2022. All the previously issued tourist visas to India, in both paper and electronic formats, have been restored for eligible foreign citizens starting today, March 16.    

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The tourist visa and regular international flights to India had been suspended for the past 24 months. When the second wave started receding, India resumed issuing e-visa in certain categories, except tourism. India’s e-tourist visa or electronic travel authorization (ETA) resumed to be issued to foreign nationals, including those of Indian origin, in November 2021. But the 5-year and 10-year long tourist visas issued before October 6, 2021 continued to remain suspended until this day. Since November 15, thousands of fresh tourist visas have been issued for only 30 days of stay in India on a single entry.

With immediate effect, the government of India has reinstated valid 5-year e-tourist visas for the nationals of 156 countries and valid 5-year regular tourist visas (paper) for all countries, given the resumption of scheduled international flights to India from March 27, 2022. This generous move is aimed at scaling up the number of foreign tourist arrivals so as to support the tourism economy of the country.

Starting March 16, 2022, the citizens of the eligible countries can also apply for fresh regular (paper) tourist visas to India with 5-year validity. The issuance of fresh visas is subject to certain restrictions that the government may impose from time to time.

There is good news also for those who hold a valid 10-year-long regular tourist visa to India, which had been suspended since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. But the long duration regular tourist visas have been restored only for the citizens and nationals of two countries, the United States and Japan, as of now. Currently, the issuance of fresh tourist visas with 10-year validity is subject to country-specific restrictions. Only the US and Japan nationals are eligible for the fresh issuance of long duration tourist visas for the time being.

Not all foreign nationals/citizens of Indian origin are OCI or PIO card holders. The continued suspension of the previously issued valid tourist visas not only agitated them, but also led to the cancellation of their travel to India. Some of them had to obtain a regular X entry visa at an additional cost.

The tourist visa to India is granted to foreigners for four reasons: recreational and sightseeing, visiting family or friends, short business trip, and medical treatment for a short duration. Applications for India’s e-tourist visa must be submitted neither later than 4 days nor earlier than 34 days before the date of planned arrival. India’s tourist visa fee for foreigners varies from country to country. India’s e-tourist visa can be availed by citizens of as many as 169 countries. A tourist visa to India comes with validity up to 10 years. The electronic travel authorization allows a double-entry to India for 60 days, whereas a regular (paper) tourist visa to India allows more than 60 days of stay at a time.

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254 thoughts on “India Restores All Tourist Visas, Paper and Electronic, with Immediate Effect after 2 Years of Suspension

  1. Rajesh Upalekar

    Do you know the target date when this is going to resume? Also, what happens to the already existing Tourist VISA, already stamped in the passport and a valid one? Any ideas?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rajesh! The existing tourist visas to India are invalid. The government of India has not given any tentative date of resuming tourist visas.

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      • Charles Murray

        Hi Indiaeagle, I have a Business visa from India, it expires in 2023. It is an actual page in my passport, it is not an electronic Visa.- Is it okay to travel on the same visa to India Now.

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    • ajit singh

      Last night it was on the news that the existing valid 10-yrs visas unexpired are null and void for travel to India. New visa has to be requested to travel to India. It’s a shame that people paid for 10-yr visa, which is still valid for some more years, have to pay again to get a fresh one. It reflects a begger’s attitude on the part of India. The unexpired-visa should be honored till it is expired, which will reduce the mad-rush to get a fresh visa (to India) and will reduce animosity towards the administration.

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      • Durga Bor

        I totally agree with you Ajit, it means money down the drain for visa holders, also shorter stays for us Indophiles who have friends and family there and want to do workshops, health spas, etc. This really sucks and yes, it is as bad as when Modi canceled the Rs. 500 notes, of which I heard nothing even as I worked in the South Asia Center of an Ivy League University with top Indian economists from India! but got to India with Rs. 10,000 from previous stay, so I wouldn’t be burdened with currency exchange, and I lost that large amount, kind of sucks. I wish the Indian tourism was a little kinder to us who have supported the Indian economy over the years with our travel and study spending.

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        • Anonymous

          I think there is no fees to apply for new e visa. I applied for my daughter and no fees was to be paid. But it’s only valid for 30days.

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          • Basanti

            Unfortunately UK people cannot get e-visa (although many other nations can) and I am one of the unfortunates who paid for a five year visa, used it once the first year it was issued, and now they have invalidated it. I have spent a fortune in India over the last 20 years and it does leave a very sour taste in the mouth. I am still waiting for flights to open before I will shell out another shed load of cash, I was due to go in 4 weeks’ time.

      • Jasbinder Singh

        Ajit Singh: You are right on brother. The whole world changes rapidly but India and it’s politicians and official are still maintaining “Begger’s Attitude”. When they buy things they want cheap and when they sell things it more than American sell their things in America. They are not only beggers but also very corrupt. It is in their DNA. Avoid going to India. Be a Pakistsani or a Bangladeshi. They are much much better than those corrupt Indians. Amen.

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      • Poonam

        Very well said, Ajit. It is a beggar’s attitude. Indian government should either refund the money or honor the remainder of time left on already valid Visas. Without a mad rush, obtaining an Indian Visa is treacherous.

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      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Mary! All the tourist visas issued before October 6, 2021 are currently invalid. You need to apply for a fresh tourist visa.

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        • Abc

          All the countries (US,UK,AUS…) should cancel / invalidate Indian citizens visas and make them reapply for new visas also.

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        • Nathan

          Why is it invalid? Could anyone give a clear answer? It was suspended or whatever due to covid19, not it’s over, so it should be back to where it is until the expiry of its validity. I have still 7 years left on my 10 year visa (me, my wife and my daughter). Paid a substantial amount in visa fees and the trouble that we had to go through, financially and physically, in order to obtain it. Now 2 years after the so called suspension, its all down the drain! Just curious, how do these people justify this wonderful action? Shame on you whoever is responsible for this nonsense.

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    • Kristji

      so From what i understand from this is that everyone has to apply for new visas to india but what if i would like to stay for 5 months? I am a us citizen and would like to visit family friends there

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      • Denise Speakmn

        Can we go to India for longer than 30days an can we get a year tourist visa yet.Dee

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Denise! Currently, a tourist visa is being issued only for 30-day stay in India. If you are looking to stay more than 30 days in India, you can apply for a regular entry X visa.

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  2. Coralie

    I have a multiple entry tourist visa issued in 2016, valid for ten years until 2026 and you say this visa will not be valid for entry into India now. This is very upsetting. So I have to apply for a new tourist visa?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Coralie! Currently, new tourist visas are not being issued. The existing tourist visas are suspended. However, the government of India is planning to end the suspension of the tourist visa.

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  3. KP

    How about eTourist visa for minors below 5 years, both parents are fully vaccinated but the child is not?

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  4. Indian Man

    I heard that by the end of the month of September 2019 they are planning to reconsider the suspension on the tourist visa

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  5. bkaur

    Any word yet on the visas and when can go to India from USA.. I have a Visa that was issued in 2017 and it’s good for 10 years – till 2027… Will I be able to use this one ???? Or am I going to be forced to get a new visa (which seems unfair)…. Also would like to know the date that they are going to start allowing me to enter India with my visa… I am vaccinated… My friends there are continually asking me when I am coming…

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bkaur! We are keeping a watch on the upcoming updates regarding the date of resuming the tourist visa. The tourist visa will be resumed anytime in this month.

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      • James Benedict

        Great news! I am very much upset with the Govt of India for suspending the valid tourist visa which I obtained in 2019 which is good until 2028. I had to go through hoops to get this. Taking time off, going to the local consulate, filling up forms, paying fees, showing proof of everything they asked for. I missed to see my uncle who was in death bed at that time. Because of the delay, I missed his funeral as well. Please dont tell me I could have obtained an emergency visa!!!!!! I already applied for a tourist visa, and it was the second time I had to apply. Anyway, I got my 10 year tourist visa, went in April of 2019, and the second time Jan of 2020. Came back to USA and now, I want to go to India for 12 days to visit my family. My initial assumption was that since I had a valid 10 year visa, all I have to do is fully vaccinated, show the PCR testing which is 48 hr before travel and follow mask rules and that is all. Now, what I heard is I have to re-apply for the Indian visa again? By paying another $300+ dollars??????? C’mon!! Dont you think this is a bribery at the govt level???????? There is no logic behind this other than govt of India taking advantage of COVID-19 and fully engaged in making money!! What else is there???? I am the same person fully vaccinated, and will be tested for PCR before travel, with a valid 10 yr multiple entry visa on hand…..why do I have to re-apply for another visa?

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        • bkaur

          I applied for the new e-visa and didn’t have to pay for it… I had to type my current visa that they suspended, into the application.. I had gotten my 10-year visa in 2017… They were very quick coming back with my approved e-visa and it states on the visa I can only stay 30 days from the date of arrival.

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          • Falgun

            means i have valid 10 years visa issued before October 2021 and i am applying for E Visa i do not have to pay the fees for E visa corrct?

        • Poonam

          Hi James,
          I am exactly in the same situation, got in 2019, went once coming back in 2020 after 2 weeks. It is kind of stealing money without delivering the services or goods. Isn’t it? And we can not complain to anyone. It is beyond frustrating.

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    • Poonam

      bkaur, my situation is the same. It is frustrating that we do not get reimbursed for services (Visas) canceled by the Indian Government due to no fault of ours.

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  6. Gokul

    Hi, I am Indian citizen residing in US,
    my 4 year old american citizen son is having Indian visa of type X-Misc with multiple entry.
    Can he travel with me in November?

    Regards,
    Utpal

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gokul! Your son’s visa does not have a ‘T’ (tourist) mark, he can travel to India.

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  7. Kay

    I read that India will be issuing free tourist visas for the first (forget the number) of people when tourist visas resume. Is it for e-visa or 10 yr visa?
    Thanks

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  8. Jaze Jacob Thomas

    Hi, we are planning to travel in Dec. Both parents have OCI, plus vaccinated. How ever 3 kids, all under 5. 2 have tourist visa, one need to apply for evisa or tourist visa. None of the kids are vaccinated. Can you advise?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jacob! All of you, including the kids will have to take an RT-PCR test prior to boarding the flight to India. Kids don’t have to be vaccinated for travel to India. Hope India will lift the tourist visa ban this month or November.

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  9. Gabo Thompson

    Hi Jacob,

    I’m a 21 yr. old male with both PFIZER vaccine shots and my 3rd booster. I plan to travel to India in early Jan for tourism. Do you think I will able to go/should go ahead and book a flight now or hold off?

    Also, what is the status of state to state quarantines?

    Thanks

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gabo! India is going to welcome foreign tourists soon. We hope you will be able to visit India in January 2022. Currently, no institutional quarantine in India.

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  10. Cody

    When India opens for charter flights, is it possible to fly in via commercial to a neighboring country and gain access via tourist visa this way? It’s been some time since we have been able to see family and it looks that a phased opening will place commercial near the end.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Cody! From November 15, you will be granted a tourist visa to travel to India on non-chartered passenger flights.

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  11. Richard Bennett

    Hello!
    Most welcome news about Tourist visas because I have a flight to Chennai from NYC on November 16!
    I have a 10 year tourist visa that I have used 3 times. Will I be able to travel on that?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Richard! There is still no clarity on whether the existing tourist visas will be honored by the government of India. Please be advised to check with the Indian embassy or consulate in your jurisdiction.

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      • Richard Bennett

        I called the Indian Embassy in D.C. and they don’t know either. They said to call back on October 15th.
        If something changes between now and then will you please post the info?

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          • Richard Bennett

            Well, you were right, it is official, a fresh visa is needed. The next snag is they will only be good for thirty days. I am considering trying for an e-business visa. I am a tour guide and I have been working with an Indian company to promote tourism from the US. I’m not familiar with this type of visa. I’m wondering if they are only for major corporations or inclusive of my type of business as well. Do you have an opinion about this?

          • James Benedict

            Why Richard needs to apply for fresh visa? He already paid and applied for it? What is changed? Is this a money making scheme for the government of India that drives this policy? Sounds very stupid! It is obvious that bribe is practiced and encouraged at the government level! Once a visa is issued that visa should be good for the time period. Why suddenly change the rules before the time period expires? You are going to say, “it is the rule from the government”. Well, that rule, whoever come up with it need resign and the government needs to honor those visas that were issued which is valid through its expiration date! That is what is democracy! Right now, the government is practicing autocracy!! I thought Indian government is for the people, of the people and by the people! Swindling money by putting excuses on COVID-19 pandemic is stupid and idiotic!

        • Tom

          I emailed them 2 times with the same question and both times received a one word response, Yes! But that is the embassy in Washington not the civil servant at the airport immigration counter if you know what I mean.

          Setu Puthran
          Fri, Oct 8, 7:06 AM (3 days ago)
          to me

          I must ask the same question again regarding my existing 10 year Tourist visa issued in 2016 and valid until 2026.
          Will I be able to enter India with this visa when regularly scheduled flights resume? Yes

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kishan! From November 15. American citizens can travel to India on a tourist visa.

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      • bkaur

        Problem is, we are not allowed to use the visas we have that are 10-year visas.. I don’t understand why they will not let us use the visas we already paid for… if they want us to only be there for 30 days.. put that restriction on the visas we already have.. but to force us to buy new visas seems quite unfair… when our visas are already paid for…

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  12. Amrinder

    Hi Indian Eagle – my family members (US citizen) have multiple entry tourist visas (type T) that are valid till 2024. Will those visas be reinstated or will they have to get fresh new tourist visas to travel after Nov 15th? If they have to get new fresh tourist visas – can they apply for it online or will they have to send all the documentation to the nearest embassy/consulate or will there be provision for issuing the visas on arrival at the airport (as they used to back in pre-covid times)?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amrinder! We are still waiting for further details from GOI, such as whether the existing tourist visas will be reinstated or not. Unfortunately, there is yet no clarity.

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  13. Bhaskar

    All the press release indicate that – existing unexpired travel visas (both regular or e) are invalid and thus re-apply starting Oct/Nov 15. Seems like yet another scheme to profit off the pandemic ??

    “2. The Government of India has restored all existing visas, which had been suspended earlier, including electronic visa except e-Tourist Visa, Tourist Visa and Medical Visa. All those who hold such valid visas (other than e-Tourist Visa, Tourist visa and Medical visa) need not apply to the Consulate for revalidation of their existing visa. In other words, only those who hold e-Tourist visa/Tourist visa (regular) and Medical visa need to apply for a fresh visa.”
    https://www.cgisf.gov.in/page/entry-visa-services/

    “Fresh tourist visas are necessary for travel, even if you already hold valid tourist visas issued earlier. For now, tourist visas are only valid for travel by air or sea route,” it added.

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  14. Sanjay

    Per release, The Indian Bureau of Immigration/Indian Missions/Posts abroad may grant fresh single entry e-Tourist/Tourist visa for 30 days. Existing e-Tourist Visa/ Tourist Visa shall remain suspended.

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  15. REETIKA

    Hi can I travel with my minor son (5 year old) to India on a regular tourist visa. Do I still need to get either OCI or entry visa? Has the ban been removed?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Reetika! From November 15, foreign citizens, including those of Indian origin, can travel to India on a tourist visa. Indian government will start issuing fresh tourist visas from November 15.

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  16. Panshi

    It’s not fair to make us get new Visa’s. Many people have 5-10 year Visa’s. Reinstate them ! Why are we even having hassles to travel. Can’t the scheming ever stop? Or India will keep doing this unfair ness.

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    • bhaskar

      @Panshi, Like I said, the system needs to profit off the pandemic somehow..
      it didnt make any sense why existing student visas, business visas are reinstated valid, but not tourist e/visas..

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  17. CC

    Hi Indian Eagle.
    Namaste

    I have an existing US, 10 year visa to India.

    Will India *refresh* this VIsa, already in our passports , 10 year Visas that we already have?
    for Tourist?

    15 Nov onwards, In November, if we come in on a now, new visa?
    Will it be a fast e-Visa on Entry ?

    And, wait for the refresh of existing Tourist Visas?

    Tourists can relax and support India states in : services, by taxi, food , herbal treatments, and accom and transportation, tours’
    with the longer stay Visa.

    India is
    such a beautiful country and 30 days, for many who have the 10 year, seems is cutting off the opportunity to see all that India has to offer, and India is so large and amazing.

    Thank you, CC

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi CC! Reportedly, the existing tourist visas will not be restored for travel to India. You will have to apply for a fresh tourist visa.

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      • Suresh Dua

        Does not make any sense. What is fresh visa? I have 10 years tourist visa for India stamped in U.S passport in 2018, hopefully be valid until 2018 without any hassle. Hope the confusion be clarified by an appropriate authority. Thanks

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  18. Amar

    My family members have existing tourist visa for India valid till 2027 (paper visa issued on passport). Will those be valid for travel to India after Nov 15?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Amar! As per the report, the existing tourist visas will not be revalidated for entry to India.

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      • bkaur

        So, we have to reapply for new visas and are just out the money for the rest of the years our
        visas are for… My visa is good til 2027 also… I am wanting to go to India around Dec 5 time frame.. Are we not going to be allowed in till January 2022… When will we be able to apply for new visas if they aren’t going to allow what we have to be used?

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Bkaur! As of now, you will need to apply for a fresh visa that will be valid for only 30 days. The window for the visa application will open on November 15.

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  19. sanjay

    also be advised that the departing airline will just enter your apparently valid existing visa into the records, but the immigration in India will deny entry on the invalid visa and will deport you back

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  20. Melissa

    Hi!

    Do you have any idea when they might allow other durations of the tourist/e-tourist visa to India? Usually I travel to India for 90 days because my partner lives there. I was hoping for the same duration now after 2 years apart.. I have asked the embassy but no one gives me any clear answers!

    Thanks in advance

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Melissa! Whenever there will be further updates, we will share through our article.

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  21. Joshua Congdon

    How do you know “existing tourist visas will not be revalidated for enty into India”?? Are you sure of that? I know right now all they are offering is 30 day short stay visas which do not interest long term travelers like myself. So far all the articles I’ve read say existing tourist visas remain “Suspended ” I have not seen that those visas issued before the pandemic are voided entirely.. it’s it not possible that India will come to its senses and reinstate preexisting tourist visas for those people who wish to spend their money there for longer than 30 days?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Joshua! As of now, fresh tourist visas will be issued with 30-day validity. We are not saying that the existing visas will remain suspended. For the time being, the existing visas won’t be revalidated for entry into India. Maybe, the existing visas will be restored for travel to India in the future.

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  22. Santosh

    I was reading all the above Q&A about multiple tourist visa .
    I am carrying the Ten years on my passport will expire in 2027 from Canada.
    If they are not planning to reinstate ,they should reimburse or issue visa with no charge.
    Otherwise people wasted the hard earned money in the drain.

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    • bkaur

      I have the same problem.. I have a 10 year visa I paid for and it don’t expire until 2027 and I think it is unfair to invalidate them and make you pay for another one to only be valid for 30 days.. I have 6 more years left on it…
      I’ll bet a lot of people are probably carrying a 10 year visa who aren’t going to be happy with this …

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      • JRS

        Ditto! I have 6 years left on my 10-year multiple entry visa and feel cheated. What could possibly be the rationale to force these visa holders to apply for a fresh visa? Is it to restrict the length of stay in India and the number of entries?

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  23. Vipan

    Hi Indian Eagle

    I am planning to travel to India with my family (US citizen) on Nov 20th. We have existing tourist visas for India. However per the comments above, it seems that those visas will not be valid and we would need fresh visas. Should we be applying for emergency entry visa or should we be applying for tourist visa? The embassy website doesn’t allow for applying for tourist/e-tourist visa right now. So, it unclear what process we should follow. Can you please guide us what we should do?

    Thanks,
    Vipan

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  24. Gaspard

    Good luck to the tourists who were dreaming about making a journey to India from november 15th.
    First step : apply for a Tourist visa. Now the Indian gov allows only one month visa. Of course valid from the date of issuing and not from the day of arrival. That means maybe 3 weeks left in India.
    Second step : enter in the jungle of « fresh » (!) and less « fresh » « health guidelines » to fly to India. Incredible : no vaccination accepted, all tourists must have a PCR test, they seem to trust a PCR test (valid 3 days) more than a vaccine.
    Third step : fill up the « health » form of the Delhi airport with a lot of more or less mysterious details and numbers.
    Fourth step : on arrival, the unfortunate tourist must undergo a second test at his own expenses !!
    Fifth step : enter in the even more bushy jungle of « health guidelines » for the Indian states you wish to visit. Unbelievable : every state has its own guidelines ! If you travel to Kerala for instance, you shall have to undergo a 10 days quarantine. That means maybe 11 days left in India. To enter some other states, you shall have to download the « Aarogyasetu » app, which is impossible without an Indian telephone number.
    If you survived the path of the obstacle, you will be allowed to meet a population encouraged to become suspicious of venomous foreigners.
    The time has not yet come for the Indian tourism industry to recover from the terrible wounds inflicted by the government.
    If they want to attract tourists, it would be advisable to issue more bearable « fresh » guidelines since november 15th.

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  25. Ashok D

    Whoever comes up with these rules must have an IQ of room temperature. Why suspend the existing tourist visa and reissue new. We have tourist visas expiring in 2029. Why go through the hell of a process again and pay the fee.

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    • Sanjay

      Ashok, you got the point – “.. pay the fee”. thats the magic mantra. tourist visa or e-visa is biggest percent of visas issued and a major source of tourism revenue

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    • James Benedict

      Ashok, a very good question! Why go through the hell of a process again and pay the fee???? Ah! That is the key word… “FEE”. Which means, income for the government of India! Bunch of stupid people gathered around a an office which is paid by the tax payers and created a scheme to swindle money in the name of pandemic! They knew verywell that there is a huge demand for people wanting to be with their loved ones and separated for many months! These goons taking advantage of such demand!! They are simply thugs and need to be in jail!!

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  26. Viral S

    My friend and I are US citizens and want to go to a friend’s wedding in India. We need tourist visas and saw the news that they open Nov 15. We were planning to fly out on Nov 15 evening from New York. My questions are:

    1. are we able to get the visa earlier on our passports but use it after Nov 15 or do we need to apply on nov 15?

    2. does india do visa on arrival?

    if you can provide any guidance, that would be greatly appreciated

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Solanki! India will start issuing both paper tourist visa and e-tourist visa on November 15. You can apply for e-tourist visa or visa on arrival.

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      • Shridhar

        Hi….am I right in reading that the e tourist visa reissues will start from 15 Nov ? I am a Canadian and do not see it available yet. I need to plan my sons wedding in India in December hopefully…..any updates when the e tourist visa to Canadians will be available?

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Shridhar! India has already started issuing fresh tourist visas (both paper and electronic) for travel on or after November 15, 2021.

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  27. Rani

    From Nov 15th, can tourist fly into India on any flight or are there restrictions on which bubble flight who can take? Me and my husband will be traveling with OCI where we can fly only on certain airlines but our adult US citizen kids on e~tourist visa. Can we all fly together on any airlines? Are Vande Mataram bubbles have to be followed from Nov 15th? Any clarity? Thanks so much!

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rani! Both OCI cardholders and US citizens can fly together on Air India, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, British Airways, Turkish Airlines from USA to India. Please be advised to call our travel advisors at 01-800-615-3969 for the best itineraries for your hassle-free travel on air bubble flights.

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  28. J'aime

    It seems that only 30-day tourist e-visas are being offered at the moment. Does anyone know when the 60-day visas will be reinstated?

    Is it possible to leave India for a week to somewhere like Dubai or Nepal and then come back with a fresh 30-day tourist visa so I can extend my stay? I typically stay for 2-3 months, and I thought I’d be able to do the same this time after waiting so long. My flight is leaving November 19th. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    • Candice Bedi

      I need to know the same thing if I can use the 30 day visa then leave to a nearby country reapply for another 30 days and return to india

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  29. bkaur

    I read this on the Consulate General of India in Houston, Texas..
    Does this mean that ones of us who have tourist Visas that don’t expire til 2027 or 2029 )or other dates) can use the visas we have? their site also doesn’t mention 30-day visas … we need more information

    B. Visa

    i. Government of India has restored most of the visas, which had been suspended earlier.

    ii. Below is the list of some of the categories where in case the applicant has a valid regular paper visa (and not an electronic visa), there is no need for a fresh visa:

    a) Entry (X) Visa
    b) Business (B) Visa
    c) Employment (E) Visa
    d) Student (S) Visa

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  30. DesiNoVISANoOCI

    People reading this forum & comments – be aware that Indian govt doesnt care at this point to reinstate the previously issued tourist visas.. since Oct 15 new T e/visas are being issued already. very clever on their part to invalidate only tourist visa/e-visa… aam aadmi visa..
    if either K/B/E/S were invalidated imagine the uproar from the companies and universities.. best bet was to punish the common man who will fret, complain and eventually pay the money to seek new visa

    no logic or reasoning. it cannot be to limit entries or visits or stay. if so, why is that not applicable to other classes. how about OCIs? why not put an entry stamp saying stay limited for 30days using existing VISA rather than new visa.. either way you may eligible for visa-on-arrival.. so whats the logic?

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  31. bkaur

    I wish they would put out what people are going to required to do in order to fly into India for a visit. There is a family there who is waiting for my visit and keep asking me when I am coming.. I have NO idea what I am required to do… I have a visa that don’t expire til 2027… This is what India needs to address with information on their embassy sites… I can’t afford to buy an expensive ticket and than find out my visa is no good… How sad that
    india wants to do this to people who want to come for a visit…

    Reply
    • psingh

      just apply for OCI. that’s what i did. That way you don’t have to worry about visas.my tourist visa wont expire until 2029. its Indian government, they wont make anything easy. they just want money.

      Reply
  32. F

    Some good news. My husband who has a 10 year visa just applied for an e-tourist visa. He did not have to pay for it. He emailed them with a screenshot asking why it said it has already paid for and they confirmed he did not have to pay and it was already paid for. GOI did not say why. I assume that it’s because having a 10 year visa it should be free?

    Reply
  33. Joshua Congdon

    That’s hardly news. Indian Government announced months ago the first 500 thousand visas would be free of charge. Exciting news would be that India has decided to lift the suspension on our existing tourist visas and let those of us waiting to return long term finally come back..

    Reply
    • James Benedict

      Hey guys, there is no such thing as “FREE” for GOI. Their intention is to make people so confuzed and in the process make as much money as possible!!

      Reply
  34. BK

    For fresh tourist visa can we still get multiple 10 years visa or currently they are giving just for 30 days.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi BK! The fresh tourist visas issued by the GOI currently are valid for 120 days from the date of issuance and it entitles you to a 30-day stay in India.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi BK! The government of India is currently issuing only a single-entry tourist visa for 30-day stay in India.

      Reply
      • Katie

        Hi there. Is this still the case (e-visa only), or has issuance of multi-entry visas resumed?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Katie! Currently, the government of India is issuing single-entry tourist visas for stay up to 30 days in India.

          Reply
  35. Jansi Prabakaran

    My elderly parents would like to go back to India. But mom has valid tourist visa and not well going back and forth to emergency , with many health complications, but cannot go back to India. Its a sad and tough situation.. Not sure what to do.. Our Indian government should have exceptional option for elderly.

    Reply
  36. Kay otto

    Hi

    Sorry, I don’t understand why India is currently issuing 120 day tourist visa but you can only stay 30 days? What sense does that make? Why the 30 day limit? I have friends there and want to do tours and 30 days isn’t enough.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Joshua Congdon

      the visa is only valid for a single use of 30 days and must be used within a time window of 120 days from date of issue. And agreed. 30 days is pointless for most of us and hopefully they reinstate preexisting and normal visas soon..

      Reply
  37. Rani

    Hi Indianeagle,
    Thank you for your service. Just a clarification to my previous question….
    1. Can US citizen with tourist visa starting Nov 15th travel to India by AIRINDIA?
    2. Can US citizen with OCI also travel by AIRINDiA?
    Just want confirmation, thank you so much!

    Reply
  38. BK

    Is the paper visa is also for 30 days? can we get multiple paper tourist visa? When we can apply for Paper tourist visa.

    Reply
  39. Gurpreet Kaur

    Hi

    I am canadian citizen and want to travel in Dec, however, the e-visas for canadians are still not open yet.
    On Nov 15th, will they open the e-visas for CANADIANS as well,?? And if so, is it only going to be issued for 30 days?

    Please let me know ASAP, very stressed out.

    Thanks all

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gurpreet! Don’t worry! The e-tourist visa application window may open for Canadians in the fist week of November.

      Reply
  40. IK

    Hello, I have gotten an e-visa starting November 15th. I’m starting my flight from USA on November 14th and landing in India on November 15th. Is this okay to do even though I am starting my travel from USA a day early?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kuma! All new tourist visas are valid for travel starting on November 15. In our knowledge, it applies to travel right from the country of departure. Please be advised to check with the airline whether they will onboard you on NOV 14.

      Reply
  41. IK

    I have an e-visa granted to visit India beginning Nov. 15th. My flight is scheduled to leave on Nov. 13th, but I land in India on the 15th. Is this allowed?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kuma! May we know when the e-tourist visa was granted? In our knowledge, the tourist visas granted before OCT 6, 2021 are currently not valid.

      Reply
  42. Mahua bhaduri

    Hello, do you know if evisas will be reinstated for British passport holders? I have my wedding in February in Goa, I do not know if I can continue with it as most of my guests are from the UK and would not be able to get visas.

    Please advise me kindly. Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mahua! As of now, there is no such update whether the previously issued e-tourist visas will be reinstated later. They can apply for a fresh e-tourist visa.

      Reply
    • Mark Carvell

      I would like to know this too as we also have a holiday booked for February and currently struggling to obtain a visa.

      Reply
  43. priya

    Hi Indianeagle team, Thanks for the service , I have T -1 visa issues in 2019 valid for 10 years, can I travel Dec 1st week to India?
    Thanks
    Priya

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Priya! Currently, all tourist visas issued before OCT 6, 2021 are invalid for travel to India. Maybe the previously issued tourist visas will be revalidated later.

      Reply
  44. Manish

    If I apply the e-visa on indianvisaonline after 15 November, lets say on 16th of November, will there be an option to get the e-visa for more than 30 days. I (India) need to make my baby travel for more than 30 days, hence was looking for an option. Not sure if I apply for an entry visa, how long exactly its going to take.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manish! If you want your baby to stay more than 30 days in India, you had better apply for a regular entry visa.

      Reply
  45. Peter Kennedy

    I planning to visit Chennai leaving on 12/31/2021. I have a OCI card issued with old passport and haven’t updated the new passport details. The consulate site says that you can use the OCI card with old passport till 12/31/2021. Since it is touch and go to be safe I want to apply for e-tourist visa as well. The website for applying for visa keeps saying unavailable. Any idea when the site will be open to apply for visa. Thanks

    Reply
  46. Sonny Sing

    Hi
    – I am a US Citizen and I applied for a Tourist eVisa on 05 Nov 2021, to visit my father who is very sick

    – My flight for SFO-DEL is booked for 15 Nov’21

    – It has been 6 days since my eVisa application was accepted and I still do not have a eVisa.

    Does someone know why?

    Are there steps that you can recommend which will allow me to get a Visa (ASAP) and be able to fly out on 15 Nov?

    Many Thanks!!
    Sonny

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sonny! In our knowledge, you will get a visa on arrival if your application for e-visa has been accepted.

      Reply
  47. Sarah

    My husband and I are Indian passport holders and our son(2.5 year old) is an American passport holder. We entered India from the USA in June 2019 by applying for X-1 visa(valid till 2024) for my son.

    Currently all 3 of us are permanent residents of Australia. I’m planning to travel with my son to India from Australia in January 2022 with his valid X-1 visa. I wanted to know if the X-1 visa is still valid under current covid guidelines. Much appreciated.

    Reply
  48. Gurpreet Kaur

    Hi indianeagle,

    Any updates on the tprurist visafor canadians?? I heard they are still excluding Canada for indian tourist visa? Please let meknow ASAP. Plzzz

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gurpreet! You got the correct information. Canadian citizens are barred from applying for a tourist visa to India.

      Reply
  49. Jaden

    I am applying for a paper tourist visa to India. I do not qualify for an e-visa as even though I was born in United States and also am a U.S. citizen, my grandmother was born In Pakistan.

    After I filled out the whole application online it said to make an appointment at the VFS in NYC. On the VFS website it says they are not processing visa applications at this time.

    Has anyone else filled out the application for a paper tourist visa? what is the procedure

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jaden! In our knowledge, the government of India is currently issuing only e-tourist visa.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Cathy! Currently, the government of India is issuing e-tourist visas with 120-day validity period, during which you can stay only 30 days on a single entry to India.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vijay! US citizens are not barred from applying for an e-tourist visa to India.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vishal! If your tourist visa was issued before October 6, 2021, it is currently invalid.

      Reply
  50. James Benedict

    Hi,
    There are confusing ionformation I hear. I got my 10 yr multiple entry visa in 2019. Are they going to honor this visa for me to travel to India. I am a U.S. Citizen. Can somebody clearly let me know? It is November 16, 2021. What is the correct information? Please!!

    Reply
    • Ashok Dravid

      Hi James,

      There are many people in your situation. I got my visitor visa in 2019 which is valid for 10 years. Currently India govt. is not honoring that visa. There is no rhyme or reason why they are doing it. You have to apply for a new e-visa where you can only stay for 30 days. I hope they will restore our 10 year multiple entry visitor visas soon.

      Reply
      • James Benedict

        Ashok, good information you have. However, I tried to apply for e-visa yesterday, the response came and said my application is not approved as I may be eligible for a new visa! WTF!! this is what I am saying…some goons in the government holding us all hostage..because, they need money and in the process scew us all at the same time!!

        Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi James! If you have a multiple-entry visa without the ‘T’ (tourism) mark on it, it may be honored for your entry to India. Please be advised to check the Indian Embassy as well.

      Reply
      • James Benedict

        Mr. Indianeagle, then why issue me a “T” tourism visa in the first place? They collected money and my time !! Scew the Indian Embassy..bunch of morons run that place!!

        Reply
      • Joshua Congdon

        Wait what….? “James! If you have a multiple-entry visa without the ‘T’ (tourism) mark on it, it may be honored for your entry to India. Please be advised to check the Indian Embassy as well”
        We’ve all been WAITING for India too reinstate our long term multiple entry tourist visas. It appears your saying here that India may honor them…. that’s like opposite of what you’ve been telling us. And contrary to everything the Indian Government has thus far said on the subject.
        Please clarify what you mean?

        Reply
  51. Anne

    Hi Any idea when the evisas will be re-instated for UK citizens just had to cancel my flight because of this. It’s getting beyond a joke all this political wrangling.

    Reply
  52. Melissa

    If I want to stay in India longer than 30 days on a tourist visa, can I apply for more than one single-entry tourist visa? So can I enter with one 30-day visa, leave for 1-2 days and then re-enter with the 2nd 30-day visa?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Melissa! In our knowledge, you cannot apply for more than one tourist visa to India together.

      Reply
  53. Rakhi

    Hi Indianeagle,

    We are travelling to india with new born 2 month old baby (US citizen) and both parents are indian citizens on Nov 23rd and baby got e tourist for 30 days, we are planning to stay about 80 days in india for multiple reasons. So applied for paper tourist visa for 6 months but still we got 30 days only. So what are the options here to stay 80 days because i already purchased roundtrip tickets from Nov 23rd to Feb 13th. I cannot return in 30 days for sure

    Thanks,
    Rakhi

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rakhi! You can apply for a regular entry X visa for your baby’s stay in India for more than 30 days. Please note your onward flight is just 5 days away.

      Reply
  54. Yusuf Abbasi

    Hi Indianeagle,

    Me and my wife are Indian citizens and our daughter is a US citizen having multi entry ‘X1’ visa issued in 2018 and valid till 2023. Is she allowed to travel with us with the existing visa under current guidelines.

    Reply
  55. Siva

    We are planning to visit India from Dec 11-Jan 2 (22 days) and have our tickets booked. We have applied for OCI in mid-October but am unsure if we will receive them in time for our journey. I am planning to apply for e-tourist visa which I understand is for a single-entry 30-day stay to be used within a period of 120 days from the date of issue.

    I am wondering if we should go ahead and apply for the visa right away or wait until early December.

    Couple of questions for those of you who applied for the recent e-tourist visa:
    1. Does it clearly state on your Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) that your arrival in India should be between DATE 1 and DATE 2, where the two dates are 120 days apart?
    2. Also, is DATE 1 the date when the visa is issued? I presume the date of issuance is typically about 72 hours after you submit the application.

    Reply
  56. Sravani

    Hi Indianeagle,

    I’m an Indian citizen and a green card holder. My husband is US citizen. We got legally married but our traditional ceremony is still due and got postponed due to pandemic. We are traveling to India in January for 4 months for this ceremony and to spend time with family.

    Since my husband’s 10 year visa is not valid anymore and he is not yet eligible for OCI, the only option I found is Entry X visa. We fall under Texas consulate but I couldn’t find any guidance on where or how to apply for this visa after a lot of research.

    First of all, am I applying for the right category of visa for my husband and how long does this application process take?
    Also could you help point me at some resources on how I can apply this with Consulate of India in Houston?

    Thank you so much for answering all the questions here. I highly appreciate this!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sravani! Being legally married to an Indian national, your husband is eligible for an entry X visa to India. If your husband’s existing visa is a tourist visa (paper or electronic), it is currently not valid. If he does already have an entry X visa (paper, not electronic), he can use it to travel to India. Please visit this link https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/MTk4.

      Reply
        • Subu

          What Is An X Visa?

          X Visa, also known as Entry Visa, is a form of visa provided for foreigners visiting India. According to the Government of India, an X Visa can be granted to the following people:

          Spouse/children of a foreigner of Indian origin.
          A person of Indian origin, who wishes to visit India for holidays and other purposes.
          Dependents of foreigners who come to India on visas like business, student, research or employment etc.

          Reply
  57. Gagan

    hello, we are going india for two and half months. but i heard , they are only offering 30 days. we are going in my brother marriage and my dad passed away.we have to do our paper work . please advise us. we are going in January to until mid of march .

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gagan! If you are talking about a tourist visa to India, a tourist visa currently entitles you to 30-day stay in India on a single entry. You can apply for an entry X visa.

      Reply
  58. Sean

    Hello Indianeagle,

    My family and I are US citizens with 10 year tourist visas. I understand these visas are currently suspended. I have heard that if we apply for a new 30 day tourist evisa it will cancel our 10 year tourist visa. Do you know if this is correct or will our previous visas be honored once suspension is lifted? Thank you!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sean! We’re sorry. We have little knowledge of what you wrote about.

      Reply
  59. Dak

    Hi
    My wife and my child are planning to go to India End of January. My wife and I are Indian Citizens, my daughter is born in USA. She has a US passport. We are planning to stay there for 80 days; I believe the best visa for this is the Entry X Visa. I do not see the 1 or 5 year Tourist visa option on the consulate website, only 30 days is available.
    What is the cost for the ENTRY X visa?
    It is very hard to find the information on the Consulate website. I am applying at the New York Indian Consulate.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dheepak! A one-year multiple entry visa to India for US citizens costs $162.90, including service fee, reference fee, consular fee and ICWF fee. A 6-month multiple entry visa to India for US citizens costs $125.90. Please note the fees may have increased due to the impact of the pandemic.

      Reply
  60. Michael

    So, international travel back to normal on 15 December, but no restoration of the 10-year tourist visa. What is your sense? Will the Indian government eventually reinstate those ‘currently invalid’ visas? Or will they be permanently cancelled? And when? I know you don’t know, but I’m wondering what your prediction is. Thanks. Michael

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Michael! Unfortunately, the resumption of normal international travel to and from India is postponed until a further notice.

      Reply
  61. mahesh

    I am US Citizen with a multiple entry X-1 visa issued in 2018. This visa is valid until August 2023.
    Per Indian Embassy in US (https://www.indianembassyusa.gov.in/extra?id=79) “Government of India has restored most of the visas, which had been suspended earlier, except Tourist Visas (e-Tourist and regular Tourist Visa) issued before 6 October 2021 and e-Visas of all other types issued before 30 March, 2021. The details of currently permitted categories are available at PERMITTED CATEGORIES FOR TRAVEL TO INDIA.”

    Per above note, I assume I can travel on my valid X-1 visa issued in 2018.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mahesh! If you hold the entry X-1 visa in paper, it is valid for your travel to India.

      Reply
  62. Steve

    Hi, I noticed this question was asked by others but not answered, so perhaps you do not know. Years ago my 30 day e-visa was expiring, so I flew to Nepal, applied for and received a new 30 day e-visa and returned to India. I wonder if this would be possible now. Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Steve! We are trying our level best to respond to queries as many as possible. If you are referring to an e-tourist visa, all tourist visas issued before October 6, 2021 are currently invalid for travel to India.

      Reply
  63. AJIT SHANBHAG

    I applied for a 12 month tourist visa and got a 30 day single entry tourist visa. I am going for 60 days to India. can I apply for a Entry X visa when they have issued the 30 day tourist visa?

    Reply
  64. AJIT SHANBHAG

    Thanks for the quick response. Do you know the Visa and the ICWF fees. Is the entry visa issued for 6 months or a year? Thaks agin

    Reply
  65. V.P.Raghunathan

    Hello, my daughter applied for an evisa and she got it approved, but it’s validity is only for a 30-day stay. She need to stay in India for 35 days; she has travel planned leaving US on 01 Jan 2022 and returning from India on 06 Feb 2022. Can she get her evisa extended in India? Or, is there any other visa she can apply for now that will enable her stay in India for 35 days?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raghunathan! Currently, e-tourist visas are not extendable. In order to say for more than 30 days in India, she can apply for a regular entry X visa.

      Reply
  66. PK

    Hello, my son has a US passport and lives in Australia. India has established an air bubble with Australia. My son has an e-tourist visa issued on 13-Nov-2021. He is booked on Sydney to Delhi direct flight arriving in Delhi on 22-Dec. He will stay in India for 28 days. Can you let me know if he will be allowed entry in to India on his e-tourist visa? Indian government’s civil aviation website which describes air bubble countries mentions this regarding who can enter India from Australia: “All foreign nationals holding a valid Indian visa as per extant guidelines”. I wasn’t sure if the e-tourist visa issued on 13-Nov-2021 qualifies for an entry in India. Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi PK! Tourist visas issued after October 6, 2021 are valid for travel to India and 30-day stay in India. Hence, no worries.

      Reply
  67. David

    I would love to visit India again. I have endless plans queued up, like mountain biking from Manali to Leh and riding the “Chaiyya Chaiyya” train from Coimbatore to Ooty.

    I will gladly return to India when my 10 year multiple entry tourist visa is reinstated. I will not apply for a new Indian visa during the validity period of my existing visa. I will travel to other destinations while this situation is in flux.

    Reply
    • 10-Year Visa Club

      Likewise, “suspending” (but really cancelling) a 10-year visa I was never able to use is frankly absurd.

      Hopefully the pandemic winds down for good and normal travel becomes possible again. Perhaps at that time Indian immigration will come to their senses and allow perfectly valid long-term visas to be used again.

      Reply
  68. James Stevens

    I was wanting to visit India in Feb./Mar. 2022, but my 10-year visa was suspended. The Gov’t. Of India took fees for my visa which has over 5 years of validity left. If the Indian government is going to suspend something I paid for they should prorate the balance of validity and refund my money. What they are doing is completely inhospitable and unethical. It creates a poor image for the tourism industry in India which prior to now was stellar.

    I’ll spend my money in countries more hospitable until the Gov’t. Of India gets its act together.

    Reply
  69. Moninder Gill

    I just got back from India in Nov but emergency came in and I have to go back and my Visa is till Feb 28th 2022. I am
    Actually coming back by 24th of Feb but I am worried if something happen, flights get canceled then my Visa will be canceled. Should I get E VISA? be on safe side. Advise please.

    Reply
  70. Lajju

    Hi I have green card and my 3 year old is us citizen so how can he stay in India more than 30 days right now?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Lajju! He needs a regular X entry visa to stay in India more than 30 days on a single entry/visit.

      Reply
  71. Ann

    Hi – i have multiple entry tourist visas (type T) that are valid till 2024. Will those visas be reinstated ? I need to travel to see family in early March, 2022.

    Can somebody explain me why they suspend multiple entry visa? When they are allowing tourist visa for 30 days stay, what is the purpose of doing this other than earning money. I don’t think they’re doing this because of the safety issue.

    This is totally unfair and unethical.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ann! Any tourist visa (with T mark) issued before October 6, 2021, are invalid for travel to India. If you have a single/multiple-entry regular X visa, you can use it.

      Reply
  72. ann

    Thanks for reply.

    My visa is on one page of my passport and it shows
    Visa Type: Tourist
    No. of Entry : Multiple

    Each stay not to exceed 180 days .

    I am not sure it is T or X visa, how I can find out this ?
    Also do I need to apply for e-visa for my March trip?

    Reply
  73. Arpi

    Any word on when long-term tourist visas will be available? The Indian govt sites haven’t been updated since last year. I need to go to India but 30 days is too short.

    Do you know if entry visas are available for people other than Indian-origin travelers?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arpi! There is yet no update on when long-term tourist visas will be made available.

      Reply
  74. james collins

    hi, I applied for a 30 day tourist visa and there was no payment option but they recieved the application and said expect a response within 72 hours.

    is the tourist visa free?

    Thanks

    Reply
  75. Rajni

    Hello, i am a US citizen and currently have X-1 visa which expires next year. Can i travel to India or do i need to apply for visa again?
    thanks
    Rajni

    Reply
  76. Jay patel

    When are you going to open Indian Embassy for apply for Tourist visa I’m very Desperate to go india please let me know

    Reply
  77. James

    I bought a 5 year tourist e-visa in 2020. I traveled that year with my wife who is from India. We are in USA. Is my visa valid or do I need to reapply for a new one as I will be visiting the end of April? I know the visa had been suspended but thought they now were only issuing 30 day visa.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi James! With immediate effect from today, India restored all long-duration valid tourist visas for the nationals and citizens of the United States.

      Reply
  78. Yogita Singh

    I have a 10-year-old visa (expiring in 2 years), and I am a U.S citizen. Does that mean that my Indian Visa is valid and I no longer need to get an e-visa to travel to India?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Yogita! Yes, being a US citizen, your 10-year-old tourist visa (regular/paper) stands reinstated with immediate effect.

      Reply
      • Yogita

        Thank you. Can you tell me around what day and time (IST) did they reinstated the long-term visas?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Yogita! Indian government restored valid 10-year paper tourist visas and valid 5-year tourist visas, both paper and electronic, for US citizens with immediate effect from March 16.

          Reply
  79. Eva P

    CAN SOMEONE HELP – TOURIST VISA?
    I have a T-1 visa – Tourist Visa for individual tourists, 10years, valid till 2028. This Tourist visa was suspended since 2 years. As I have to travel to India in last week of March, I applied for the ENTRY Visa which is valid for 1 year on March 11, 2022.
    My application for Entry Visa reached India Consulate March 16, 2022. And the news today is that India restored the 10 year Tourist visa.
    Now what is the consulate going to do, let me keep my 10 year Tourist visa or going to give me 1 year Entry visa.
    No way to retrieve application for Entry visa. The 1 year Entry Visa makes no sense now and it will be disappointing if they cancel my 10 year Tourist visa.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Eva! Even if you are issued an entry visa, it should not affect your existing tourist visa.

      Reply
    • Hill Patel

      I am in the similar boat as you. My Entry Visa application reached VFS on the March 14th. Two days later India restores the existing visas. I already have the 10 years tourist visa valid till 2027. I went to the VFS website and contacted them through the email and told them the situation. They emailed me back saying they’ll dispatch my application back to me and I’ll receive a refund within 10-15 business days. Let’s see what happens. I haven’t beed issued the Entry Visa since I withdrew my application early in the process, but even if they would have issued it, my existing tourist visa wouldn’t have been affected.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi David! In our knowledge and as per the latest reports, the 5-year e-tourist visas are restored for 156 countries including the UK.

      Reply
  80. HORMAZD JAL DOLASA

    Hi
    I have a 10 year paper tourist visa issued in 2017 valid till 2027,is it reinstated for citizens of Canada?
    is it valid to travel?
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi! As of now, the 10-year paper/regular tourist visa is restored only for the US and Japan citizens.

      Reply
  81. Cynthia Binns

    HI, I am a US citizen, I have a 10 year regular tourist visa issued in 2019. Is it restored and valid or do I have to apply for a fresh visa? Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Cynthia! Long duration 10-year tourist visa (paper/regular) have been restored for US citizens. Hence, you don’t need a fresh visa.

      Reply
  82. James

    My mum has a 5 year paper visa for her UK passport which was valid until September 2022. It was obviously cancelled during Covid but I’d like to know if it’s now valid again.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi James! Recently, all 5-year tourist visas, paper and electronic, have been reinstated for travel to India until their actual expiry date.

      Reply
  83. Gurpreet

    i have a 10 year visa issued in 2016 and i am from Canada. So we have to apply for visa again; will they refund us for the 10 year visa? They should not be charging us again for the same thing.

    Reply
  84. Bal Singh

    I have 10 year visa to India but my passport has expired so I got new passport, do I need to get the visa transferred to new passport or just take old passport with new one to India.

    Reply
  85. V Solanki

    I have same issue as Bal Singh, have one yr of visa left of my 10 yr visa in expired passport, have just renewed my us passport. I tired to apply online for 10 yrs paper visa but after filling out 3 pages it said “ invalid Request” .
    So question is can I still go to India with both my passports since I still have one year valid visa in my expired passport?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Solanki! Your visa (though on the old passport) is valid until it expires. Hence, you can with both old and new passports.

      Reply
  86. Rinku Prasad

    My Daughter is in India on E visa with 30day validity. She also have T visa which has validity for another 8 years. She went to india prior to March 16th. Would her stay in india be okay now since old visa has been reinstated.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rinku! In our knowledge, she won’t be charged with overstay as her long-duration tourist visa has bee reinstated.

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  87. Suresh bhatt

    I am little confused by misleading info on Indian visa restoration. It says all ten year visa are now restoring. But also says tourist visas issued before Oct 6 2021 are not. What it means. What visas are still suspended. Pls advise

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Suresh! The tourist visas issued before October 6, 2021 were suspended until March 15, 2022. Those tourist visas have been reinstated with effect from March 16.

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      • Altafur R

        Thank You this helps. I have a Tourist Visa for my son which was issued on sep 2014 and is valid till Aug 2024, we are planning a visit to India next month, so we should be good then correct?

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Altafur! The tourist visa is valid for your son’s travel to and from India.

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  88. sonia sidd

    i have two months left on my multiple entry tourist visa issued in July 2012,can i still go to India for two months and also can i extend my tourist visa in India if i want as my mother is not well, please reply

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sonia! You can travel to India and can request the extension of your regular/paper tourist visa through an online application on India’s e-FRRO portal.

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  89. Bini

    Hi
    I was issued a10 year paper tourist visa issued in 2017 valid till 2027,is it reinstated for citizens of Canada?
    is it valid to travel?
    Thank you.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Bini! Most probably, the 10-year tourist visa has not been reinstated for the citizens of Canada.

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  90. raj

    HI
    I have 10 years visa valid until 2028 as US Citizen. My understanding this is reinstated for US and Japan only.
    Please confirm if i can travel to india on that visa, and i do not need e-visa.
    thanks

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! Being a US citizen with a 10-year tourist visa to India, you can travel to India without needing an e-visa.

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  91. Shaveta arora

    Hi, my son has 5 years multiple entry visa which is issued in July 2019, is it valid to travel India?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shaveta! All 5-year tourist visas, regular and electronic, have been reinstated for travel to and from India.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Akunjappy! Having a valid tourist visa, you can travel to India without needing a new one.

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  92. chetna mahajan

    My son has 10 year Visa and Canadian citizen. Is his visa is still valid? Can he travel to India?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Chetna! Currently, the 10-year tourist visas to India stand restored only for the nationals of USA and Japan.

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  93. EILEEN

    Hi Indian Eagle, can you give a link for the embassy website in USA that states same? Have a 10 year visa from 2017 from USA, thanks!

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  94. Jeanne Kale

    I have a T – 1 Multiple visa which expires in 2027. Do I need a new visa to travel in October 2022.

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jeanne! If you are a US national, your 10-year-long tourist visa is valid for travel to India.

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