India Business Visa is now Available Online
In November 2014, the Indian government introduced an online tourist visa (electronic visa) for 43 countries. This was done to promote tourism in India, because travelers would no longer have to go to the embassy to obtain a visa. In 2015, India launched the electronic visa program in other major countries around the world. In April 2017, India reorganized its program, introducing a special subcategory for business travelers.
Currently, business travelers from over 160 countries can apply for an electronic business visa. Travelers who use the electronic business visa program pay an online commission and receive an online electronic visa before traveling to India. The procedure has really simplified things for business travelers, who can now avoid sending their passport to the embassy. The electronic visa is an official document that allows entry and travel to India. Applicants will receive their business visa by email, once they have completed the application form with the requested information and once they have made the payment by credit card online.
The electronic business visa for India is an official document that allows you to enter and travel to India for business reasons. The cost of an electronic business visa for India is USD 25.75, USD 82.00 or USD 102.50, depending on your nationality. In addition, there is a service charge of USD 45.00 for standard processing. For urgent and super urgent processing the service charge is USD 75.00 and USD 110.00 respectively. The electronic business visa is valid for one year after issue
The electronic business visa for India allows entry through 28 designated airports (i.e. Ahmadabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur , Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi & y Visakhapatnam) and 5 seaports (i.e., Cochin, Goa, New Mangalore, Mumbai, Chennai). However, travelers can exit any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICP) in India. The period of validity of your electronic visa starts from the date specified in the approved document. You can enter India on any date within this validity period.
Once you have received your approved electronic business visa, you must print at least one copy of the document and present it to the border authorities upon arrival in India, along with the same passport used for the online application. We recommend that you bring a copy of your electronic visa with you at all times during your stay. However this visa is not extendable, it cannot be prolonged. Since the electronic visa allows two entries, you can leave India and return immediately for a stay of another 180 Total days (or until the visa expires, whichever comes first).
As with the electronic tourist visa, India requires that you submit your application within 120 days of the scheduled arrival date. However, you can submit the application with authorities at any time, as we will automatically leave your order on hold until the right time to process your request.
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