Is your passport screaming to get stamped? Well, you have to wait a little longer if you are going to a country that gives you a visa on arrival. India offers visa on arrival to 167 countries. If you are one of those adventurous travellers, who are planning to enter India, you can choose your city. Generally, foreign travellers prefer New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai as their arrival cities. In terms of air traffic, New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is one of the busiest airports. If statistics are to be believed, close to 2500 foreigners fly into Delhi every day. Read on to know more about the visa on arrival process.
Knowing a little about the travel protocols of the country you intend to visit does no harm.
In November 2014, India introduced Travel Visa on Arrival (TVoA) or Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) that allowed the citizens of 43 nations to get a visa on arrival.
You can make a maximum of two entries on the basis of TVoA.
Ensure you apply for a visa at least four days prior to your trip to India.
Don’t attempt to make the payment for your visa more than thrice, your ID can get blocked otherwise.
Make sure your visa application has a clear picture of you in a white background.
If unfortunately, your country is one of those plagued by yellow fever, ensure you carry a yellow fever vaccination card with you.
An Indian e-visa is valid for 365 days from the date of arrival.
Your passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival with at least two blank pages.
In the case of visa on arrival, you must fill an application form well in advance. Once the form is duly verified, you get a visa on arrival confirmation mail. You can then furnish a copy of this and other documents at Delhi airport, get your passport stamped and move out to make memories. Ensure you look your best when you arrive at the airport. After all, your biometrics will be captured here.
To get the visa faster, make sure you stand in the right queue. Remember, there are separate counters for the crew, Indian passport holders, electronic visas, etc. To assist you better, Delhi airport has close to 64 e-visa on arrival counters. There are signboards to guide you. Also, you can always ask for help if you are lost.
It is absolutely normal that you want to hit the Indian roads as soon as you land. After all, the culturally rich country has a lot to offer. However, you must not let your excitement stop you from completing all the formalities at the airport. Make sure you fill the immigration form correctly and present the same to the immigration officer. Without this, your trip to India will still keep hanging on your bucket list.
So, you finally have that stamp on your passport. But wait! Did you check its validity? You yearn for an adventurous trip. But, you surely would not want the Indian police to escort you to the airport. Make sure you don’t overstay and invite any unpleasant shocks for yourself.
Heading to a new country can be exciting but also problematic if you are not aware of its travel protocol. Whether you directly land in Delhi or you choose Chennai as your arrival airport and take a Chennai to Delhi flight, you ought to be careful about the airport and travel rules to ensure that your trip to India is not only hassle-free but also a memorable one!