Restoration of e-Tourist Visa/ Regular Tourist Visa
The Government of India has restored e-Tourist visa and regular (paper) Tourist visa for the nationals of Austria, Montenegro and the Holy See that had been suspended during the pandemic. Fresh e-Tourist visa and regular paper Tourist visa are now available for short and long duration. Such visa holders would be permitted to enter India only through designated sea immigration check posts/ airports.
Foreign Nationals intending to travel to India for tourism purposes through scheduled or non scheduled commercial flights, Air bubble scheme or Vande Bharat Mission are now permitted to enter India.
They are required to obtain fresh E-Tourist Visa or regular Tourist Visa. Existing valid E-Tourist Visa/regular Tourist Visa continues to remain suspended. Fresh E-Tourist/regular Tourist Visa will be granted for 30 days (single entry).
Such foreign nationals shall be permitted to enter India by either sea route or by flights and will not be permitted to enter through land LCPs (Land Check Posts).
Only those on bona fide tourist visits should apply for tourist visas. A Tourist visa cannot be used for any other purpose such as business, education, research, writing articles, social work etc. A Tourist visa should not be applied for, if the purpose of visit falls under any of these categories. Tourist visa is non-convertible. Tourist visas are generally issued for a maximunm period of six months and under special circumstances for one year but validity of visa will conform to the period requested. A Tourist visa is non-extendable. Long term tourist visa is normally issued to travel agents who have to visit India frequently and need embassy's prior approval. Double or triple entry Tourist visa is possible only if you attach a copy of your flight reservations/itineary for all the trips.