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What is the Difference Between Indian E-visa and The Regular Visa?

Everyone who wants to travel to India needs to apply for a visa. And there are two ways to apply, one is normal and the other is e-visa. There is a fundamental difference between those two, e-visa can be applied from anywhere in the world and you have to go to Indian consulate to apply for the normal visa.

So, you might think that e-visa is best and all of us should apply for e-visa to India. Hold that thought because there is more to it than just this. So, read on the complete article to know more about both the processes.

Indian Visa Process – Normal

If you are applying using the normal visa, you have to complete three to submit the application and get the visa. Let’s look at those three steps and know how you can use it.

  • First, you have to fill in an application form online and choose what kind of visa type you are looking for and then find an Indian mission nearby.
  • Once the application process is complete, take a print out of the form and set up a meeting with the Indian mission. You can either set up an appointment using the online portal or take a print out and reach an Indian mission nearby along with all the necessary documents.
  • Then, you have to go through the Appointment and wait for the result, you will have to wait for at least 3 days for the result.

And the total process might take more than 15 days to complete. But you will be able to apply any type of visa if you are applying for the visa this way.

Now, let’s look at how you can apply Indian e-visa.

Indian e-visa process

Well, the Indian e-visa process is fairly simple and you don’t need to go anywhere. All you have to do is follow these steps to apply for the visa online.

  • First, you need to open and click on the Apply Here link from the bottom of the page.
  • Then, you are required to fill out the correct details about yourself and proceed to the next step.
  • In the next, you have to upload the required documents such as passport, photograph or letters from institution or hospital.
  • Pay the online fee for the visa application process and then wait for ETA to arrive in your mailbox.

ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) is the official document saying that you have been approved to
enter India with your passport.

You can apply for an Indian tourist visa using the e-visa process pretty easily. The official website is
also helpful in the Indian visa status check process. But there is a limitation to it, you cannot apply all
kinds of visas to India as would in the normal visa process. The e-visa process is restricted for only
medical, tourism and business. These three are the basic categories you can apply for an online visa
to India.

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