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Travelers from virtually every country in the world need to hold a visa to enter India, and US citizens apply visa to India from USA, too, also requiring an Indian e-Visa from USA. US nationals need a passport and tourist visa to India from USA to visit. Over 150 000 US citizens were applying visa for India from USA during the first 6 months of 2017, making them second only to the UK in applicants for the India E-Tourist visas.

India is the epitome of the land of contrasts. The highly populated cities fall away to wide open expanses of farmland, mountains, water bodies and the sea, depending on the region of India. India has something for everyone: shopping, Bollywood, beaches, sightseeing, history, ashrams, and spiritual and yoga retreats.

US Citizens may either apply for a visa or the equivalent electronic authorization from the government to enter India, which does not take the form of a stamp or label placed in the passport. To be eligible for the eVisa for India for US citizens, applicant must apply between 4 and 120 days prior to entry into India for a stay of 60-days or less and must arrive by air or sea at specific airports and seaports.

The Indian e-Visa Facility is available for nationals of these countries and territories, which includes USA:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon Union Republic
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Island
  • Chile
  • China
  • China- SAR Hong Kong China- SAR Macau
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger Republic
  • Niue Island
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Palau
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Republic of Macedonia Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Christopher and Nevis Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Island
  • Tuvalu
  • UAE
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City-Holy See Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia and
  • Zimbabwe

The simplest way of applying for a visa to India from USA is online, resulting in the issuance of an Indian eVisa or electronic travel authorization. However, the maximum duration of stay in India is 180 days (3 months) per visit, irrespective of the type of Indian eVisa from USA held. The Indian government issues the following types of travel visas, depending on the reason for visiting India:  

  • e-Visa
  • Business Visa
  • Conference Visa
  • Diplomatic Visa
  • Employment Visa
  • Emergency Visa
  • Entry Visa
  • Journalist Visa
  • Medical Visa
  • Missionary’s Visa
  • Research Visa
  • Student Visa
  • Tourist Visa
  • Transit Visa
  • Intern Visa
  • Film Visa
  • Permit to re-enter within 2 months

For longer stays, the applicant would have to consult the Indian Consulate closest to them to apply for a visa for India from USA. This procedure also begins with an online application as handwritten applications are definitely not acceptable wherever online facilities are provided. After submitting the online visa application for India from USA, the procedure is as follows:

  • An application ID is automatically generated and is to be used for further communication with the Indian Mission
  • An appointment is scheduled with the appropriate Indian Mission
  • The payment amount is stipulated and the means to pay supplied

Supporting documentation required when applying for visa to India from USA:

  • Proof of State Residency: “State Issued Identity cards such as valid driver’s license; Utility Bills for water, gas, electric, sewage (not older than 90 days); Copy of valid lease showing the signature of both Landlord and tenant;
  • Application with signatures and one recent 2 x 2 passport type color photograph, front view against a plain/white background, NOT stapled to the application;
  • Order form;
  • Additional particulars form signed;
  • Passport;
  • Copy of payment receipt;
  • Visa checklist;
  • Courier service form

No matter the type of travel visa to India from USA for which application is made, special notice must be made of the following:

  • The correct personal information must be provided as changes are impossible after you apply visa to India and it is received by the Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or Consulate/Embassy;
  • Any information differing from that on the passport will result in the application being rejected on technical grounds, which means the application procedure will have to start again  
  • US/foreign Passport should be valid for at least 6 months from date of application
  • US/foreign Passport must have at least 2 blank pages

For the visa application for India from USA, simply go online to complete the steps for an India Tourist Visa from USA. Once the visa application to India from USA has been electronically submitted for approval, a receipt number is issued which can be used to track the progress of the visa application for India from USA online application. It is expected that approval will be given after a minimum of four working days. The eTV or Electronic Travel Authorization is sent to the applicant in the form of a PDF via email. Applicants must print a copy to be kept on their person for the duration of their travels.

As an Indian Visa Agency, we can assist you in your visa application for India from USA in a simple 3-step process:

  • Step 1:  Apply online for a visa for India for US citizens
  • Step 2: Submit Payment (PayPal payments accepted)
  • Step 3: You will receive your electronic travel authority, which should be printed out and carried with you for the duration of your trip.

Indian Visa Online assists US travelers in processing the online Indian visa application from USA. As an Indian Visa Agency, no affiliation exists to any organizations or the Government of India.