When my original 6-month visa (obtained in Europe) expired, it was such a big adventure to get a new one that I decided to write about it some time in the future. Now I was also asked by a friend to give advice in this matter, so the time has come. 🙂
Please note that this post summarizes my experiences as an EU (Hungarian) citizen. I haven’t checked any other country specific data but the point may be the same.
The traditional visa (for which you can apply on-line but then you need to visit the Indian embassy of your country to finish the application and get the visa later) is applicable for 6 months. Normally, the visa is for single-entry, special procedure may be needed already at the time of application if you plan to enter India more than once with this visa.
The process is maximum one week, it may be quicker.
By now I have also heard that if you apply for the regular 6-month visa in Nepal, you may be probably granted only a 3-month visa, for the same fee. I have heard this from a traveller with an extensive experience, but of course there may be exclusions.
The e-visa is valid for 4 months can be applied for on-line and there is no need to go to any authorities in person, you will get the visa in an e-mail, in 4 days maximum. It sounds very nice and easy but there are a few things to know, which are for some reason not over-emphasized on the applicable websites.
With the e-visa you can only arrive on some designated airports in India. So e.g. if your Indian visa expires and you plan to go to Nepal and apply for a new visa to India there and then get back to India, and you wanna do all this trip low budget, e-visa may be not the best option for you. Because instead of just taking a bus or train to Delhi, you will need to take a flight.
Although the e-visa is valid for 4 months, you can only stay in India for 60 dayys with it. It is applicable for double entry but I only learnt it by the border that it is just a coincidence that the e-visa is valid for 4 months and applicable for double entry. Your visa will expire on the 60th day following your first entry to India (more exactly also the day of the entry is included in those 60 days).
And there are some tricky points of the e-visa application too, which can be very easy if you are into IT stuff, but if not, here are some tips:
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And there are a few things to prepare for also when you travel from India to Nepal, sooner or later will summarize them too. Maybe with more details, after my second visit to Nepal, early September 😉