In general, a visa is not required but passport stipulations (click here)
(MUST BE PLANNED 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF DEPARTURE )
Indian Visas are required in order to travel to India. Good News – Indian Visa’s for people from the US and 43 countries are now able to be obtained upon arrival if your register in advance Note: The Travel Chicks does NOT provide this service – you will need to acquire. Here are the parameters (please read carefully):
Citizens of 43 countries, including the U.S., Brazil, Germany and Australia, can now apply for a visa-on-arrival, cutting out the need to visit an Indian embassy and wait in line for a permit.
The Ministry of Tourism has just released the details. What you need is a passport valid for six months, a photograph, $60 and four days to apply (AT A MINIMUM- PLEASE DO 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE).
APPLY FOR VISA: You can upload these documents along with an online application form on this website, pay your visa fees via debit or credit card, and wait to receive an “electronic travel authorization” via email.
Here is the fine print:
You are only welcome if your “sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit,” according to the website.
You should have a return ticket as well as enough money to spend during your stay in India.
You must apply at least four days at up to 30 days in advance of your visit to India, and once you arrive you can only stay in the country for 30 days.
When you arrive at one of nine airports — Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi ,Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Trivandrum — you’ll need to present your electronic travel authorization, and have your biometric details recorded at immigration.
KEY: You can’t extend this visa, or apply for it more than twice in a year.
Your photograph in the application should show a front view of your full face from the top of your hair to the bottom of your chin, centered within the frame and with your eyes open. Make sure there are no shadows on the face or background, and upload a square image without borders — against a white or light background — as a JPEG file between 10 KB and 1 MB in size.
Here’s a full list of eligible countries including 12 that were already able to get visa on arrival: Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam.
If you are not from one of these countries, you will need to see visa requirements from your country’s consulate.