To all yoga enthusiasts, December is more a month of yoga than Christmas. Loads of you travel to India in pursuit of higher levels of knowledge and yoga practice. This year, however, is a little different for you yogis. The Indian government has a gift for you! Wanna know more? Read on!
India’s attitude towards international guests is not new to most yoga travellers. “Atithi devo bhava” is a phrase that appears in the timeless Vedas and it means “guest is equivalent to God”. In an effort to be as true to the ancient teachings as possible, the Indian government has over time eased the procedures required to visit India.
The e-Tourist Visa, famously referred to as “visa on arrival”, was originally a privilege of just a handful of countries like Finland, Japan and New Zealand. However, it is now extended to 113 countries and is expected to include up to 150 countries! Awesome, right? Following is the list of 113 countries:
Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island,Chile, China, China- SAR Hongkong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand,Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam.
The number of days allowed per one stay may also be increased from 30 to 180 days in near future.
The Visa fees are divided in four slabs – 0USD, 25USD, 48USD and 60USD depending on nationality.
e-Tourist Visa allows arrival at 16 airports – Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, Jaipur, Goa, Varanasi, Tiruchi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Amritsar, Gaya, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kochi and Kochi. You need to apply for visa online just 4 days before your arrival date.
People visiting India for recreation, sight seeing, meeting friends and family, medical treatment and casual business visits are welcome. Passport should have at least 6 months validity. For more details visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
With this new update from the government, travellers will find coming to India much easier and we Indians are excited to have more guests!