American citizens wanting to visit India for tourism purposes can apply for a multiple entry visa valid for six months ($73), five years or 10 years (both $163). Since October 2007, the visa collection and delivery process has been handled by third-party company Travisa Outsourcing (www.indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com). Applicants are advised to apply by mail rather than in person, though both options require the completion of an online application form. Due to abuse of the visa system, Indian immigration officials request a two-month gap between visits.
Things You'll Need
- Pen and paper
- Completed application form
- Passport-size photos
- Proof of address
- Money order for visa fee
- Prepaid self-addressed United States Postal Service or UPS envelope with tracking number
Visit the Travisa Outsourcing website and write down the unique application ID number and temporary password at this stage in case you encounter problems later on or lose Internet access.
Complete the online visa application process. You must submit your personal details such as name, address, nationality, profession, passport information and contact details for hotels in India.
Print and sign the completed visa application form. Affix the two passport-size photos and gather together all the additional documentation such as utility bills that show the exact address used in the application form. Cellphone bills, credit card and bank statements are not accepted; neither are addresses with a P.O. Box number.
Locate the Travisa India Outsourcing that handles applications for your state or area. Applicants wishing to apply in person must first schedule an appointment online and visit the Travisa India Outsourcing office. Same-day visa applications are available for U.S. citizens born in the U.S.
Obtain a money order made out to "Travisa Outsourcing" for the visa fee. Applicants can choose to pay by credit card but are advised this form of payment may cause a delay.
Send your passport, money order, application form and additional documentation to the Travisa India Outsourcing office. Include a prepaid self-addressed United States Postal Service or UPS envelope with tracking number to ensure nothing goes astray.
Examine your visa carefully when it arrives. Check that your name and dates of travel are correct and that your passport has not been damaged. Report any problems immediately.