How to Obtain an E Tourist Visa for Goa, India

How to Obtain an E Tourist Visa for Goa, India


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Visitors of all nationalities, apart from citizens of Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan, require a visa for Goa, India so applying for a visa before you travel is an essential part of planning your trip to India.

There are two main types of Indian visa that tourists can obtain before coming to Goa, you can apply for a 3, 6 or 12 month visa but recently the Indian government introduced new E visas (good for short holidays up to 30 days) which has made getting a visa for India much quicker and easier

But be aware that this new E Tourist Visa is sometimes described as an Indian Tourist Visa on Arrival , however this is not really accurate as you still must apply for the visa before traveling to Goa but it does make it alot easier to visit Goa for short trips than before.

However, applying for a visa for India is not always the easiest task, so to help you I wrote a guide to getting your visa for Goa.

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Here’s how to get a Visa on Arrival or E Tourist Visa for Goa, India

Citizens from 113 countries are eligible to apply for the E Tourist Visa for Goa, India. Including citizens from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and most European countries.

However, the E Tourist Visa is only good for short visits to Goa as it is only valid for a 30 days. If you want to make a longer trip to India you’ll want to apply for the old 6 month tourist visa which is more complicated so read my comprehensive guide to applying for an Indian  visa to guide you through the process.

The application process for the E Tourist Visa is now fully online and it takes 5-6 working days for approval. You must apply no later than 5 days before travelling to Goa.

The cost of the visa depends on your nationality, for citizens of the US, UK and Russia the E Tourist visa costs $60 (£39) plus a small admin charge. For many other countries, including most European countries and Australia the fee is $48. See the full list of eligible countries here.

However, if your parents or grandparents were born in Pakistan, you will be ineligible to get an E-Tourist Visa whatever your current nationality so unfortunately you will have to apply for a normal Tourist Visa.

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How to apply for the E Tourist Visa (ETV)

You can apply for an E Visa to Goa on the government website here, no less than 5 days and no more than 30 days before the date of travel. When using the government website the E Visa is sent to you within 3 – 5 days. However, if you use an agent like iVisa you can apply anytime so you don’t need to worry about forgetting and your visa is processed and sent to you within 72 hours.

Your passport will need to be valid for 6 months and you will need to upload the photo page of your passport as well as a passport photo of yourself.

Fill out the (long) forms and pay the fee online with a debit or credit card. Your E Visa should be sent to you via email within three to five days and is valid for 30 days from the date of entry.

You then collect your visa on arrival at the airpirt in Goa.  Be aware that the scheme will now operate at 17 major international airports but if you are arriving in India at a seaport (for example on a cruise) you are not currently eligible to apply for an E Visa.

Palolem Beach in Goa
Palolem Beach in Goa

The Golden Temple in Amritsar

Remember to print off and carry a copy of your E tourist visa with you when traveling to India and present it at the immigration counter at the airport where the immigration officer will stamp your passport with your e-tourist visa for entry into India. You should have a return ticket and enough money to cover your expenses during your stay in India.

The E Tourist Visa is only valid for 30 days and is single entry (and with so much to see, so much diversity and the challenges of traveling in India  1 month is nowhere near enough time in my opinion) The E Tourist Visa is not extendable or convertible and you can only apply for 2 E Tourist Visas for India in 1 year.

How to apply for the E Tourist Visa the easy, hassle free way …

The introduction of the E Tourist Visa has made the process of getting a visa for India much simpler, quicker and cheaper as you no longer have to send your passport away and wait for 2 weeks, however the forms are still very long, applying can be quite tedious and confusing and a small mistake can result in your application being refused.

To take the stress and hassle out of applying for your Indian visa let iVisa sort everything out for you. They charge a service fee but offer a zero frustration policy and to simplify the process even more for you they accept applications at any time and will send your eVisa via email within 72 hours or even quicker if you pay more for rush processing.

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Need a longer Visa for India?

There is so much to see and do in India that a lifetime would not enough – many longer term travellers and backpackers still prefer the old 6 month multiple entry visas (you can also get 1 year and American’s are eligible for 10 year visas)  although the process for applying for these is more complicated so read my  my comprehensive guide to applying for an Indian visa to guide you through the process.

Read More:

An Insider’s Guide to Goa

How to Apply for an Indian Visa (for UK citizens)

Indian Tourist E visa scheme extended to British Travellers

Indian E Tourist visa: essential Information

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Jacqui Phipps December 7, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Or anywhere in India?

Global Gallivanting December 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Yes indeed anywhere in India ????

Katie Mudge December 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Mine was processed within 24 hours and was great. Was just a pain getting through immigration in India – extremely slow. Hotels were still not used to the concept of e-visa’s when I visited too.

Global Gallivanting December 13, 2016 at 8:58 am

Glad you had a good experience. Yes the E Visa is quite a new thing and immigration is always quite slow but it does take longer when you have to get the visa stamped in. But then you save the hassle of having to send off your passport and waiting for 2 weeks which makes it easier I think.

Carla Roberts-Goves December 7, 2016 at 6:42 pm

Lois Banks

Chloe Broadwood December 7, 2016 at 9:32 pm

Martin ‘Eddie’ Beaver

Debra Oswald December 8, 2016 at 6:06 am

Alan Harrison, Debbie Kirsopp, this is what I was talking about yesterday

Deepti Singh Gupta December 8, 2016 at 6:53 am

And sorry but be prepared for currency woes too

Global Gallivanting December 13, 2016 at 8:56 am Reply
Piyush Patel December 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Goa visa proseg

Veeka July 6, 2018 at 12:40 pm

How i get visa for goa?

Patrachar January 10, 2019 at 11:40 am

How I Get Visa from Goa to Delhi?

Anna March 4, 2019 at 12:27 pm

Goa and Delhi are both in India so both need the same Indian visa.

Mark July 4, 2019 at 8:30 am

Thanks, ANNA for Ths precious information.


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