Did you know that unless you’re a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan, you need a Visa to visit India? Since taking the DNA test with Ancestry, I’ve made it a mission to visit the countries listed in my DNA results. My cousin Krista will be traveling to India (aka my other motherland) and today she’s sharing my first guest post on how to obtain an e-Visa in 7 easy steps.
I was so excited to be going to India, so the first person I called was my travel buddy Cousin Joanna. 👩🏽🏫 She was so excited on the phone and said, “My friend just came back and said it was super easy to get a visa”. Ladies and gentlemen, I didn’t know I needed a visa to travel from the U.S to India. Thank the travel Gods I applied for an electronic or e-Visa Friday night and promptly received approval (“Granted e-Visa”) by Sunday. It was super easy! Wanna know how? Follow the directions below for an electronic Tourist Visa to India:
1. Freak out that you were about to go to the other side of the world like a dummy with no Visa.🤦🏾♀️
2. Calm down then go to the Indian Visa Online Website and select the e-Visa Application menu.
Things you need on hand are
- a scanned pdf copy of your passport
- scanned recent picture (this cannot be your passport picture and must be saved in JPEG minimum 10KB maximum 1MB)
- address of your contact in India including the phone number
- list of countries that you have visited in the past 10 years
- list of places you are going to visit in India
- your parents’ nationality status
- a credit card or banking information
3. When you finish the application, click “Pay Now”. The next step is using a third party called SBIe Pay for making payments. The charge for an e-Visa online is $75. It took me 3 times for the payment to actually go through. I recommend just waiting 4 hours if it does not work the first time. Do not try more than 3 times as you will be blocked and have to redo the entire application. You will receive a confirmation when payment is accepted. SBIePay is the Payment Aggregator service of State Bank of India which provides multiple payment options on a single payment page for the convenience of applicants. SBIePay has enabled Debit and Credit issued by MasterCard and VISA.
4. Once your e-Visa status is ready, you will receive an email. It should say “Granted”.
5. Click the link in your email, enter your application ID, then print out your e-Visa in color. Be sure to make a few copies. This is needed when you enter India. Customs will review the e-Visa and stamp your passport.
6. Keep a copy of your e-Visa with you at all times along with your passport.
7. Namaste and enjoy your trip 🙏🏽
Have you been to India before?
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with Caribbean roots in Trinidad and Tobago, Krista is a travel enthusiast who balances Corporate America and TSA. Her bucket list has no limits and she is willing to say yes to
the dress dope error fares at any moment. Krista’s hobbies include racking up travel points like Pokémon cards, boozy brunches, people watching all over the world, pretending she is Carmen Sandiego or Dora the Explorer while on a travel expedition, bargain hunting for flights, and looking for delicious spices and coffee on her travels. Krista shares her own travel stories (in the US and internationally) and provides advice on free, minimal or bargain activities for urban professionals. Follow her on Instagram at @kanadventures