If you have plans of going to India, you should know that you need to get a visa to travel. Thankfully, though, you do not need to go to Indian consulate or embassy in your country just to get it. There is what you call the online visa India program. What is it and how does it work?
The online visa India program basically allows you to apply for a visa over the Internet. To do it, you can order a visa application with an accredited travel agency in your country. Or you could also use a travel agency website that you will find on Google, but that’s not something we recommend unless if you are absolutely sure that the agency you are using is accredited by the government of India.
In any case, once you find a travel agency website that processes e-visas to India, the only thing you need to do is to make an electronic copy of your passport and other documents. Your passport must be valid for six months when you apply. Once the application is complete, the only thing you need to do is wait. Thankfully, the waiting time is not that long.
We have done some research and found that you can apply for an e-visa four days before you are set to travel and you can apply as early as 120 days before you travel. The fact that you can apply for a visa four days before you are set to travel only means that the visa processing is quick. But of course, sending your application within such a short amount of time is NOT something we recommend. Why? Because if anything can happen, something will. And you don’t want to lay your tickets to waste or be late for a gathering just because you didn’t get a visa in time.
How much does it cost to get an e-visa? To be honest, we really do not know. The Indian ministry of foreign affairs does not publish the information. However, since you need to apply through a travel agency, we can pretty much guess that the amount you pay really depends on the company processing your visa application and how much they charge.
If you want to save money, you might want to ask at least three different agencies about their price. But then again, there might not be much of a difference between them.