Getting India E-Tourist Visa For Australians – Updated 2021 COVID Rules

Australians have a great bond and are eternally dreaming about visiting India & explore its culture and Indians dream about visiting Australia. The Indian government has made it easier for the former by re-introducing (after COVID-19 lockdown) India e-Tourist visa for Australian citizens once again as of Nov 2021.

This article helps you navigate the new changes that has been introduced after the pandemic and contains updated information for how to get India visa for Australian nationals in 2021.

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India government as waived off India visa fee for the first 500,000 applications. Apply now to get your India visa at just processing fee cost of $25 with us.

We also take care of procuring your mandatory self declaration form for all foreigners visiting India.

Note: The duration of stay will be limited to 30 till Feb 2022.

Australians are one of the top nationals and stand in 6th place for the number of tourist visa applications received by India. They account for just over 4% of all foreign tourists. So don’t worry, you are bound to meet some Aussies on your trip to India !!.

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It is now mandatory to get COVID related travel insurance for visa application. Get your travel insurance at just $1 per day with visitorscoverage.com

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Types Of Indian E-Tourist Visa For Australian Citizens

Indian government have been cautious and reintroduced only 30 days e-Tourist visa as of now and the same applies to Australian applications. Hence, if you had planned to enjoy a looong stay in India, then you will have to wait a few more days to get maybe 1 year e-Tourist visa. But you can apply for 30 days tourist visa twice in the same year, so if you want to extend your trip to 60 days, you can visit say Nepal, apply for another visa and enter India again within a week or so.

Note: As of Nov 2021, only 30 days single entry visa can be applied for all foreign tourists to India. This article will be updated once we have an official government circular for the availability of other visas.

30 days India tourist visa, this is applicable for Australian citizen who are visiting India for a short duration of 30 days single entry which means you can enter India only once. Once your visa is approved you will need to make use of this visa within 120 days. Check your visa approval copy to know the exact expiry date of your visa.

60 days India tourist visa, (Not available as of Nov 2021)this is applicable for Aussies who is visiting India for a short duration of 60 days. This visa allows double entry which means you can exit & enter India twice. 

1 year India tourist e-visa (Not available as of Nov 2021), this is for anyone one who want to explore the whole country or in general stay for one full year but you can stay for continuous 180 days only after which you need to exit the country and re-enter. This visa is popular among American tourists who want to explore Nepal and Sri Lanka along with India. So you can take a short break to any of these countries and then reset the number of days you can stay in India.

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We also take care of procuring your mandatory self declaration form for all foreigners visiting India.

Requirements for Australian citizens to apply for India Tourist Visa

The documentation for India visa is fairly simple but cumbersome to fill as the application form is fairly lengthy because of which you may make mistakes or a small typo can lead to rejection of your visa.

Make sure you allocate 3 hours of your time, grab a cup of coffee before you work on your application.

You also need to keep the passport and work related information of yourself, your spouse & parents in hand before you apply for India eTV visa.

So proceed with caution. And ensure you double check your visa application.

Documents needed for India e-Tourist visa are:

  1. Passport front and back scanned copy.
  2. A passport size photo soft copy in a white background
  3. Parents (both mom and dad) information
  4. Spouse’s information
  5. Port of entry in India
  6. Work related information
  7. A valid COVID Insurance. (You can apply below)

It is now mandatory to get COVID related travel insurance for visa application. Get your travel insurance at just $1 per day with visitorscoverage.com

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Beware of India visa scams

There have been a lot of sites which are designed just like India visa and have been charging exorbitant processing fees of $100 or more with false claims of express or emergency visas. These are not possible and are fake.

Government of India has not authorized any agent or intermediary to charge any fee for facilitation of emergency / express Visa/eVisa.

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So if someone is charging you more or if someone is promising you fast or express India visas, do not fall for the trap. It is fine taking consultation for a reasonable fee.

Also once you get your visa make sure you are double checking your visa online with your applicationID to see if your visa is genuine. You can verify your visa authenticity on the government website.

What is the fee for India e-Tourist visa for Australian Nationals ?

The regular,India Visa fees for Aussies are mentioned below. But as mentioned earlier, Indian government has announced free visa for the first 500,000 applicants, so you can apply for your India visa with us at get it just at processing fee cost of AUD 33 !!.

Also note that as of Nov 2021, only e-Tourist visa of 30 days can be applied. Others are not available due to COVID

India visa TypeFee for Australian CitizensRemarks
e-Tourist Visa 30 Days$25 (33 AUD)30 Days – Double Entry
e-Tourist Visa 1 Year$40 (54 AUD)365 Days – Multiple Entry
e-Business Visa$100 (135 AUD)365 Days – Multiple Entry
e-Conference Visa$100 (135 AUD)30 Days – Single Entry
e-Medical Visa$100 (135 AUD)60 Days – Triple Entry
e-Medical Attendant Visa$100 (135 AUD)60 Days – Triple Entry

India E-Tourist visa fee for Australian citizens is $25 (33 AUD). Banks charge an additional 2.5% of the above amount as their service charge. If you sought the service of a travel agent, then expect to pay anywhere between  AUD 15 to AUD 30 extra as a service fee. 

Apply for India Visa Online

India government as waived off India visa fee for the first 500,000 applications. Apply now to get your India visa at just processing fee cost of $25 with us.

We also take care of procuring your mandatory self declaration form for all foreigners visiting India.

Note: The duration of stay will be limited to 30 till Feb 2022.

What is the processing time for India visa ?

Since this visa is online, the processing time visas is the same as other countries which is 72 working hours. You need to also apply for your visa at least 48 hours before your departure after which you will not be even able to submit the form.

You can submit a maximum of 120 days before your departure if you want the extra peace of mind and do not want to scramble at the last minute. But due to the current COVID-19 pandemic in India, we suggest to apply for your visa 1 week before departure and also book fully refundable flights for extra caution.

Do Australian citizens need a visa to visit India?

It was made mandatory for all nationals visiting India to have a valid visa before arrival at any Indian ports. Australian citizens must apply for a right visa and get it approved before arriving in India. In fact, foreign nationals arriving at Indian ports without a valid or and proper visa shall be deported back to their country.

Is it possible for Australian citizens to get a visa on arrival in India?

India does not provide visa on arrival to any foreign nationals because Indian replaced the existing visa on arrival system with E-Visas. E-Visas cannot be applied for at any of the ports as it takes a minimum of 2 days to get your E-Visa approved.

How long will it take for approval of my Indian E-Tourist visa?

It can take anywhere from two to four days to get your Indian E-Tourist visa approved. Provided all the information and supporting documents you furnished are correct and the Indian Embassy does not ask you for any additional documents.

FAQ’s on Indian E-Tourist visa for Australian Citizens

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