I had decided to spend my 20 days vacation this time in India and soak in the culture. I wanted to visit Delhi, Goa and Kerala in my trip . This article is not going to be about my trip, but rather about how to get India E-Tourist visa for Singapore citizens and how you can get your visa cheaper than official government fees.
Although the migrants might be Singapore citizens now, there is still a large influx of them visiting India due to their family ties.Since then over 16,000 Singaporeans have applied for Indian E-Visa in 2016. This number is expected to double in 2017.
Since ETVs were implemented Singapore citizens have been flooding in applications. Singapore comes among the top 15 countries when it comes to the number of tourists to India.
How to get India E-Tourist visa for Singapore citizens below government fees?
This is how I got my visa at SGD 25(actual fees is SGD 40). This works best if you have not booked your flight, hotel and insurance for your India trip.
Visit https://indiavisainfo.com/apply-india-visa/ and fill the “India visa application” form. No need to pay any fees.
You will receive an email from indiavisainfo.com about your visa fees in 1 hour. Your visa fees can be anywhere between SGD 0 to SGD 40. You need to just accept the quote no payment needed yet.
Your visa copy will be sent to you within 3 days and you can then verify your visa and make your payment.
How can indiavisainfo.com give India visa below government fees ? Is this a scam ?
I had the same doubts too, this is what I was told.
We are in major partnership with big companies like booking.com for hotels and jetradar.com for flights. Whenever the customer buys flight and hotel using our partnership link we get a commission . We will pass on 50% of that commission to our customers and hence discount their visa fees . If the customer has already booked flight and hotel then our regular pricing applies.
And no, we are not a scam. In fact, we are a well funded startup who are out revolutionise the tourist industry.
Do citizens of Singapore need a visa to visit India?
It is very important that Foreign tourists visiting India should possess a valid travel document before they arrive in India because one may be denied entry into the country without a valid visa.
Is it possible for for citizens of Singapore to get a visa on arrival in India?
It is no longer possible to get a visa on arrival in India. India replaced its existing visa on arrival system with E-Visas in 2015. Foreign nationals visiting India should apply for an E-Visa at least 4 days prior to their journey to India.
How to choose the correct visa?
Choosing the right visa suiting your need and duration of stay in India is very important. Having the wrong visa may result in denial of entry into the country. In this section, we shall discuss how to chose the right visa.
India provides foreign nationals two kinds of visa, they are;
E-Visas: Electronic visas were introduced in 2015 to replace the visa on arrival system. Therefore, foreign nationals who want to visit India for short duration medical, business or tourism purpose can apply for an E-Visa. E-Visa application has to be made online and offline application is not possible.
Sticker visas: They are traditional visas with validity varying up to 10 years and they also hold multiple entry benefits. Regular visas have to be applied at the concerned Indian embassy after fixing a prior appointment.
Sticker visas include Conference Visa, Diplomatic Visa, Employment Visa, Emergency Visa, Entry Visa, Journalist Visa, Medical Visa (for long-term treatment), Missionaries Visa, Tourist visa, Permit to re-enter within 2 months, Research Visa, Student Visa Transit Visa, Intern Visa, and Film Visa.
citizens of Singapore traveling to India solely for tourism and for a period fewer than 60 days can avail an E-Tourist visa.
What are the documents needed to apply for Indian E-tourist visa for the citizens of Singapore?
A scanned copy of the first and last page of your passport (PDF format)
Passport size photograph with white background in JPEG format.
You also need to furnish details about the following;
- Parents’ passport
- Port of entry in India
- Your work-related information
It is very important to be extremely cautious when you upload these data and documents. Even a slight variation from the required specification will result in rejection of your application. It is actually a quite hectic process considering the very stringent requirements. To save yourself from all the unwanted headaches you can avail the service of an India visa agent. These visa agents will accept photographs and scanned copies in any format or size. They will later edit them to meet the required specification.
However, you can also apply by yourself but make sure that you have all the documents and photographs in the required specifications and size.
Beware of fake India Visa agents and other scams
The India E-Visa portal is one of the abysmal portals anyone can ever find on the web. The pathetic condition of the website makes everyone frustrated. It is virtually impossible to complete an application online without any hassles. The users who are frustrated become vulnerable to all sorts of scams. Especially when they see the fancy offers these scamming agents offer.
Lately, we ourselves have come across scam websites where they offer to get your E-Visa approved in one day. You need to keep in mind that it is given clearly in the official website of the Indian immigration department that it takes a minimum of 2 days to get your visa approved. The claims made by the agents to get it done in less than 2 days is a hoax.
Be very careful of such agents, once you have completed the payment, they may disappear altogether.
The only websites we suggest are:
- indiavisainfo.com: The best in the industry visa processing service provider with a crew of experienced India visa agents. When it comes to customer satisfaction they are unbeatable. Apart from these, they also have a solid team to handle customer grievances with an active live chat support.
- indianvisaonline.gov.in: This is the official website of Indian immigration department. Frequent server crashes make this site unreliable.There are a lot of issues with the payment portal too.
Avoid all other websites which will only scam you of our money. Ideally, it is better to speak to the travel agent and clear your doubts before you apply for a visa.Avoid all other websites which will only scam you of our money. Ideally, speak to the travel agent and clear your doubts before you apply for a visa.
How much does it cost the citizens of Singapore for Indian E-Tourist Visa?
It costs them $75 for India E-Tourist visa.This amount does not include the service charge the bank charges. If you wish to avail the service of a visa agent they charge an additional amount of $50 as their service charge.
Applying for Indian E-Tourist visa
If you have all the required information and documents you can apply for an India E-Tourist visa in two ways;
- indiavisainfo.com: India visa travel agent who will get the job done for you with absolutely no hassle with the best in the industry service for a low cost. Availing their service will save you from all the headaches.
- indianvisaonline.gov.in: The official Government website of Indian immigration department. The application portal and payment portal are unreliable. Here you have to take care of the application on your own. You can hardly expect any help regarding the visa application process from the website.
Applying for Indian E-Tourist visa with agent
We will help you out with applying for Indian visa with indiavisainfo.com
Step 1: Visit the website indiavisainfo.com.Click this link to open the website in a new tab
Step 2: Select “Apply for India Visa”.
One needs to make an advance payment of $25 while submitting the form. Onc they receive the payment and your form they will allocate an agent exclusively for your visa application. He/She shall contact you within 2 hours to collect the needed information.
You only have to make the rest of the payment after they contact you with a valid visa number (which you can verify at the Indian Government website)
Applying for Indian E-Tourist visa on the official website
Applying for an e-VIsa is entirely an online process where the applicant does not have to appear in person before the concerned visa authority.
Step 1: Go to the official Indian e-visa website and click on “e-Visa Application” on the top left corner
Enter the relevant details about your passport, personal details and the port of arrival. Select the desired Visa service you want to apply for and continue to the next page. Before you continue make sure that you have all the required documents in scanned PDF format and photograph in jpg/jpeg format.
Step 3: Fill in your personal details and click submit. Note down the temporary application ID generated.
Step 4: You need to make the payment (Visa Fee).
Problems with the Indian E-Visa website
There have been a lot of complaints raised by the users against the India E-Visa portal. You can see people ranting about it on all the social media platforms. In this section, we shall discuss some of the major issues.
- Website crashing:
The poor design and selection of servers have made the E-Visa portal unreliable and incapable of handling a sudden surge in traffic. Another problem with India visa website is that very often, the visa process website is down. You would see the end of light with just one click to take you to the payment page where out of nowhere, the website crashes and you will need to do it all again.
There aren’t any solutions the government of India can offer you. Th only feasible solution would be to avail the service of Visa agents. These experienced agents are the only ones who can help you out.
- Payment Portal failure:
Similar to the above-said portal the payment portal too is very much unreliable. The banks are not capable of accepting online payments without any hiccups. Also once you have tried to make the booking 3 times and fail, you will need to fill the entire visa form once more.
This is not really the government’s fault entirely. The SBI (state bank of India) bank’s ePay solution is not capable of accepting cards from international customers without hassle. This complaint is persistent even on their internet banking solution that they offer.
FAQ’s on Indian E-Tourist visas
Can I extend my India E-Tourist visa from India?
No, it is not possible to extend or change your E-Visa from India. All the E-Visas are non-extendable and non-convertible.
Can I apply for a India E-Tourist Visa on Arrival at the airport?
No, it is not possible to apply for a visa on arrival from India. You need to have a valid visa before you arrive in India.
What is the validity of India E-Tourist visa for the citizens of Singapore?
E-Tourist visa is valid for a period of 60 days from the day of arrival in India.
If I cancel my India E-Tourist visa for the citizens of Singapore application, will the fee be refunded to me?
The visa fees are non-refundable. You will not get a refund if you cancel your visa.
Do children require a visa to visit India?
All travelers including children must have a valid visa to travel to India.
Is the India E-Tourist visa a single or multiple entry visa?
E-Tourist visas hold double entry benefits, that means you can enter and leave India twice.
What to do after I receive my India E-Visa online?
You have to take a print out of the travel document you received through email and keep it with you during the entire stay in India.
Is the India E-Tourist visa for the citizens of Singapore valid for cruise ships?
From April 2017 the e-Tourist visa (eTV) for India is valid for cruise ships docking at the following designated seaports: Cochin Goa Mangalore If you are taking a cruise which docks in another seaport, you must have a traditional visa stamped inside the passport.
Is it mandatory to get vaccinated before traveling to India?
Vaccination is not mandatory before your trip to India, it is highly recommendable that you do.