India: E-visa program expands to include 2 new categories
What is the change?
India has introduced two additional categories of e-visas, the e-Conference visa and e-Medical Attendant visa. E-visas are issued with a validity of 60 days and can now be extended for an additional 30 days in-country.
What does the change mean?
Applicants from more than 160 countries and territories are eligible to apply for e-Conference visas and e-Medical Attendant visas in addition to e-Tourist, e-Business and e-Medical visas. Foreign nationals in India on an e-visa can now visit Foreigners Regional Registration Offices and apply for 30-day extension.
Implementation time frame:
Immediate and ongoing.
E-Business Visas, e-Tourist Visas, e-Medical Visas, e-Conference Visas and e-Medical Attendant Visas.
Who is affected:
Foreign nationals staying in India or traveling to India on any of the e-visa categories listed above.
Impact on processing times:
The introduction of additional categories could significantly reduce processing times for eligible travelers.
The change related to extending e-visas will enable business visitors to stay in India for up to a total of 90 days (post extension) on an e-Business Visa.
India introduced the e-visa for tourists, business travelers and medical visits in April 2017. Officials recently announced two additional categories, the e-Conference Visa and e-Medical Attendant Visa. The new visa categories are currently available and the e-visa application site has been updated to reflect the change. E-visas in all categories are now valid for stays of up to 60 days, extendable for an additional 30 days in-country.
Analysis & Comments:
The changes are welcome and are in line with India’s continuing efforts to expand the use of e-visas. Travelers are cautioned that e-visas remain inappropriate for productive work; those intending to conduct work activities must apply for an employment visa.
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