We’re supposed to be in India now. For months, we had planned going on a backpacking trip from Nepal to India to Sri Lanka. We had almost everything taken care of including our hotels and an India visa. But something personal came up so we had to cancel the whole thing. I’m still a little bit bummed, but I guess some things are really just out of our control.

The good news is, because I have tried applying for an India visa, I can now write about the experience. I was actually quite surprised to learn that we needed a pre-issued visa to enter India. Filipinos used to be able to avail of visa-on-arrival, but that had been discontinued a couple of years ago.

Today, Philippine nationals visiting India may apply for an e-Tourist visa, e-Business Visa, or e-Medical visa. In this post, we’ll be focusing on the e-Tourist Visa only. It’s actually pretty easy. I finished my application in an hour and got my visa the next day. Here’s how to do it.

Indian Visa Requirements

But first, here are the requirements.

It’s the shortest list of requirements for a visa application that I’ve seen. Haha. Basically, before you apply online, you must have the following:

  • Scanned copy of the your passport’s bio page.
  • Recent photo. Front facing and against a white background.
  • Fee, which costs USD 50 + USD 1.75 bank transaction fee. So that’s a total of $51.75. You can pay via credit card or PayPal.

Indian Visa Application Process

1. Make sure you’re eligible for an e-Visa.

  • Apply for an e-visa if at least 4 days in advance of the arrival date with a window of 120 days. The Embassy site gives this example: If you are applying on September 1 then you can select arrival date from September 5 to January 2.
  • Your sole objective in India is recreation (tour, sightseeing), visit friends or relatives, or casual business visit.
  • Your passport must have at least 6 months validity from your arrival date. It must also have at least two blank pages.
  • You must have a return ticket or an onward journey ticket and enough money to spend during your stay.
  • Appy for an e-visa only if you’re entering India via any of the following airports because these are the only ones that would accept it:

It is also accepted at the following seaports: Cochin, Goa, Mangalore.

If you’re planning to enter India through another gateway, you will have to get a visa the old-school way. Apply at the Embassy. In that case, I won’t be able to help because I haven’t tried that one.

2. Complete the requirements.

I enumerated the requirements above, but just in case you missed it, here’s the list again.

It’s the shortest list of requirements for a visa application that I’ve seen. Haha. Basically, before you apply online, you must have the following:

  • Scanned copy of the your passport’s bio page.
  • Recent photo. Front facing and against a white background.
  • Fee, which costs USD 50 + USD 1.75 bank transaction fee. So that’s a total of $51.75. You can pay via credit card or PayPal.

In addition, you should also have the following details of your trip because you will be asked for these during the online application:

  • Travel Dates
  • Airport of entry
  • Hotel Address and Contact Number

That’s it. Now all you need to do is apply and pay online.

3. Apply Online.

  • Go to India’s e-Visa Application Page.
  • Accomplish the short form. Don’t forget to tick e-Tourist Visa, and then choose Recreation/Sightseeing. Once you’re done. Click Continue.
  • On the next page, fill out the form. You will be asked for your Personal Details, Family Details, Employment Details, and the details of your trip. It’s pretty straightforward. The only thing that confused me a little bit was the part that asked for References in India. If you’re not visiting anyone, you only need to enter your hotel, its address, and contact number. You will also be asked for your reference in the Philippines.
  • On the next page, upload your photo and a scan of your passport’s bio page.

4. Settle the visa fee.

You will be asked whether you want to pay via SBI or Axis. These are payment gateways. SBI stands for State Bank of India. I chose SBI.

Then you will be asked if you want to pay via PayPal, debit card, or credit card. For Credit Card, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. For Debit Card, Visa, Mastercard and Maestro are accepted.

The fee is USD 50 + USD 1.75 bank transaction charge. Total of $51.75.

5. Wait for your visa!

That’s it! After that, the waiting game begins.

What you’re actually waiting for is an email from them containing your Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Here’s what it looks like.

Normally, it takes 72 hours. But I finished my application on May 17 at 4pm and received my visa at 9am the next day. That was super quick.

The visa is double-entry and valid for 60 days!

The visa can also be used within 120 days of issuance. This means that even though my trip was canceled, if I want to, I can still use it within the next four months. Hooray!

6. Confirm that your visa is granted.

Before your journey, you have to double-check that the status of your visa is GRANTED.

To do that, enter your Application ID and Passport Number on this page: India Visa Status.

If everything looks fine, you’re good to go! If not, contact the e-Visa Support Center by sending an email to

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  1. Chit says:

    Hi, thanks for this info. This has been the most informative i have read on applying for indian tourist visa. Would just like to clarify about the 60 days validity. Does this mean you can stay in india for 60 days straight? Without exiting and re-entering? Coz i am planning to stay in india for 1.5 months and most of the information i see online is that only 30 days is given to filipino tourist. Hope you could accomodate my query. Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Chit! Yep, the visa given to me would have allowed me to stay in India for 60 days. Not sure if that’s the case for everyone.

  2. Chix says:

    Hi good day to u! Thanx for the info. By the way im curious about the philippine immigration. Will they gonna ask alot of things like bank statements or proof of properties even if i already obtained the electronic visa from indian embassy? Hope u can give me answer for this coz i really have no idea how to deal with the immigration officers in airport coz i heard that some travelers got offloaded coz they cant provide this things. I Will be waiting for ur response and thanx a lot 🙂

    • They will only ask if questionable yung employment status mo or may nasense silang dubious. Normally, the visa, return flight, and ID should suffice.

  3. sam noelle says:

    Hi! Im planning to travel to India on April and student pa po kasi ako. My boyfriend will shoulder lahat ng expenses. I wonder if it will be a problem once I apply the visa? I’ll wait for your reply po 🙂 thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Okay lang naman yun. They ask for employment details though, so if you’re employed, I think it would still be alright.

      Is your boyfriend Indian national? If yes, mas magiging problem mo ang Immigration sa Pilipinas kesa visa.

    • Vinoth says:

      Hi my girl friend is filipino and she is coming to much sufficient money to show for indian tourist visa on arrival for 15 dayss??

  4. Kkk says:

    Tanong lang po, ilan po ba ang kailangang show money pag less than 1 week lang na travel sa india? Bibisitahin ko lang sana boyfriend ko dun. Hindi po sya indian pero sa india sya nag work..

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi KKK, we’re not sure. But ako usually, I have a per day allowance of P3500 when I travel. (Konti lang yung actual na nagagastos ko dyan. Nakasanayan na lang namin kasi yan yung requirement sa Europe. Nadala ko na lang din kahit sa cheaper countries.)

      If you have an ATM account or credit card, dalhin mo na rin ung cards, makakatulong un pag tinanong ka ng Immigration.

      Is your BF Pinoy?

  5. Mikko says:

    Very helpful.


    I got tickets to Jaipur (via SG) this July.

    Salamat salamat!

  6. Dyo says:

    HI! I am planning to apply for an Indian visa the soonest. May I know which or what particular airport or the nearest to take if I’m heading to Agra? Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yung covered by eVisa? Delhi yung alam ko. Agra has its own airport though.

  7. jhen says:

    Hello po ask ko LNG po boyfriend kopo is Indian national we’re planning to get married in india,and I’m planning to go there this February Anu po requirements ang kelangan para walang maging problema sa immigration. Sana po matulungan nyo aq

    • Gracey says:

      H jen. U said u guys r planning to get married.. if u inform the same way sa immigration they will ask u to provide a sample of your india wedding card/ invitation. Its also better for u to secure first your certificate of no marriage (cenomar) from the philippines since u will be needing it once u register the marriage in india. The cfo certificate u can apply for it only in philippines, they have 2 branches only, one in manila and the other one in cebu city and u need to attend a one day seminar for it. In case u have the wedding done in india, u can have the seminar later on once u come back in philippines. They are going to keep a sticker in ur passport and a certificate from cfo. Without these, u wont be able to travel back to india pag married na ang status mo and u had ur family name changed. Feel free to contact me thru my email if u need more information.

  8. Jack says:

    Hello. This post is very helpful. I plan to visit India by November this year to meet up some Indian friends. They are willing to host me on my two-week stay there. Yet I’m ambivalent on how much my bank account should have and about providing to the Philippine Immigration on hotel bookings. Can you help me with this? Looking forward to your response. Thanks.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi jack, I have no idea on the bank account. They don’t explicitly say.

      As for hotel bookings, hmmm, if you’ll be hosted by your friends, you can just say that you’ll be hosted by your friends and have an invitation letter and other proof of relationship.

  9. Humbert says:

    Hello there….
    This is so informative and helpful! A million thanks to you!!! I used it as my guide and so easy to follow! She said it exactly and I perfectly did it. I received mine so fast. Get pack and ready to go!!

    Thsnk you so much

    Igoy from Israel

  10. Razyl Cortez says:


    We have planned our wedding in india.. and will be staying in india for 3 months approx. Can some one please guide me through the process how to go about this application and how much time would it take for the approval.

  11. Yeza says:

    Hi I just want to ask. Do I have to buy ticket before applying for the tourist visa? Thank you

  12. Jheng Buted says:

    Hello! Have you heard about anyone getting declined on visa application to India or is it very rare? After reading blogs, I think the e-visa application is safer than risking on getting visa upon arrival.

  13. Cammy says:

    Hi! Thank you so much, your article has been a great help! However, I have one question. The port of entry for my evisa is different from the flight ticket I bought. Do I need to contact them and change it? I’ll be arriving in Jaipur instead of Mumbai.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Cammy, yeah, best to contact them to know if it’s okay.

  14. Ann says:

    Hello.. Panu po kung di ko nagamit ung approved visa ko to india. May effect po ba yun sa next application ko?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Not sure if I understood your question correctly. But the page will redirect you to Paypal automatically.

  15. bella says:

    hi will scanned copy of passport ok na picture taken of the passport ? wala ako scanner e. thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Bella, I dunno. I submitted a scanned copy eh so I wouldn’t know if tatanggapin nila ung photo.

  16. Japoy Palaboy says:

    hello panu mag apply ng visa dito sa Saudi to india? may friend na po ako dun kaya may tutuluyan na ako… not more than 10 days stay…

  17. Berna says:

    Ang visa is yung paper lang? .. hindi yung dinidikit sa passport?

  18. Willy G. says:

    I want to visit Kashmir to visit my friend. Can I apply for an Indian E-visa using the same procedure?

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