I assume that you traveled to countries that require a visa before, and you may be familiar with the hassle of getting one. You have to stay in line at the consulate, sometimes for hours. There is a lot of time and bureaucracy involved. But what if I told you that there is a much simpler way to get a visa? Did you know that you can apply for one online?

Several countries allow applying for a visa over the internet. I suppose you got on this page because you want to go to India, and you want to escape all the consulate bureaucracy. Fortunately, India is one of the countries I mentioned above. You can just apply for an Indian e-visa and you’ll be on the next plane out. Yes, it’s that simple. Here is what you need to do.

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Prepare you documentation

It’s a lot easier to have all you need at hand. You will need a valid passport, a recent digital photo of yourself, a passport scan of the passport information page, and a credit/debit card or a PayPal account. You need these anyway when you go to the consulate, so it’s nothing out of the ordinary.

The first step is to upload the documents above. The application page will provide all the necessary information for you to do so. The second stage will involve you answering a few personal questions. In case you need any help, keep in mind that there is an assistance service that can help you through 24/7.

How fast is the process?

The whole process lasts very little time. It beats sitting in line even when you are the only person at the consulate. Completing the application takes a few minutes, and you can get the visa in as little as 18 hours. It depends on the processing package you choose. There is the Standard Processing that will release your visa in 3 business days. You also have the option of choosing the Rush Processing or the Super Rush Processing. The first will get you a visa in one business day, and the latter in 18 hours.

How much does it cost?

The price varies according to nationality, but it’s usually somewhere between 0 and 97 US Dollars. There is a service fee of 35$, but it increases if you choose a different processing time. The Rush Processing will add another 30$ to the bill, while the Super Rush Processing will cost you extra 65$. But if you apply on time, which is four or five days before departure, there is no reason for you to spend those extra dollars.

Additional information

The Indian visa you receive via e-mail will be valid for 30 days starting your arrival date. However, keep in mind that you can get an online visa only if you travel by plane and land in one of the listed 16 airports (Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi.) If you want to go to India by cruise ship, I am afraid that you still have to go to the Indian consulate.

From where I stand, packing your bags will last longer than applying and getting the visa. It’s a straightforward process, you have help whenever you need, and the costs are as low as possible. Plus, you get to do it from the comfort of your own home. It doesn’t get any better than that.