Last week the government of India introduced an E-Visa (online visa) for 43 countries including the US, Australia, Japan, Israel, Germany and Singapore. The new online system will allow travelers to apply for a visa from the comfort of their homes and receive it within 72 hours.  A traveler must apply for this visa at least four days prior to entry into India and will only be eligible for two of these visas within a calendar year.

The E-Visa will be valid for 30 days and visa fee has been fixed at USD62. Those traveling on leisure, short duration medical treatment, casual business visit or to meet friends and relatives will be eligible to apply. The E-Visa will be made available at nine airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Thiruvanathapuram.

Other countries that are included in the first phase are Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, the UAE, Jordan, Kenya, Fiji, Finland, South Korea, Singapore, Mauritius, Mexico, Norway, Oman and the Philippines among others. The Indian government plans to offer the E-Visa to almost every country in the world over time.