South Africa and Lesotho included in India's e-Tourist Visa Scheme
The Government of India announced extension of additional countries for providing e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) service. With this addition, the total number of countries under the scheme will become 150. To the latest addition, announced on 25 February, 2015, citizens of South Africa and Lesotho will be able to avail of the e-TV services. International Travelers, whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit may apply for e-TV.
Details of the scheme are available on the dedicated website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html.
Citizens of the Republic of South Africa and Lesotho can apply online for e-TV (twice a year, each visit not exceeding 30 days, visa duration non-extendable) which shall be granted through email. The applicant can travel to India only through 16 designated international airports (Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Chennai, Gaya, Jaipur, Kochin, Lucknow, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruchirapalli and Varanasi).
The e-TV scheme entails capture of biometric data of the visitor on arrival at the airport. e-TV is not valid for entry from seaports and land routes in India.
Applicants of the Republic of South Africa and Lesotho shall apply online at least four days in advance of the date of arrival, with a window of 30 days. Example: If you are applying on 1st March then you can select arrival date from s th March to 4th April.
The e-TV facility is in addition to the existing Visa services being provided through Indian High Commission and Consulates.
High Commission of India
Pretoria, South Africa