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Vaccines, visas and tips for traveling to India

India is a fascinating country that draws attention to everyone who visits it. If you want to travel to it, you must apply for a visa and meet certain requirements. In this article, we give you information on how to process and obtain the visa, and we offer you key tips for your trip.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.


All foreign people who want to enter India need a visa. However, there are different types:


The e-Visa, also known as Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) or Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is a permit through which you can travel to India without having to apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate.

This is allowed to go to the country for three specific reasons: tourist, short-term or business doctors. Therefore, the visas that can be obtained are:

  • e-Tourist Visa
  • e-Business Visa
  • e-Medical Visa

The countries that are entitled to this procedure are the following:

  • TO: Albania, Germany, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan
  • B: Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Burma, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi
  • C: Cape Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Vatican City, Colombia, Comoros, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba
  • D: Denmark, Dominica
  • AND: Ecuador, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Eritrea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States, Estonia
  • F: Philippines, Finland, Fiji, France
  • G: Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana
  • H: Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary
  • I: Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Israel, Italy
  • J: Jamaica, Japan, Jordan
  • K: Kenya, Kiribati
  • L: Laos, Lesotho, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
  • M: Macao, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Mali, Malta
  • N: Namibia, Nauru, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, Norway, New Zealand
  • OR: Oman
  • P: Netherlands, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal
  • R: United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Rwanda, Romania, Russia
  • S: Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Marino, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname
  • T: Thailand, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tajikistan, East Timor, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu
  • OR: Ukraine, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan
  • V: Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam
  • AND: Djibouti
  • Z: Zambia, Zimbabwe
The people of Nepal, Bhutan and Malaysia (up to 90 days) are the only ones who do not need a visa to enter India.

Also, the requirements to qualify for the e-Visa are these:

  • Passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of arrival in India and with at least two blank pages
  • Return ticket
  • Enough money for the stay
  • Recent Photography
  • Each family member must have their own passport

This permit must be requested at least four days before the start of the trip. It is done through the official website of the e-Visa, which you can access by clicking in this link.

The steps to apply for a visa are simple. The form is filled out, the visa is paid online and later it is received by email. Payment may take up to four hours to confirm.

The duration of the visa is 60 days And it is not extensible. It can be requested up to twice in the same year. For tourism and business, you can choose double entry, triple for medical treatment.

If the visa application is accepted it will appear as a status Granted. The authorization must be printed and carried throughout the trip, as it could be required by the country's authorities.

As for the cost, for most nationalities such as Spanish, Chilean, Peruvian, Colombian or Venezuelan, it costs $ 50. However, for Argentines and Uruguayans it is free.

Other visas

If you want your stay to be longer or the reason for your trip is different, you will need to apply for a different visa. To do this, you must first fill out an online application and then continue the process at the Embassy or Consulate of India. The types of visa are:

to remain in the country as a tourist for a maximum of 5 years. It is multiple entry, non-renewable and can not carry out business or paid activities. You may need to show proof of financial solvency and the return ticket.
To work in India. Its initial validity is one year, but it can be extended. The necessary documents are a formal letter of appointment of the company and the original employment contract, among others. In the case of volunteering in the country, this visa is also required.
It is multiple entry and its validity will depend on the duration of the course. The basic requirements are the letter of admission of the institution and proof of financing of the stay. However, depending on the specific situation, more documents may be requested.
to travel through India for up to 3 days. It is a single entry valid in 15 days. Flight ticket and visa required for final destination.
for Indians or people married to Indians. It is valid between 1 and 5 years. It is also requested for yoga learning.

Also, other special permits that can be found are for the realization of projects, for research or for speakers.

You can enter the official website where to start the visa application by clicking in this link.

In Spain you can carry out this procedure at the Embassy of India, located on Pius XII Avenue, 30 in Madrid. There are also honorary consulates in Barcelona and Tenerife, but their activity is more limited.

Sanitary requirements

It is important to know what vaccines it is advisable to take before traveling to India, as well as other health recommendations that it is advisable to follow.


There is no mandatory vaccine to enter India, except for that of the yellow fever in those people who come or come from a country where this disease is found. In this case, the vaccination card must be carried. If not, you have to spend six days in quarantine.

On the other hand, the recommended vaccination for all travelers visiting this country is as follows:

  • Typhoid fever
  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria
  • Triple viral (measles, rubella and mumps)

Also, depending on the situation of the trip, it is advisable to get other vaccines. For example, if you are going to spend a long season, especially in rural areas, it is advisable to have the Japanese encephalitis and rabies vaccine up to date.

Also, other vaccines that have to be taken into account are those of hepatitis B, cholera (especially if humanitarian aid is to be performed) and polio, among others.

Other recommendations

It must be borne in mind that the sanitary conditions in India are quite poor, with the exception of the private hospitals in large cities, whose cost is quite high. Therefore, it is extremely advisable to have hired a travel insurance With high coverage.

It is not convenient to approach stray animals, since it is quite possible that they have rabies disease. Also, you have to drink bottled water and be careful with food. It is recommended that special attention be given to hygiene measures, as cases of swine flu have increased in the country.

Two diseases that must be taken into account are dengue and malaria, transmitted by the mosquito. Malaria is more frequent in areas below 2,000 meters of altitude, while dengue occurs mostly in summer. Therefore, it is advisable to have insect repellent.

On the other hand, Delhi It is one of the most polluted cities in the world, so it is discouraged that children, elderly people and people with respiratory problems are continually exposed to the air. Also, the most advisable thing is to stay in places that have air purifiers, especially in winter.

Practical tips

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain offers some recommendations that must be taken into account when traveling to the country. First, we must know the existence of tourist scams by taxi drivers They want to take them to other hotels. Therefore, tourist packages or accommodation offers from unknown persons should be rejected.

Also, do not accept drinks from strangers, as there have been cases of people who have been drugged to steal or abuse them. Similarly, do not take rickshaws or bicytaxis at night.

In India, around the summer, there is the time of monsoons, in which the rains are abundant and cause floods. It is advisable to find out when it is in the area we are going to visit.

On the other hand, women who plan to travel alone The country should know that there have been increased cases of sexual assault on foreigners. For this reason, it is better not to travel without company, as well as to avoid the little traveled places, to go out at night or take means of transport alone.

Regarding the areas that should be avoided due to terrorism, conflicts with other countries or insecurity, the following stand out:

  • Cashmere
  • Jammu
  • Northeast States
  • Pakistan border
  • West Bengal
  • Assam
  • Manipur

User Questions

What is the best time to travel to India?

India is a large country, so the ideal time to visit the country depends on the area we want to see. In general, it is better to go in winter and it should be taken into account when the monsoon is in each part.

Is it advisable to travel to India with children?

If you plan to travel as a backpacker, it is not advisable to go with small children or babies due to travel difficulties. However, if you go with everything organized, it can be feasible and even quite interesting for the little ones.

Is it advisable to travel to India without knowing English?

If you do not know English it is quite complicated to communicate with people, as it is the language used with tourists. In this article you will find more information on this topic: What language is spoken in India?

Is it possible to enter India with a dog?

If you go by plane, your pet can only accompany you if you are going to spend a minimum of two years in India. In the case of going by car, this requirement must not be met.

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