• e-Visa Now Allows All Business Activities
  • April 2, 2018
  • At a Glance
    The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Program has been further broadened to include all activities normally allowed under the Business Visa in India.
    • This will result in a faster and easier application and travel process for eligible short-term business travelers, who were previously required to apply for a Business Visa in India due to the limited scope of activities allowed under the e-Visa.
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    The situation
    The government of India has expanded the activities that e-Visa holders can perform in India.
    A closer look
    Background. Under the e-Visa, business visitors were previously only allowed to set up industrial/business ventures, purchase or sell products, attend technical or business meetings, recruit manpower, participate in exhibitions, business/trade fairs, provide expertise with an ongoing project and deliver lectures under the Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) program.
    Unchanged aspects.
    o The three sub-categories of the e-Visa (e-Tourist Visa, e-Medical Visa and e-Business Visa) remain the same. There are no changes to the permissible activities under e-Tourist and e-Medical Visas.
    o The application process, eligibility requirements, restrictions and duration remain the same.
    Impact for foreign nationals
    Foreign nationals with short-term urgent business travel can now apply for an e-Visa and do not have to rely on Indian Missions to issue a Business Visa in their passports prior to travel. This will result in a faster and easier application and travel process for eligible short-term business travelers, who were previously required to apply for a Business Visa in India due to the limited scope of activities allowed under the e-Visa.