Tourist visas to India resume, first 500k visas free

The Indian government is set to issue Tourist Visas again as Covid eases. The first 500,000 will be issued free of charge.

Reading Time: 2 minutes


Since the COVID-19 situation in India has improved, the Indian government has decided to start issuing Tourist Visas again, of which the first 500,000 will be issued free of charge. An announcement to this effect was made by the High Commission of India in Canberra via an official statement released on 13 October.

Group tourism

All foreign nationals who intend to travel to India for the purposes of tourism will be allowed to enter into India on e-Tourist visa/Tourist visa through chartered flights (for group tourism only) from 15th October 2021.

Individual tourism

All individual foreign nationals intending to travel to India for tourism through the Vande Bharat Mission, Air Bubble scheme, or by any scheduled/non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India would be permitted to enter India from 15th November 2021.

E-Tourist visa

All such desirous foreign nationals would be required to obtain a fresh e-Tourist visa/Regular Tourist Visa from the Bureau of Immigration/Consulate. Please note that e-Tourist/Regular Tourist Visa from Bureau of Immigration and regular tourist visas are issued by Mission or Consulates.

To apply for an e-Tourist visa, visit : https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

Regular Tourist visa

Regular Tourist visas can only be applied through VFS only at: https://services.vfsglobal.com/aus/en/ind.

In case of Regular Tourist Visa application lodged through VFS, the applicant will have to bear VFS Service Fee and any other charges, as applicable.

Existing valid e-Tourist Visas/Register Tourist visas issued before 15th October, 2021 will remain suspended. All foreign tourists will have to seek fresh tourist visas.

These e-Tourist/Regular Tourist visas would be issued for 30 days with single entry. Such foreign nationals shall be permitted to enter India by sea routes or by flights but not through land Immigration Check Points.

The first 500,000 tourist visas will be issued on a ‘Gratis’ basis and are admissible only once per tourist.

READ ALSO: Reuniting Indian families: Gaura Travel announces charter flights to SYD/MELB

Link up with us!

Indian Link News website: Save our website as a bookmark

Indian Link E-NewsletterSubscribe to our weekly e-newsletter

Indian Link Newspaper: Click here to read our e-paper

Indian Link app: Download our app from Apple’s App Store or Google Play and subscribe to the alerts


Twitter: @indian_link

Instagram: @indianlink

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/IndianLinkMediaGroup

- Advertisement -

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

  To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic death...
- Advertisement -

Latest News

lgbt community

On the Religious Discrimination bill

  Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced a Religious Discrimination Bill to the parliament last week. Promised by the Coalition government in the wake of the...
indian community

Grants to support multicultural community infrastructure in VIC

  Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence has invited multicultural community organisations to apply for grants to upgrade, renovate or build community facilities. The available grants...
Raja vamsam

REVIEW: Raja Vamsam

  Director K.V. Kathirvelu's Raja Vamsam, which has an incredibly large star cast, is a family drama that exhausts the viewer by the time it...

Review: Dil Bekaraar (Disney+Hotstar)

  From its dreamy theme song to its 2D-style animation, to its period soundtrack, and of course, its late-80s/ early-90s nostalgia, Dil Bekaraar, streaming on...

REVIEW: Antim – The Final Truth

  Director Mahesh Manjrekar's Antim: The Final Truth is a crime drama centred around the circle of fate. Based on the Marathi film Mulshi Pattern,...