Indian visa for Australian passport holders
Time zone: India (GMT+5:30)
Best to visit: October - March
Visa and useful information
Looking for your next holiday destination? India should be on everyone’s list, as it is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in the world. Plus, as an Australian citizen, this destination is relatively close and easy to travel to.
India is situated in the southern part of Asia and its the seventh-largest country by area, having over 1.3 billion citizens, which makes it the second-most populous country as well as the most populous democracy in the world.
India it is bounded by the Arabian Sea in the southwest, by the Indian Ocean on the south and by the Bay of Bengal on the south. India shares land borders with Nepal, China and Bhutan in the northeast, with Bangladesh and Myanmar in the east part and with Pakistan in the west. In the Indian Ocean, this country is the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while it’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Indonesia and Thailand.
Why should Australian citizens visit India?
Well, first of all, it is cheap! Luxurious accommodation is affordable, the eating out cost is cheap and you can travel the countrywide and long by train. Wherever you go in India, you’ll find great affordable food to please your tastebuds, as well as architectural marvels, such as the Taj Mahal.
These are just some of the reasons India attracts 7 million tourists every year. All those people travel to see the Wagah border ceremony, a ceremony at the frontier between India and Pakistan in which both nations engage, or to experience the wildlife in one of the country’s many national parks, where one can see everything from tigers to rufous-bellied hawk eagles.
You can travel around India by train, an experience that engenders wonder, nervous anticipation and heady exhilaration, you can cruise canals and lakes, you can see the cultural splendour of the Golden Triangle (a triangle formed by the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur).
You can visit Varanasi, a city on the banks of the river Ganga. Varanasi it is the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism and plays an important role in the development of Buddhism and Ravidassia.
You can be a witness to a festival you have never seen before. In Jaipur is hosting a very bright, noisy, large festival, with dancing, drums, food and drink and exotic parties. You can hike the Himalayas and the star attraction of the Himalayas, Mount Everest. The Indian side of the mountains offers many wonderful landscapes, but also great opportunities for escalation.
You can delight yourself with a proper cuppa - most of the tea consumed in Britain comes from India, so the quality is guaranteed.
In India, you’ll also find the Golden Temple in Amritsar, a temple that will restore your faith in humanity. Here, you’ll share and celebrate food with as many as 50.000 pilgrims or, sometimes, twice that number. All food is donated and most of the helpers are volunteers. So yeah, there are plenty of reasons why you should visit India.
However, an Australian citizen who wants to travel to India needs a visa. And before you start planning your trip, you need to take care of the required documents.
Indian visa for Australian citizens
Australian nationals are required a valid visa to enter in any other country, including India, either as a tourist or in transit or even business purpose. Travellers coming to India for business purposes can be granted a business visa valid for five years, subject to a cumulative stay of ninety days, but valid for multiple entries during the validity of the visa.
At this point, India grants Tourist eVisas to citizens of over 150 countries including Australia, meaning you won’t need to visit the consulate and wait in queues for hours to get a stamp on your passport.
Nevertheless, you need to apply for your visa in time, because late applications won’t be processed. In the following rows, you’ll find details of the process of obtaining your India Tourist eVisa online for Australian passport holders.
As an Australian passport holder, you need to obtain your eVisa at least four days before visiting India. The biggest advantage is that you can complete your application at home, without having to go to the Indian Embassy or lose precious time. If you obtain this visa, you can stay in India a maximum of two 60-day stays within 120 days, the visa becoming valid on the first date of arrival.
If you want to apply for an Indian eVisa, you need a passport that has two blank pages and remains valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival in India. Also, you need digital photocopies of your passport and recent photos.
You need to pay close attention to the photo requirement guidelines, as you’ll have to upload a photograph that is with 100% ration. The height and width of the photo should be equal, the photo must be clear and it must present full face, front view and eyes open. Center head within frame and present full head from the top of hair to bottom of the chin. The background should be plain light-coloured, or white; you have to make sure that there are no shadows on the face or the background and you’ll have to make sure that the photograph has no borders.
Usually, Indian visas for Australian citizens take a maximum of four days to process assuming there are no problems, and many applications are approved the same day. Delays may occur if your photos don’t meet the requirements or your form contains errors and you can’t apply for the India visa until 33 days before your trip.
The Indian visa for Australian citizens requires 3 types of fees, depending on the urgency:
- Standard processing time: you can apply 96 hours before you arrive in India
- Urgent processing time: you can apply 72 hours before you arrive
- Super urgent processing: 48 hours before you arrive
A tourist visa cannot be converted to a student visa or a resident visa. You must re-apply for an entry visa outside India. According to the Indian visa authorities, registration is required within 14 days of arrival in India for visas valid for more than 180 days. This can be done at the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO) closest to your base in Australia. You should be careful because if your visa expires, you could be arrested, fined or even jailed.
Also, as an Australian passport holder, you need to know that the eVisa is not available for diplomatic, official passport holders, applicants holding emergency/limited passport or Laissez-passer travel document holders.
However, if you decide to get an Indian eVisa, you should know that it is not allowed at any entry points in the country. Only these airports accept eVisa: Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Bagdogra, Varanasi, Tiruchirapalli, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Pune, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Cochin, Goa, Amritsar, Mangalore, Calicut, Trivandrum, Gaya, Kolkata, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Coimbatore. There are also five designated seaports: Mumbai, Chennai, Mangalore, Cochin and Goa.
Some people prefer not to use the online visa because they fear their data will be stolen. That is not the case with eVisa, as this method of obtaining the visa provides maximum safety for clients’ data, as well as confidentiality.
Information about your Australian passport
Your passport is the document which identifies you as an Australian citizen and provides evidence of your date of entry in India. If you lose your passport during your stay in India, you must report to the police station that has jurisdiction for that particular area. This report is required for obtaining an Indian visa in the replacement passport.
The Australian e-passport
As a part of a continuing strategy to combat identity fraud and crime, the Australian Government has introduced a new passport called an „ePassport”. This type of passport contains a microchip which will be embedded in its middle pages and the applicant’s digitised photograph is stored on the chip.
The chip stores your personal information, such as your name, sex, date, place of birth, passport number, passport issue and expiry date. The advantage in the ePassport is that a digital key protects the stored data from alteration and mitigates the threat of photo substitution.
The photo provided by the chip of this passport must match with international standards because the ePassport uses the applicant to generate biometric information that is stored on it. If the photo provided does not comply with these standards, the application will be delayed as new photographs will have to be submitted in the required format.
Further requirements to travel to India
If you want to travel to India, you have to know that the country’s government require proof of yellow fever vaccination, if you are arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever that is. Also, the same government asks for you to hold a valid polio vaccination certificate, and you can check the vaccines you need to have by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.