eVisa or eNTRI for Indian Travellers: Key Points to Remember for Hassle-Free Travel

Travelling abroad from India has become more straightforward with eVisas and eNTRI. This guide provides crucial tips, lists necessary documents, and offers practical advice to ensure a smooth journey.
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Travelling from India has become more accessible with the advent of eVisa and eNTRI (Electronic Travel Registration and Information). These online travel authorizations simplify the process, allowing you to apply for your visa from the comfort of your home.

However, it’s essential to be well-prepared to ensure a hassle-free journey.

This guide covers everything you need to know about travelling with an eVisa or eNTRI, including the countries you can visit, required documents, and essential travel tips.

What is an eVisa or eNTRI?

eVisa

An eVisa is an electronic visa that allows travellers to apply for their visa online. The approval is communicated digitally, eliminating the need to visit a consulate or embassy. Once approved, you’ll receive an electronic version of your visa via email, which you must present upon arrival at your destination.

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eNTRI

An eNTRI (Electronic Travel Registration and Information) is a type of online travel authorization specific to Malaysia. It serves as a pre-entry visa waiver, allowing Indian travellers to enter Malaysia for tourism or business purposes for a short duration. The application process is straightforward, and approval is usually swift.

Countries Offering eVisa for Indians

Indian travellers can apply for eVisas to a variety of countries. Here is a comprehensive list, including details on the duration of stay allowed:

CountryeVisa Details
ArmeniaeVisa for 21 days or 120 days, single entry.
Azerbaijan30 days.
Bahrain14 days.
Barbados30 to 90 days.
BenineVisa allowed.
Cambodia30 days.
ColombiaComplete online visa system.
Côte d’IvoireeVisa available.
DjiboutiTransit visa for 1 to 14 days ($12) and short stay for 15 to 90 days ($23).
EthiopiaOne month.
Georgia30 days within a period of 120 days.
KazakhstanComplete the online visa system.
Kenya3 months, extendable by another 3 months.
KyrgyzstanIntroduced eVisa facility.
LesothoTourist single entry – 44 days; Tourist multiple entry – 180 days; Business single entry – 44 days; Business multiple entry – 180 days; Student visa – 90 days; Tourist Sani Pass and Botha Bothe – 90 days.
MalaysiaMaximum stay of 30 days.
MoldovaStay up to 90 days in a period of 180 days.
MyanmarTourist visa (28 days) $50, Tourist Visa Express (28 days) $56, Business visa (70 days) $70.
New ZealandeVisas available; tourist visas up to one year, ‘Grand Parent’ visas up to three years.
Papua New Guinea30 days.
Russian FederationSpecific to Far Eastern Federation district and Kaliningrad Region for up to 8 days, free of cost.
Saint Lucia6 weeks.
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines1 month.
South KoreaFive years, multiple categories including Professor (E-1), Researcher (E-3), Technician (E-4), and more.
Singapore3 months; stay up to 30 days.
Sri Lanka30 days, extendable up to 180 days for Tourist Visa.
Suriname90 days.
TaiwaneVisa for attendees of specific events or conferences, and for high-end group tourists.
TajikistanFive years, multiple categories include Professor (E-1), Researcher (E-3), Technician (E-4), and more.
TanzaniaMaximum 3 months/single entry.
ThailandStay for 15 days.
Uganda3 months.
UzbekistanSingle entry for 30 days.
VietnamMaximum of 30 days.
Zambia3 months.
This table provides a quick overview of the eVisa facilities and allowed durations for Indian passport holders travelling to these countries.

Countries Offering eNTRI for Indians

  • Malaysia

Key Factors to Consider for an eVisa Application

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for an eVisa, ensure that you meet the specific eligibility criteria of your destination country. This may include:

  • Purpose of Travel: Check if the eVisa supports your travel purpose, such as tourism, business, or transit.
  • Duration of Stay: Confirm that the eVisa allows for the duration of the stay you plan.
  • Additional Requirements: Some countries might have specific conditions or restrictions.

Application Process

Understanding the application process is crucial. Most countries provide user-friendly online portals where you can:

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  • Fill Out Forms: Complete the necessary application forms.
  • Upload Documents: Submit required documents digitally.
  • Make Payments: Pay the visa fee online.

Document Requirements

Common documents required for an eVisa application include:

  • Valid Passport: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months.
  • Passport-Sized Photographs: Digital photos may be required.
  • Travel Itinerary: Include details of flights and accommodations.
  • Proof of Accommodation: Provide hotel bookings or address of stay.

Validity Period

Check the validity period of your eVisa to ensure it aligns with your travel dates. Make sure the visa covers the entire duration of your stay and any potential changes in your plans.

Processing Time

Processing times for eVisas vary by country. To avoid last-minute issues, apply well in advance. Some countries offer expedited processing for an additional fee.

Documents You Need to Carry

While travelling with an eVisa or eNTRI, make sure you have the following documents:

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  1. Printed eVisa/eNTRI: Always carry a hard copy of your eVisa approval.
  2. Valid Passport: Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry.
  3. Return Ticket: Proof of onward or return travel.
  4. Hotel Bookings: Confirmation of accommodation arrangements.
  5. Sufficient Funds: Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay.
  6. Travel Itinerary: A detailed itinerary including flights and accommodation.

Carry a Hard Copy of Your eVisa/eNTRI

According to a notification from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Indian international travellers must carry a printed copy of their visas, including eVisas, eTA, and eNTRI. These hard copies will be scanned at all Immigration Check Posts (ICPs).

Unlike travellers with sticker visas who are exempt from this requirement, those with electronic visas must ensure they have a printed version for verification at immigration counters. Consequently, the Government of India has mandated that all Indian nationals departing the country carry a hard copy of their foreign visas for smoother processing at ICPs.

Additional Guidelines for Smooth Travel

  1. Double-Check Visa Requirements: Verify all visa requirements and restrictions for your destination.
  2. Ensure Correct Information: Avoid mistakes in your application to prevent visa denial or entry issues.
  3. Be Aware of Validity Periods: Respect the entry and exit dates specified by your visa.
  4. Check Airline Policies: Some airlines may require you to show your eVisa or eNTRI before boarding.
  5. Prepare for Immigration: Have all required documents ready for inspection by immigration officers.
  6. Understand Entry and Exit Rules: Familiarize yourself with your destination’s entry and exit regulations.
  7. Emergency Contact Information: Keep contact details of your home country’s embassy or consulate at your destination.
  8. Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance for added protection against unforeseen events.

FAQs

1. How long does it take to get an eVisa? Processing times vary but typically range from a few hours to a few days.

2. Can I extend my eVisa or eNTRI? Extensions are generally not allowed. You must exit the country and reapply if necessary.

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3. What should I do if I lose my eVisa/eNTRI approval? Reprint it from your email or the visa portal where you applied.

4. Can I apply for an eVisa/eNTRI on arrival? No, you must apply before your trip and have approval before departure.

5. Is an eVisa/eNTRI valid for multiple entries? It depends on the country and type

Conclusion

Travelling with an eVisa or eNTRI from India has made international trips more accessible and convenient. By understanding the application process, preparing the necessary documents, and carrying a hard copy of your travel authorizations, you can ensure a smooth journey.

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Always stay updated on the latest travel regulations and double-check all details before your departure to avoid any last-minute surprises. Safe travels!


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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