Great news for Canadian tourist and business visitors going to India - Electronic visas! As of right now the Indian government is allowing Canadian tourists and casual business travellers to apply for and use electronic visas.
The government of India offers e-visas on-line, and this service is now available to Canadians.
The on-line fee is about US$60, plus service fees. There is a further
charge at the airport in India of another 3700 rupees (US$60) to get the
visa stamped into the passport.
Nationals of the following countries can use the ETA service: Australia,
Brazil, Cambodia, CANADA, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland,
France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati,
Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia,
Myanmar, Nauru, New Zeal and Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau,
Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia,
Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE,
Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam.
You must meet the following conditions in order to be eligible for an Indian e-Visa:
1) You must have an "ordinary" tourist passport (as opposed to a diplomatic/official/military passport) which is valid for at least six months past date of proposed exit of India.
2) Your sole objective is tourism (sightseeing, recreation, etc), meeting friends/relatives, short duration medical procedures, or “casual business visit” for meetings only.
3) You will be travelling on a round trip ticket with a stay of less than 30 days in India.
4) You wish to obtain a short term, single entry visa (not a long term multiple entry visa).
5) You are a Canadian citizen who has lived in Canada for the past two years consecutively.
6) You must arrive in India by scheduled airline flight at one of the following airports: Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Trivandrum.
7) You or your parents or your grandparents were/are not Pakistani citizens (meaning the applicant is not of Pakistani heritage going back two generations). This form and the e-Visa system cannot be used by persons of Pakistani origin. Pakistani-Canadians seeking Indian visas must apply through the Indian High Commission in Ottawa.
The best part is that you no longer have to submit your passport. Keep your passport at home.
Click here for Indian visa applications.
Click here for Indian E-Tourist (and Business) e-Visas