Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
U.S. citizens require a passport and valid Indian visa to enter and exit India for any purpose. Visitors, including those on official U.S. government business, must obtain visas at an Indian Embassy, Consulate abroad, or online (see eTV) prior to entering the country, as there are no provisions for visas upon arrival.
U.S. Citizens entering India as a tourist who only plan to stay 30 days or less, may obtain an electronic travel authorization at least four days prior to their arrival. The electronic travel authorization may be presented in lieu of a tourist visa. For additional information regarding your eligiblity or requirements for this type of electronic visa visit the Indian government's website for e-Tourist Visa (eTV).
Those arriving without a visa are subject to immediate deportation. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are unable to assist when U.S. citizens arriving without visas. Each visitor should carry photocopies of the bio-data page of the traveler's U.S. passport and the page containing the Indian visa in order to facilitate obtaining an exit visa from the Indian government in the event of theft or loss of the passport.
Americans who wish to visit India are responsible for requesting the correct type of visa from the Indian Embassy or Consulate, as there are no provisions for changing one's immigration category (e.g., from tourist to work visa) once admitted. Foreign citizens whose primary purpose of travel is to participate in religious activities should obtain a missionary visa rather than a tourist visa. Indian immigration authorities have deported American citizens who were conducting religious activities while holding a tourist visa.
As requirements may change periodically, this page is simply a guide based on the information available to us at the time of publication. Therefore, for the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest you visit The U.S. Department of State, Country Information for U.S. Citizens Traveling to India.
There are not any required vaccinations for travel to India. Except yellow fever is required, if the traveler is arriving from an infected area.
There are suggested vaccinations, and those details may be found at CDC Traveler Health - India