India and Russia enjoy a strong strategic, economic and military relationship. Tourists from Russia contribute around 7% of the total number of tourists to India. The government of India introduced E-Visas in 2015 making it easier to get India E-Tourist Visa » for Russian citizens. India has seen a steady increase in the number of tourists after implementation of E-Visas. E-Visas made the entire visa process a lot easier than how it was before.
Do Russian citizens need a visa for travel to India?
Yes, all Russian citizens visiting India must possess a valid travel authorization before arriving in India. Foreign citizens arriving at Indian ports without a valid visa will not be given permission to enter the country; therefore it is mandatory to have a visa before arriving in India.
Is it possible to get Visa on arrival in India for Russian citizens?
The government of India replaced its existing visa on arrival system with ETVs in 2015 so it is not possible to get the visa on arrival. E-Visas cannot be applied offline. The online application takes a minimum of 2 days to be approved; therefore the application has to be made at least 4 days prior to your journey to India.
Choosing the right visa suiting your need is as important as having a valid visa. India provides basically two kinds of visas:-
E-Visas - These are electronic visas with shorter validity. Foreign citizens who want to visit India for short duration medical treatment, business purpose or for tourism can avail this visa.
Regular visas - These visas are also called sticker visas as the visas are stuck on to your passport. Sticker visas hold multiple entry benefits along with a validity of up to 10 years. Unlike E-Visas, sticker visas cannot be applied online. One has to fix an appointment with the concerned Indian embassy and apply in person.
Regular visas include Conference Visa, Diplomatic Visa, Employment Visa, Emergency Visa, Entry Visa, Journalist Visa, Medical Visa Missionaries Visa, and Tourist visa, Permit to re-enter within 2 months, Research Visa, Student Visa Transit Visa, Intern Visa, and Film Visa.
If you plan on applying through a visa agent, they accept photos and scanned copies in any format or size. The India visa agent with whom we do business with accepts photographs shot on your mobile phones. They will later edit the photos and scanned copies to the needed specification.
If you wish to apply for an India E-Tourist visa » on your own you need to keep all the documents ready for the required specification. Even a slight variation from the said specification will result in rejection of your application. You need to be very careful while uploading the documents.