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What Is an e-Visa - How Does It Work?


e-Visa is short for Electronic Visa. It is also called an online visa. It is a visa, but here you need to apply online instead of physically going to the Embassy or Consulate for a paper-based visa application. All the process of filling out visa application forms and attaching required documentation is done virtually. You only need to know about the authentic website.

Normally, an e-Visa is only for short-term purposes, whereas traditional visas are both for long and short-term. Also, they are approved in 24 hours. But it may take as long as two weeks to process in a few cases. 


Types of e-Visa

Common types of e-Visas include the following. 

  • Transit Visa 
  • Tourist Visa
  • Medical Visa
  • Business Visa



How to Apply for e-Visa

The process of applying for an e-Visa is simple. Follow the instructions given below to apply for it. 


1. Search Relevant Embassy's Official Website

The first step is to search the official website of the Embassy representing the country which you want to visit. A link to that country's e-Visa will be available on their Foreign Ministry website. So make sure to check all official websites to find the link.


2. Fill Online Application Form

After finding the link, fill it out. Note that keep your passport with you to note details from it. Also, you should have an email to provide an online form. 


3. Attach the Documents

The next step is to upload the documents they have asked you to provide. Note that before filling out an online form, keep all your scanned documents copy saved with you on your computer. Make sure you are attaching documentation in the required format and size. Check instructions carefully and thoroughly. 


4. Payment of Visa Fee

After attaching documents, you are required to pay e-Visa fees online using a credit card. There may be different instructions for using a certain online payment method, so do as directed in the form. Finally, submit your application. 


5. Printing your e-Visa

Now, wait for the response to your application. If your e-Visa is approved, you will be informed through your email sent by the same Embassy or Consulate. At the border crossings, a numerical code is used to check the status of your visa and will typically be included in the email. In addition, you will receive a confirmation document you must print out and bring with you on your trip if border officials ask for it. In some circumstances, the visa receipt is sufficient.


What Is the Difference Between an Online Visa and an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)?

You might confuse an e-Visa and an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Only visitors who are citizens of nations covered by the destination's Visa Waiver Program are eligible to apply for an eTA. eVisas, on the other hand, are typically accessible to nationals of most nations and territories.



An e-Visa is easily accessible and a quick process. Many countries are offering this visa facility. Its only drawback is that it's for the short term. So it means if you want a long-term visa, you have to go through all that hassle of physically going to the Embassy or Consulate.


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