No conference on e-Tourist Visa

Dec 14

The Government of India has stated that there is no proposal to extend e-visa facility to foreign nationals for attending international conferences in India. So the foreign nationals attending the conferences in India should obtain the conference visa only.

Here is the exact statement:( Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs dated 14 December, 2016)

Online visa for meetings and exhibitions in the country

Under the existing eTourist visa scheme, a foreign national can undertake casual business
visit (including casual business meetings). Government has also approved eBusiness Visa
under which all activities presently permitted under normal Business Visa, including  participation in business meetings and exhibitions, will be allowed. However, there is no
proposal to extend evisa facility to foreign nationals for attending international
conferences.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju in written
reply to a question by Shri A.K. Selvaraj and Shri T.Rathinavel in the Rajya Sabha today.