India’s Home Ministry Admits that TVoA-ETA was a Terrible Acronym for a Terrible Name

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India’s Union home ministry announced that tourists flying into India would no longer be required to possess what was called the “tourist visa on arrival-electronic travel authorization” (TVoA-ETA). Instead, they will be avoiding tourist confusion by calling it an “e tourist visa” (eTV), which is available to tourists online from India Visa (, operated by the visa specialist group Document Advisor.

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India's visa on arrival (TVoA-ETA) renamed e tourist visa (eTV)

In a press release on Tuesday covered by The Times of India (, India’s Union home ministry made it clear that they have been listening to complaints. Under their “tourist visa on arrival-electronic travel authorization” (TVoA-ETA) scheme, many tourists had been flying into India only to receive an unpleasant surprise: they didn’t have the documentation to enter. As the convoluted name of the TVoA-ETA scheme suggests, these tourists expected to receive a visa on arrival. However, the home ministry actually requires that tourists upload their passport information and be approved up to 72 hours in advance for an electronic visa. These tourists were unprepared when immigration officials asked for a visa that they did not possess. It is no surprise that confused tourists and sympathetic embassies requested that the TVoA-ETA be renamed.

Now, the home ministry announced, the process will simply be called an “e tourist Visa” (eTV). A committee composed of officers from the home ministry, external affairs ministry and Bureau of Immigration admitted that the previous nomenclature was confusing. Since several other countries follow policies that actually do grant visas upon arrival, it was a natural assumption on the part of the tourists. Therefore, they proposed the new term to make clear reference to the internet-based nature of this visa.

At present, tourists from 76 countries can make use of the “e tourist Visa” for smooth entrance into India’s airports. Online processing with India Visa ( simplifies the process for tourists looking to get their eTV and travel to India without wading through the fine print and unclear directives of the Indian government site. India Visa’s three step process gathers all the information necessary for acquiring the eTV (previously TVoA-ETA) and delivers the visa electronically to potential tourists, enabling a far less confusing entrance to India. Find out more and get your eTV the easy way at

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