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I'm from the United States, and I'm planning on going to India for a few months of tourism. During that time, however, I would like to continue working for my U.S.-based company by just working online on my laptop. I'm a software developer.

Is this allowed with a Tourist Visa?

  • I think this question is not a duplicate of travel.stackexchange.com/q/45092/4188 but the answers are highly relevant. And no, you can't do this, there are extremely few countries which allow it. It's a whole another question, one which we do not cover here whether you can be caught breaking the law. – chx May 10 at 13:23
  • You're Just Wrong, @chx. It's a subtle and difficult issue. Under India's definition of tourism you're saying you know that this is not covered and is excluded? (Furthermore, did you realize that, in fact, an ordinary India eVisa now includes business activities as well as Tourism? Have you used an India eVisa?) – Fattie May 10 at 14:42
  • yes of course! As long as your company won't mind it – No_body May 10 at 20:32
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For the sake of putting in an answer,

Yes

it is absolutely, totally commonplace for Americans, while on holiday (in France, Japan, China, India, Tasmania, or anywhere),

to work on their laptop (i.e., for their ordinary home company in the US).

Your question is literally "Can?" you do this, the answer is an overwhelming "Yes".


As a curiosity, note that recently the India eVisa was changed so indeed, you can actually "do business" even, while in India.

(Note the checkboxes where you fill in one or more purposes for informational purposes; the final stamp in your passport when you arrive is just the same.)

So in fact if for some reason you had business dealings with an Indian company, when you're on holiday in India, it's 10000% ok to actually go to meetings, do paperwork - even with India companies - while you're there!

There is no issue whatsoever with checking your email, writing some code, on your laptop while you're on holiday somewhere.

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