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 Do Ensure That Your Visa Documents Are In Order Before Travel


Visa Requirements
  • Foreign Nationals who wish to come into India are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Indian Visa. 
  • Foreign passengers should ensure that they are in possession of valid Indian Visa before they start their journey to India. Exceptions:
    o      Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan who do not require visa to enter India
    o      Nationals of Maldives who do not require visa for entry in India for a period up to 90 days
         (a separate Visa regime exists for diplomatic/official passport holders).
  • The Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for issuance of Indian visas to the foreign nationals for their visit for various purposes. This facility is granted through various Indian missions abroad.
  • Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.
  • The Embassy/High Commission/Consulate reserves the right on granting and deciding type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making application.
  • Granting of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities.
  • Specific Visas are granted for a variety of purposes. Listed below are the types of visa; categorised on the basis of purpose of staying in India.
 Type  Period  Documents Required
Tourist Visa 6 months Documents supporting the applicants financial standing
Business Visa One or more years Letter from the sponsoring organisation 
Student Visa For the duration of the academic course of study or for a period of five years whichever is less Proof of admission to recognised Universities/Institutions in India
Transit Visa Maximum for 15 days Evidence of onward travel to a destination outside India
Conference Visa For the duration of the conference or seminar Letter of invitation from the organiser of the conference
Medical Visa  Up to one year or the period of medical treatment whichever is less. Visa can be granted to Attendant who is a blood relation to the patient and is co-terminus with the Medical Visa Documents from registered medical institutions/ doctors supporting the need for medical treatment along with letters from Indian medical institution.
Visa on Arrival Only for citizens of Finland, Luxembourg, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar.
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Tourist Visa on Arrival (T-VoA) Scheme
  • The Government of India has announced a scheme of granting Tourist Visa on Arrival for the citizens of eleven countries. 
  • The scheme is valid for citizens of the countries mentioned below planning to visit India on single entry strictly for the purpose of tourism and for a short period of up to a maximum of 30 days. The salient features of the scheme are given below.
  •  Who Is Eligible:
    o   Citizens with valid passports of the following countries: Cambodia, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Luxembourg, Myanmar,
         New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam.

    o   Visiting India for the purpose of tourism (recreation, sight -seeing, visiting friends and relatives)

    o   Fulfils all other criteria for grant of normal tourist visa to India like assured financial standing (production of return ticket
         and proof of availability of sufficient funds to spend in India), passport of at least six month validity and re-entry permit 
         if required.
  • Who Is Not Eligible:
    o   Citizens of the above countries who was or whose parents or grandparents (paternal or maternal) were born in,
         and were permanently resident in Pakistan.

    o   Persons holding Diplomatic/ Official passports.

    o   A person who is a resident of India and /or works in India.

    o      A person who is declared persona non grata by Government of India and is not the subject of a black list or any warning
         circular or other restrictive list.
  • Validity:
    o   The Visa on Arrival is valid for a single entry into India for a period of up to 30 days.

    o   This Visa is non-extendable and non-convertible and will be issued at arrival only at the designated international airports
         of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

    o   Only two visits on a Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall be permissible in a calendar year and there shall be a gap of at least two
         months between each visit.
  • Fee:
    o      The fee for the visa on arrival is USD 60 or equivalent amount in Indian Rupees per passenger (including children).


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Visa Application Form
  • Visa application form is available at the office of Indian Embassy/ High Commission/Consulate in the country where the applicant resides. Visa form for nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh are generally different.
  • All applicants, including children need to apply for Visa in separate visa forms. 


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Procedure For Obtaining Visa
  • Visas can be applied for in person or by post at Indian Embassy/ High Commission/ Consulate based in the country from where the candidate intends to depart for India. You are requested to contact the nearest Indian mission for details.
  • Specific visas are granted for a variety of purposes that are aforementioned.


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Documents Required For Visa Application

Generally the following documents are required for obtaining Indian Visa. However, the requirement may vary from country to country.

    • Original passport valid for at least 6 months
    • Visa fee
    • Two passport size photographs
    • Supporting documents, where necessary
    • Duly completed application form 


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Visa For PIOs And NRIs
  • Persons of Indian Origins (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who possess either OCI (Overseas Indian Citizenship) or PIO card don't need to apply separately for an Indian Visa.

  • OCI and PIO cards give them the freedom to visit India without visa within rules. However, those NRIs and PIOs who don’t have OCI or PIO card can apply for and get Indian visa through the procedure mentioned above.

Source: National Portal of India



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The above is only for information. You are requested to contact the nearest Indian Mission (Embassy/ High Commission/ Consulate) or visit their websites for up-to-date information regarding visas, fees, procedures, etc…



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