Foreign Nationals desirous of coming into India are
required to possess a valid passport of the country
and a valid Indian Visa.
There is no provision of ‘Visa on Arrival’
in India and no fees is charged for immigration facilities
at the airports. Foreign passengers should ensure
that they are in possession of valid Indian Visa before
they start their journey to India except nationals
of Nepal and Bhutan who do not require visa to enter
India and 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
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 High Commission reserves the right
on granting and deciding type/duration of visa irrespective
of the fees tendered at the time of discretion of
the Immigration Authorities.
For more information, please visit http://india.gov.in/overseas/passport.php
Requirements for Visa
Additional Requirements for Different types of Visa
are given below
- Original passport valid for at least 6 months
- Correct visa fee
- Two passport size photographs (5 photographs in
case of Pakistani Nationals)
- Supporting documents, where necessary
- Duly completed application form (Pakistani and
Bangladeshi Nationals need to apply on special application
Visa Exemption Letters for Minors
- Tourist Visa
Tourists wishing to visit India will normally be
granted tourist Visa, effective from the date of
issue. Tourist Visa are non-extendible and non-convertible.
Travel Agents who have to visit India frequently
may be granted tourist Visa for a longer duration.
- Business Visa
Business Visa is normally granted for 3 or 6 months.
However, multiple-entry Business Visa for up to
2 years validity may be granted to technicians/experts
going to India in pursuance of bilateral agreements
or joint venture projects having government approval.
- Student & Employment Visa
Student Visa can be obtained on furnishing proof
of admission to recognized Universities/Institutions
in India. Employment Visa can also be obtained on
furnishing of proof of employment with companies
- Transit Visa
Transit Visa are valid for halts of up to 72 hours
in India within 15 days from the date of issue of
the visa and must be obtained before departure.
Transit Visa cannot be obtained from immigration
counters at ports of entry in India. Evidence of
onward travel to a destination outside India is
- Entry Visa
Entry Visa are issued to persons of Indian origin
for a duration of up to 5 years. These can be obtained,
depending on the purpose of visit and eligibility,
on a case by case basis.
Visa Exemption Letters previously granted to children
of Indian origin (for a maximum validity of 90 days
from the date of issue) have been discontinued since
1 July 1999. Visa Exemption Letters issued in the past
are hence no longer valid. All children holding separate
passports are now required to obtain regular Visa.
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