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Guidelines for Visa Applicants

Visa Requirements:

            Citizens of all countries (including Commonwealth) require a valid passport an an appropriate (entry, transit or tourist) visa. The visa must be obtained abroad from an Indian Mission. If planning to visit a neighboring country such as Nepal and then re-entering India, a double/multiple entry visa should be obtained.


General requirements: 

  • Original passport valid for at least six months

  • Correct visa fee.

  • Two passport-size photographs (five photographs in case of Pakistani nationals)

  • Supporting documents, where necessary

  • Duly completed application form (Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals need to apply on special application forms)

  • Tourists from other countries are advised to check current applicable visa fee/visa extension fees with government of India Tourist Offices or Indian Consular Offices located in their respective countries.

  • Validity of all visas is counted from the date of their issue.

  • For each visit on a tourist visa or business visa, the duration of stay in India is only for a period of six months even though a valid visa may be for more than six months.

  • In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments have initiated procedures at entry/exit points. These often include requiring documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child’s travel from the absent parent's or legal guardian. Having such documentation on hand, even if not required, may facilitate entry/departure.

Exemption from Registration:

             Foreigners coming to India on tourist visas for 180 days or a shorter period are not require to register themselves with any authority in India. They can move about freely in the country, except to restricted/protected areas and prohibited places.

Restricted Areas

Certain parts of the country need special permits before they can be visited.

Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland

            These States/Union Territories have been designated as protected areas and foreigners cannot enter these areas without special permits. These permits are issued by the Under Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigners Division, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi 110 003 at least 4 weeks before the date of the expected visit.


          Certain areas of Sikkim like Gangtok, Rumtek, Phodang and Zongri in West Sikkim and Pemayangtse have been excluded form the inner line and declared as restricted areas. Individual tourists are permitted to visit Gangtok, Rumtek and Phodang. Tourists are permitted to visit Zongri and Pemayangtse. The duration of stay has been raised from 7 to 15 days. Permits can be issued by all Indian Missions abroad, all FRROs, Immigration Officers at Airports at Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai and New Delhi. Manipur. Manipur has also been opened to foreign tourists; permits can be issued by all Missions abroad, all FRROs, Home Commissioner, Manipur, Imphal. The duration of stay has been raised from 3 to 5 days. Permits are no longer required for Darjeeling, Assam, Meghalaya & Tripura.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

            Individual foreign tourists can visit Port Blair Municipal Area, Havelock Island, Long Island, Neil Island, Mayabunder, Diglipur, Rangat, where a night halt is allowed and Jolly Buoy, South Cinque, Red Skin, Mount Harriet, Madhuban where only day visits are allowed. Prior permit is necessary.

Lakshadweep Islands

             Only Bangaram and Subeli Islands are open to foreign tourists. Permits are required, obtainable from the Lakshadweep Administration, Wellington Island, Harbour Road, Kochi -3.

Processing Time:

             Applications received at the counter between 9.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. are normally processed the same day and serviced documents can be collected from the counter between 4.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.  Applications sent in mail will normally take about 10 working/business days to process from the date of receipt in the Embassy. This time schedule does not apply to services where prior approval is required from authorities in India, or other Indian embassies for non US Resident applicants.  During this period the applicants are advised to refrain from making telephonic/written/ email inquires about the status of the application.

Following documents are required to be submitted for visa:

  1. Visa application Form”    a) Visa application form should filled in legibly and clearly, in bold (capital) letters in black/blue ink only.  Incomplete and illegible applications may not be processed.   b)  Name and other relevant particulars should be filled in as per details in the passport in expanded form.

  2. Passport, it should have a minimum validity of six months on the date of application with at least two blank pages. 

  3. Photographs; 2 latest identical passport size photographs (black/white or color) depicting front pose against light background

  4. Supporting documents, if the visa being applied for is other than a Tourist Visa, the visa application should be accompanied with supporting documents on type of visa applied for.  For  details, please see categories of visa given below.

  5. Visa Fee, Please see ”Fee Schedule” for the amount of fee.   In case the applications are deposited in person at the counter,  visa fee can be paid in cash or by Cashier's Check/Certified Check or Money Order made payable to the Embassy of India, Washington (PERSONAL CHECKS / CREDIT CARDS are not accepted)

  6. Persons of Indian Origin applying for a visa for the FIRST time on US passport must submit their Indian passport along with the application form for cancellation and return.  If the visa is required on a new US passport booklet, either previous US passport or photocopy of Indian visa are to be submitted with the application.

Note: All persons of Indian origin who have acquired US citizenship are advised to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian mission for cancellation and return.  The cancelled Indian passports will be needed at the time of applying for Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card or Indian visa for the first time on a US passport.

Non-US Citizens:  Additional requirements

  1. Applicants who are not Citizens of USA, but hold long term US visa or a Green Card should submit a copy of the visa or the Green Card.

  2. Applicants who are not citizens/ residents of the USA and hold a tourist or other short-term visa for USA should normally apply for Indian visas in the countries of their permanent residence.  In case of emergency or special circumstance, an application could be made at the Indian Embassy in Washington DC or Consulates General of India in the US.  In addition to the relevant visa fee they should remit an additional US $ 20 for reference to be made to the country of their original residence.  The processing time in such cases is usually 5-7 working days.


  • (a)   Please  read the relevant instructions carefully before applying to avoid any inconvenience;

  • (b)  kindly note that the validity of the visa starts from the date of issue and not the date of entry into India)

Special Visa application forms should be filled in by citizens of Pakistan (4 copies with 4 photos) and Bangladesh (2 copies with 2 photos).  (It usually takes 3-4 months to process visa applications of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Chinese passport holders).

Category of Visas

Note:   Change of purpose is not permitted once you have reached India.  Depending on the nature of your journey, apply for the correct visa category.

Tourist Visa: Valid for 6 months to 10 years. Ten (10) year visa is available only to US citizens under a bilateral arrangement. Irrespective of the duration of validity of visa, on each visit maximum period of stay in India is limited to 6 months (180 days). Multiple entry visas are given.

Requirements For India Tourist Visa Only: 


  1. Your signed, Valid Passport, (6) Month validity minimum.

  2. Two sets of fully completed and signed Visa Applications, front and back.

  3. Two recent PASSPORT-STYLE photos sized 2"x2", full face.

  4. Visa Fee $60.00 (Up to 6 Months' Stay. $85.00 Up to 1 Year Stay)*

  5. A copy of your ticket or Travel Agent's itinerary.

  6. Our Service Fee: $73.00 per each VISA *. Include $3.00 Money Order. (For Rush Service please add $20.00)*

  7. FedEx Fee $35.00. Please note: Saturday Delivery add $10.00.

  8. For Non-US Passport holders, a copy of your Green card or valid US visa and I-94.

  9. Please complete and sign Authorization Form.

* You may pay all of your fees with your credit card. Please complete Credit Card Authorization Form. (All fees non-refundable after submission.)

Transit Visa: A transit visa is granted for the sole purpose of enabling the holder to travel through India to reach his/her ultimate destination. Change of purpose is not allowed. The visa will ordinarily be valid for a single/double journey and for entry within  three months of date of issue. The Transit visa is valid for direct transit only for a maximum period of 3 days. Confirmed airline ticket for onward journey and valid visa for final destination are required.  For a stay in India beyond 3 days, an appropriate visa should be obtained.

Entry Visa: Valid for six months to five years stay with multiple entry is given only to persons of Indian origin. However, members of the family of a person employed in India are also eligible for Entry visa.

Student Visa: (Valid for the period of study in India).  Multiple-entry visas are given to bona fide students to pursue regular studies at recognized institutions in India. A letter confirming admission from such an institution along with evidence of financial arrangements for stay in India should accompany the application. In case of admission in medical or paramedical courses in India, a letter of Approval or No objection certificate from the Ministry of Health, Government of India, is also required. Similarly, for admission to graduate or post-graduate courses in engineering/ technical institutions in India, a letter of approval or a No objection certificate from the Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of Education) is required.

Research Visa: Approval of Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of Education), New Delhi, should accompany the visa application.  The validity of the visa would coincide with the research period.

Journalist Visa: Journalist visa is given to professional journalists and photographers for up to three months' stay in India.  (If you are intending to make a documentary in India, kindly contact the Press and Information wing in the Embassy /Consulate General of India).  The contact details of the Press and Information Wing of the Embassy of India are available on the web site.

Conference Visa: A letter of invitation from the organizer of the conference is to be attached along with the visa application.  Visas for international conferences, or on certain subjects, as decided by the Government of India from time to time, can be issued only after clearance for the said conference is received from the Government of India.

Visa Fee Schedule: Personal Checks and Credit Cards are not accepted. Payment can be made with Money Order/Certified Check/Cashier's Check drawn in favour of Embassy of India/Consulate General of India. 

Cash is accepted only at the Consular Counter.

Note:  Since visa fees are fixed on the basis of reciprocal arrangement/ or special agreements between governments, the fees could differ for citizens of different countries.  Visa fee once received is not refunded even if the visa application is withdrawn or visa not granted.  The current schedule of visa fees is given below.  If you have any doubts, please enquire from the Embassy/Consulate before remitting the amount. 

The Nationals of following countries are granted Gratis Visa:

Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mongolia, Maldives, North Korea (DPRK), Poland, Slovak Republic, South Africa and Uruguay.

No visa is required for nationals of Nepal & Bhutan.

Health Requirement: Foreigners coming from or through yellow fever countries/ zones must possess a valid vaccination certificate.


Wildlife:  The Indian Wildlife Protection Act bans all forms of wildlife trade. Violations of the provisions of the act are punishable with heavy fines and imprisonment. Travelers are, therefore, advised not to buy any wildlife or wildlife products or derivatives -specially ivory articles, fur and skin articles derived from wild animals such as Shahtoosh.

Drugs: The travellers should not buy, sell or use psychotropic drugs or any other narcotic substances while in India, as their purchase, sell or possession is a cognizable offence punishable by imprisonment.

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