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Who needs an Indian VISA?
Foreigners coming to India need a valid passport from their country of origin and a valid Indian VISA.
Can we get a VISA on arrival?
No. India does not provide VISA on arrival facility to any tourist. However, If you are from Nepal or Bhutan, you can enter India without a VISA. Nationals of Maldives too do not need an Indian VISA for a visit period of up to 90 days.
Is there a fee charged, upon arrival at the immigration Facilities?
No. You do not have to pay any fees at the immigration clearance upon arrival. However you will need to pay a fee to get your VISA prior to your travel.
Who is authorized to issue an Indian VISA?
It is the responsibility of the Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs to issue Indian visas to the foreign nationals.
I am a citizen of country X. Where should I go for an Indian VISA?
Government of India maintains up-to-date information on all Indian missions abroad here. Check your country link there. If your country name is missing, apply to the nearest mission. If you are a Bengladeshi or Pakistani national, the VISA application forms are different. Ask your local Indian embassy for details or visit their web sites - Pakistan Mission, Bangaldesh Mission.
What are the types of Indian VISA, Validity period and documents required?
Visa Details, Validity and Documents required
Proof of availability of funds with you.
One year or more
Letter from company sponsoring you.
Actual academic duration up to five years.
Proof of admission to an Indian educational institution.
Not exceeding 15 days
Proof of onward travel out of India
For the conference duration
Invite letter from the organizers
How do I apply for an Indian VISA?
You can approach the nearest Indian embassy and apply for your VISA in person. You can also download the VISA application for your country from the corresponding website, fill in the application and mail it to the nearest embassy. List of countries with phone numbers and links to the application site is available here.
What documents do I need to apply for an Indian VISA?
In general, you will need:
- Your passport original with a minimum validity of 6 months from data of arrival in India.
- Duely filled VISA application form for the specific VISA you need.
- Two passport size (3.5 x 3.5 cm) color photographs of your face (really :-)
- Letter from your sponsor for Conferences, Letter from your company for business VISAs, financial health proof (yes I have enough money to tour India and go back) or as applicable. Check your specific VISA application.
I am a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) or a Non Resident Indian (NRI). Do I need a VISA?
That depends. Do you possess a valid PIO or OCI card issued by the Government of India? Then you do not need a VISA. Otherwise follow the same procedure above, fill up a specifiv VISA form for NRI/PIOs and apply using the documents mentioned above.
Let us know if you have any more NRI/PIO related questions and we will directly answer your queries.
I am a person of Indian Origin. How dp I get a PIO / OCI card?
What is the difference between a PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card and an OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) ?