Following are the guidelines that will help you to get the
Visa for India is a must unless you are a national of
neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives.
How to apply :-
For a Visitors Visa you should apply at the diplomatic
missions in your own country of residence or nearest Mission
If your passport is valid for a minimum of six months beyond
the date of intended departure from India you should accompany
visa applications along with it.
You will have a specified space to paste one photo and do not
forget to staple another on to the form (comes in handy while
And in case you are applying for visa from a country you are
not a national of (foreigner), you need to submit proof of
long term permanent residence in the country, which is at
least three years, from where you are applying.
If you are a citizen of another country, then a reference of
your country of residence is needed for which there is a
additional fee and it would require extra time for processing.
If you are a Tourist :-
Visa is given for 6 months normally, rest specifically depends
on the country of residence.
You need to produce documents in proof of your financial
If you are a group of tourists (traveling in-groups of not
less than four members) under the auspices of a recognized
travel agency you may be considered for grant of collective
Traveling for Business :-
If you are on a business visit, you can avail a visa that is
valid for one or more years with multiple entries.
Documents required :-
A letter from your sponsoring organization mentioning the
nature of business, probable duration of stay with itinerary.
A guarantee to meet all expenses incurred during your stay.
While you are in Transit :-
As a bonafide transit passenger you will be issued a visa for
a maximum period of 15 days with single or double entry
Added Information :-
The validity of visa may be for more than 6 months but the
duration of stay in India for each visit on a tourist visa or
business visa will not exceed 6 months.
Visa is given for a period for which passport is valid. For
example, if a passport is valid until April 30, 2003 and an
applicant is applying for 5 years visa on December 31, 1999,
the applicant will not be issued a 5 years visa as the
passport expires before the 5-year visa.
Visas are valid from the date of their issue.
If the foreigner is connected with the tourism trade he may
avail a tourist visa up to 5 years.
Registration is compulsory within 14 days of first arrival in
India if visa is for more than 180 days.
How to extend your VISA:
Any visitor who wishes to extend his visa, unless he is a
tourist, is required to contact the FRRO's personally (no
Original Documents -
of the front page and visa page
of passport, relevant pages of residence permit having last
extension. other relevant documents for particular category of
--Bonafide Certificate and Identity card for student visa.
--Company letter and terms and conditions for business /
--Marriage certificate in case seeking extension of visa on
the ground of marriage to an Indian.
--For Research Visa, approval of research projects from the
Extension of Visa in Delhi can be Done at :-
Ministry of Home Affairs
Lok Nayak Bhawan
Ist floor, Khan market
Although a provision exists for the issue of a Temporary
Landing Permit (TLP) at the point of entry if you are
traveling in transit through India, it is advisable to obtain
a transit visa prior to your arrival in India. It is issued
for a stay of 72 hours and is not available to all
nationalities. The TLP is issued only to those travelers in
whose countries there is no Indian Diplomatic representation
at the discretion of the Immigration Capital. For this, a
valid passport confirmed onward air ticket and onward visa is
A special agreement has been made with India and the SAARC
countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and
Sri Lanka) to keep the visa fee to the minimum to facilitate
the travel between its people.
There also exist bilateral agreements between India and some
countries like Argentina, Bangladesh, Hungary, Maldives,
Mauritius, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, South Africa etc. for
Travel Documents (Immigration -
Entry Requirements :- All tourists must carry a valid visa for
India. Disembarkation cards must be completed and presented at
the Immigration Counter on arrival at airport. Embarkation
cards must be presented at the respective exit point counter
Visa & Special Permits is granted by the Foreigners Regional
Registration Offices located in Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai &
Chennai. In State Capitals and District Headquarters
application should be submitted to the Home department in the
State Capital, or to the Police Commissioners office.
Special Permits :- Restricted and Protected Area Permits may
be submitted to the Foreigners Registration Office or the
Chief Immigration Officer at Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and
Protected Monuments :- Permission for photography at protected
monuments may be obtained from The Director (Monuments),
Archeological Survey of India, New Delhi.
Time Difference :-
The standard time for India is calculated from Allahabad and
is common to all cities. Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours
and 30 minutes ahead of London, 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead
of Paris, about 10 hours 30 minutes behind New York, 3 hours
and 30 minutes behind Tokyo and 4 hours and 30 minutes behind
* All the terms and conditions set out herein are subject
to change without notice.