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India Travel whether for tourism, business, studies or other purposes requires a valid passport and an entry visa. Visas can be obtained and issued from the Indian Embassies or Indian High Commissions abroad. One thing worth remembering is that the entry visas are not issued at the entry point. A passenger found guilty of travelling without an entry visa is detained and deported. The Passport of the person concerned applying for the visa should be valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of intended departure from India. Foreigners holding nationality of any other country are required to submit proof of long-term (at least three years)/ permanent residence in the country from where they are applying.

The visas can be of different categories; the major one being the tourist visa, business visa, student visa, transit visa, visa for missionaries, journalist visa, conference visa and employment visa. Depending on the individual and specific requirement, these visas can be obtained from the respective High Commission of India or the Indian Embassy abroad.


Foreign Nationals desirous of coming into India are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Indian Visa.

There is no provision of 'Visa on Arrival' in India and no fee 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 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 High Commission 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 in a tabular form are the types of visa; categorised on the basis of purpose of staying in India.

Types of Visa

Type Period Documents required
Tourist Visa 6 months Docs supporting the applicant's 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 recognized 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

Visa Application Form

Visa application form is available at the office of Indian Embassy in the country where the NRI/PIO resides. Visa form for nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh are generally different. All NRIs/PIOs, including children (who don't possess OCI or PIO card) need to apply for Visa in separate visa forms.

Procedure for obtaining Visa

Visas can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission of India based in the country from where the candidate intends to depart for India. Specific visas are granted for a variety of purposes that are aforementioned.

Requirements for Visa

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

Visa for NRIs and PIOs

Persons of Indian Origins and Non-Resident Indians who possess either OCI (Overseas Indian Citizenship) or PIO card don't need Indian Visa. OCI and PIO give them the freedom to visit India without visa. OCI and PIO cards are multi-purpose life long visa for visiting India. 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

India Tourism Offices Overseas

The Ministry of Tourism has six Regional Overseas offices located at Sydney, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Dubai, London and New York headed by officers of different ranks. There are seven sub-regional offices located at Toronto, Paris, Milan, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Singapore. The main function of these 13 offices is to carry out overseas marketing, position India in the tourism generating markets as a preferred tourism destination, to promote various Indians tourism products, etc.

Details of these offices are:

Australia (Sydney)

Vacant, Regional Director (Australasia)

Ms. Kanchan Kalia Kukreja, Assistant Director

Mr. Vibhava Tripathi, Assistant Director

Mr. S.P. Nirbhavane, Tourist Information Officer


Shop 35, Level 1, Stockland Piccadilly,

133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

Phone: +612-92672466

Fax: +612-92672644


Jurisdiction: Australia,New Zealand,Fiji and the Pacific islands.

Canada (Toronto)

Mr. Anil Oraw, Director

Mr. Siddharth Bodwal, Tourist Information Officer


60, Bloor Street (West), Suite 1003, Toronto,

ON M4W 3 B8

Phone: 1-416-962-3787 / 3788

Fax: 1-416-962-6279


Jurisdiction: Canada and Greenland

China (Beijing)

Mr. Manas Ranjan Pattanaik, Director – Africa

(Additional Charge)


Unit 3 & 5, 29th Floor, East Tower,Twin Towers,

B-12,Jianguomenwai Avenue,Chaoyang Distri

Phone: 0086-10-6568-6294

Fax: 0086-10-6586-8594


Jurisdiction: Mainland China, Hong Kong,Macau, Mongolia

France (Paris)

Vacant, Director

Mr. Pravir Chakravorty, Assistant Director

Mr. Sandeep Shukla, Tourist Information Officer


13, Bis Boulevard Haussmann,75009 Paris, France

Phone: 33-1-4523-3045

Fax: 33-1-4523-3345


Jurisdiction: France, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland

Germany (Frankfurt)

Ms. Roma Singh, Regional Director - Europe

Mr. Jitendra Jadhav, Assistant Director

Mr. Ramkumar Vijayan, Assistant Director

Dr. U S Mishra, Assistant Director (Account)


Basler Strasse 48, D-60329,Frankfurt,

AM-MAIN 1, Federal Republic of Germany.

Phone: 49-69-24294927,

24294928, 24294915, 24294916, 24294912

Fax: 49-69-24294977


Jurisdiction: Austria, Bulgaria, CIS countries, Czech Republic,

Germany, Israel, Poland, Slovakia and Romania

Italy (Milan)

Mr. C. Gangadhar, Manager


Via Albricci 9 ,20122 Milan, Italy

Phone: +39-02-804952 (Office),

+39-02-49524236 (Direct)

Fax: +39-02-72021681



Jurisdiction: Italy,Greece, Malta and Cyprus

Japan (Tokyo)

Vacant, Regional Director

Ms. Bidisha Sengupta, Assistant Director


Isei Bldg. 7/8 Floor 1-8-17, Ginza,

Chuo-ku, Tokyo Japan 104-0061

Phone: 81-3-3561 0651/52,

Fax: 81-3- 3561,


Jurisdiction: Japan,South & North Korea and Taiwan

Netherlands (Amsterdam)

Vacant, Director

Ms. Roma Singh, Regional Director- Europe (Additional Charge)

Mr. P.L. Pereira, Tourist Information Officer


Pand Zuid Ijsbaanpad 9-11 1076 CV Amsterdam

Phone: 31-20-6208991

Fax: 31-20-6208991


E-mail: ,


Jurisdiction: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg,

Netherlands, Norway and Sweden

Singapore (Singapore)

Vacant, Director

Shri Y. Neelkantham, Assistant Director

Mr. R.K. Suman, Assistant Director


20 Kramat Lane, #01-01 United House,

Singapore 228773.

Phone: 65-6235-3800

Fax: 65-6235-8677


Jurisdiction: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR,

Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam

South Africa (Johannesburg)

Mr. Manas Ranjan Pattanaik, Director


P O Box: 412542,Craighall 2024, Hyde Lane,

Lancaster Gate, Johannesburg-2000,South Africa.

Phone: 27-11-3250880

Fax: 27-11-3250882


Jurisdiction: South Africa and all African countries (except Egypt), Mauritius,Madagascar

United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

Vacant, Regional Director (West Asia & Africa)

Mr. Manas Ranjan Pattanaik, Director – Africa

(Additional Charge)

Mr. I.R.V. Rao, Assistant Director


Post Box 12856, NASA Building,Al-Maktoum Road,

Deira, Dubai, UAE.

Phone: 971-4-2274848, 2274199

Fax: 971-4-2274013


Jurisdiction: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,

Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria,Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen

United Kingdom (London)

Vacant, Director

Ms. Roma Singh, Regional Director- Europe (Additional Charge)

Mr. R.K. Sunani, Assistant Director

Mr. Amit Kumar Gupta, Tourist Information Officer


26-28 Hammersmith Grove, London, W6 7BA, UK

Phone: +44 20 7437 3677

Fax: +44 20 88341112



Jurisdiction: UK,Ireland,Iceland

United States (Los Angeles)

Vacant, Director

Mr. Anil Oraw, Director - Canada (Additional Charge)

Ms. Sandhya Haridas, Assistant Director


3550 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 204,

Los Angeles, California 90010 2485,USA.

Phone: 1-213-380-8855

Fax: 1-213-380-6111


Jurisdiction: All States on the West Coast of USA,

Central American countries upto Panama and Mexico

United States (New York)

Vacant, Regional Director (Americas)

Mr. Anil Oraw, Director - Canada (Additional Charge)

Ms. Meenakshi Vashist, Assistant Director

Mr. Ishrat Alam, Tourist Information Officer


1270 Avenue of the Americas,Suite - 303,

New York – 10020 ( USA. )

Phone: 212-586-4901 / 4902 / 4903

Fax: 1 212-582-3274


Jurisdiction: All states on the East Coast of USA

South America , Caribbean Islands