Except for Nepali citizens,
entry to India requires a valid Visa. There are several types
of Visas devised to cater to various requirements of the foreign
community. The basic requirement to applying for a Visa is
that the applier should hold a Passport for their country
and it should have at least six-month validity from the intended
date of departure from India. Different types of Visas are
given below. Please decide the right category under which
you should apply. Following is just a guideline and should
not be taken as final. Please refer to the Government of India
site for Visa Regulations by Clicking
Types of Visas
Tourist Visas are generally
given for a period of 6 months but vary depending on the country
of residence. The applicant is required to produce/submit
document in proof of his/her financial standing. Tourists
travelling in groups of not less than four members under the
auspices of a travel agency recognised by Government of India
may be considered for grant of collective tourist visa. Even
if the Visa is for an extended period, permitted time period
of stay in the country at a time is limited to six months.
Both single entry and multiple entry Visas are issued for
This type of Visa is valid
for six months or more with multiple entries. However, the
period of stay in each visit is limited to only six months.
A letter from the sponsoring organisation indicating the nature
of business, probable duration of stay, places and organisations
to be visited should be indicated in the application. Also,
a guarantee to meet the maintenance expenses while in India
should accompany the application. Business Visa valid for
ten years with multiple entries is available to foreign businessmen
who have set up or intend to set up joint ventures in India.
Student Visas are issued
for the duration of the academic course of study or for a
period of five years, whichever is less. The application for
this type of Visa should be accompanied with firm letters
of admission from Universities or recognised colleges or educational
institutions in India. Change of purpose and institutions
are not permissible. Proof of financial arrangements for the
studies and the expenses while in India should also be submitted
with the application.
Employment Visas are issued
to skilled and qualified professionals or persons who are
engaged or appointed by companies in India. Applicants are
required to submit the proof of contract/employment by the
company/organisation. The period of stay for this Visa depends
on the nature of employment and the duration of the employment.
Visas to missionaries are
valid for single entry only. The duration of stay is as permitted
by Government of India. A letter from the sponsoring organisation
containing intended destination in India, probable duration
of stay and nature of duties to be discharged should be submitted
along with guarantee for applicant's financial maintenance
while in India.
As the name suggests, these
Visas are issued to professional journalists and photographers.
The duration of the Visa is generally three months but can
vary according to the program of journalists.
Conference Visas are issued
for attending conferences, seminars or meetings in India.
The Visa application should be accompanied by a letter of
invitation from the organiser of the conference. Delegates
coming to attend conferences may combine tourism with attending
Transit Visas are issued
for a maximum period of 15 days with single/double entry facilities
to bonafide transit passengers only.
Some Related Information
Further details about the
fees structure for Visas and other details can be obtained
from the official website of the Government
of India, Consular Passport and Visa Division
There are travel agents
who can help you apply for your Visa. One such site is http://www.india-visa.com