India Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes No Yes
British Yes No Yes
Canadian Yes No Yes
Other EU Yes No Yes
USA Yes No Yes

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A passport valid for at least 180 days and with at least two blank pages is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.


Visas for India are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for India.

Visa note

A Tourist Visa on Arrival scheme currently exists for nationals of some countries, including the following listed in the chart above: Australia, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg and the USA. The visa is valid for up to 30 days and for tourism only. It costs US$60. This is expected to be extended to other nationalities soon. 

Certain parts of the country have been designated protected or restricted areas that require special permits and in some cases prior government authorisation. You should indicate your intent to visit a specific restricted region when applying for a visa and a permit will be granted to visit that region only. It is advised that you apply for the special permit for restricted areas when you enter India by visiting the FRRO (Foreign Regional Registration Office) which has offices in all major Indian airports and cities. You must complete an additional form, but there is no fee for a restricted area permit.

Types and cost

For UK nationals: transit visa: £56; tourist visa: £82 (up to six months), £277 (up to two years); business visa: £107 (six months), £277 (up to two years).

For other nationals listed in the chart above: transit visa: £17; tourist visa: £32 (up to six months), £52 (up to one year); business visa: fees vary according to nationality.

All visa applications are subject to a non-refundable £7.44 VFS service charge.


Transit: valid for three months for a maximum stay of 15 days.

Tourist/business: three to six months, or one or two years (maximum stay of 180 days per visit).

Visas are valid from the date of issue not your date of departure.

Application to

Consular section at your nearest embassy or high commission. For UK nationals, India has outsourced its visa application services to VFS Global (; all applicants must make an appointment to visit an application centre in person. In the USA, India’s visa application services are handled by Cox and Kings Global Services (

Those eligible for a visa on arrival need to apply online in advance for an electronic travel authorisation (

Working days

Straightforward applications take at least three to five working days, but others may take longer, depending on the applicant's nationality. 

Extension of stay

Visa extensions are not available in India, unless in extreme circumstances (eg medical emergency).

Entry with pets

An incoming passenger can import up to two pets at one time. These include all domestic animals such as dogs, birds, cats etc, subject to producing the required health certificate from their country of origin. Pets are still liable for the usual quarantine checks upon arrival.

Embassies and tourist offices

British High Commission in India
Telephone: (011) 2419 2100 Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri: 0900-1300 / 1400-1700
Embassy of India in the USA
Telephone: (202) 707 4693 (Consulate) (202) 939 7000 (Chancery). Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1800; consular section Mon-Fri 0930-1230, 1630-1715.
High Commission of India in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7836 8484 or (020) 7632 3123 (out of office hours). Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0915-1745.

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