India Visa and Passport Requirements
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A machine-readable 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.
All nationals listed in the chart above, apart from nationals from Cyprus and Italy, are eligible to apply online for an e-Tourist Visa (eTV). You must apply at least four days before you arrive in India. You can only enter India via those airports listed on the eTV website.
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.
e-Tourist Visa: up to US$60, depending on nationality.
UK nationals: transit visa: £56; tourist visa: £102; business visa: £152.
US nationals: transit visa: £17; tourist visa: £69; business visa: £112.
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.
e-Tourist Visa: 30 days from the date of arrival.
Transit: valid for three months for a maximum stay of 15 days.
Tourist/business for UK nationals: valid for single or multiple entries within one year (maximum stay of 180 days per visit).
Visa validity for other nationals varies according to nationality.
Visas issued by the embassy/VFS Global are valid from the date of issue not your date of departure.
Consular section at your nearest embassy or high commission. For UK nationals, India has outsourced its visa application services to VFS Global (www.vfsglobal.com/india.uk); 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 (www.in.ckgs.us).
Those eligible for an e-Tourist Visa can apply online (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html).
e-Tourist Visas are usually issued immediately or within a few hours.
Straightforward applications through VFS Global in the UK take at least three to five working days, but others may take longer, depending on the applicant's nationality.
Visa extensions are not available in India, unless in extreme circumstances (eg medical emergency).