India Visa and Passport Requirements
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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.
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.
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.
Consular section at your nearest embassy or high commission. For UK nationals, India has outsourced its visa application services to VFS Global (http://in.vfsglobal.co.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 a visa on arrival need to apply online in advance for an electronic travel authorisation (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html).
Straightforward applications 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).