India Visa

India Visa

Traveling to India

India is a popular travel destination for tourism, health and wellness, business, education, medical and other purposes. 

Depending on your nationality and the type of India visa you are applying for, certain foreign nationals are exempt from an India visa, while others are eligible to travel to India and obtain an India visa-on-arrival or apply for an India e-Visa. All other foreign nationals must apply for an India sticker visa before traveling to India. 

India visas are given in single or multiple entries, with validity and permitted duration of stays depending on your nationality and India visa type being applied for.

India visa types

India Sticker Visa

If you are a foreign national who is required to obtain an India sticker visa prior to traveling to India, you must apply for the appropriate India visa based on your purpose for traveling to India.

The India visa types are: 

  • Tourist Visa
  • Visa-on-Arrival
  • Entry Visa
  • Student Visa
  • Employment Visa
  • Business Visa
  • Medical Visa
  • Medical Attendant Visa
  • Project Visa
  • Intern Visa
  • Film Visa
  • Research Visa
  • Conference Visa
  • Mountaineering Visa
  • Missionary Visa
  • Journalist Visa
  • Diplomat Visa
  • Official/Miscellaneous Visa
  • UN Diplomat Visa
  • UN Official Visa
  • Long-term Visa
  • SAARC Visa
  • Overseas Citizen of India
  • Visitor (only for Pakistani nationals)
  • Double Entry (only for Bangladesh nationals

India e-Visa

If you are a foreign national eligible to apply for an India e-Visa, you must apply under the following e-Visa categories:

  • E-Tourist Visa
  • E-Business Visa
  • E-Conference Visa
  • E-Medical Visa
  • E-Medical Attendant Visa
  • E-Emergency X-Misc Visa

India visa requirements

The following items are required to apply for all India visas and must be in English:

Passport

Valid for at least 6 months from the intended entry date to India with two blank pages for official use

Personal photos

Two passport-sized photos

Application form 

A completed and signed India visa application form

Ticket

A return or onward ticket

Financial proof

Proof of financial means during the stay in India 

Passport scan

One scan of the biometric passport page

Some types of India visas have additional requirements than those listed above. Accordingly, you are advised to check the information requirements for the India visa type you are applying for.

India visa application

Foreign nationals required to apply for an India sticker visa or India e-Visa must follow these steps:

India e-Visa

Foreign nationals eligible to apply for the India e-Visa online can follow these simple steps:

  1. Apply online for India e-Visa

  2. Pay India e-Visa fee

  3. Receive Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to your email

  4. Print ETA and present at immigration in India.

Your approved India e-Visa will be stamped on your passport upon arrival to India.

India Sticker visa

India sticker visas can now be pre-applied for online as a first step, followed with step 2 and 3 at an India embassy or representation office abroad

  1. Apply online for India visa

    • Fill out application in English and submit online
    • Save Application ID number that is generated after submitting application
    • Print out and sign submitted application form
    • Upload scanned photo
    • Submit India visa application
    • Pay visa fee (or opt to pay later in person)
    • Schedule an appointment

  2. Attend your appointment at the India embassy or representation office

    • Submit your visa application and required documents
    • Pay visa fee (unless opted to pay online in step 1)

  3. Wait for India visa decision

    • Submit Azerbaijan visa application and required documents.
    • Pay the Azerbaijan visa fees.

  4. Wait for Azerbaijan visa decision

    • If approved, pick up India visa from the Indian embassy or representation office where you applied
    • Verify that all information is correct and matches your passport

It is important to verify all your information is correct before submitting your application.

Where to apply for India visa

India e-Visa

Applicants eligible for an India e-Visa can complete the application process online through the India official website.

India Sticker visa

Applications for an India visa can be initiated online through the India official website. Your completed application form should be printed out after it has been submitted online, in order to present it and the other required documents at the India embassy or representation office abroad where you will continue the application process. 

India visa processing time

Upon receipt of your visa application (from step 1), the remaining visa process takes at least 3 working days to be processed and issued. Processing times may vary, depending on your nationality and the type of India visa being applied for. In all cases, you are advised to start the application process early, in case of delays.

India visa FAQ

How many types of India visas are there?

There are 25 types of India sticker visas: 
1.     Tourist Visa
2.     Medical Visa
3.     Medical Attendant Visa
4.     Business Visa
5.     Employment Visa
6.     Project Visa
7.     Intern Visa
8.     Film Visa
9.     Student Visa
10.  Research Visa
11.   Conference Visa
12.  Mountaineering Visa
13.  Missionary Visa
14.  Journalist Visa
15.  Entry Visa
16.  Diplomat Visa
17.  Official/Miscellaneous Visa
18.  UN Diplomat Visa
19.  UN Official Visa
20.  Visa-on-Arrival
21.  Long-term Visa
22.  SAARC Visa
23.  Overseas Citizen of India
24.  Visitor (only for Pakistani nationals)
25.  Double Entry (only for Bangladesh nationals

There are 6 e-Visa categories:
1.     e-Tourist Visa
2.     e-Business Visa
3.     e-Conference Visa
4.     e-Medical Visa
5.     e-Medical Attendant Visa
6.     e-Emergency X-Misc Visa

What type of visa is needed for travel to India?

The 26 India visa types define the traveler's intended purpose for travel to India. Depending on whether the travel is for tourism, business, transit, official duty, or another specific purpose, the India visa applicant will apply for the appropriate India visa type.

Do I need a visa to travel to India as a tourist?

Certain foreign nationals are exempt from an India visa, while others are eligible to travel to India and obtain a visa on arrival. Other foreign nationals are eligible to apply online for an India e-Visa, and all others can apply for an India sticker visa before traveling to India. 

How do I get a visa to travel to India?

Depending on your nationality and the intended purpose of your trip, certain foreign nationals may be eligible to apply for an India e-Visa online, while others must apply for an India sticker visa. 

Can I apply for an India visa online?

Certain foreign nationals are eligible to apply online for an India e-Visa. Click here to check whether you are eligible for an India e-Visa.

What are the documents required for an India visa?

The documents required for an India sticker visa include: a passport valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry into India; 2 blank passport pages for official use; 1 scan of the passport biometric page; 2 passport photos, a completed and signed India visa application form, an onward airline ticket, and proof of financial means during the stay in India.

The documents required for an India e-Visa include: a valid passport, a valid email address, and a credit/debit card to pay the India visa fee. 

How long does an India visa take to process?

The India visa application process takes 3 days after receipt of your visa application. Processing times may vary, depending on your nationality and the type of India visa being applied for. In all cases, you are advised to start the application process early, in case of delays.

Who needs an India visa?

Depending on nationality and the type of India visa being applied for, certain foreign nationals do not require an India visa, while others require an India visa before traveling to India. 

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