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  • Visitors of most countries still need to apply for a visa before traveling to India.

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Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of visa application with at least 2 blank pages available within the passport.

Visa requirements

All foreign nationals need visa to enter India. Only exceptions to this rule are nationals of Nepal and Bhutan.

Types of visa and cost

There are other categories for specialised purposes. The missionary visa is mandatory for anyone who is visiting India "primarily to take part in religious activities". This rule is meant to combat religious conversion, particularly of Hindus to Christianity. There have been cases where preachers have been deported for addressing religious congregations while on a tourist visa. You don't need to be worried if you are just on a religious tour of churches in India.

If you are on a Student, Employment, Research or Missionary visa, you need to register within 14 days of arrival with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office where you will be staying. If the place you are staying at doesn't have one, you need to register at the local police station. All visitors who intend to stay more than 180 days also need to be registered.

  • Tourist Visa: If you are coming to India on a holiday to explore the country, then, tourist visa is for you.
  • Business Visa: For a business related trip, you need to apply for the business visa.
  • Student Visa: For study purpose in India is the student visa.
  • Transit Visa: It is meant for transit passengers only, to enable them to travel through India to reach the ultimate destination.
  • Missionaries Visa: This visa is for people coming to India to act as missionaries.
  • Employment Visa: Meant for skilled professionals or those people who have been appointed by Indian companies, organizations, firms, etc.
  • Journalist Visa: Professional journalists and photographers visiting India should apply for the Journalist visa.
  • Conference Visa: It is issued for attending conferences/seminars/meetings in India.
  • Research Visa: For research purposes, a research visa is issued.
  • Entry Visa: It is given only to persons of Indian origin or the family members of a person employed in India.

Depending on your purpose of visit, you can get a tourist visa (six months ~US $60, one year ~US $75), a business visa (6 months, one year or more, multiple entries) or a student visa (up to 5 years). A special 10 year visa (US $150, business and tourist) is available to US citizens only. Note that some Indian embassies only offers visas to residents of that country: this means you should get your visa before you leave home, instead of trying to get in a neighboring country.

Useful tips

It's wise to ask for a multiple entry visa even if you aren't planning to use it - they cost the same, are handed out pretty liberally and come in handy if you decide last minute to dip into one of the neighboring countries.

Indian Embassies, High Commissions and/or Consulates

Australia

  • High Commission of India, Canberra

3-5, Moonah Place
Yarralumla
Canberra, ACT 2600
Australia
Telephone: +61 2 6273 3999, 6273 3774, 6273 3875
Fax: +61 2 6273 1308
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site  : http://www.hcindia-au.org


  • Consulate General of India, Melbourne

15 Munro Street
Coburg, Victoria, 3058
Australia
Phone: +61 3 9384 0141
Fax: +61 3 9384 1609
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.cgimelb.org/


  • Consulate General of India, Sydney

Level 27, 25 Bligh Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Australia
Phone: +61 2 9223 9500
Fax: +61 2 9223 9246
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.indianconsulatesydney.org/


  • Honorary Consulate of India, Brisbane

175 A, Swann Road
Taringa, QLD 4068
Australia
Phone: +61 7 3871 3362
Fax: +61 7 3371 5198
Email: mailto:[email protected]


  • Honorary Consulate of India, Perth

Suite 21, 2nd Floor , Lincoln House
4 Ventnor Avenue
West Perth, WA 6005
Australia
Phone: +61 8 9486 9011
Fax: +61 8 9486 9611
Email: mailto:[email protected]

Canada

  • High Commission of India, Ottawa

10 Springfield Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 1C9
Canada
Phone: +1 (613)744 3751/52/53
Fax: +1 (613)744 0913
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hciottawa.ca/


  • Consulate General of India, Toronto

365 Bloor Street(East) Suite # 700
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4
Canada
Phone: +1 (416) 960 0751/52, (416)960 4831, (416)960 8173
Fax: +1 (416)960 9812
E mail: mailto:[email protected]
Website: http://www.cgitoronto.ca


  • Consulate General of India, Vancouver

201-325 Howe Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 1Z7
Canada
Phone: +1 (604)662 8811
Fax: +1(604)682 2471
E mail: mailto:[email protected]
Website: http://www.cgivancouver.com

China

  • Embassy of India, Beijing, China (People's Republic)

1, Ritan Dong Lu
Beijing, 100600
China
Phone: +86 (10) 6532 1908
Fax: +86 (10) 6532 2684
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.indianembassy.org.cn/
Office Hours: 8.30 A.M. to 5.30P.M. (Monday to Friday)


  • Consulate General of India, Shanghai

1008, Shanghai International Trade Centre
2201 Yan An Xi Lu
Shanghai – 200336
China
Phone: +86 (21) 6275 8885/86
Fax: +86 (21)6275 8881
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site:http://www.indianconsulate.org.cn/


  • Consulate General of India, Hong Kong

16-D United Centre
95, Queensway
Hong Kong, China
Phone: +852 2528 4028, 2527 2275
Fax: +852 2866 4124
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.indianconsulate.org.hk/


Ireland

  • Embassy of India, Dublin

6, Leeson park
Dublin 6
Ireland
Phone: +353 1 497 0843, 496 6792
Fax: +353 1 497 8074
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site  : http://www.indianembassy.ie


New Zealand

  • High Commission of India, Wellington

180 Molesworth Street
Wellington
New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 473 6390/91
Fax: +64 4 499 0665
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hicomind.org.nz/


United Kingdon

  • High Commission of India, London

India House
Aldwych
London WC2B 4NA
England
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (20) 7836 8484
Fax:+44 (20)7836 4331
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hcilondon.net


  • Consulate General of India, Birmingham

20 Augusta Street
Jewellery Quarter, Hockley
Birmingham, B18 6JL
England
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 121 212 2782
Fax: +44 121 212 2786
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.cgibirmingham.org


  • Consulate General of India, Edinburgh

17 Rutland Square
Edinburgh EH1 2BB
Scotland
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 131 229 2144
Fax: +44 131 229 2155
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site:http://www.cgiedinburgh.org


  • Honorary Consulate of India, Belfast

Andras House Ltd.
60 Great Victoria Street
Belfast, BT2 7BB
Northern Ireland
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 28 9087 8787
Fax: +44 28 9087 8797
Email: mailto:[email protected]

United States of America

  • Embassy of India, Washington, DC

2107 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
United States of America
Phone: +1 (202)939 7000
Fax: +1 (202)265 4351
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.indianembassy.org/
Embassy Hours: 930 AM - 600 PM EST


  • Consulate General of India, Chicago

455 North City Front Plaza Drive
NBC Tower Building, Suite # 850
Chicago, Illinois, 60611
United States of America
Phone: +1 (312)595 0405 to 0410
Fax: +1 (312)595 0416/17
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site: http://chicago.indianconsulate.com/


  • Consulate General of India, Houston

3 Post Oak Central
1990, Post Oak Boulevard Suite# 600
Houston, TX 77056
United States of America
Phone: +1 (713)626 2148/9
Fax: +1 (713)626 2450
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web  : http://www.cgihouston.org


  • Consulate General of India, New York

3 East, 64th Street
New York, NY 10065
United States of America
Phone: +1 (212)774 0600
Fax: +1 (212) 861 3788
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.indiacgny.org/


  • Consulate General of India, San Francisco

540 Arguello Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94118
United States of America
Phone: +1 (415)668 0683/0662
Fax: +1 (415) 668 2073
Email: mailto:[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.indianconsulate-sf.org

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