Based on your purpose of travel, applicants may apply for an India e-tourist visa
, e-conference visa, e-business
visa, e-medical attendant visa, or e-medical visa.
Citizens from almost 161 countries, including the UK, will be entitled to apply
for an India e-visa online. If you are traveling for tourism or visiting family
or friends, then an Indian e-tourist visa is required.
In the same way, traveling for business meetings, as well as negotiations, applicants
can apply for an e-business visa. Both e-tourist visas and e-business visas will
be valid for one year from the date of issue and allow applicants to stay in India
for up to 180 days for each visit.
The e-conference visa is designed for people traveling for conferences in India.
This is a single-entry visa that begins from the date of arrival in India and allows
holders to live in India for 30 days. The India e-medical visa and e-medical assistant
visa should be used by those who require medical assistance in India.
The visa starts from when you arrive in India and allows you to stay for up to 90
days. All India e-visas may be used for a maximum of three times in a year.
Visitors with e-visas can enter India via international airports of Delhi, Kolkata,
Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Goa, Ahmedabad,
Amritsar, Gaya, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Visakhapatnam, Madurai, Bhubaneswar, Lucknow,
Trichy, Varanasi, Calicut, Mangalore, Pune, Nagpur, Coimbatore, Bagdogra, Guwahati,
Port Blair or the visa seaports of Cochin, Mumbai, Chennai, Mormugao and New Mangalore.
All India e-visas, require applicants to have a legal machine-readable passport
for six months from the date of arrival in India. The passport must also have two
blank pages for stamping.
REGULAR INDIA VISA
With the exception of business, tourist and medical visas, all other applications
can be made online.
The common types of regular Indian visas are -
- Regular India Tourist Visa
- Business Visa
- Urgent India Business Visa
- India Employment Visa
- India Student Visa
- India Entry Visa
- India Intern Visa
- India Conference Visa
- India Journalist Visa
- India Film / Fashion Visa
- India Research Visa
- India Transit Visa
- India Medical Visa
- Medical Escort Visa
Regular India Tourist Visa:
The India tourist visa is for foreign nationals who apply for an Indian visa and
are not a resident of India or working in India.
Activities included for this visa is restricted to meeting friends, relatives, tourism,
attending weddings, or sightseeing. In the case of other activities, an India visa
will be needed.
The validity is for one year, however, this depends on the embassy and short validity
may be granted. A regular India tourist visa
cannot be extended and
the applicant has to return before the expiry of their visa.
Applicants need to submit a passport that is valid for a minimum of 180 days
with at least two photographs and two blank pages.
Additional documents will be required for other cases, as documented below
India Visa for children under the age of 16
• Copy of the birth certificate of the child with the name of at least one
• A consent letter signed by both parents • Copy of passports for both parents and,
if parents are not UK nationals, copies of UK visas will be required.
• Copy of custody agreement is required for single parents. For armed forces or
police, media professionals, commercial pilots and crew members, charity and social
workers who are visiting India for tourism:
• A letter from the employer which has been addressed to the High Commission
of India —confirming they are traveling to India for tourism and will not carry
out any professional work.
• For self-employed, a personal letter or undertaking is required to confirm that
your travel is for tourist purposes only.
For Non-UK Citizens
Is it necessary to provide proof of residency in the UK — for at least two years
— in the form of a utility bill, tenancy agreement, or council tax bill.
However, mobile bills or bank statements will not be accepted. In the case of not
being able to provide a proof of address in the UK for two years, applicants must
submit an additional form and the processing may take approximately three weeks
longer to complete.
For individuals whose nationality was Indian before obtaining foreign nationality:
For applicants who are Bangladeshi or Pakistani nationals or British nationals having
- Copy of Indian passport Surrender Certificate
- If they have traveled to India
earlier, they are requested to provide a copy of their previous passport with an
All British citizens of Pakistani origin with dual nationality must apply for an
Indian visa with their Pakistan passport.
Those who are of Pakistani origin should provide proof of the fact that their Pakistani
nationality has been surrendered.
- Other documents required for India Visa are :
- Bank statements for the last three months
- Notarized invitation from India
with identity proof of inviters.
- Letter from their UK employer
For Afghanistan and Bangladesh nationals, all applications must include a letter
from the employer and at least a one-month bank statement.
A business visa is provided for people who are conducting business in India — such
as preparing for sales or establishing contacts for a company.
are usually valid for one year, or more with single or multiple
entries. However, the time of stay in India for this type of visa has been restricted
to six months only.
When submitting an application for a business visa, a copy of the invitation letter
from an Indian company, and one original signed letter from the company in the UK
must be provided. This is not required for ebusiness visa for India
Urgent India Business Visa:
When applying for an urgent 24-hour business visa and the reason for your urgent
travel and a statement confirming that all expenses will be undertaken by the company.
The Indian invitation letter must include the time span for which visa is needed.
India Employment Visa:
Indian employment visa
will be granted to the ones who are an employee of
an Indian company or those who want to do a non-profitable social service with Registered
NGOs in India.
The Consulate or Embassy may provide an Employment visa valid for one year regardless
of the duration of the contract.
In case of staying for a long time, you can apply for further extension of a maximum
of five years from FRRO/MHA in the concerned state in India. These extensions are
usually done on a yearly basis.
If you need to apply for an India visa for employment, all applicants must earn
a minimum salary of $25,000 USD. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
For example, this is not applicable for charity workers who want to commence unpaid
jobs. Fashion designers who are employed in the handicraft sector are excused from
this requirement during the first two years of employment.
An employment contract is mandatory in all cases. This contract must be signed by
both parties, with a clause included around the liability of taxes in India.
The employer in India must issue a letter or undertaking confirming the details
and place of work. If the employer works for an IT company in India, then the letter
must confirm they are either a part of the software technology park of India with
the registration number or an export-oriented unit.
India Student Visa:
Student visas will be given to those who wish to continue their regular studies
at a recognized institution in India.
The visa allows for single, double or triple entry, which will be valid for the
period of study. All applicants must submit the letter of admission with course
details, including confirmation of fee payments and proof of sufficient funding.
India Entry Visa:
An entry visa will be granted if the applicant does not meet the needs of other
types of visas. For example, if you need to complete short-term courses in India
— like mountaineering, yoga, or spiritual courses.
The spouse and children of a person who wants to visit India for employment purposes
may apply for an entry visa, provided the employment visa of the applicant has already
been approved. In all cases, a letter from the appropriate organization in India
is required — explaining the purpose of the visit and duration of stay.
India Intern Visa:
An intern visa is granted to applicants who wish to travel for pursuing an internship
at Indian companies, charities, or educational institutes.
You will be eligible for this visa when you have a graduate degree. You will have
to provide a letter from the Indian organization on their headed paper that illustrates
the internship program and length of the internship. The gap between graduation
and post-graduation and commencement of the internship should be no longer e than
India Conference Visa:
A conference visa is given to applicants who have an invitation to attend a seminar,
workshop, or conference organized by the Ministry or Department of Government, Central
Educational Institutions, state governments, public sector undertakings, an organization
owned and controlled by the Government of India or State Government, Public Funded
University, UN and its specialized agencies, reputed NGOs.
If you have to attend a conference of a private organization, then you may apply
for a business visa. You can apply by applying for an e-conference visa. If a paper
visa is required, then the applicant will require a letter from the conference organizers
with a copy of clearance from the organizers who hold the conference. This is usually
issued to them by a local government body.
India Journalist Visa:
All applicants employed within the media industry should apply for a Journalist
visa, regardless of their visit purpose. If you are not traveling for work, applicants
should produce a letter from the employer confirming they are on a holiday and won’t
pursue any professional work.
India Film/Fashion Visa:
You must apply for a film visa when you plan to make a commercial film or a TV show.
The Ministry of Information and broadcasting process reviews visa application within
15 working days — in case filming involves sensitive issues, forest reserves, or
if the film requires aerial or underwater shooting.
After the proposal is accepted, you will be provided with a journalist visa to travel
to India for shooting the film or TV show.
India Research Visa:
Research scholars, professors, and people who want to attend research conferences,
workshops, or seminars should apply for a research visa. It is quite difficult to
get this visa as it involves various requirements.
The processing time is as long as the applications will be sent to the Department
of Education for approval, which may require a minimum of three months for approval.
If your partner and family members travel with you, they have to apply for an entry
visa. The termination period of which will match with your visa period.
India Transit Visa:
If you have to cross India to reach your final destination with a stay period of
15 days maximum, then you have to apply for a transit visa. This visa allows you
to change terminals for connecting flights or stay in a hotel before boarding on
to the connecting flight.
This visa will be valid for both single and double entry based on your needs. The
transit visa is usually valid for entry within three months of issue. You cannot
change the reason of a transit visa and must show proof of your confirmed ticket.
We would suggest applying for an e-tourist visa or a regular tourist visa to India
when you pass through designated e-visa ports.
India Medical Visa:
You must apply for a medical visa when traveling to India for medical treatment
in a hospital, treatment center, or specialized hospital in India. These treatments
must be significant, such as neurosurgery, heart problems, renal disorders, eye
disorders, congenital disorders, organ transplantation, gene-therapy, joint replacement,
You must show important documents discussing the kind of treatment, and the signature
and stamp from a doctor or hospital are required. Each India medical visa allows
two attendants to visit — both should be blood relatives of the patient.
The attendants should apply for a separate medical escort visa that has the same
validity as the medical visa. If a doctor is accompanying a patient, then he or
she will be granted a medical attendant visa. Medical visas are valid for nearly
one year or for the period of treatment, whichever may be less from the date of
Medical Escort Visa:
The relatives who travel with the patient for the treatment to India need to apply
for a medical escort visa. The medical escort visa will only be granted when the
patient has been granted a medical visa for the treatment of a disease that is treated
in a treatment center or hospital.
Only two people will be allowed to accompany the patient and a declaration made
by the patient is required for this kind of visa. A medical escort visa will have
the same validity as a medical visa of the patient who will go to India for the
treatment. If you have any more questions about an India visa UK application, get
in touch today.
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