Traveling to India


About to travel to India? Do you need a visa or other documents? Find out in this article.

If you are planning to move to India, you are advised to inquire on travel formalities and procedures well in advance. In most cases, you will need a visa according to the purpose and duration of your stay in the country. You can thus choose from different types of visas, namely the business visa, the conference visa, the diplomatic visa, the employment visa, the entry visa, the urgency visa, the tourist visa, the study visa, etc.

 Good to know:

The visa upon arrival is no more available since the 26th of January 2015. This visa used to be issued by the Government of India to nationals of the following countries:

Cambodia, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Luxembourg, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam.


To be eligible to a visa for India, you must have valid travel documents such as a passport and an appropriate visa issued by Indian diplomatic representations in your home or residency country. The visa application form is available on the India Visa Online website. Other documents will also be requested, depending on the purpose and estimated duration of your stay in the country.


Handwritten visa applications will not be considered in countries where the online request service is available. Note, moreover, that the appointment can also be taken online.

Once you have applied for the visa, procedures in order to determine whether you are eligible for a visa should last at least three working days according to your nationality. Meanwhile, you can check your visa status online. You just have to type your visa request number, your password number and the access code which will be displayed.


In general, visa application fees depend on the type of visa requested and the estimated duration of stay. Note, however, that these fees are divided into different categories, namely basic fees, processing fees and special fees. The total amount will be indicated once all the formalities have been filled. Moreover, fees are not refunded, even if the visa application is canceled by you or rejected by Indian authorities.

 Good to know:

Nationals of the following countries are exempted from visa fees:

Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Jamaica, Korea, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, South Africa and Uruguay.

Visa exemptions

Nationals of Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal do not require a visa to travel to India, regardless the duration of their stay. Moreover, the Indian Government has announced, in March 2015, a visa exemption for Seychelles nationals for stays of a maximum of three months.

 Useful links:

Indian Visa Online – Information on visas
Indian Visa Online – Online request
Indian Visa Online – Checking your visa status

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