The information provides our understanding of the common rules currently in place. This is for your own information and we urge you to do your own research before applying for the Indian visa or consult an agency in your country of residence or the country where you are applying for the visa from.
You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
The Indian authorities are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. In case of any doubts, we advise regarding entry requirements etc, we advise you to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of your country in India. You will need to get a visa before travelling to India. You can find further information about how to apply on the Indian High Commission website of your country.
Please make sure you get the right visa for your travel and that it’s valid for the purpose and duration of your stay. If you enter India on the wrong visa, you could be detained on arrival and you may be deported and blacklisted, meaning that you can’t enter India again. Make sure you meet entry requirements. Business visas can’t be extended while in India. Please contact the IYLC team in case you are confused which visa to apply for.
If you hold passport of a country that is eligible for e-visa, please note that from 1 April 2017, the length of stay on an e-visa has been increased from 30 days to 60 days with double entry on tourist and business e-visa and triple entry on medical e-visa. The 60 days start on the date of your first entry into India on your e-visa. When you arrive at the airport, your passport will be stamped and an expiry date for your e-visa will be handwritten by an Immigration Officer. Please be aware that 60 days is not automatically equal to 2 calendar months. Check the date that is written on your passport and make sure you leave the country before your visa expires.
India’s Bureau of Immigration has announced that with immediate effect, foreign nationals who arrive at an Indian port holding non-machine readable passports will be denied entry. Carriers who transport non-Indian passengers holding non-machine readable passports may be subject to a fine.
If you overstay your visa you must report in person to the FRRO or Superintendant of Police you registered with to get permission to exit the country. You will be fined and may be prosecuted or detained and later deported. If you have overstayed your visa but did not need to register you must report to the nearest FRRO or Senior Superintendant of Police. See the Indian Immigration Bureau website for more information.
If you travel to India from Pakistan, Israel, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Afghanistan or Somalia you may be required to hold a valid polio vaccination certificate. Contact your nearest Indian Embassy or High Commission for further information.
You can take medicines into India as long as you carry the prescription with you. Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances are prohibited. For further information, please visit the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the website of Indian Customs.
Citizens of the following countries and territories who hold ordinary passports are eligible to obtain the e-Visa (unless the citizen is of Pakistani origin):
|European Union citizens
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates