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Tourist e-Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: Up to 48 hours
  • Stay period/Validly : 60 days
  • Entry:Double
  • Fees: $40
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  • Processing time: Up to 48 hours
  • Stay period/Validity:60 days
  • Entry:Double
  • Fees: $40
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  • Stay period/Validity:60 days
  • Entry:Triple
  • Fees: $40
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Documents required for India Visa

  • Must have Documents for India Visa:

    Kindly note: The Govt is very strict on the photograph requirement; please ensure that your photos are as per the specifications.

    • Scanned colour copy of your Passport;
    • Scanned recent colour photograph with white background (Photo Specification);
    • Copy of Business Card (For Business Visa);
    • Copy of Letter from the Hospital concerned in India on its letterhead (For Medical Visa)

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Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer a superior, quick and hassle-free India Visa Facilitation service. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your India visa application requirements. Throughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated Visa Expert handling your application.

Here are the steps to apply for an India Visa through Akbar Travels:

Step 1 : Provide your travel details to our Visa Expert and get all your queries answered.

Step 2 : Pay the visa fee and upload your documents online through our secured online document locker to ensure its confidentiality.

Step 3 : Our Visa Expert will verify your documents and submit your application to the Embassy.

Step 4 :  Receive your e-Visa.

India Visa FAQs

  • addWhat is an India e-visa?

    The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) is an online visa issued by the Indian Government for citizens of 166 countries, who wish to visit India for tourist, business or medical reasons, for a maximum stay of 60 consecutive days. You can apply for an e-Tourist, e-Business or e-Medical Visa twice in a calendar year. A valid Indian visa and an international travel document, eg; a valid and current passport, are required for all UK nationals going to India.

  • addWhat is the difference between a traditional Indian Visa and an Electronic Visa?

    The traditional Indian Visa can only be obtained through a physical application at the Embassy or consulate. The process to obtain a traditional Indian Visa is much more complicated and takes a lot longer, as you are required to submit your original passport along with your visa application, financial, residence and employment documents at the Embassy or consulate in order for the visa to be approved and stamped in the physical passport. The Electronic Visa (e-Tourist, e-Business, e-Medical) application online is a much simpler and easier process, is issued electronically and sent to the applicant via e-mail, which he or she must print out to present upon arrival in India.

  • addHow does the India e-Visa work?

    The e-Visa will be processed electronically and sent to the traveller via email. When the traveller arrives in India, they will need to have biometrics (fingerprints) taken at the airport after which their passport will be stamped.
    Because the India e-Visa is issued online, it is not necessary to submit an original passport or other documents for processing. A scanned copy is sufficient for the e-Visa to be processed. The traveller must have an original, valid passport while traveling.
    The Indian e-Visa is issued for a double entry visit with duration of stay up to 60 days from date of first entry. A maximum of two Indian e-Visas can be issued for the same traveller within one year.

  • addWho is eligible for an e-Visa?

    Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply for an e-Visa for India: Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameron Union Republic, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hong Kong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger Republic, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal , Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe. If you were born in Pakistan, have any links to Pakistani nationals or have previously held a Pakistani passport, you will not be eligible for an India e-Tourist Visa.

  • addHow early can I apply for the India eVisa?

    The Online Visa for India can only be applied 120 days before your proposed date of travel and no later than 4 days before travel.

  • addWhat are the different types of e-Visas?

    There are three kinds of India e-Visas for the ordinary passport holders only:

    • Tourist e-Visa – For holidays, travelling, sightseeing, visiting friends or relatives;
    • Medical e-Visa – for Treatment in the hospital or with specific doctors in India; and
    • Business e-Visa – for doing business in India.
  • addHow long should my passport be valid for so that I can apply for the India e-visa online?

    Your passport should be valid for at least six (6) months from your travel date.

  • addIs the India e-Visa a single or multiple entry?

    The India e-Visa is a double-entry visa for the e-Tourist and e-Business and a triple entry for e-Medical visa. It is valid for 60 consecutive days, starting from the day of arrival in India. You can apply for an e-Visa a maximum of two (2) times per year.

  • addWhat is the validity of the Indian e-Tourist/e-Business visa?

    The validity of the India e-Tourist/e-Business Visa is 60 (sixty) days from the date of arrival to India with a Double Entry and stay of upto 60 days.

  • addCan I extend my visa once I am in India?

    No. The India e-Visa is non-extendable and non-convertible once it’s issued.

  • addCan I exit India at any point, or should I exit at the same port of entry?

    Yes. You can EXIT India at any Immigration post.

  • addIs my e-Visa valid for Cruise travel?

    Yes. The India e-Visa can only be used by passengers coming into India through the following seaports: Cochin, Goa and Mangalore, Mumbai and Chennai.

  • addWhat is the difference between Airport and Seaport arrivals?

    Airport arrival - Arriving in India by flight (airport) and Seaport arrival - When you arrive in India via a boat/ferry/cruise ship at a seaport.

  • addIs the e-Visa valid for cruise ships?

    Yes, from April 2017 the e-Visa for India is valid for cruise ships docking at the following designated seaports:

    • Cochin
    • Goa
    • Mangalore
    • Mumbai
    • Chennai

    If you are taking a cruise which docks in another seaport, you must have a traditional visa stamped in the passport.

  • addWhat to do after I receive my e-Visa online?

    You will receive your approved e-Tourist or e-Business or e-Medical Visa application via email. You must save this email, as it is the official confirmation of your approved Visa. You are required to print at least one copy and have it with you at all times, during your entire stay in India.
    Upon arrival at one of the designated airports, you will be required to show your printed e-Visa and your passport. Once your documents have been verified and biometrics submitted, an immigration officer will place a visa sticker in your passport.

  • addWhich India Entry Ports accept e-Visas?
    UK nationals can enter India with an e-Visa at the following airports:
    Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum and Varanasi.

    Or these designated seaports:
    Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Mumbai and Chennai
    Attempting to enter the country through any other entry port other than the ones specified above will result in having your entrance to India denied. Those who wish to enter the country by land or different sea or airports must have previously applied and received a traditional Visa.
  • addAre there any restrictions to exit India with an e-Visa?

    No. You can exit India through any authorized Immigration Check Post.

  • addIf my e-Visa application is denied by the Indian government will my fees be refunded?

    No, once the application has been submitted to the Indian government, the visa fees are non-refundable.

  • addHow will you help me with getting my India Visa?

    Applying for an India Visa through us will be an easy and hassle free process. It is highly advisable to process your visa through us as we will take care of your complete visa process right from submitting your documents to getting your eVisa.

  • addWhat is the easiest way to apply for an India Visa?

    The easiest way to apply for an India Visa is to contact us. We are experts in the travel and tourism sector with over 40 years of experience. Through our expertise, in-depth knowledge and integrity, we commit to delivering an exceptional experience to our customers each and every time you use our service. In order to help us understand your unique visa needs, please drop in your query and our Expert will get in touch with you.

  • add Are you still having doubts about the Visa process?

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  • addBasic Requirements to visit India
    • Have a valid Passport and valid India Visa;
    • Be in good health;
    • Good moral character;
    • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you have your family, property, assets, etc. that would serve as an incentive to come back to your home country;
    • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you will leave the country before your India visa expires;
    • Have sufficient funds to support yourself in India and the amount depends on how long you will stay in India and whether you will be staying with family, friends or any paid accommodation.
  • addTravel Checklist
    • Passport;
    • Valid India Visa;
    • Confirmed return Ticket;
    • Contact details of your relative, friends or business contact in India;
    • Confirmed hotel bookings (If Any);
    • India Currency and other forms of forex
    • An unlocked smartphone, preferable with a Sim card from India;
    • Any additional documents required to prove your purpose of visit (especially if you are travelling on a business Visa).
  • addWhat to do when you arrive in India
    • Keep your Declaration form in hand (provided to you on the flight);
    • Keep all travel documents (passport, valid India Visa, return ticket, hotel bookings etc.) ready in case the immigration officer asks to produce any document;
    • If you are an unaccompanied minor, make sure you stay with the flight attendant who is in charge of your safety. Additionally, you must recognise the adult picking you up at the airport. If you have any doubts, you must inform the airline staff immediately.
  • addIndia travel guide

    Official known as the Republic of India, India is seventh largest country by area in south Asia and the biggest democracy in the world. Encircled by the Indian Ocean on the South, Arabian Sea on the south-west and Bay of Bengal on south-east, the country shares its border with countries like Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Invaded by many empires and rule of different dynasties has made this country culturally and traditionally rich. Lakhs of travellers from around the world visit India and get amazed by its beauty. Colourful, lively, and the birthplace of yoga, India is a country that is sure to stimulate all senses – often at the same time.

    Think fragrant spice markets, elaborate cultural ceremonies, ornate architecture, rogue cows wandering through busy streets, forests teeming with wildlife, and experiences that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

    The landscape of India ranges from untouched nature to boisterous big city, all in the span of short distances.

    It’s known that you don’t just simply see India when you visit. Rather, you experience it deeply. To make the most of it, go with an open mind and a loose itinerary.

    Places to visit in India

    1. Agra

    Perhaps the world’s greatest symbol of love and opulence, the Taj Mahal is India’s top attraction in Agra.
    The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to keep the remains of his favorite wife, commonly known as Mumtaz Mahal, or “The Chosen One of the Palace. ” Historians speculate that it took over 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants to build this majestic palace of marble and semi-precious stones.
    It’s said that the Taj Mahal itself changes colour throughout the day, varying from pink hues in the morning to blinding white in the evening.
    Of course, whether this is true or not is a theory you’ll have to discover yourself.

    2. The Ganges

    The Ganges River is one of the most sacred places for practicing Hindus in India and is a lifeline for the millions of people who live alongside it, relying on the river for food and water. At 2,500 kilometres long, it’s an impressive sight you can’t miss.
    All along the Ganges are Ghats, stone steps that Indians use to participate in everything from sacred baths and small offerings to large cremation ceremonies, often attracting thousands of people who come to cleanse the bodies of their deceased loved ones in the Ganges before cremation.

    3. Rishikesh

    Known as the Yoga Capital of the World, Rishikesh is a place for travellers seeking spiritual connections and inner peace during their time in India.
    Rishikesh has a variety of yoga and meditation centres, made popular among travellers thanks to an iconic visit from the Beatles.
    Visitors can practice traditional Hatha yoga, or try their hand at new-age crystal healing.
    In the evening, head down to the banks of the Ganges and witness the ganga aarti, a Hindu fire offering.
    Almost in contrast, Rishikesh is also a white-water rafting hub and is a popular hub for Himalaya hikes if the down-time is deemed to be too much.

    4. Hampi

    Step back in time in Hampi, a surreal landscape of temples, ruins, and palm groves.
    This UNESCO World Heritage Site hosts the Virupaksha Temple, an impressive feat of ancient architecture.
    Spend a few days touring the Hampi Bazaar, a vibrant village in front of the Virpaksha Temple, exploring ruins, and venturing to both sides of the river.

    5. Mumbai

    Mumbai is a city of contrasts with over 18 million residents of slum dwellers, Bollywood superstars, labourers, and billionaires alike calling this big city their home.

    Cultural and architecture enthusiasts should check out the gargantuan arc called Gateway to India, the temples at Elephanta Caves, ISKON Temple, and Siddhivinayek Temple devoted to Ganesha.

    Foodies will enjoy Mumbai’s hearty gastronomical scene with restaurants available on almost every corner.
    If you’re into movie making, hop on a fun-spirited Bollywood studio tour.

    6. Jaipur

    Known as the Pink City because of its regal red sandstone architecture, Jaipur can make you feel as if you’re in a fairytale.
    Check out Amber Fort, the glasswork and mirrors of Sheesh Mahal, the serene Birla Mandir Temple, and City Palace of Jaipur, where you might have a chance of meeting Indian royalty.
    Venture out of the temples to browse through the many markets famous for selling sequined fabrics, blue pottery, and ornate jewellery.

    7. Goa

    Goa is home to India’s beloved beaches and psychedelic scene. Expect all-night parties on Goa’s north end, transitioning into a more laid-back vibe down south.
    The best way to see this cultural hotspot is to tour it from one end to the other, stopping at any place that catches your eye.
    Check out the beaches of Palolem, Anjuna, and Madrem for three distinctly different atmospheres that Goa has to offer.

    8. Varanasi

    Varanasi is often touted as India’s spiritual capital because of the thousands of Hindu pilgrims it attracts..
    Though it’s also known as the City of Life, pilgrims perform funeral ceremonies in the River Ganges, cleansing the deceased in holy water before cremation..
    The city also has over 2,000 Hindu temples, the most famous being Kashi Vishwanath, an ornate tribute to the god Shiva..
    Day in and day out, residents celebrate life and honour the dead in this city cantered around the meaning of human existence.

    9. Ladakh

    Escape from the constant buzz of India’s big cities to Ladakh, a sparsely populated region between the Kunlun and Himalayan mountain ranges.
    Set to the backdrop of jagged mountains are prayer-flag lined Buddhist monasteries, self-sustaining homesteads, and running streams.
    Between the warm months of June and September, you can camp at Pangong Tso, a rugged lake surrounded by imposing mountains – perfect for using as a base for the area’s many hiking trails.

    10. Madurai

    In Madurai, Hindu undertones are ever-present and there’s an interesting mix of a booming tech industry taking place inside of ancient buildings.
    Covered with thousands of colourful statues, it’s possible to look at the Meenakshi Amman Temple for days without noticing even half of the small details it hosts.
    Visit during the Chithirai Festival to witness a ten days of nonstop celebration honouring the marriage between the Hindu gods, Shiva and Parvati.
    History buffs will love visiting the Gandhi Memorial Museum, a thorough and interactive tribute that features Ghandi’s influence in India’s path to independence.
    The museum also offers yoga classes, and easy access to nearby Madurai Government Museum and the Ghandian Literary Society bookshop.

    11. Sikkim

    Mention Sikkim and expect unanimous praise by all of those who’ve been to this green state.
    Sikkim is a small Himalayan utopia with strong Buddhist influence, a strong counterbalance to the country’s big city vibes.
    Sikkim is the perfect base for hiking, wildlife spotting, and will provide postcard worthy photographs with every camera click.
    Experienced climbers can summit Kangchejunga, the world’s third-highest peak.

    12. Bikaner

    Covered in orange dust, off the tourist trail, and hosting camel safaris, Bikaner is an adventurous desert town in Rajasthan.
    Junagarh Fort, a fortress for old royalty was a stronghold in the fifteenth century that was often attacked, but only captured for one day.
    Also visit the other desert architecture sites of Jain Temple Bhandasar, the Royal Cenotaphs, Lalgarh Palace, and Shri Laxminath Temple.
    For a natural site, head to Gajner Lake, where you can walk along the shoreline next to the Gajner Temple.

    13. Delhi

    With over 25 million people residing in Delhi, India’s capital is comprised of modern shopping malls and old ruins. Guidebooks often compare it to Rome, citing that it’s an eternal city with a revolving door of ruling empires throughout the ages.
    Visiting Delhi as a tourist can be overwhelming or intimidating, so be sure to set aside a day each for Old Delhi, New Delhi, and South Delhi. You can find the Red Fort and Margets of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, the India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Khan Market in New Delhi, and the Lotus Temple and Qutab Minar in South Delhi. It’s not a city you can rush through, or expect that everything will go smoothly due to ever-present traffic and millions of people vying for limited space. However, if you give the city a fair chance, you just might love it.

    14. Kochi

    Set in the lush state of Kerala, Kochi is a vibrant city with a perfect blend of beach and jungle, often further away from the tourist trail than its counterparts.
    While here, check out Fort Cochin, Mattencherry Palace, the Jewish quarter, and try your hand at scoring a catch-of-the-day with a Chinese fishing net (for a price, of course).
    While in Kochi, load up on the local fare.
    Kochi has implemented its own cuisine flare to just about every dish served in the region.
    Coconuts, tamarind, and bananas are common ingredients added to Indian meal staples that are often eaten without.

    15. Bangalore (Bengaluru)

    Known for having great weather, clean streets, well-manicured public parks, the Garden City of India is a peaceful and trendy must-see destination.
    Western brands and chain restaurants intermingle with local, locally owned businesses all along MG Road while tourist-free totes can be found in the neighbourhood of Koramangala.
    Nonetheless, it’s a great base for day trips to waterfalls, trekking paths, natural hills, and the Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp.
    Visit Bangalore during the middle or the end of your trip to India, when you’re more likely to appreciate the modern comforts it has to offer.

  • addIndia Facts and Figures
    Republic of India
    South Asia
    UTC (+) 5 1/2 hrs
    New Delhi
    Major cities:
    New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta, Hyderabad, Chennai
    Hindi, English, Marathi, Punjabi, Urdu
    3,287,263 sq kms
    National day:
    26 Jan
    Indian Rupee (INR)
    Main Airline:
    Air India AI
    International Airports:
    Indira Gandhi (Delhi) (DEL)
    Santa Cruz (Mumbai) (BOM)
    Dum Dum (Kolkata) (CCU)
    Meenambakkam (Chennai) (MAA)
    Ahmedabad (AMD)
    Amritsar (ATQ)
    Bangalore (BLR)
    Goa (GOI)
    Hyderabad (HYD)
    Trivandrum (TRV)
    Best time to visit India:
    October to March

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Other India Visa types

We currently only process India eVisas for Tourist, Business and Medical purpose. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following Traditional visa applications.

1. Tourist Visa Tourist visas are issued to people who want to come to India to visit people and go sightseeing or attend a short-term yoga program. Although tourist visas can be granted for more than six months, depending on the applicant's nationality, it's not possible to remain in India for longer than six months at a time on a tourist visa. In late 2009, India introduced new rules to curb the misuse of tourist visas in India (people who were living in India on Tourist visas, and doing quick runs to a neighboring country and back every six months). Specifically, a two-month gap was required between visits to India. This requirement was finally removed in late November 2012. However, some exceptions do still remain. Also note, that if you apply for another tourist visa within a month of expiration of your old one, processing may take up to 45 days as approval needs to be obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

India now has a popular electronic visa (e-Visa) scheme in place for citizens of most countries. Under this scheme, visitors can easily apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization online, and then get a visa stamp for entry into the country upon arrival, valid for 60 days (increased from 30 days) and up to three entries. The scope of visas under the program has been widened to include short-term medical treatment and yoga courses, and casual business visits and conferences. Previously, these required separate medical/student/business visas. Tourists visiting India on a cruise ship can also get an e-Visa.

2. Business Visa: Business visas are available for people to explore business opportunities or conduct business in India. This type of visa differs from an Employment visa in that the applicant won't be working for, and earning an income from, an organization in India. Business visa applicants will require a letter from the organization that they intend to do business with, stating the nature of the business, duration of stay, places to be visited, and intention to meet expenses. Business visas are valid for up to five years, with multiple entries. However, holders usually aren't allowed to remain in India for more than six months at a time (depending on the nature of the business). 10 year business visas can be granted to foreigners who set up joint ventures in India.

3. Student Visa: This type of Visa is issued for educational purposes. Student Visas are issued to bona fide students to pursue studies in recognized educational institutions in India. Student visas are granted to people who wish to come to India and study long-term at an officially recognized educational institution. This includes the study of yoga, Vedic culture, and Indian system of dance and music. The main document required is student admission/registration papers from the institution. Student visas are issued for up to five years, depending on the duration of the course. They can also be extended in India. In regards to yoga, the term "Yoga visa" is often mentioned. However, it's actually a Student visa that's provided for the purpose of studying yoga. Most of the well-known yoga centers in India will require those who study with them to obtain a yoga Student visa. A tourist visa is not sufficient for long-term study.

4. Missionary Visa: The Missionaries Visa is issued to those going to India for a religious purpose. It may take up to 3 months to process this type of visa. The Missionary Visa is a single entry visa valid for the duration approved by the Government of India.

5. Research Visa: Students, professors, doctors, archaeologists, environmentalists, and other professions that require special Visas to enter India for the purposes of conducting research are welcomed through the Research Visa or ‘R’ Visa. Research visas are issued to professors and scholars who wish to visit India for research related purposes. This is another difficult category of visa to get. It's restrictive and comes with a lot of requirements. Applications are sent to the Department of Education. Ministry of Human Resource Development for approval, which may take three months to be granted. Many people choose to apply for a Tourist visa instead, if they're conducting research informally and not going to be in India for more than six months.

6. Journalist Visa: Journalist Visa is issued to professional journalists and photographers. The applicants are required to contact the External Publicity Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and in other places, the Office of the Government of India's Press Information Bureau on arrival in New Delhi. Foreign nationals involved in field of Journalism, electronic or print media, etc. need to apply for ‘J Visa’ even if they are visiting India for tourism or other than journalism purposes. A Journalist visa is issued for three months. However, these visas can be notoriously difficult to get, so only apply if you really need to.

7. Conference Visa: Conference Visa is issued for attending conferences / seminars / workshops in India. A letter of invitation from the organizers of the conference is to be submitted along with the visa application. Issue of Conference visa is subject to approval conducting the event by concerned ministries. Delegates coming to attend conferences may combine tourism with attending conferences. Those who are attending a conference with a private organization in India should apply for a Business visa.

8. Employment Visa: Employment visas are issued to skilled and qualified professionals or persons, who are engaged or appointed by companies, organizations and economic undertakings as technicians, technical experts, senior executives etc. Employment visas are issued to foreigners who are working in India, for an organization registered in India. Foreigners doing long-term volunteer work in India are now granted employment visas (as opposed to X-visas previously). Special Project visas are issued to highly skilled foreigners coming to India to work in the power and steel sectors. Employment visas are usually for one year, or the term of the contract. They can be extended in India. In order to apply for an Employment visa, you'll need proof of employment with a company/organization in India, such as a contract that states the terms and conditions. From April 1, 2017, the rule that stipulates applicants must be earning 16.25 lakh rupees (about $23,000) a year or more has been lowered to allow for foreigners to teach in Central Higher Educational Institutes. Other exceptions are made for volunteers, ethnic cooks, translators, non-English language teachers, and members of Foreign High Commissions and Embassies.

9. Medical Visa: The Medical visa is admissible to all foreign nationals seeking Medicare in recognized specialty hospitals or treatment centers in India. Medical Attendant (MX)visa can also be granted to accompanying individual of the patient. Medical visas are provided to those seeing long-term medical treatment in India at recognized and specialized hospitals, and treatment centers. The treatment should be significant in nature, such as neurosurgery, heart surgery, organ transplant, joint replacement, gene therapy, and plastic surgery. Up to two Medical Attendant visas will be issued for people to accompany the patient. If you're only undergoing short-term treatment of up to 60 days, you can apply for a e-Medical visa.

10. Transit Visa: Transit visa is issued for a maximum period of 15-days with single/double entry facilities to bonafide transit passengers only.

11. Film (F) Visa: If you're planning on making a commercial film or TV show in India, from April 1, 2017, you'll need to apply for a Film visa. The visa application is reviewed and processed by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting within 60 days. It's valid of up to one year.
Anyone shooting a documentary film or advertisement must apply for a Journalist visa.

12. Entry (X) Visa: An X-visa used to be issued to people who didn't clearly fall into any of the other categories of visa applicants (such as volunteers). However, as of mid-2010, an X-visa is only available to the following people:

  • A foreigner of Indian origin.
  • Spouse and children of a foreigner of Indian origin or Indian citizen.
  • Spouse and dependent children of a foreigner coming to India on any other long term visa, such as an Employment visa or Business visa.
  • Foreigners who are joining specified ashrams or spiritual communities, such as Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Missions of Charities in Kolkata, or certain Buddhist monasteries.
  • Foreigners who are participating in professional international sporting events.

It's not possible to work in India on an X-visa. However, X-visas can be extended in India, and there's no need to leave every six months. If you do stay for longer than six months at a time, you'll need to register at with Foreigners Regional Registration Office.

13. Intern (I) Visa: Before April 1, 2017, it was necessary for foreigners pursuing an internship in an Indian organization to obtain an Employment visa. However, foreigners who meet certain conditions can now get an Intern visa. The gap between the completion of graduation or post-graduation and the commencement of the internship should not exceed one year. The validity of the Intern visa is restricted to the duration of the internship program or one year, whichever is less. It can't be converted into an Employment visa (or any other type of visa)

14. Other Visas: Some other lesser-used Indian visas are also available in certain circumstances. These include Sports visas, Mountaineering visas and Diplomatic visas.