Tourist Visa is issued to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is tourism, recreation, sight-seeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc.
3 months Single Entry Tourist Visa is issued to Chinese nationals as per the MOU on Simplifying visa procedures between Republic of India and People’s Republic of China.
· Air ticket bookings
· Detailed Itinerary
· Last six months bank statement with a currentbalance of RMB 10,000/- (if bank statement is not available, Bank GuaranteeCertificate of RMB 10,000/-, frozen for at least three months for eachapplicant.)
Note: Tourist visa shall be valid for entry into India by the Visa holder from the date of issuance of the visa. Tourist visas may be extendable by Foreigners Division, Ministry of Home Affairs of Government of India, on application by the tourists in person on case-to-case basis, up to 3 months, to make total duration in India up to a maximum of 6 months.
Re-entry on Tourist Visa Advisory (applicable for nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin and Stateless persons)
This is for information that there should be a gap of at least 2 months between two visits to India on a Tourist Visa on re-entry of nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin and Stateless persons.
However, nationals of these specified countries, after initial entry into India, may plan to visit another country largely on account of neighbourhood tourism and need to re-enter India within 60 days, before finally exiting. Such persons may be permitted up to three entries (need based), by the Indian Embassy / Consulate subject to their submission of a detailed itinerary and supporting documentation (ticket bookings).
In case of requirement to visit India within 2 months, special permission should be sought from the concerned Indian Embassy / Consulate. [Request form for re-entry]
Such re-entry within the stipulated gap of two months may be permitted only in emergent situations like death/serious illness in the family, non-availability of connecting flights to return to his/her country of origin or travel to another country or any other exigent situation which can be duly justified with proper documentation to the satisfaction of the Indian Embassy / Consulate. The Embassy / Consulate will examine each case on merits before grant of requisite permission subject to the following conditions:-
(a) The applicant should furnish an undertaking on the following lines:-
(i ) That the purpose of his/her visit is because of emergency situation.
(ii) That he is not engaged in Business activities, nor in Employment or pursuing studies/research etc.
Where permission is accorded in such cases, registration with the local FRRO/FRO (Foreigners Registration Office) would be required within 14 days of arrival in India. The registration should be done with the FRRO/FRO concerned preferably at the first place of visit on re-entry.
In view of the change in the Tourist Visa procedure, Government of India has fixed RMB Ninety (RMB 90) as Miscellaneous Charge in case of applications submitted to Embassy of India in Beijing for according permission to re-enter India within Two months of last exit.
However, those holding Tourist Visas, who after initial entry into India plan to visit another country and re-enter India before finally exiting, could be permitted more than one entry, as the case may, be subject to their submission of a detailed itinerary and supporting documents i.e. confirmed Air tickets.
The Immigration authorities in all the Immigration Check Posts in India also allows such foreign nationals on Tourist Visas arriving in India without the specific authorization from the Indian Missions/Posts to make two or three entries into the country (need based) subject to production of an itinerary and supporting documentation (ticket bookings).
The total period of stay in India counted from the date of first entry into the country shall not exceed the stipulated period of 180 days or 90 days, as the case may be.
Tourist Visa-on-Arrival for nationals of certain countries
For more information about Tourist Visa-on-Arrival click here.
All visa applications submitted at the Indian Visa Application Centre [i.e. by the ordinary passport holders] and at the Embassy [i.e. by Diplomatic, Official and Public Affairs Passport holders] are only accepted in the online form. Online application form can be accessed at the following link:
Online Visa Application
For information regarding Online Visa Application click here.
Information regarding Online Visa Application is also available at the website of India Visa Application Center, Beijing - www.blsindia-china.com.
Note: It is a mandatory requirement to ensure that applicant’s photo is 2 inch x 2 inch (51 mm x 51 mm) in size with white background. Photos which do not meet this specification will not be accepted. The Indian Visa Application Centre also have a photo booth facility (on payment basis) meeting these standards for applicants choosing to submit their application in person.
Checklist for Tourist Visa applications
Request form for re-entry (applicable for nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin and Stateless persons)
Additional form to be filled by all foreign nationals
Online Visa Form
India Visa Application Centre
Registration by Foreigners
Contact details of FRROs/FROs