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Tourist Visa Eligibility

A Tourist Visa is granted to the foreigners who wish to visit India for sightseeing, wandering in nature, discover new tourist destinations, casual visit to meet relatives, friends, attending short term programs such as yoga, dance, painting, and medical treatment under Indian systems of medicine. However, these categories must fall under a period of 6 months without issuing qualification/ certificate/ diploma, etc., however, if the programs are exceeding more than six months, then the foreigner should apply for other type of visa.

Tourist Visa Validity

The validity of the Tourist visa classifies into these specific conditions written below:

  • Tourist Visa granted with multiple entries if an applicant applies for 10 years, however, the citizens must be from the USA, Japan, Canada. The period of stay is offered for continuous 180 days, and the applicant must be aware of the stay and it shall not exceed more than 180 days.
  • However, the government of India, and the immigration department have decided to offer Tourist Visa to all other nationals (except 33 countries which are mentioned below) with multiple entries. Meanwhile, the Tourist Visa may be granted to you for 5 years maximum (as a default option).
  • 5 years Tourist Visa facility offers you continuous stay around 90 days, but the applicant must be aware that his or her stay in India must not exceed 90 days. However, if the applicant is from the UK can stay in India for a continuous 180 days.

33 Countries come with less than 1 year visa validity

In respect of all the 33 counties, the government of India and the immigration department offers the applicants Tourist Visa with less than 1 year visa validity and stay are:

  • 1. Iran
  • 2. Egypt
  • 3. Libya
  • 4. Qatar
  • 5. Iraq
  • 6. Syria
  • 7. Sudan
  • 8. Tunisia
  • 9. Kuwait
  • 10. Yemen
  • 11. Algeria
  • 12. Bahrain
  • 13. Turkey
  • 14. Morocco
  • 15. Kyrgyzstan
  • 16. Turkmenistan
  • 17. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
  • 18. Lebanon
  • 19. Afghanistan
  • 20. Saudi Arabia
  • 21. Uganda
  • 22. Congo
  • 23. Ethiopia
  • 24. Nigeria
  • 25. Belarus
  • 26. Somalia
  • 27. South Sudan
  • 28. Kazakhstan
  • 29. Uzbekistan and
  • 30. Sri Lanka

The duration of the visa will be decided by the concerned Indian Missions/ Posts if the applicant is from these above-mentioned countries. However, the Missions will also decide upon the subject; 5 years Tourist Visa facility with the stipulation or continuous stay in India if the tourist visits. However, the tourist must not stay in India more than 90 days.

While giving respect to the nationals of Bangladesh and China, the government of India and the immigration department offer the nationals tourist visa with some policy guidelines under the bilateral agreements (which is manipulative as per the need from time to time).

However, Tourist Visa is not granted to the nationals of Pakistan.
A rare case of foreign nationals of Pakistan (who born in Pakistan but lives in a foreign country), will grant Tourist Visa for 3 months with a single entry.

Some other conditions on Tourist Visa

Tourist Visa will be non-convertible and non-extendable to any other type of visa if the application demands the same in specific cases. However, if the applicant wants the conversion of his or her Tourist Visa to any other categories of visa, then he or she needs to check out the general policy guidelines given to you in the Indian visa.

Repeat Visits with Tourist Visa

In case an applicant needs to visit India again then, he or she needs to take care of the guidelines and policy regarding Tourist Visa provided by the Government of India. The repeat visit to India must be within the gap of 2 months between your two visits to India on a Tourist Visa. However, this condition is only allowed on the nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin, and Stateless persons.

However, if foreign citizens fall under this category, then he or she must not be granted a 5 years Tourist Visa. And, they shall request the Missions to visit Indian again within the period of 2 months after the first visit to India or last departure to India. In case, the person needs a Tourist Visa again, then he or she will be provided a fresh Tourist Visa and for that, the applicant should fulfill all the conditions and undertaking, mentioned below:

  • 1.The applicant must have a purpose to visit India again if he or she meets any emergency or situation.
  • 2.The person, who is applying for Tourist Visa again and falls under these categories mentioned above, must not be engaged in any kind of business activities, in employment, pursuing studies, research, etc. in India.

Group Tourist Visa for Foreigners

Foreign tourists traveling in groups (who are willing to visit India to explore, wander, and see Indian culture tradition and so on) must not less than four members. The foreign tourist group must come to India under the recognized travel agency. If the tourist belongs from the group or comes with a group, then he or she will be provided with Group Tourist Visa for tourism in India. However, the Group Tourist Visa shall be granted online mode under the conditions of the Immigration, Visa, and Foreigner's Registration & Tracking (IVFRT, Government of India.

In order to avail of this facility, the recognized travel agency (of a foreign country) must fill the applications online by visiting the government website—indianvisaonline.gov.in. Once the travel agency fulfills the entire requirement, then the Mission or Post concerned will grant the applicant a Group Tourist Visa (T-2) after checking the necessary details and information.

Some facts for Indian Visa

Passport Validity Blank Passport Pages Tourist Visa Required
Must be valid for six months before arriving India on Tourism or any other visa category Two pages required If a foreigner wishes to come to India for tourism purpose, then he or she must have tourist visa
Vaccinations Currency Restrictions for Entry Currency Restrictions for Exit
If the tourist is coming from a yellow fever country or infected area, then he or she must have yellow fever card. The tourist must not carry a satellite phone (satellite phones is prohibited in India), if you carry your own country currency in USD or any other form, then you should convert it in Indian rupee, and you need to ask about it to your nearby embassy. If you are coming with your country currency, then you need to be aware of the fact that, local or foreign currency is not allowed or accepted. So, you are requested to check local law for reporting requirements for exiting with great amount of foreign currency and Indian rupees.

Tourist Visa regulations for US nationals

The foreign citizens who wish to travel India for tourism are solely responsible for requesting the correct type of visa from the Embassy or Consulate of India. However, there are no provisions for changing your immigration category (if an applicant wishes to convert his or her visa from tourist to work visa) after entering India. If an applicant wants to change his or her Indian visa regulations, then he or she needs to give advance notice, but maybe it will be poorly advertised and inconsistently enforced by the department. So, you are advised not to do so when you are in India.

The travelers are requested to check the Indian Embassy website before doing or requesting any changes on their Indian visa. However, it can be obtained in the Cox and Kings Global Services (CKGS), the Government of India’s visa corrector.

In case, if you have Diplomatic and Official Visa applications, then it may be accepted directly at the Indian Embassy and Consulates. However, you also need to review your information on the CKGS (Cox and Kings Global Services) to offer your determination or purpose for traveling to India with the applied visa category.

All U.S or foreign government employees including; military personnel, must obtain country clearance permission before traveling to India. Once you receive your Indian visa, check it, or observe it carefully to ensure that the type of visa you applied is right, and the number of entries is fine for your travel plan to India.

Violating Indian Visa Regulation may give trouble to you

In case, you forget your date of exiting India or you do overstay or violate Indian visa regulations, you may then require clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs in the consequence of leaving the country. Generally, if you do so, then you will be fined, however, in some cases, you may be jailed for months.

In case, you violate the Indian visa regulation and seeking an exit clearance, then you are requested to schedule your appointment at the Ministry of Home Affairs website before heading on at the Visa Facilitation Center at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigners Division, NDCC-II Building, Sai Singh Road, New Delhi 110001 (tel. 91-11-2343-8037). You are informed that the processing of an exit visa can take time around 90 days and decisions will be made on a case by case basis by the authority of immigration.

Note: Duration of Visa or the number of entries in India is purely the discretion of the Indian Embassy, or Consulate has no role in order to make any approach or process. The applicant has to observe and realize that Visa will not be a subject of right, and, hence the Embassy / Consulates might deny the visa if no longer observed the eligibility / or does no longer have adequate supporting documentation. If the process is not matching according to the demand from the authority will not grant a Tourist visa if you request more days or time in India. So, provide your details and information before you submit your application, and must pay your application process amount. There will be no clarifications on this regard, and the resolution or decision of the Embassy / Consulate will probably be final.

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