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Indian Tourist Visa - Update

 1 Feb 2010

Please note that the following changes to conditions of entry for Indian tourist visas now apply:

Tourist Visa Re-Entry

"There should be a gap of at least 2 months between two visits to India on a Tourist Visa."

In case of requirement to visit India within 2 months, permission should be sought from the High Commission of India, London or the Indian Consulates at Birmingham and Edinburgh directly. Where permission is accorded by High Commission of India in such cases, registration with the local FRRO/FRO would be required within 14 days of arrival in India. Processing time of the request will be 3-4 working days.

Applicants, who after 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. For such cases, the tourist visa will be issued for those specific entries only and not multiple entry.

In view of the change in the Tourist Visa procedure, applicants who hold a valid 6 months multiple entry visa & wish to travel back to India within 2 months, Government of India has fixed £7 as "Miscellaneous Charge" for according permission to re-enter India within 2 months of last exit. The re-entry permit will be granted on discretionary basis only for urgent travel requirements.

Tourist Visa re-entry request form can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:

Introduction of "Tourist Visa-on-Arrival"

In 2010, The Government of India is introducing "Tourist Visa-on-Arrival" for citizens of the following five countries:

  • Finland
  • Japan
  • Luxemburg
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore

The "Tourist Visa-on-Arrival" will have a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry facility shall be granted by the Immigration Officers at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkota airports to start with. 

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