An entry Visa is essential for all foreigners visiting India. Those touring India may apply for a Tourist Visa. Those traveling exclusively for the Conference / workshop / seminar can apply for Conference Visa.
It is advisable to apply for Visas well in advance, ideally (but not earlier than) 3 months before the date of the Conference. Foreign visitors entering India must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after their date of entry into India, except in the case of nationals of Bhutan and Nepal, who need only carry suitable means of identification.
If approved, a single entry Conference Visa will be granted. Please note that the validity of a Visa begins on the day it is issued. Thus, a 1- month Visa issued on January 1st would be valid until January 31st. The date of entry into India does not affect the period of validity of a Visa.
The list of Indian diplomatic missions overseas can be consulted at http://india.gov.in/overseas/indian_missions.php
for for nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Srilanka, Sudan and foreigners of Pakistan origin.
Nationals from these countries should apply for a Visa at least 3 months before entry into India. However they would be required to submit their passport details at the time of registration.
Nationals and/or passport holders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin, and Stateless persons are required to provide the information to the Organizing committee in the prescribed format given below, three months in advance of the date of travel. This information is to be submitted to the Ministry of Home and Ministry of External Affairs, who in turn will inform the respective Consulates / High Commissions to issue the Visas. On receipt of the information, this ministry refers the details of such participants for security vetting to the security agency concerned. On receipt of a no objection from the security agency this ministry communicates the security clearance to the concerned Indian Mission abroad for grant of Conference Visa to the participant.
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Kindly fill in this form and submit to Mr Dinesh Srivastva 4 months prior to the conference. You can send the form to
The Ministry of External Affairs of India will be notified of the conference, and accordingly the Indian missions in all countries will be in contact with the Ministry of External Affairs.
Visas can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission/Consulate of India based in the country from where the candidate intends to depart for India. Specific Visas are granted for a variety of purposes.
Validity: 6 months. The applicant is required to submit the hotel confirmation in India, tentative itinerery of travel, contact details in India, in this case, you may mention the address of the Conference Organisers as given in the contact us page and and documents in proof of his ( delegate ) financial standing
Tourists traveling in groups of more than four members under the auspices of a recognized travel agency may be granted a collective tourist Visa. NO INVITATION LETTER IS REQUIRED, if applying for a tourist visa
Validity: One or more years with multiple-entries. A letter from the sponsoring organization should accompany the application. The letter should indicate the nature of business, probable duration of stay, places and organizations to be visited and it should state that the sponsoring organization will cover all maintenance expenses there in a guarantee to meet maintenance expenses, etc.
Conference Visas are issued to visitors attending conference / seminars / meetings in India. A Letter of Invitation from the conference must be submitted along with the Visa application. Delegates coming to attend conference may combine tourism with attending conference .
Conference delegates are advised to apply for a Conference Visa. Accompanying guests should consult their nearest Indian Embassy/High Commission to determine which Visa to apply for.
Conference Visas are issued by the relevant Indian Embassy if delegate are able to produce:
A Letter of Invitation to a conference / seminar / workshop is being organized in India.
Relevant copies of permissions from Indian Government Agencies for the staging of a particular conference. Permission copies shall be uploaded on website as soon as we have those from relevant ministries. Registered participants may please contact for personalized letters of invitation
Delegates from Afghanistan and Pakistan must register at their closest Police Station upon arrival and before departure. Delegates must present their passport with the valid stamped Visa, return and confirmed air tickets, an invitation letter from the organizer, the confirmation of the hotel where they are staying and, four passport size photographs. Moreover, delegates must mention where they will be visiting for the field visit (where applicable) when applying for their Visa so that the appropriate permission is granted to visit those places.
Delegates coming from few countries can get their tourist ( and not conference ) Visa on arrival in India. Please see below the required details for the same.
Tourist Visa on Arrival