Visa Information

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

Special information

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.

S.NO Name Father's/Husband name Date of Birth Place of Birth Nationality & Passport No Date of Issue Place of Issue Date of Expiry Address
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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.

Procedures for obtaining a Visa

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.

1. Types of Visas

Tourist Visa

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

Business 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 Visa

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

2. Foreign Regional Registration Offices (FRRO)

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.

3. Tourist Visa on arrival

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

The foreign national of following eleven countries viz
1. Finland 2. Japan 3. Luxembourg 4. New Zealand
5. Singapore 6. Cambodia 7. Vietnam 8. Philippines
9. Laos 10. Myanmar 11. Indonesia  
Can get a Tourist Visa on arrival with a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry facility by the Immigration officer at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata Airports and NOT in any other Immigration Check Posts (ICPs).
1. Eligibility:
A) Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall be granted to a foreigner who is a national of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia..
1.Whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives etc and no other purpose/ activity.
2. Who does not have a residence or occupation in India.
3. Who holds a passport with minimum six months validity, and a re-entry .permit if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant.
4. Who is a person of assured financial standing (the production of a return ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during his stay in India may be considered sufficient for this purpose).
5. Who is not a person-non-grata to the Government of India.
6. Who is not considered an undesirable person and is not the subject of a black list or any warning circular or other restrictive list.
1. A citizen from the above-named countries who wants to come to India for a longer duration should be granted a Visa of the appropriate category by the Indian Mission/ Post concerned.
2. This facility shall not be available to the citizens of above-named countries if the person or either of his/ her parents or grandparents (paternal or maternal) was born in , and was permanently resident in Pakistan. Such persons can visit India after obtaining appropriate Visa from the Indian Mission/ Post concerned.
2. Validity:
A) Tourist Visa-on-Arrival will be valid for entry and stay into India within the period of its validity subject to conditions specified. The Immigration officer may grant single entry Tourist Visa-on-Arrival up to 30 days to nationals of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore , Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia.
3. Conditions for Tourist Visa-on-Arrival:
Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall be non-extendable and non-convertible. At the time of issue of Tourist Visa-on-Arrival, the Immigration officer must make it clear to the foreigner that a Tourist Visa-on-Arrival can neither be extended nor converted to any other kind Visa during his/her stay in India except in the following circumstances and with the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs:
a) Tourist Visa-on-Arrival may be converted to 'X' (Entry) Visa if a foreigner who has come to India on Tourist Visa-on-Arrival marries an Indian national during the validity of his/her Tourist Visa-on-Arrival.
Such conversion would be considered subject to fulfilment of following conditions:
1. Submission of a copy of a Registered Marriage Certificate
2. Report from the concerned FRO/FRRO about their marital status which will, inter-alia, include his/her antecedents, confirmation about their living together and security clearance.
b) Tourist Visa-on-Arrival of the foreigners who fall ill after their entry into India rendering them unfit to travel and require specialized medical treatment may be converted to Medical Visa.
if they are eligible for grant of Medical Visa and medical certificate is obtained from the government / government recognized hospitals. In such a case, Tourist Visa-on-Arrival of the attendant accompanying the foreigner (whose Tourist Visa-on-Arrival is converted to Medical Visa) may also be converted into Medical Attendant[Med-X] Visa co-terminus with the Medical Visa of the Foreigner.
4. Fee for Tourist Visa-on-Arrival:
A fee of US $60/- or an equivalent amount in Indian rupees per passenger (including children) will be charged from each foreigner for the grant of Tourist Visa-on-Arrival.
5. Repeat Visit:
Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall be allowed for a maximum of two times in a calendar year to a foreigner with a minimum gap of two months between each visit.
The Tourist Visa-on-Arrival facility shall not be applicable to holders of Diplomatic / Official passports.
6. Required documents:
1. Passport with 6 month validity.
2. Passport size photographs.
3. Photo copy of passport.
4. Hotel booking confirmation if possible.
5. On production of Return Ticket.

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