India Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes No Yes
British Yes No Yes
Canadian Yes No Yes
EU Yes No Yes
USA Yes No Yes

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All nationals referred to in the chart above require a machine-readable passport valid for at least 180 days and with at least two blank pages.


All nationals referred to in the chart above require visas for India.

Nationals of Bhutan, the Maldives (stay for tourism purposes only, up to 90 days within a period of 180 days) and Nepal do not require a visa except in the following cases:
Citizens of Nepal and of Bhutan must have a visa for India if they are entering India from China, Macau, Hong Kong, Pakistan and Maldives.
Nationals of Japan, South Korea and United Arab Emirates are eligible for a Tourist visa on arrival unless they are of Bangladeshi or Pakistani origin.
Nationals not referred to in the chart or the aforementioned information are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for India.
Visa note

All nationals listed in the chart above are eligible to apply online for an e-Tourist Visa (eTV). You must apply at least four days before you arrive in India. You can only enter India via those airports listed on the eTV website. There are five e-Visa subcategories: e-Tourist visa, e-Business visa, e-Medical visa, e-Medical Attendant Visa and e-Conference Visa.

Certain parts of the country have been designated protected or restricted areas that require special permits and in some cases prior government authorisation. You should indicate your intent to visit a specific restricted region when applying for a visa and a permit will be granted to visit that region only. It is advised that you apply for the special permit for restricted areas when you enter India by visiting the FRRO (Foreign Regional Registration Office) that has offices in all major Indian airports and cities. You must complete an additional form, but there is no fee for a restricted area permit.

Types and cost
e-Tourist Visa:
Fees given for nationals from UK, USA, Australia, Canada and EU.
for stays up to 30 days:
April to June: US$10
July to March: US$25
for stays up to 1 year:
e-Business Visa: US$80
Fees given for nationals from UK, USA, Australia, Canada and EU.
All visa applications are subject to a non-refundable service charge.

e-Visa: 30 days/ 1 year / 5 years from the date of arrival, with double entry for tourist and business visas, single entry for conference visas and triple entry for medical visas. The duration cannot be extended.

Transit: valid for 15 days for a maximum stay of 72 hours.

Tourist/business for UK nationals: valid for single or multiple entries within up to 5 years (maximum stay of 180 days per visit).

Visa validity for other nationals varies according to nationality.

Visas issued by the embassy/VFS Global are valid from the date of issue and not your date of departure.

Application to

Consular section at your nearest embassy or high commission. For UK and US nationals, India has outsourced its visa application services to VFS Global (; all applicants must make an appointment to visit an application centre in person. In the USA, for India’s visa application services please visit VFS Global (

Those eligible for an e-Tourist Visa can apply online (

Working days

e-Tourist Visas are usually issued immediately or within a few hours. They must be applied for at least 4 days prior to travelling.

Straightforward applications through VFS Global in the UK take at least three to five working days, but others may take longer, depending on the applicant's nationality. 

Extension of stay

Visa extensions are not available in India, unless in extreme circumstances (e.g. a medical emergency).

Entry with pets

An incoming passenger can import up to two pets at one time. These include all domestic animals such as dogs, birds, cats etc., subject to producing the required health certificate from their country of origin. Pets are still liable for the usual quarantine checks upon arrival. Pets must also be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip before arrival in India.

Embassies and tourist offices

British High Commission in India
Telephone: +91 (11) 2419 2100 Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri: 0900-1700
Embassy of India in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 939 9888 (Consulate); +1 202 939 7000 (Chancery). Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1800; consular section Mon-Fri 0930-1230.
High Commission of India in the UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7836 8629 5950 or +44 (0) 20 7632 3035 (out of office hours). Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0915-1745.

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.