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Indian Embassy in London, UK
Please do not finalise your travel arrangements to India before ascertaining
the visa requirements.
All foreign nationals, including children, require a visa to enter India.
Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.
The High Commission reserves the right on granting and deciding type/duration
of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making application.
Granting of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject
to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities.
Visa can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission
of India in London. Visa applications from persons not ordinarily residing
in the UK or from people of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan origin
are considered only in the High Commission of India, London and Consulate
General of India, Birmingham and their processing may take one week or
in some cases much longer. Applicants not ordinarily resident in the UK
and Sri Lankan nationals are required to complete an additional form.
Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals have to file special visa application
forms. In the following cases processing of applications will take longer:
(a) British Nationals holding dual nationality or of other origin, (b)
applicants not resident in the UK, (c) where clearance from India is mandatory,
(d) visitors to restricted areas and (e) certain cases where documents
may need to be verified. Visa Section will contact the applicant about
the time of delivery for such passports. Please note that each application
is examined individually and the time taken for issuing Visa will vary
from case to case.
Visitors to restricted/protected areas need special permits and for this
purpose an additional form has to be completed. Please contact the High
Commission of India, London if you wish to ascertain whether any of the
places you intend to visit fall in the category of restricted/protected
Specific Visa are granted for a variety of purposes. The principal types
of Visa issued are mentioned below. Please contact the High Commission
of India for further details if you are visiting India for purposes other
than tourism, such as journalism, conferences, yoga, voluntary work, mountaineering
or other expeditions. The visa application form is, however, the same.
Separate forms are available for Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals.
Requirements for Visa
1. Original passport valid for at least 6 months
2. Correct visa fee
3. Two passport size photographs (5 photographs in case of Pakistani Nationals)
4. 4. 4. Supporting documents, where necessary
5. Duly completed application form (Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals
need to apply on special application forms)
Additional requirements for different types of Visa are given below.
Tourists wishing to visit India will normally be granted tourist Visa,
effective from the date of issue. Tourist Visa are non-extendible and
non-convertible. Travel Agents who have to visit India frequently may
be granted tourist Visa for a longer duration.
Business Visa are normally granted for 3 or 6 months. However, multiple-entry
Business Visa for up to 2 years validity may be granted to technicians/experts
going to India in pursuance of bilateral agreements or joint venture projects
having government approval.
Student and Employment Visa
Student Visa can be obtained on furnishing proof of admission to recognized
Universities/Institutions in India. Employment Visa can also be obtained
on furnishing of proof of employment with companies in India.
Transit Visa are valid for halts of up to 72 hours in India within 15
days from the date of issue of the visa and must be obtained before departure.
Transit Visa cannot be obtained from immigration counters at ports of
entry in India. Evidence of onward travel to a destination outside India
Entry Visa are issued to persons of Indian origin for a duration
of up to 5 years. These can be obtained, depending on the purpose of visit
and eligibility, on a case by case basis.
Please Note: Persons holding long term Visa (having validity
exceeding 6 months) are normally not expected to stay in India more than
6 months during each visit. Please refer to the boxed note further down
for requirement to register with the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO)/Foreigners
Regional Registration Office (FRRO).
Visa Exemption Letters for Minors
Visa Exemption Letters previously granted to children of Indian origin
(for a maximum validity of 90 days from the date of issue) have been discontinued
since 1 July 1999. Visa Exemption Letters issued in the past are hence
no longer valid. All children holding separate passports are now required
to obtain regular Visa.
We advise submission of applications in person. No action will be taken
on any communication received without the Sender’s name & full postal
address on the outside of the envelope. We accept no responsibility in
case of loss/delay of documents.
However, if you wish to apply for your visa by post, please follow the
1 Add £1.00 extra with each application towards handling charges.
2 Obtain latest visa application form and all other additional forms
- by downloading from this website, or
- from Fax-Back No.: 0906 44 45 43, or
- from the High Commission of India by sending a stamped SAE.
3. Processing of postal application forms may take up to 15 working days
and in some cases longer especially during September to February. In this
regard please also refer to the introductory information regarding time
taken for various categories of applicants. Posting of application should
be properly timed to ensure that visa would cover duration of stay in
India, allowing time for processing. Validity of a visa starts from date
of issue. Please check the latest visa fees and estimated processing time
before posting your application form/passport/fee etc., to avoid delay
or rejection of application due to submission of incorrect fee/documents.
Do not apply too early as visa is issued on receipt of passport and is
valid from date of issue and not the date of travel. No refund or amendment
will be made after the application is processed and visa is issued.
4. Please send:
- applicant's passport (valid for at least 6 months) in original
- two passport size photos
- the applicable visa fee. Note: Please enclose correct visa
fee by crossed Postal Order or Bank Draft only (no personal
cheques please) payable to The High Commission of India. Under
no circumstances, should cash be sent by post.
- duly filled and signed application form
- if required, any supporting documentation
- a stamped self-addressed special delivery envelope with the
application for return of the processed passport. Send applications
by Special Delivery only.
5. Applications, which are incomplete or not accompanied by correct fee/documents,
will be returned without processing. The High Commission of India will
not be responsible for any delay/loss caused as a consequence.
6. Applications should only be addressed to the Visa Department of this
High Commission to avoid delay. The address
The Postal Visa Section
High Commission of India
London WC2B 4NA
In some cases, postal applicants may be asked to come to the High Commission
for a personal interview and their visa applications will only be processed
Last updated 31 December 2001
Please refer to Additional Charges and Notes below for special fees applicable
to nationals of certain countries.
||Fee £30.00, This is a short duration visa for the purpose of holiday
or visiting relatives.
||Fee £30.00, valid up to 6 months, £50.00 for 1 year and £90.00 for
2 years. A letter explaining the nature of business and duration from
UK Company and a letter of invitation from an Indian Company should
||Fee £30.00 valid for 3 months, Single Entry. A letter of invitation
from the conference organiser should be submitted.
|| Fee £8.00 (Single/Double Entry), valid for halts of up to 72 hours
within 15 days from date of issue. This visa is issued only for changing
of flights en route to another country. Evidence of onward travel
outside India is required.
||Fee £90.00, valid for 5 years is issued to people of Indian origin
|Long term visa*
||Fee £90.00, valid for 5 years. This is a settlement visa for the
people of Indian origin.
||Fee £30.00, for student Visa valid up to 6 months Fee £50.00, for
student Visa valid up to 1 year Fee £55.00, for student Visa valid
for more than 1 year Letter of admission from the recognised educational
institution with duration of the course required in all cases.
||Fee £30.00, valid for 3 months, Single Entry. A letter from the
employer should be submitted where applicable
||Fee £50.00, Valid for 1 year. An employment contract signed by both
the parties should be submitted.
|Transfer of visa
||Fee £4.00, This is for transfer of 5-year visa issued by this mission
or other missions in U. K, from an expired passport to a new passport.
Both the expired and new passports have to be submitted in original
along with a separate application form.
Please refer to note in box above concerning requirements to register
with the FRRO/FRO
Additional Charges (payable in addition to the normal Visa Fees):
- £15.00 To all applicants holding US passports.
- £25.00 Applicants arriving to submit applications beyond Visa
Counter hours (08:30–12:00 Hrs on working days) on emergency
- £10.00 Non UK passport holders. Proof of stay of at least
one year required to be produced for exemption.
- £30.00 Service charges for applicants holding Russian passports.
- £5.00 Service charges for applicants holding Romanian passports.
- £1.00 For all applications received by post