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India visa & entry requirements

India visa information

Is an entry visa required for India?

Yes you will require a visa to travel to India which must be arranged in advance of travel. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from your arrival date into India, and must be machine-readable and have at least two blank pages.

UK specific process - last updated April 2022

Currently British and Canadian citizens cannot use the below e-Tourist visa process and should instead apply for a regular/paper Indian visa through the official website - indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/. Once the application is complete, you will be required to make a face to face appointment via the High Commission of India website in your country of residence where you can choose the most convenient visa service office. It can take anywhere between two to four weeks for the entire process to be complete and so be sure to leave yourself plenty of time.

How do I obtain my e-Tourist visa?

Visit the following website indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html and complete the online form. Give yourself plenty of time as it’s lengthy! You will also need to upload a recent photograph (a headshot taken against a white background), and an image of the photo page of your passport that holds all your personal information. Payment will be required by credit or debit card. It’s important that you apply at least 4 days in advance of your arrival date, giving enough time for visa processing. Confirmation of your e-Tourist Visa will be emailed to you. You will need to print off this confirmation and produce it on arrival into India. 

How long is the e-Tourist visa valid for? 

There are three durations available: 30 days, 1 year or 5 years. The e-Tourist visa is valid from the date of entry into India. The 30-day visa is issued for a double entry; the long term visas are valid for multiple entries.

Who can use the e-Tourist visa service? 

Citizens of EU countries, Australia, New Zealand and the United States and many other nationalities can use the e-Tourist Visa. If you are of Pakistani origin or have Pakistani family then you must apply for a traditional Indian visa. If you need further clarification please speak to your destination specialist. 

Covid-19 entry requirements

The following information is based on each adult traveller being full vaccinated. The vaccination requirements for children vary (and change continuously) however we can advise on this. For unvaccinated travellers the entry requirements are far more prohibitive and in many cases not possible at all – please check the www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice (or your home country’s equivalent) website for full details.

Do I need a PCR test before travelling to India?

Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to have a negative PCR test certificate in advance of travel

What else will I need?

  1. All travellers must submit a self-declaration form on the online “Air Suvidha” portal before their scheduled travel. Your certificate of completing the full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19 can be uploaded in the place of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report issued no more than 72 hours before departure.

  2. All guidelines are available on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website.

  3. Your NHS Covid Pass (or country equivalent). You should check that the name on your passport matches how it is displayed by NHS COVID at least 4 weeks before you travel. If the names are different, contact your doctor to have your details updated.

And finally...

Entry and testing requirements change regularly, we will do all we can to keep you updated of any changes, however you must please check at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice (or your home country’s equivalent) regularly for any updates (and certainly within the 7 days before you travel).

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