Due to the abuse and misuse of the tourist visa, there have been recent changes to the amount of allowable entries into India. There should now be a gap of at least two months between two separate visits to India. A tourist visa is granted to foreigners who do not have a residence or occupation in India and whose sole objective in visiting the country is recreation, tourism, or visiting family and friends. No other activity is permissible and the visa cannot be extended. Also note: the two-month gap is only applicable to tourist visas and not business, employment, student, medical, or other visa categories.
For tourist visa holders who wish to visit India within two months of their last visit, a letter is requires that shows 1)the urgency of the visit, as it pertains to recreation and 2)the visit is not due to business, research, employment, etc. Regardless of the visa duration, a foreigner may only stay in India for a maximum of 180 days (6 months) on each visit.
For detailed information regarding the changes, please visit Travisa Outsourcing or contact our office directly.