India Visa Updates and Tips

Allison Sodha

An update regarding the India visa application process: Certain functions and usability are currently disabled while the system is being updated. These include credit card processing, money order instructions, and frequent time-outs. Additionally, the application process for the tourist visa has recently changed. Here are a few tips when applying for the tourist visa:

1. When completing an online application, you will first be linked to the form facilitated by the Government of India. Please note the following:

  • Be sure to select the correct location under Indian mission, at the top of the form. Each state is linked to a consulate or embassy within a specific jurisdiction. The list is provided on the Travisa Outsourcing site.
  • Under Applicant Details, Visible Identification Marks: This is a visible mark on your body, including a mole, birthmark, scar, etc.

2. After completing the form on the applicable government site, you must return to Travisa Outsourcing and complete the Travisa order form. The Travisa order form now includes a section on scanning your visa photo and signature for the database. As the form states, this step is not required, but if not completed there will be a processing delay. Also, the signature must be completely inside the box.

3. Please read the photo guidelines for the visa photo. Glasses may not be worn and correct cropping is required.

4. The visa is valid for six months from the date of issue. If your visa is processed on September 1, 2012, it will expire on February 28, 2013. Some travelers anticipate the visa to start the 6-month validity on the arrival date in India, but it is from the date of issue.

5. Your passport must have at least two blank visa pages available. The amendment pages are not acceptable.

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Remember, there should be a gap of at least two months between two separate visits to India. If you wish to return to India within 2 months of your previous visit, an application for a permit to re-enter India is required. However, no permit is needed if the visa holder is traveling to multiple countries on the same itinerary and the trip follows the itinerary exactly. The visa holder must carry a copy of the itinerary to show the Immigration Officer. For example, if you plan to visit India and then travel to Nepal, and then return to India to fly home, this would be two separate India arrivals. A copy of your itinerary must be presented at immigration to allow for multiple entries within two months.

Topics: India, Passport, Visa

Allison Sodha

Written by Allison Sodha

As the President of Sodha Travel and author of Go! Girl Guides India, Allison has spent almost two decades exploring South Asia. She has a passion for creating experiences fueled by a deeper understanding of local communities.