An important India visa update: Travelers on a Tourist visa were previously required to have a gap of at least two months between two separate visits to India. The restriction has now been lifted except for nationals of China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh. We see this as a positive amendment to the current policy, as previously the travelers would need to present the immigration officer with an exact itinerary and proof of onward travel upon re-entering India within two months of their last visit. As many of our clients include visits to Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, and return to India for their onward flight and/or continuation of travel, this change will result in less paperwork and less time to pass customs and immigration. Travisa Outsourcing will continue to process all visa applications, with the exception of emergency requests.
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:
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.