What are the necessary requirements for a trip to India?
Traveling to India by land or air is relatively simple, with standard immigration procedures. We created a checklist to help you check that you are ready for your trip to India.
The following elements are required by applicants, for a trip to India:
To visit India you will require a valid passport, travel ticket, and a visa. Ensure that your passport is valid for at least three months after your entry into India, and should have more than two blank pages. If your passport is stolen or lost, contact your country’s representative.
Visa is required for most travelers; more than 150 nationalities are eligible for an e-Visa. Longer duration of stay requires a standard six-month regular visa. Apart from nationals of Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives, who do not require visas for India unless they are arriving from mainland China. Visas can be gotten at the Indian embassy worldwide, though, in many nations, applications are can be processed by a separate private company. A standard tourist visa allows multiple entries for most nationalities. The 60-day e-Visa is usually a double-entry visa. Currently, you need to submit two electronic photographs with your visa application, though only one for the e-Visa. A travel ticket is a prerequisite for some visas, but this is not always enforced. An extended visa is possible for applicants of Indian origin (excluding those in Pakistan and Bangladesh) who have a non-Indian passport and stay abroad
India is a very populated country and in order not to put your health at a risk, you should visit your doctor to get standard vaccinations. Amongst the vaccinations recommended for India by The CDC and WHO are: typhoid, cholera, chickenpox, and pneumonia. Your doctor should give more enlightenment on how to make the vaccines effective.
Tips for e-Visa
- Nationals from more than 150 countries can obtain an e-Visa.
- You must apply for at least four days before you travel to India.
- The visa will be valid from your day of entry into India.
- E-Visa for double-entry lasts for more than sixty days from your first day of entry.
- To apply, you are required to upload a passport photograph as well as a copy of your passport, and you should have at least 3 months’ validity in your passport.
- If your e-Visa application is approved, you will get an attachment to your email within 72 hours, which you will are required to print out and take to the airport.
- You will then have the e-Visa stamped on the blank page of your passport on arrival in India.
E-Visas are valid for entry into India through assigned airports: Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Chennai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Madurai, Mangaluru, Nagpur, Pune, Trichy, Thiruvananthapuram, and Visakhapatnam. They are also valid for arrival via designated seaports: Goa, Mumbai, and Chennai. However, e-Visa bearers can leave India from any approved immigration checkpoint.
The former law of no re-entry on the same visa for two months after your departure from India does not apply to foreign nationals anymore. E-Visas can be used for double entry into India.
India is stringent with visa extensions. The government grants extensions only in cases such as theft of passport, or medical emergencies just before the applicant intends to leave the country. Assuming you meet the extremely stringent requirements, you are granted an extension of 14 days. You must bring one passport photograph, your passport, and a letter from the medical facility where you are having treatment if it is a medical emergency. Note that this process is constructed to get you out of the country with the right official stamps, not to allow you an extra two extra weeks of travel and leisure.
Entry to certain parts of India – especially disputed border zones – is controlled by a system of authorizations that applies to foreigners mostly, but can also apply to Indian nationals in some zones. Authorizations are needed to travel to Sikkim and certain parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand that are close to the disputed border with China/Tibet. Authorization is also mandatory to visit the Lakshadweep Islands and to some areas of the Andaman Islands. In Odisha, authorization is no longer needed to visit tribal regions, and there are no regulations to stop tourists from entering a bus or taxi to visit regional markets, but some areas are off-limits to travelers (due to potential traditional activity), so you should seek local advice before going out. Obtaining an authorization is generally a formality, but travel officials must apply on your behalf for certain zones, especially many trekking routes near national borders. We suggest you read our page on what you should know before traveling to India for more info.