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Visa General Information

• Before applying for Indian visa, please go through all the information on this page and the checklist and information booklet for Visa.

• High Commission does not accept any visa application directly. Applications for Visa should be submitted at the BLS Visa Application Center. For contact details, timings and other information about these centers please visit their website

• Acceptance of visa application does not ensure that visa shall be granted. Applicants must note that grant or refusal of visa is sovereign right of Government of India and it cannot be claimed as a matter of right by the applicant.

• Grant of visa, its duration or number of entries is purely the discretion of the High Commission and BLS has no role in this.

• Visa fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Fee, once charged, will not be refunded even in cases where visa is refused or the application is withdrawn.

• Passport on which visa is applied must have at least 2 blank pages and must have a validity of more than 190 days. Passengers holding valid visas may be denied entry into India if the validity of their passports is less than 190 days at the time of entry into India.

• The validity of visa starts from the date of its issue and not from the date of entry into India.

• Processing time for visa applications is 30 days from the date application has been accepted by BLS and a receipt is generated. However, in certain cases the processing time may exceed 30 days.

• Visa applicants are advised not to purchase travel tickets before visa is obtained.

• Long-term visa holders intending to stay in India for more than 180 days are required to register at their nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) or District Superintendents of Police.

• High Commission at its discretion, may call any applicant for interview in person in the High Commission of India irrespective of his/her location of residence. Failure to attend the interview may result in rejection of visa application.

• In case of visa for Missionary work, Journalism, travel document holders, Pakistani nationals/persons of Pakistan origin, separate rules would apply.

• Change of purpose is not permitted on any visas, once granted.

• Foreigners entering India are advised that use or carrying satellite telephone sets such as Iridium, Inmarsat, Thuraya etc. is prohibited in India.Any violations would result in confiscation of these sets and the holder can be prosecuted under Section 6 of Indian Wireless Act and Section 20 of Indian Telegraph Act.


Process for submission of Visa application

Step 1- Submission of application online

Please register & submit the Visa application online following the guidelines at the below link. Please read carefully the details and various provisions provided on the Visa website and follow while submitting application for Visa.

A step wise process can be seen at the below link:

Process for uploading online photo online for visa application

Step 2 – Submit print out of the Visa application along with the supporting documents and Fee at BLS Center.

For further details with regard to application form, documents, etc., please check the details on the BLS Website (