Yes - A visa is required for travel to India

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

A valid passport and visa are required to travel to this destination.

Send these documents to Travisa


Passport Requirements:

Actual, original signed passport and one photocopy of passport information and signature page.
The passport must be signed, valid for 6 months beyond stay in India, with at least two blank passport pages available for India visa stamp. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Indian visas.


Indian Visa Application Form:

One signed India visa application form plus one copy.
Please Note: The actual traveler must sign their own visa application form, and signatures on the application must match the signature in the applicant's passport.

The Indian visa application form must be printed on two pages, and requires a signature on both pages. The applicant must sign under the photo on the first page, and at the bottom of the second page. If the signatures on the application do not match the signature on the passport, a new original application form will be required.

Please read the New India Visa Application Guide before you begin the online visa application form.


Photo Requirements:

One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background. Glasses should not be worn in these photos; photos should not be stapled to the application.

OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.


Other Forms:

Additional Particulars Form
This form must be printed out, completed and signed by all visa applicants.
San Francisco jurisdiction: Questions that do not apply to the traveler should be answered specifically with "no" or "NONE" (in all capitals). The Indian Consulate will not accept the wording "N/A" or "not applicable".


Letter Of Invitation from India:

If you are intending to make a documentary in India, kindly contact the Press and Information wing in the Embassy. The contact details in the Press and Information Wing of the Embassy is Telephone: 202-939-7048. Processing time is usually a minimum of 3-5 working days.


Proof of Address:

A clear photocopy of the applicant's driver's license or state issued ID is the best proof of address. The address on the ID must match the present address on the visa application exactly. Alternatively, the most recent major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage), or a copy of a valid/current lease containing both the landlord and tenant signature, may also be accepted.
New York: If submitting a utility bill as proof of address the original is required, a photocopy is not accepted.


Financial Requirements:

Residents in San Francisco jurisdiction: Applicants with occupation of Student, Retired or Unemployed; three most recent bank statements are recommended.


Other Requirements:

Journalists affiliated with a media company going to India for journalism purposes or for tourism purposes are required to submit a letter from their company stating whether or not the applicant will be going for journalism or tourism only.

Journalist Undertaking Letter: If the applicant is visiting for tourism or business purposes and not for Journalism purposes, a Journalist Undertaking Letter must be submitted with visa application, declaring the applicant is only visiting for tourism or business and will not engage in any journalistic activities.


Special Instructions:

For Applicants of Indian Origin: There are additional procedures and visa requirements for applicants of Indian origin. Please carefully review the requirements for applicants of Indian origin and include all necessary documents and fees with the visa application.

For Pakistani citizens and applicants of Pakistani origin: Travisa cannot submit an Indian visa application for Pakistani citizens and applicants of Pakistani origin. These applicants are required to submit visa applications in person.


Global Service Order Form:

This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.

Click here for India Consular Fees and Visa Processing Times

India Visa Validity:

Important: Travelers must leave India on or before the expiration of their visa. Travelers who remain in India beyond the validity of their visa could face detention and significant penalties. If your intended length of stay in India exceeds the validity of your existing visa, you must apply for a new visa.

How to read your Indian Visa.

Indian Visa Processing Time:

Visa processing time varies in different locations, depending on the state of residence of the applicant (see jurisdiction list below). Please visit our Consular Fee chart for estimated processing time in each location.

Visa Pre-Check - Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?

Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.

Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in India

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

How to Apply for a Visa to India

  • Review instructions based on the purpose of journey to India
  • Complete, print and sign all visa application forms, including Travisa's Global Service Order Form.
  • Send all of the visa application requirements listed above to Travisa.

India Visa Applications can be processed in the following location(s):

Residents of these states:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands

Send documents to:
Travisa - Atlanta
3475 Lenox Rd, Suite 465
Atlanta, GA 30326
Tel: (404) 465-3575

Residents of these states:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin

Send documents to:
Travisa - Chicago
120 S. State St, Unit 3
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel: (312) 588-7215
Tel: (800) 665-0602

Residents of these states:
Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

Send documents to:
Travisa - Houston
2700 Post Oak Blvd, Ste 1430
Houston, TX 77056
Tel: (713) 961-3500

Residents of these states:
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

Send documents to:
Travisa - New York
290 5th Ave, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 613-2223

Residents of these states:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Guam

Send documents to:
Travisa - San Francisco
220 Montgomery St, Suite 991
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: (415) 837-0771

Residents of these states:
Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Bermuda

Send documents to:
Travisa - Washington, DC
1731 21st. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 463-6166