Before finalizing plans to travel to India it is advisable to check the travel advisory notifications of respective countries. However, while planning to travel to India visitors may also note the followings:
Getting Your Visa
Foreign nationals wishing to travel to India are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Indian visa. However, nationals of Nepal and Bhutan do not require visa to enter India and nationals of Maldives do not require visa for entry in India for a period up to 90 days (a separate visa regime exists for diplomatic/official passport holders). Visas are granted through various Indian missions abroad. However, the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate reserves the right on granting and deciding the type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making the application.
Specific visas are granted for different purposes:
Types of visa
Documents supporting the applicant's financial standing
One or more years
Letter from the sponsoring organisation
For the duration of the academic course of study or for a period of five years whichever is less
Proof of admission to recognized Universities/Institutions in India
Maximum For 15 Days
Evidence of onward travel to a destination outside India
For the duration of the conference or seminar
Letter of invitation from the organiser of the conference
Upto one year or the period of medical treatment whichever is less. Visa can be granted to Attendant who is a blood relation to the patient and is co-terminus with the Medical Visa
Documents from registered medical institutions/ doctors supporting the need for medical treatment along with letters from Indian medical institution.
Visa on Arrival
Only for citizens of Finland, Luxembourg, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar maximum for 30 days. Visa to be issued only through designated international airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata
Visa for NRIs and PIOs
Persons of Indian Origins and Non-Resident Indians who possess either OCI (Overseas Indian Citizenship) or PIO card don't need to apply separately for an Indian Visa. OCI and PIO cards give them the freedom to visit India without visa within rules. However, those NRIs and PIOs who don't have OCI or PIO card can apply for and get Indian visa through the procedure mentioned above.