General Visa Information General Visa Information

General Visa Information

The Government of India, from time to time, has revoked the ban on several categories of visas for travel to India, which were earlier put in place due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The details of currently permitted categories are as below:

A. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholders

The Government of India has decided to permit all OCI/PIO card holders regardless of which country passport they hold.  It may be mentioned that the Government of India has recently decided to grant further extension of time till 31 December, 2021 to get the OCI card re-issued and that there is no need to carry the old passport on which the OCI was issued, the details of which are available :

https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/MjE4

B. Visa

i. Government of India has restored most of the visas, which had been suspended earlier.

ii. Below is the list of some of the categories where in case the applicant has a valid regular paper visa (and not an electronic visa), there is no need for a fresh visa:

  1. a) Entry (X) Visa
  2. b) Business (B) Visa
  3. c) Employment (E) Visa
  4. d) Student (S) Visa

iii. In case the validity of such a visa has expired, an application to obtain a fresh visa of appropriate category may be made with the Embassy/concerned Consulate depending on the location of the applicant.

iv. In addition, w.e.f. 30 March, 2021 the Government of India has opened e-visas for the following categories:

  1. a) eMedical Visa;
  2. b) eBusiness Visa;
  3. c) eConference Visa; and
  4. d) eMedical Attendant Visa;

the details of which are available at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

However, it may be noted that previous valid e-visas for the above categories, as well as for other categories, including eTourist Visa, will continue to remain suspended.  Applicants with e-visa for the above categories, which have been obtained on or after 30 March, 2021 will be allowed entry into India. The applicants are also advised that the Embassy does not process the e-visas and any enquiries in this regard will need to be made directly on the e-visa portal.

v. In addition, applications for Medical Visas, including for Medical Attendants, by foreign nationals intending to visit India for emergency medical treatment, may also be made with the Embassy/concerned Consulate.

vi. Foreign nationals not covered by the above categories requiring travel to India urgently due to a family emergency may make an application for Entry Visa. Such visas will be issued on a case-to-case basis depending on the merit of the case.

vii. Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan are permitted to travel to India from any country (including any third country).

viii. Tibetan migrants who have residence in India and holding Certificate of Identity issued by the Ministry of External Affairs and Return Visa to enter India, are permitted to travel to India. In case the visa has expired, an application for fresh visa may be made with the Embassy/concerned Consulate.