General Visa Information General Visa Information

General Visa Information

PERMITTED CATEGORIES FOR TRAVEL TO INDIA

  1. A. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholders

All OCI/PIO card holders are permitted to travel to India irrespective of their nationalities. It may be mentioned that the Government of India has also allowed extension till 31 December, 2021 for re-issuance of OCI card.  Further, there is no need to carry the old passport on which the OCI was issued. Please see related details at https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/MjYx

  1. B. Visa
  • The Government of India has restored most visas, which had been suspended earlier, except Tourist Visas (e-Tourist and regular Tourist Visa) issued before 6 October 2021 and e-Visas of all other types issued before 30 March, 2021.
  • Tourist visas (electronic and regular) are also being issued as per details available at https://cgihouston.gov.in/listview/MjY2
  • Applicants are also advised that the Consulate does not process e-visas and any enquiries in this regard will need to be made directly on the e-visa portal.
  • Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan are permitted to travel to India from any country (including any third country).
  • 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.

 

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:

  1. 1. 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. Please see related details : https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/MjYx

  1. 2. Visa
  • i) The Government of India has restored most visas, which had been suspended earlier,except Tourist Visas (e-Tourist and regular Tourist Visa) issued before 6 October 2021 and e-Visas of all other types issued before 30 March 2021.
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  • ii) Applicants are also advised that the Consulate does not process e-visas and any enquiries in this regard will need to be made directly on the e-visa portal.
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  • iii) Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan are permitted to travel to India from any country (including any third country).
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  • iv) 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 Consulate.