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  Passport Required? Visa Required? Return Ticket Required?
British Yes Yes No
Australian Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No
Other EU Yes Yes No
Japanese Yes Yes No

 Valid for at least 8 months required.


Required by all.

Types of visa and Prices

The following prices are for UK nationals only; prices for other nationals vary.


£30 ( 6 months).


£30 ( for 6 months); £50 ( for 1 year); £90 (for 2 years).


£8 (up to 72 hours, single or double-entry).


(These are only issued to nationals of Indian origins). £90 (for 5 years).

Student, Journalist, Employment and Conference

Visas are available (contact the Embassy or High Commission for details).


Nationals of Argentina, Afghanistan, Jamaica, Bangladesh, Korea (Dem Rep), Mongolia, Maldives, Poland, Mauritius, Slovak Republic, South Africa and Uruguay are exempt from visa fees.


(a) The High Commission in London decides on the duration of the visa not withstanding the minimum fee.

(b) Restricted Area Permits are required to visit some areas (see below).

(c) Non-UK nationals applying in the UK must pay an additional £10 (£15 for US passport holders) unless holding proof of at least 1-year residence in the UK.

(d) A £1 fee may be required for postal applications, depending on consulate.



Up to 6 months from date of issue.


Up to 2 years.


Normally 72 hours, valid for 15 days from date of issue.


Up to 5 years, although each visit is not expected to exceed 6 months.

Application to

Embassy or High Commission (or Consular section at Embassy or High Commission), please see our Contact Addresses section.

Application requirements

(a) Passport valid for at least 8 months.

(b) Completed application. Nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh must complete special application forms, and nationals of Sri Lanka, United Kingdom nationals with dual nationality or of other origin, and other special situations, may be required to complete additional application forms. Personal interviews in some cases may also be required.

(c) 2 passport-size photos. Nationals of Pakistan require five.

(d) Fee (postal orders or bank drafts only).

(e) Stamped addressed special delivery envelope.


(f) A letter from their employer stating the reason of the visit and an invitation from the company in India and a letter of introduction from a United Kingdom Company addressed to the Embassy.

Transit (a)-(e) and, (f) Proof of onward travel.

Student (a)-(e) and, (f) Proof of admission to suitable university / educational institution.

Working days required>

Personal applications can usually be completed the same day. Applications received by post may take up to 15 working days or longer.

For nationals of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, non-United Kingdom citizens and Restricted Area Permits: 7 days or possibly much longer.

For British nationals with dual nationality and other special cases, authorization from India is required and processing time for the visa will vary according to individual cases.

Attention should be taken not to apply too late (to avoid unforeseen delays) or too early, since visas are issued on receipt of passport and are valid from date of issue and not date of travel.

Temporary residence

Permission should be sought before entry into India.

Restricted and protected areas

Certain parts of the country have been designated restricted or protected and special permits are required, and in some cases, prior government authorization which is easily obtained. Intention to travel to a specific restricted region must be indicated when applying for a visa and a permit will be issued to visit that region only. Passengers are advised to check with India Tourism for current information prior to departure.

The following states are subject to some restrictions:, Assam, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Manipur Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Meghalaya, and West Bengal.
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