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Arriving India | How to get a tourist visa to India

India requires most foreign nationals to obtain a visa before traveling to the country. However, there are certain countries whose citizens are eligible for visa-free entry or can obtain a visa on arrival. The specific visa requirements can vary based on your nationality and the purpose and duration of your visit. We recommend checking with the Indian embassy or consulate in your country or using the official Indian government website to determine the visa requirements that apply to you.

How to obtain a tourist visa to India

To obtain a tourist visa to India, the following would be the procedure. However follow steps specifically mentioned by the Ministry of foreign affairs - Government of India, in the following website.

  1. Visit the Official Indian Visa Online Portal: Access the Indian government's official website for visa applications:

  2. Create an Account: Register on the portal by providing your email address and creating a password.

  3. Fill Out the Application Form: Complete the online visa application form accurately. Provide details about your personal information, travel plans, passport information, etc.

  4. Select the Tourist Visa Type: Choose the appropriate visa category. For tourism purposes, select the "Tourist Visa" option.

  5. Upload Documents: Scan and upload the required documents, including your passport's bio page, recent passport-sized photograph, travel itinerary, proof of accommodation, and any other documents requested based on your nationality and specific circumstances.

  6. Pay the Visa Fee: Pay the visa fee online using the available payment options. Visa fees can vary based on your nationality and the duration/type of visa.

  7. Schedule an Appointment (if required): Depending on your country of residence, you may need to schedule an appointment at the nearest Indian embassy or consulate. Follow the instructions provided during the application process.

  8. Attend Interview/Biometric Submission (if required): If an interview or biometric data submission is necessary, attend the appointment at the designated Indian embassy or consulate.

  9. Wait for Processing: After submitting your application, wait for the processing time. Tourist visas are typically processed within a few working days, but it can vary based on the embassy's workload.

  10. Receive the Visa: Once approved, your visa will be stamped on your passport or provided as an e-visa linked to your passport electronically.

  11. Check Visa Details: Before traveling, verify all details on your visa to ensure accuracy regarding the type, validity, and conditions of your tourist visa.

    ​Always refer to the official Indian government website or the website of the Indian embassy/consulate in your country for the most accurate and updated information regarding visa applications and requirements. Requirements and processes can differ based on nationality and specific circumstances.

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