Passport and Visa

  • Foreign nationals visiting India must carry with them a valid passport of their home country and a valid Indian visa too.
  • The exceptions being, Nepal and Bhutanese nationals do not require an Indian visa when visiting and also Maldives nationals do not need a passport when visiting India. In both cases, the visa validity period is about 90 days.
  • If one is staying over 14 days in the country, a Registration with the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office within 14 days of arrival is mandatory.
  • Visas issued for different categories, like the foreign nationals visits to India are approved by The Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, the provision of which is approved via the Indian Missions/Consulates abroad.
  • The visa fees can change without notice and are non-refundable. Irrespective of the fees paid at the time off applying, the Embassy/ High Commission/ Consulate have the sole rights on granting and deciding the type or duration of the visa.
  • Visas are available based on the purpose of travel. Tourist visas are valid for a period of 6 months.
  • Documents required include the original passport of at least 6 months validity, Visa fees, Passport size photographs, supporting documents along with a duly filled application form.
  • Business visas are issued for duration of a year or longer.
  • Tourist Visa on Arrival is available for nationals of eleven countries- Cambodia, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Luxembourg, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam.
  • The Visa on Arrival facility will not be applicable:
    • If the citizens of the above countries or their parents, grandparents (paternal or maternal) were born in, and was a permanent resident of Pakistan
    • Persons holding Diplomatic/ Official passports
    • A person who is a resident of India and/or works in India
    • A person who may be affirmed persona non grata by the Government of India and is not the subject of a blacklist or any warning circular or any other restrictive list
  • A tourist with a Visa on Arrival is allowed to enter India only two times in a calendar year, with a gap of at least two months between each visit. It is non-extendable and non-convertible. This facility is available only at the Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata airports.

The Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs is in charge of issuing Indian visas to foreign nationals for their stay for various purposes. This provision is approved through different Indian missions abroad. Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without notice. 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. The granting of a visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities. Specific visas are granted for different purposes


  • Travelers carrying amounts exceeding US $5000 or equivalent in cash or US $10000 in travelers’ cheques must declare the excess.
  • Local currency limit is INR 7,500 for residents of India, excluding those arriving from Bhutan and Nepal. For people arriving from Bhutan and Nepal there is no limit in the amount of INR carried but notes no bigger than INR 100 denominations are allowed.
  • Foreign currencies include currency notes, travelers’ cheques, and cheques, drafts etc. (INR) exchange can happen only through banks and authorized money exchange points/agencies.
  • Duty-free items include “personal effects” along with 250 grams of tobacco or 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars. Alcoholic liquor and wines of a litereach are also duty-free. Narcotics, arms or non-sporting firearms are strictly prohibited


Indian rupee notes are in the denominations of INR 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. There are also coins in INR denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10 available. It is advisable not to exchange money with unauthorised agencies. Travelers’ cheques are the only permitted way of bringing in INR. Authorised money exchange agencies function at the airports and docks. Also, authorised money exchanging agencies display current exchange rates. Major credit cards are accepted in all major hotels and restaurants and also at most shops and stores.


  • English is the most widely spoken language in India along with Hindi.
  • Most areas display instructions in local as well as English and Hindi languages.
  • Hindi is the most widely spoken language in the Northern part of India and it is also spoken in the Southern states. There are other local regional languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada which are also spoken in the different states of South India.
  • In Kerala, Malayalam is the local language, but people do also understand and talk Hindi, English and Tamil.
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