News and Notices

  • 27 February 2015

    Outsourcing of Visa, OCI, Passport and selected consular services to VFS from 01 March 2015

    Introduction of Biometrics, Appointment for physical submission of application for Visa, Passport, OCI and Consular Services.

    Re-entry into India within the 2 month restriction for tourist visas

    The rule of ‘at least 2 months between two visits to India on a Tourist Visa’has been abolished for all nationals except for Pakistani nationals. This stipulation of two months gap does not apply any more travellers

    The validity of the visa

    The validity of the visa begins from the date it is issued and not from the date of your departure mentioned on the application form. This must be kept in mind before applying and it is strongly advised that no travel arrangements/confirmations be made before the visa is issued as no refund of any lost amounts will be possible.

    Introduction of "Tourist Visa-on-Arrival"

    In order to facilitate Bonafide foreign tourists who plan their tours at a short notice, the Government of India has decided to introduce "Tourist Visa-on-Arrival" for a period of one year with immediate effect for citizen of 44 countries. For the list of countries please click here

    Citizens of these can get "Tourist Visa-on-Arrival" with a maximum validity of 30 days with Single Entry facility from the Immigration Officer at Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi ,Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai & Trivandrum only. The said "Tourist Visa-on-Arrival can neither be extended nor converted to any other kind of visa during his/her stay in India except in certain exceptional circumstances,for more details, please click here.

    Health Information

    In view of the spread of the Swine Influenza A (H1N1) all passengers travelling to India will be screened at the International Airports in India on their arrival and required to carry the declaration form (Health Card) at the Immigration. This may also involve quarantine and even hospitalisation, if detected, with any symptoms connected with the flu.

    Import of Satellite Phones into India

    Use of any kind of satellite telephone in India is permissible only after obtaining a prior license from Department of Telecommunications (DOT-Government of India). Persons arriving in India and importing satellite telephones through baggage are required to declare these on arrival. Satellite phones declared to Indian customs will be allowed clearance only after production of a license issued by the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India.

    Unauthorized use of satellite phones in India attracts penal provisions of the Indian Telegraph Act and Indian Wireless Act. Persons found using their satellite phones without license will be prosecuted and such unauthorized satellite phones found in their possession will be seized.

    • Persisting IT threats - "There has been an alarming rate of increase in a new virus called "Zbot Trojan" which spreads through an email attachment in the form of a PDF file and steals private information from the infected computer. All the applicants are advised to open the attachments received from the trustworthy sources."