Visa Category

Visa Category

All foreign nationals, including children, require a visa to enter India. Only registered marriage certificate will be accepted. The only exceptions are nationals of Nepal and Bhutan who can enter India without a visa. (Note: Nepalese and Bhutanese nationals need a visa if entering India from China). Afghan passport holder are advised to apply only - 'e-Emergency X-Misc Visa' on the e-visa portal at

Visa fees once deposited cannot be refunded even if requested service is modified or not granted. Please note that the validity of the visa begins from the date of issue by the High Commission of India and not from the date of travel on your application form

Foreigners entering India on long term visas valid for more than 180 days should follow the relevant registration formalities. All persons who hold Student Visa, Employment Visa and Research Visa which are valid for more than 180 days are required to get themselves registered with the nearest Foreign Registration Office (FRO) or Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) within 14 days of arrival in India.


Your visa for India is printed on a Visa Sticker on an entire page in your passport. Please check the details carefully for any spelling mistakes and or validity etc. as marked below once the Indian Visa has been granted:

  • Your Surname (Last Name) as stated in your Passport.
  • Your Name (Given Name) including Middle Name, if any, as given in the Passport.
  • Passport Number as in Passport.
  • Correct Photographs.
  • Visa Type: i.e. T = Tourist, B = Business, X = Entry.
  • Number of Entries: Multiple, Double, or Single.
  • Date of Issue.
  • Date of Expiration.

Types of VISA

Applicants can submit their visa applications with prior appointments only & as per jurisdiction. In case the applicant is unable to submit his/her application in person, an authorized nominee can submit the visa application on the applicant’s behalf with an authorization letter. Please click here to download the authorization letter format

  • Tourist Visa
  • Business Visa
  • Urgent Business Visa (Temporarily Suspended)
  • Employment Visa
  • Student Visa
  • Entry Visa
  • Conference Visa
  • Journalist Visa
  • Transit Visa
  • Medical Visa
  • Medical Escort Visa

Entry Visa

  • Overview
  • Visa Fees
  • Documents Required
  • Photo Specifications
  • Processing Time
  • Download Form
  • Overview

    An Entry Visa is granted for a specific purpose short term courses or other non-business related purposes. An Invitation letter is required from concerned organisation/authorities in India along with the letter from concerned Indian associations.

    Please note that the duration of the visa is at the sole discretion of the Issuing Authority. All visa fees once paid are non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of the visa application and duration granted.

    Please note that the validity of the visa begins from the date of issue by the High Commission of India and not from the date of travel on your application form.

    Kindly ensure all the fields of the visa application form are completely filled before submitting including your UK and India referees. Please note if you going for tourism purposes and do not have Indian referees kindly attach a self-undertaking that you will book your accommodation/ hotels on arrival in India.

    • Renunciation/Surrender of Indian Passports

      Under the Indian law, people of Indian origin, who have acquired foreign nationality, are required to surrender their Indian passport (nationality) to the High Commission of India in London or at the respective Indian consulates at Birmingham and Edinburgh before submitting their visa applications.


    • Import of Satellite Phones into India

      Due to the pertaining security reasons, the use and/or import of satellite phones being carried during your travel may be detained by the department of Telecommunication. Please follow through the rules and regulations before your travel.


    • Medical Travel Advisory

      In view of the spreading of the Swine Influenza A (H1N1), all passengers are required to complete the Health Screening cards, either on arrival or before travelling to India.

  • Visa Fees

    The fee in the table is exclusive of the £3 Consular Surcharge and VFS Visa Application Service charge-£11.57 (inclusive of VAT).

    Please note the length of visa & number of entries to be granted, is at the sole discretion of the competent authorities issuing the visa.

    Fees for all services are subject to change from time to time.

    Mode of payment: Cash, Debit/ Credit Card, Postal Order or Bank Draft payable to “VF Services UK Ltd”

    Please Note: All visa fee once tendered are non–refundable

    Visa FeesVISA FEE LIST

  • Documents Required

    • Passport valid for a minimum of 180 days with at least two blank pages. (Original + Photocopy of Passport)
    • Correct visa fee.
    • Two recent 50 mm * 50 mm size photographs. Please check the Photo Specification
    • Filled application form and declaration (all the columns of the form are mandatory and must be filled). (Printed and duly signed)
    • Photocopy of the previous Indian Visa.

    • *All applicants are requested to make an appointment before visiting our centers to submit their visa applications. Applicants holding dual nationality, while filling up the online application form, should select the current nationality as the nationality of origin. Same nationality details need to be filled in the section B & British or the second nationality passport details to be filled in the field ‘Any other Passport/Identity Certificate held’, in the same section.

      In case you are unable to make an appointment kindly ensure:

      • you have allowed one working day before the making an appointment.
      • UK passport holder need to ensure that they have filled in the nationality correctly – as United Kingdom. Appointment system does not recognize the below nationalities

        1. UK British Dependent Territories Citizen
        2. UK British National (Overseas)
        3. UK British Overseas Citizen
        4. UK British Protected Person
        5. UK British Subject

      In case if the nationality has been chosen as any of the above, kindly fill up a new application form and make an appointment using the new application form reference number(GBR..).

    • Invitation/admission letter for short-term courses like yoga, mountaineering, spiritual courses etc.
      Duly filled Entry Visa Undertaking.

    ENTRY VISA General Checklist

    Please click here to know the additional documents required from persons holding a NON -UK Passport or Originating from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or China

    For Person whose previous nationality was Indian before acquiring foreign nationality

    • Copy of Surrender Certificate and Copy of the Cancelled Indian Passport (Self-Attested)
    • lf travelled to India before, please provide your previous Passport with Indian Visa.

    For Minor Child (Under 16 Years of age)

    • A copy of the child’s birth certificate showing both the parents’ names.
    • Consent letter addressed to the HCI, London OR its respective consulates signed by both the parents
    • Photocopy of Parent’s passports along with the copy of their current Indian Visa, if already holding one. If parents are Indian citizens, copy of the resident status in the UK would be required.
    • In case of Divorce, Child Custody Letter from court in respect of the child is required.
    • In case of Single Parent, Solicitor’s Letter and Council Benefit letter will be required.
      In case of Minor’s Application/Declaration either of the parents can sign the application/declaration form

    Important Information:

    The Invitation/Supporting letters should be provided on the letter head of the company/organisation with applicants details (Name and passport number) and addressed to High Commission of India and its respective Consulates.

    Please Note: That this list is not exhaustive and does not guarantee a visa. The High Commission of India or its Consulates reserve the right to ask for additional documents if required.

  • Photo Specifications

    It is imperative that the photograph submitted at the time of application must fall within the specifications and sizes given below.

    Unacceptable photographs, that do not meet the specifications, may not be accepted for submission.

    Sample Photograph:

    • The photograph should be in color and of the size of 2 inch x 2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm).
    • The photo-print should be clear and with a continuous-tone quality.
    • It should have full face, front view, eyes open.
    • Photo should present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.
    • Center head within frame.
    • The background should be a plain white light colored background
    • There should not be any distracting shadows on the face or on the background.
    • Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.
    • The expression on the face should look natural.
    Photo Specifications

    Do’s and Don’ts for a Proper photograph

    • The photo should capture full face, front view, with eyes open.
    • The head should be in the centre of the frame.
    • There should be no distracting shadows on the face or background.
      Photo Specifications
    • Make sure photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin as shown above.
      Photo Specifications

    Lighting on face and background

    • The light should be even and balanced to avoid shadows on the face.
    • Background behind the face should be properly illuminated to avoid shadows in the background.
      Photo Specifications

    Photograph Print Properties

    • The photograph should be in size 2 inch x 2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm) and in color.
    • Print photo on thin photo paper.
    • Ensure the print is clear and has a continuous-tone quality.
    • Do not retouch or otherwise enhance or soften the photo.
      Photo Specifications

    Resolution and Printing Quality/Contrast and Colour

    • High-resolution photography and printing are strongly recommended.
    • Both conventional and digital photography are acceptable, and conventional or digital printing methods may be used.
    • Resulting print should exhibit a continuous-tone quality regardless of the print method used (dye sublimation, ink jet, laser, etc.)
    • Digitally printed photos should be produced without visible pixels or dot patterns
    • Fine facial features should be discernible.
    • Brightness and contrast should be adjusted to present the subjectand background accurately.
    • Photos without proper contrast or color may obscure unique facial features.
    • Color should reproduce natural skin tones.
    • Fluorescent or other lighting with
    • Unbalanced color may cause unwanted color cast in the photo. Appropriate filters can eliminate improper color balance.
      Photo Specifications

    Head & Eyes- Position and Background

    • Head should face the camera directly and should not tilt or turned (portrait style).
    • Photo must show both edges of the face clearly.
    • The eyes must be open, level and clearly visible and must not be covered by hairs or eyeglass frames.
      Photo Specifications


    • Glare on eyeglasses should be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head.
    • No tinted or dark glasses.
      Photo Specifications

    Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.

    Exposure and Lighting

    • There should not be any over-exposure or underexposure which results in an unusable photo.
    • There should be a three-point balanced lighting. Facial features should be clearly evident in the photo.
    • Lighting should be adjusted to avoid shadows on the face or background. Diffuse sources of light, such as umbrella lights, are preferable to point sources.
      Photo Specifications

    Flexibility in Children’s photographs

    • Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.
    • As regards the photograph of the children under ten years of age, requirements can be somewhat relaxed in respect of height of the face and the position of the eyes in the photographs; and in case of babies and infants also, the position of the face, the facial expression, the eyes and the line of sight can have some relaxation. However, a frontal photograph with clarity is required for children.
    • It should show the child alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible) looking at the camera with a neutral expression and the mouth closed.
      Photo Specifications
  • Processing Time

    Processing times vary from application to application at the sole discretion of the High Commission of India and its Consulates in the UK, and some applications may take longer than others to get processed. Hence, confirm your travel plans only after obtaining the visa

    Applications in the following categories may take longer to be processed, when submitted in person at the centre:

    • Non-UK passport holders residing in the UK for less than two years. (Minimum 6-8working days).
      Where clearance from India is mandatory
    • Nationals or origin of Pakistan (Minimum 7-8 weeks)
    • Nationals of Sri Lanka, China, Bangladesh, Afghanistan & UK Travel documents. (Minimum 15 working days)
    • Regular Cases may take a minimum of 3 to 5 working days.

    In addition, if the High Commission or the Consulate General requires an applicant to attend an interview, the India Visa Application Center will contact the applicant and inform the date and time of the interview accordingly.

    Please note VFS is not involved in the process of assessment of visa applications, or their grant or refusal. The assessment of visa applications is carried out by the High Commission of India or its Consulates, and the grant or refusal of India visas is at their sole discretion.

    The processing times for visas are estimates only. These are based on information and experience of the Indian High Commission and Consulates.

    The processing of your application is subject to the procedures and timescales of the Indian High Commission and Consulates, over which we have no control.

    "Please note that the validity of visa starts from the date of issue and not from the date of travel"

    Postal Applications

    Effective 16 March 2015 no postal applications will be accepted by VF Services UK for any services, applicants are requested to please visit the Visa & Consular Application Centres in person with prior