1. Can I bring Indian currency with me to India or so I have to get them converted only when I land in India?
Indian currency by any foreign national is prohibited. Only Indians who
travel overseas frequently can bring small amount of INR. Hence please
bring your country currency and get it exchanged into Rupees here.
2. How much foreign exchange can I carry to India?
a. Any person can bring into India from a place outside India
foreign exchange without any limit. However, declaration of foreign
exchange/currency is required to be made in the prescribed Currency
Declaration Form in the following cases:-
(a) Where the value of foreign currency notes exceeds US$ 5000/- or equivalent
Where the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of currency
notes, bank notes, traveler cheques etc.) exceeds US$ 10,000/- or its
3. Please tell me what are the VISA requirements to visit India.
a. Visa fees
are non-refundable and subject to change without notice. The High
Commission reserves the right on granting and deciding type/duration of
visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making
application. Granting of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India
and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities. Visa
can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission of India
in London. Visa
applications from persons not ordinarily residing in the UK or from
people of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan origin are considered
only in the High Commission of India, London and Consulate General of
India, Birmingham and their processing may take one week or in some
cases much longer. Applicants not ordinarily resident in the UK
and Sri Lankan nationals are required to complete an additional form.
Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals have to file special visa
application forms. In the following cases processing of applications
will take longer: (a) British Nationals holding dual nationality or of
other origin, (b) applicants not resident in the UK, (c) where
clearance from India is mandatory, (d) visitors to restricted areas and
(e) certain cases where documents may need to be verified. Visa Section
will contact the applicant about the time of delivery for such
passports. Please note that each application is examined individually
and the time taken for issuing Visa will vary from case to case.
Visitors to restricted/protected areas need special permits and for
this purpose an additional form has to be completed. Please contact the
High Commission of India, London if you wish to ascertain whether any of the places you intend to visit fall in the category of restricted/protected areas.
Specific Visas are granted for a variety of purposes. The principal
types of Visa issued are mentioned below. Please contact the High
Commission of India for further details if you are visiting India
for purposes other than tourism, such as journalism, conferences, yoga,
voluntary work, mountaineering or other expeditions. The visa
application form is, however, the same. Separate forms are available
for Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals.
A). Requirements for Visa
1. Original passport valid for at least 6 months
2. Correct visa fee
3. Two passport size photographs (5 photographs in case of Pakistani Nationals)
4. Supporting documents, where necessary
5. Duly completed application form (Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals need to apply on special application forms)
B).Additional requirements for different types of Visa are given below.
Tourists wishing to visit India
will normally be granted tourist Visa, effective from the date of
issue. Tourist Visa are non-extendible and non-convertible. Travel
Agents who have to visit India frequently may be granted tourist Visa for a longer duration.
Visa are normally granted for 3 or 6 months. However, multiple-entry
Business Visa for up to 2 years validity may be granted to
technicians/experts going to India in pursuance of bilateral agreements or joint venture projects having government approval.
c.Student and Employment Visa
Student Visa can be obtained on furnishing proof of admission to recognized Universities/Institutions in India. Employment Visa can also be obtained on furnishing of proof of employment with companies in India.
Transit Visa are valid for halts of up to 72 hours in India
within 15 days from the date of issue of the visa and must be obtained
before departure. Transit Visa cannot be obtained from immigration
counters at ports of entry in India. Evidence of onward travel to a
destination outside India is required.
Visa are issued to persons of Indian origin for a duration of up to 5
years. These can be obtained, depending on the purpose of visit and
eligibility, on a case by case basis.
Please Note : Persons holding long term Visa (having validity exceeding 6 months) are normally not expected to stay in India
more than 6 months during each visit. Please refer to the boxed note
further down for requirement to register with the Foreigners
Registration Office (FRO)/Foreigners Regional Registration Office
Visa Exemption Letters for Minors
Exemption Letters previously granted to children of Indian origin (for
a maximum validity of 90 days from the date of issue) have been
discontinued since 1 July 1999.
Visa Exemption Letters issued in the past are hence no longer valid.
All children holding separate passports are now required to obtain