FAQs on e-Visas
Q1. I want to travel to India. Can I apply online for e-visa?
A1. If you are travelling to India for tourism, casual business or medical reasons, you can apply online for e-visa. The categories of e-Visas are : e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa, e-Medical Visa, e-Medical Attendant Visa and e-Conference visa.
Q2. How can I apply online for e-visa?
A2. You can apply online through Government of India website link:
Q3. What are the purposes/activities allowed on e-Visa?
A3. International travellers whose sole objective for visiting India is recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to visit friends and relatives, attending a short term yoga programme, medical treatment including treatment under Indian systems of medicine, business purpose, as attendant to e-Medical visa holder, attending a conference/ seminar/ workshop organized by a Ministry or Department of the Government of India, State Governments or UT Administrations etc. & their subordinate/ attached organizations & PSUs and no other purpose/activity.
Q4. What is the meaning of 120 days window for application?
A4. You can apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. Example: If you are applying on 1st Sept then applicant can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 2nd Jan.
Q5. What documents should be uploaded in the application?
A5. You need to upload 3 documents:
i) Recent front facing photograph with white background.
ii) Photo page of Passport containing personal details like name,date of birth, nationality, expiry date.
iii) Additionally one more document depending upon the e-Visa type would also be required to be uploaded.
Q6. Can I upload the document in Chinese?
A6. All documents uploaded by the applicant including business cards, invitation letters etc. must be in English language, failing which e-Visa application would be liable for rejection.
Q7. I am not able to upload my photograph on the form?
A7. Please ensure that the photograph is in JPEG format. The photo size should be at least 10 KB and not more than 10 MB.
Q8. How can I check my visa status?
A8. Applicants can track the status of their application online by clicking ‘Visa Status' on the website.
Q9. What is the visa fee and how to pay?
A9. e-Visa fee is country/Territory specific. Bank transaction charges of 2.5% will be charged additionally on applicable e-Visa fees. The fee must be paid at least 4 days before the expected date of travel otherwise application will not be processed. To know the fee applicable on your Country/Territory Click-here.
Q10. What is the validity period of e-visa?How long can I stay in India?
A10. The validity of e-Visa (except e-Conference visa) will be 60 days from the date of arrival in India. In case of e-Conference visa, the validity will be 30 days from the date of arrival in India. Double entry is permitted on e-Tourist visa and e-Business visa. Triple entry will be permitted on e-Medical visa and e-Medical Attendant visa. Only single entry is permitted on e-Conference visa.
Q11. Do I have to carry the copy of visa application form at the time of travel to India?
A11. You do not have to carry copy of visa application form. Please carry a copy of ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization)received in your email.
Q12. If I have the e-visa, can I enter India through any city?
A12. e-Visa is valid for entry through 28 designated Airports (i.e. Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh,Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai,Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Portblair, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi & Vishakhapatnam) and 5 designated seaports (i.e. Cochin, Goa, Mangalore,Mumbai,Chennai). However, the foreigner can take exit from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India.
Q13. How many times I can avail e-Visa?
A13. e-Visa can be availed for maximum of three times in a calendar year i.e. between January to December.
Q14. I am a journalist and would like to visit India for sightseeing and tourism. Can I apply for e-Visa?
A14. Journalists have to apply for ‘Journalist Visa’ only irrespective of the purpose of the visit to India. As such, e-Visa or any other type of Visa is not available for Journalists.
Q15. I had applied for e-Visa, which has been rejected. Can I apply for regular visa?
A15. Yes. You can apply for regular type of visa by submitting visa application form, original passport and requisite documents.
Q16. I had applied for e-Visa, which was rejected. What could be the possible reasons for rejection of the visa?
A16. If you are entitled for e-Visa, some of the possible reasons for rejection of your e- Visa can be as follows: a) Wrong information was furnished in the application form, b) information furnished was incomplete and misleading, c) Photograph was not uploaded or wrong photograph was uploaded c) copy of the passport was not uploaded properly and hence it was illegible, d) Passport details mentioned in the copy of passport uploaded and those mentioned in the application form did not match, d) Incorrect jurisdiction was selected while filling in the application form, e) Purpose was not admissible for e-Visa, etc.
Q17. I need help with filling the application form. Who can I call?
A17. For any assistance call 24 * 7 e-Visa support center at +91-11-24300666 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAQs on General Visa Matters (applicable for all types of visa)
Q1. Is it necessary to apply for visa online or I can submit visa application form filled in manually?l?
Ans. Manual visa application is not entertained by the Embassy any longer. Applications for all types of visas are to be submitted by filling in the form online only.
Q2. How do I apply for visa online?
Ans. The applicants are required to register the visa application on the link (http://www.indianvisaonline.gov.in). The print-out of the visa application filled in online may be taken, signature to be affixed at the spaces provided, one photo be pasted at the space provided and submitted along with original passport and necessary documents according to type of visa being applied for.
Q3. I need to visit India but I do not know what type of visa I should apply for.
Ans. Normally, purpose of the visit determines the type of visa one needs to apply for. Please check out the Visa Services - How to apply for visa of the Embassy’s website http://eoibeijing.gov.in/index.php for types of visa, commensurate with your purpose of visit, and documents required for each category of visa.
Q4. I hold both Private passport and Public Affairs Passport issued by Chinese authorities. Do I need to mention details of both the passports in the visa application form?
Ans. Details of all the passports held by the applicant are to be furnished in the Visa application form in the relevant columns.
Q5. I have applied for visa in the Indian Embassy in Beijing. Do I need to appear for a visa interview?
Ans. Not all Visa applicants are required to visit the Embassy for visa interview. Only in some cases, where additional information/clarification is required, the visa applicants may be called for an interview at the Embassy.
Q6. I hold private/ordinary passport. Where should I go to apply for Indian visa in Beijing?
Ans. The visa applications of private passport holders are to be submitted at the Indian Visa Application Centre, located at 723, 7th Floor, Towercrest Plaza, 3, Maizidian West Road, Chao Yang District, Beijing. The private passports, after visa services, may be collect from the same place. Contact details of the Indian visa application centre are as follows: Tel:010-8446 3955, email: email@example.com, website address: www.blsindia-china.com.
Q7. What is the fee for getting visa for India?
Ans. The details of visa fee fixed for various types of visa, depending on nationality and duration of visa are available on the Visa page of the Embassy’s website (Click-here).
Q8. I had applied for visa in the Indian Embassy, which has been rejected. Can I get refund of visa fees paid by me?
Ans. Visa fees once paid along with visa application is non-refundable, irrespective of whether visa was granted or rejected.
Q9. When does the validity of the visa commence: on the date of issue mentioned in the visa sticker or the date on which I enter India?
Ans. The validity of visa (except e-Visa) commences on the date of issue of visa mentioned in the Visa sticker. For e--Visa the validity of visa commences from the date of landing in India.
FAQs on Visa on Diplomatic/Service/Public Affairs Passport
Q1. I hold Diplomatic/Service/Public affairs passport. Where should I go to apply for visa?
Ans. The visa applicants holding Diplomatic/Service(Official)/Public Affairs Passport need to submit the visa applications directly to Embassy of India, Beijing (Counter at Gate No.2), located at No.5, Liangmaqiao Bei Jie, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Q2. What are the timings for submission of visa applications in the Embassy and collection of passports with visa from the Embassy?
Ans. The completed visa applications with all documents are accepted at the Embassy counter from 09.00 AM to 11.00 A.M. from Monday to Friday except public holidays. The passports after visa service are also returned as per same time schedule.
Q3. I hold both Private passport and Public Affairs Passport issued by Chinese authorities. Do I need to mention details of both the passports and details of previous visits to India made on both passports in the visa application form?
Ans. Yes, Correct and complete information is to be provided in the visa application form. Details of previous visits made on all types of passports held by the applicant (at present and previously) are to be furnished in the visa application form as well as in the Reference Sheet in case of Business Visa.
Q4. How long does it take to get an Indian visa on Diplomatic/Service/Public Affairs Passports?
Ans. Visas are normally issued by the Embassy within 2-3 working days, except for a few cases which may require additional processing time.
Q5. Is there any provision for Emergency visa?
Ans. Embassy already issues visa on a fast-track basis and hence there is no provision for Emergency visa, at present.
Q6. Do I need to visit Embassy in person to apply for visa?
Ans. As of now, it is not mandatory to visit the Embassy in person to submit visa application. A representative of the applicant can deposit the visa application. However, it is compulsory for the visa applicant to be present in the jurisdiction of the Embassy of India, Beijing, at the time of submission of visa application in the Embassy, since visa cannot be applied for or issued, in absentia.
Q7. Is it necessary to produce the original receipt to collect the passport (with Indian visa) from the Embassy?
Ans. Yes, the original receipt given by the counter staff at the time of submission of visa application is required to be produced to collect the passport from the Embassy.
FAQs on Tourist Visa
Q1. What are the purposes/ activities allowed on Tourist Visa?
Ans. Tourist visa holders are permitted to undertake following activities in India: recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, attend a short-term yoga programme. No other purpose/activity than those mentioned above is allowed on Tourist Visa.
Q2. I would like to visit India to volunteer for a charity organization. Can I apply for Tourist Visa since I will be paid any remuneration for the job?
Ans. A person visiting India for voluntary work should apply for ‘Employment (E)’ Visa. Tourist Visa is not the appropriate visa in such cases.
Q3. I have been granted Tourist Visa. Can I change my Tourist Visa to Business or Employment visa after reaching India?
Ans. No. Tourist Visa is not convertible to any other type of visa. Also, indulging in Business activities or taking up employment in India, while holding Tourist Visa, is illegal. If a person is found doing business or taking up employment in India, while holding Tourist Visa, he/she can be booked for visa violation.
Q4. I have been granted Tourist Visa. Can I extend my Tourist Visa after reaching India?
Ans. No. Tourist Visa is not extendable in India.
FAQs on Business Visa
Q1. What are the purposes/activities allowed on Business Visa?
Ans. The following purposes/activities are allowed on Business visa:
i) To establish an industrial/business ventures or to explore possibilities to set up an industrial/business venture.
ii) To purchase/sell industrial products or commercial products or consumer durables.
iii) To participate in technical meetings/discussions for providing business services support.
iv) To recruit manpower
v) To hold consultations regarding exhibitions or to participate in exhibitions, trade fairs, business fairs etc.
vi) To monitor the progress of the work at the ongoing project work, conduct meetings with Indian customers and/or to provide technical guidance.
vii) For pre-sales or post-sales activity not amounting to actual execution of any contract or project.
viii) To attend in-house training organized by multinational/corporate houses.
ix) To undertake internship sponsored by AIESEC on project based work in companies/industries
x) To undertake business activities related to travel and tourism.
Q2. I hold both Private passport and Public Affairs Passport issued by Chinese authorities. Do I need to mention details of both the passports and details of previous visits to India made on both passports in the Business visa application form?
Ans. Yes. Details of all the passports held by the applicant are to be furnished in the Visa application form in the relevant columns. Details of previous visits to India undertaken on all types of passports held by the applicant (at present and previously) are to be furnished in the Reference Sheet for Business Visa (attached with the main application form).
Q3. I cannot produce invitation letter from India since I wish to visit India for the first time to explore business opportunities in India. Can I apply for Business Visa?
Ans. Yes. Short duration Business Visa is issued in such cases.
Q4. I have got Business visa for India. Can I change my Business Visa to Employment/Project Visa in India?
Ans. No. Business Visa cannot be converted to Employment/Project Visa without leaving India.