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Tourist Visa Guidelines

TOURIST VISA GUIDELINES

          The Government of India has decided to issue fresh tourist visas with effect from 15 October, 2021 for group tourism (traveling by chartered flight) and from 15 November, 2021 for individual tourist travel.

          Tourists may apply for e-Tourist Visa on https://indiavisaonline.gov.in. The first 500,000 Tourist Visas either issued from Embassy/Consulate or by e-Visa online system would be given GRATIS. The Tourist Visa/e-Tourist Visa will be good for travel after 15 November, 2021. The Tourist/e-Tourist Visa will be Single Entry visa for 30 days. It may be noted that existing valid e-Tourist Visa/regular paper Tourist Visa, issued before 6 October 2021, will continue to remain suspended and travel on such visas is not permitted.

          Applicants are also advised that the Consulate does not process e-visas and any enquiries in this regard will need to be made directly on the e-visa portal (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in).

          Foreign nationals residing within the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, New York (www.indiainnewyork.gov.in) who opt for applying Tourist Visa through the Consulate may note the following for making application:

i). Please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in and select REGULAR/PAPER VISA and make an application for TOURIST VISA. Fill the application, upload the photo, submit the application online, take a print-out of the visa application and sign the same.  In case of a minor applicant, the visa application and the additional particulars form can be signed by either parent, but the parental authorization will need to be signed by both the parents.

ii). Thereafter, please send the following documents by courier with a return paid self-addressed envelope with tracking facility to:

          Visa Section

          Consulate General of India

          3 East, 64th Street

          New York 10065

    1. copy of duly filled in and signed online visa application form.
    2. Original passport of the applicant, as well as a copy of passport (only biographical pages), and existing visa, if any.
    3. Copy of address proof (Driver’s license/ utility bill or lease agreement in the name of applicant or parents in case of minor applicant).
    4. Copy of Birth Certificate of the child (if applicable).
    5. Marriage Certificate of parents (in case of minor applicant).
    6. In case of minor applicant, Notarized Parental authorization form, duly signed by both the parents, with copies of their passports.

          It may be noted that it could take up to 5 business days (longer in certain cases) for processing of the visa on receipt of the application in the Consulate, subject to complete submission of documents. Applicants are advised not to finalize travel arrangements prior to issuance of visa. It may be noted that incomplete applications will be returned without issuance of visa. The applicants are also advised to go through the guidelines for international travel to India available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals17022021.pdf

          US nationals of Pakistan-origin and holders of Pakistani passports are advised to send an email at visa.newyork@mea.gov.in or through our dashboard PRAMIT available at www.indiainnewyork.gov.in  for guidance on making a visa application.

          Applicants seeking visas other than Tourist Visas are requested to send an email at visa.newyork@mea.gov.in or through our dashboard PRAMIT available at www.indiainnewyork.gov.in  for guidance.

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