Like every other country, you need a Visa to enter India unless you’re a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan. If you’re planning to visit India in the near future then you must arrange getting a Visa from your home country itself before leaving.
Only those who are coming from Finland, New Zealand, Japan, Luxembourg, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos and Indonesia can get a limited Visa on Arrival facility which lets them stay in India for 30 days. To make this work, you need to show proof about your onward travel arrangements that convinces the authorities that you’ll be leaving the country within the next 30 days. If you’re planning for longer stay then you must pre-arrange your visa.
To apply for an Indian Visa, you simply need to complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the information, you must also send the following:
- The nominated fee
- Passport that is valid for at least six months and has at least two blank pages
- Passport size photo
- Details of your itinerary including any booked flights and accommodations.
You can find the application and more information about Indian Visa at IndianVisaOnline.
There are many countries where the visa application process is outsourced to third party organizations. For example, in America it is taken care by Travisa Outsourcing and in many other countries, VFS Global looks after the Visa Application process.
Other than Tourist Visa, there are many different types of Visas available to visitors to India that include Business Visa, Employment Visa, Research Visa, and Student Visa but the application process can be lengthy and many different documents of proof will be required.
Besides the Visas, there are certain parts of the country where you require a permit to enter those regions which are actually border disputed areas. These regions include northern parts of Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim where you need to apply for an Inner-Line Permit (ILP) to visit these places. Your travel agent will help you getting these permits.
Some other parts of India in the northeast states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, and Mizoram require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to enter these places. To get the permit to visit these areas, you must apply through Foreigners’ Regional Registration Offices (FRRO). It is advisable to book an organized tour as getting these permits could be a tedious task.