India Passport & Visa Requirements
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Entry requirements for Americans
US citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival, and a visa, to enter India.
Entry requirements for UK nationals
British citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival, and a visa, to enter India.
Entry requirements for Canada
Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival, and a visa, to enter India.
Entry requirements for Australians
Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival, and a visa, to enter India.
Entry requirements for South Africans
South African citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival, and a visa, to enter India.
Entry requirements for New Zealanders
New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival, and a visa, to enter India.
Entry requirements for Irish nationals
Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival, and a visa, to enter India.
Individual tourists requiring visas for India should preferably apply for a tourist visa and not for an ordinary visa, to avoid problems on departure. Visa extensions are possible, by applying for them through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Holders of multiple-entry Tourist Visas (visa type code "T"), with a validity ranging from above three months and up to 10 years, are required to leave a gap of at least two months between visits. This will be noted as a stamp in their passport upon their departure from India (this rule does not apply to those visiting neighbouring countries, such as Nepal).
Those wishing to re-enter before two months have expired must contact an Indian mission abroad to obtain permission, which, if granted, will be in the form of a letter. Within 14 days of re-entry, the visitor is required to register with the Foreigner's Regional Registration Office (FRRO). Any waiver of this restriction will be endorsed on the visa page in the visitor's passport.
Note that a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required, if arriving in India within six days of leaving or transiting through heavily infected areas. Also note that the following areas of India are restricted, and require that visitors obtain a permit BEFORE entering them: (Protected Areas) parts of the state of Manipur, parts of the state of Mizoram, parts of the state of Arunachal Pradesh, the whole state of Nagaland, the whole State of Sikkim, parts of the state of Uttaranchal, parts of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, parts of the state of Rajasthan, parts of the state of Himachal Pradesh; (Restricted Areas) the whole of the union territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, part of the state of Sikkim. If surface travel is involved, and nationals travel via restricted areas, they require a "pass" issued by either the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (located in each major Indian city), or the Superintendent of Police (located in each Indian district), or the diplomatic representation of India in Bhutan or Nepal.
NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.
Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.
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