How to Get a Tourist Visa for India

India Tourist Visa

India Tourist Visa

Going to India on tourism?  An India Tourist Visa is granted to foreigners whose sole purpose for visiting India is for recreation, site-seeing, or paying a causal visit to meet friends/relatives in India. India is a great place and definitely worth the trip if you are looking for somewhere new to go. It just so happens that India is also one of the top most requested visas on the planet.

Tourist visas are generally valid for 180 days and are non-extendable and non-convertible.

There needs to be a gap of at least two months between two visits to India on a Tourist Visa. If you need to visit India again within a period of two months of your last departure, you need to get permission from the embassy or consulate in your place of residence.

I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting the India Tourist Visa.

Visa required for U.S. citizens before you go to India:  No. E-visas in advance are available for short visits.

Diplomatic and Official visa applications, however, are accepted directly at the Indian Embassy and Consulates.

Visa required for non-U.S. citizens before you go to India:  All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport or UN Laissez Faire with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. Nationals of Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives are however, exempted from this requirement.

(Go to my India visa page for information on the other types of visas for India.)

Find your closest consulate

If you’re inside the U.S.:

There is still an Embassy of India in Washington D.C., however, as well as various consulates.

If you’re outside of the U.S.:  Click here. 

Follow the instructions

Follow the links from Step 1 above where you will see pretty fool-proof steps on how to go about getting the visa.

Submit materials

Submit your required materials and visa fee from Step 2 to the entity you found in Step 1.

Receive your visa

Congratulations!  That’s it!

  • If you applied in person, go pick it up.
  • If you applied by mail, wait until it gets to you.
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