General Visa Information General Visa Information

General Visa Information

The Government of India, from time to time, has revoked the ban on several categories of visas for travel to India, which were earlier put in place due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The details of currently permitted categories are available at Permitted Categories for travel to India.

A. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholder

The Government of India has decided to permit all OCI/PIO card holders regardless of which country passport they hold.

B. Visa

(i) The Government of India has restored all existing visas, which had been suspended earlier, except electronic visa (e-Visa), Tourist Visa and Medical Visa.

(ii) In case the validity of such a visa has expired, an application to obtain a fresh visa of appropriate category may be made with the Consulate.

(iii) In case of Medical Visas, including for Medical Attendants, foreign nationals intending to visit India for emergency medical treatment, may also make an application with the Consulate. 

(iv) Foreign nationals not covered by the above categories requiring travel to India urgently due to a family emergency may make an application for Entry Visa.  Such visas will be issued on a case-to-case basis depending on the merit of the case.

(v) Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan are permitted to travel to India from any country (including any third country).

(vi) Tibetan migrants who have residence in India and holding Certificate of Identity issued by the Ministry of External Affairs and Return Visa to enter India, are permitted to travel to India.  In case the visa has expired, an application for fresh visa may be made with the Consulate.

For any queries, the applicants may send email to enquriescgi@swbell.net. Your mails will be responded to at the earliest.