nationals desirous of visiting India can obtain their visa from the Indian
Mission in the country of their residence. Visa is granted to nationals with
a valid national passport. Visas are issued in different categories like
tourist visa, student visa, employment visa etc.
It is mandatory to obtain a Registration certificate and
Residential Permit if the visa for a stay in India is more than 180 days.
The certificate needs to be obtained from the nearest Foreigners
Registration Office within 15 days of arrival. It is worth mentionable that
all persons including Indian nationals are required to fill in a
Disembarkation Card at the time of arrival. Four photographs are also
required for registration. All Foreign nationals who register at the
Foreigners Registration Office must report any change of address
during their stay in India.
Foreign nationals who depart after a stay in India shall be required to
surrender their Certificate of Registration either at the Registration
Office of the place where he/ she is registered or of the place from where
he/ she intends to depart or to the Immigration Officer at the Port / Check
post of exit from India. They shall also be required to fill in an
Embarkation Card at the time of departure.
coming to India shall be required to make an oral baggage declaration in
respect of baggage and foreign currency in their possession.However,
tourists who are in possession of currency amounting to US$ 10,000 or in
excess of that in the form of travelers checks, bank notes or currency
notes shall be required to obtain a Currency Declaration Form from the
customs authorities. Customs clearance has been divided into two categories
- Green channel and Red channel. Green Channel clearance is for those
passengers not in possession of any dutiable articles or unaccompanied
baggage. Red Channel clearance is for passengers with dutiable articles or
unaccompanied baggage or high value articles to be entered on the Tourist
Foreign nationals are not required to take any vaccination to travel
to India. However, foreign nationals who originate or travel through Yellow
Fever endemic countries should be in possession of a Yellow Fever
Vaccination certificate conforming to International health Regulations.