General Info -
Visa & Customs
visas are available from Indian Consular Offices around the world, on
payment of visa fee.
Applications for multiple and single entry visas are accepted.
Indian visas are necessary for all foreigners visiting India.
There are several kinds of visas including Entry Visa, Tourist Visa,
Business Visa, Long Terms Visa(upto 5 years with multiple entry
facilities) etc. are available.
Also Collective Landing Permits are available for foreign tourists in
Tourists visas are available for a maximum period of 180 days. No charge
are levied for visa extension within the maximum period of 180 days.
Identical passport photographs are required. However, in case of an
extension beyond 180 days, which is allowed only in exceptional cases,
an extension fee is charged.
Tourists from other countries are advised to check current applicable
visa fee/visa extension fees with government of India Tourist Offices or
Indian Consular Offices located in their respective countries.
Click Here to download Visa application form.
CUSTOMS FORMALITIES AND REGULATIONS :
The usual duty free regulations of one bottle of whisky, i.e. 950 ml or
less and 200 cigarettes apply for India.
If the tourist brings in more than $ 1000 in cash or in traveler's
cheques, it must be declared by completion of currency declaration form.
While small items like perfumes, cosmetics etc., are allowed into the
country, larger items like video cameras are likely to be entered on a
"Tourist Baggage Re-export' form to ensure that the article is taken
away on departure.
The TBRE form should be re-submitted on departure.
Goods brought in excess of this are chargeable to duty as per prevailing
INCOME TAX CLEARANCE :
If a person not domiciled in India intends to say in the country for
more than 120 days, an "Income Tax Clearance" certificate is required in
order to leave the country.
This document will prove that the person's stay in India was financed by
his own money and not by working or selling his goods.
The foreign section of the Income Tax Department at Delhi, Calcutta,
Madras and Bombay issues these certificates on being shown the person's
passport, visa extension form and the currency exchange receipts which
have been used by the person.
FOREIGN TRAVEL TAX:
For international travel from Indian airports Airport Travel Tax must be
paid for travel to all other countries. This tax is also applicable to
infants who may not be occupying seats.
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