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Recent reforms in visa procedures complement India’s economic growth and facilitate foreign investors to do business in India.
For instance, the recent merger of Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) schemes has simplified the visa/ citizenship rules under a single set of guidelines.* Additionally, most parts of the visa process and foreigner registration in India have been made online.
Moreover, Government of India has issued certain relaxations in the Visa and Travel restrictions to permit certain categories of Foreign Nationals to come to India during COVID-19. Read More
E-tourist Visa(Valid for 166 countries)
Visa through Indian mission abroad
Employment Visa, Business Visa, Project Visa, "x"/Entry Visa, Tourist Visa, Research Visa, Transit Visa, Conference Visa, Medical Visa, among others.
Non-Resident Indians (NRI) having Indian passport
OCI cardholders(Valid for PIO/ OCI)
Permanent Residency status
Visa Not Required
Entry into India is still subject to permission of an immigration official at the time of actual entry
* After 30 September 2018, handwritten PIO cards are considered invalid travel document according to the ICAO guidelines. Click here to know more and apply for OCI card.
Note: Foreign nationals planning to travel to India are required to possess a valid passport of their home country and a valid Indian Visa.
Types of Visa & Key Provisions
Key visa types for investors
Highly skilled individuals intending to take up employment
Max duration: 5 years or period of contract, whichever is less extendable in India
Visiting India for a business purpose
Duration: 5 years (Extendable in India)
For executing projects in the power and steel sectors
Duration: 1 year or for actual duration of the project/ contract