Government of India has introduced ‘Tourist Visa on Arrival’ to citizens of 5 countries viz Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore w.e.f. 1.1.2010. This scheme is now extended to tourists from six more countries- Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia. This visa on arrival shall be only at Delhi Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata Airports and will have a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry. The following terms and conditions will apply for such categories of visas:
- The sole purpose of visiting India on tourist visa on arrival should only be for recreation, sightseeing, visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit etc.
- The applicants’ passport has minimum 6 months validity and a re-entry permit if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant.
- The applicant should be of assured financial standing (the production of return ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during his stay in India).
- The applicant is not persona-non-grata to the Government of India.
- The citizens from the above named countries who want to come to India for longer duration will be granted visa by the Indian missions concerned.
- The facility shall not be available to citizens of above countries if either of his/her parents or grand parents (paternal or maternal) was born in and was permanently resident in Pakistan. Such persons can visit India after obtaining appropriate visas from the Indian missions concerned.
- The tourist visa on arrival can neither be extended not converted to any other kind of visa during applicant’s stay in India except in the following circumstances with the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs:
- The tourist visa on arrival may be converted to X (entry) visa if a foreigner who has come to India marries an Indian national during the validity of his/her tourist visa on arrival. Proper documents including a copy of registered marriage certificate will be required for this.
- Tourist visa on arrival of foreigners who fall ill after their entry into India and require specialized medical treatment may be converted to medical visa. In such cases, tourist visa on arrival of the attendant may also be converted into medical attendant (MEDX) after submission of medical certificate from government/government recognized hospitals.
- A fee of US$ 60/- or equivalent amount in Indian rupees per passenger (including children), will be charged from each applicant for grant of a tourist visa on arrival.
- Tourist visa on arrival shall be allowed for a maximum of two times in a calendar year to a foreigner with a minimum gap of two months between each visit.
- This facility will not be applicable to holders of Diplomatic/official passports.
Application form for Tourist-Visa-On-Arrival can be viewed/downloaded from here.