Applications received at the counter between 09.00 a.m. and 11.00 p.m. are normally processed the same day and serviced documents can be collected from the counter between 4.00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. This time schedule does not apply to services where prior approval is required from authorities in India , or other Indian embassies.
THE EMBASSY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE THE ISSUE OF VISAS/PASSPORTS ON AN URGENT BASIS
1. "Visa application Form" (To download form click)
a) Visa application form should be filled legibly and clearly, in bold (capital) letters in black/blue ink only. Incomplete and illegible applications may not be processed.
b) Name and other relevant particulars should be filled in as per details in the passport in expanded form.
2. Passport : it should have a minimum validity of six months on the date of application with at least two blank pages.
3. Photographs : 2 latest identical passport size photographs (black/white or color) depicting front pose against light background
4. Supporting documents : if the visa being applied for is other than a Tourist Visa, the visa application should be accompanied with supporting documents on type of visa applied for, e.g., business, study, etc. For details, please see under Category of Visas.
5. Visa Fee (click here)
(a) All persons of Indian origin who have acquired Lao citizenship are advised to surrender their Indian passports to the Indian Embassy for cancellation and return. The cancelled Indian passports will be needed at the time of applying for Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card or Indian visa for the first time on a Lao passport.
(b) Please note that the validity of the visa starts from the date of issue and not the date of entry into India )
(c) Special Visa application forms should be filled in by citizens of Pakistan (4 copies with 4 photos) and Bangladesh (2 copies with 2 photos)
Note: Change of purpose of the visit is not permitted once you have reached India . Depending on the nature of your journey, apply for the correct visa category initially.
TOURIST VISA: Valid for 6 months to 10 years. Irrespective of the duration of validity of visa, on each visit maximum period of stay in India is limited to 6 months (180 days). Multiple entry visas are given.
TRANSFER OF VISA: For transferring an Indian visa from an old passport to a new passport . The regular visa application form with 2 photographs is required along with a fee of $5.
TRANSIT VISA: A transit visa is granted for the sole purpose of enabling the holder to travel through India to reach his/her ultimate destination. Change of purpose is not allowed. The visa will ordinarily be valid for a single/double journey and for entry within three months of date of issue. The Transit visa is valid for direct transit only for a maximum period of 3 days. Confirmed airline ticket for onward joumey and valid visa for final destination are required. For a stay in India beyond 3 days, an appropriate visa should be obtained.
ENTRY VISA: Valid for six months to five years stay with multiple entry is given only to persons of Indian origin. However, members of the family of a person employed in India are also eligible for Entry visa.
BUSINESS VISA: Valid for six month or one/more years with multiple entries. However, the period of stay in India (for each visit) under this category is limited to six months only. A letter from the sponsoring organization indicating nature of applicant's business, probable duration of stay, validity of visa, places and organizations to be visited and also a guarantee to meet maintenance expenses etc. should accompany the application. Business visa valid for ten years with multiple entries is available to foreign businessmen who have set up or intend to set up joint ventures in India .
EMPLOYMENT VISA: An appointment letter, contract letter, applicant's resume and proof that the organization is registered in India are required. Duration of visa would depend on the period of the contract.
STUDENT VISA: (Valid for the period of study in India ). Multiple-entry visas are given to bona fide students to pursue regular studies at recognized institutions in India . A letter confirming admission from such an institution along with evidence of financial arrangements for stay in India should accompany the application. In case of admission in medical or paramedical courses in India , a letter of Approval or No objection certificate from the Ministry of Health, Government of India, is also required. Similarly, for admission to graduate or post-graduate courses in engineering! technical institutions in India , a letter of approval or a No objection certificate from the Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of Education) is required.
RESEARCH VISA: Approval of Ministry of Human Resources Development (Department of Education), New Delhi , should accompany the visa application. The validity of the visa would coincide with the research period.
JOURNALIST VISA: Journalist visa is given to professional journalists and photographers for up to three months' stay in India . (If you are intending to make a documentary in India , kindly contact the Embassy of India).
CONFERENCE VISA: A letter of invitation from the organizer of the conference is to be attached along with the visa application. Visas for international conferences, or on certain subjects, as decided by the Government of India from time to time, can be issued only after clearance for the said conference is received from the Government of India.