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Tourist Visa

Overview

A Tourist Visa is given to those visiting India for tourism or other non-business (study, employment, etc..) related purposes. Valid for single entry for the period the return ticket has been booked with a maximum limit of 3 months. Irrespective of the duration of validity of visa, on each visit maximum period of stay in India is limited to 90 days, is non-extendable and change of purpose is not allowed. The processing time for tourist visas is 3-5 working days.

Bearing this in mind we strongly recommend to apply close to the travel date. The number of entries is generally limited to single entry. However exceptions are made for those who travel to Nepal or Bhutan based on the travel itinerary. This has to be flawlessly documented and clearly indicated at the point of submission.of the application.

Tourist visa for up to 5 years are available under the following condition:The applicant must be able to provide proof of travel to India 3-4 times a year spanning the last 3 years or more.

Tourist Visa

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Visa Fees

Important Notice: Postal applications are not accepted at our Centre. Please submit your application in person, travel agent or through representative only.

TOTAL PAYMENT MADE BY POSTAL ORDER, CREDIT CARD OR DEBIT CARD AT THE VISA APPLICATION CENTRE

Nationality Validity No. of Entries Visa Fees Service Fee Consular Surcharge SMS/Email - messaging Premium Courier Delivery Total Amount
USA Up to 10 Years SGL/DBL/MULT 177 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 218.05
Sri Lanka Up to 30 days double 27 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 68.05
Up to 90 days single 27 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 68.05
Up to 90 days double 45 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 86.05
7 months DBL/MULT 45 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 86.05
Up to 6 months DBL/MULT 45 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 86.05
Russia Up to 6 months Single 71 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 12.05
Up to 6 months Double 159 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 200
Up to 6 months Multiple 212 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 253.05
Ukraine Up to 6 months SGL/DBL/MULT 177 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 218.05
Nigeria Up to 6 months SGL/DBL/MULT 441 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 482.05
Afghanistan,
Argentina,
Bangladesh, D. R.
Congo, Jamaica,
Maldives,
Mongolia,
Mauritius,
South Africa ,
Uruguay
Up to 6 months SGL/DBL/MULT 0 6.80+3.75* 0 2.50 25.00 39.05
1 year SGL/DBL/MULT 0 6.80+3.75* 0 2.50 25 39.05
United Kingdom Up to 12 months SGL/DBL/MULT 286 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 327.05
1 Year to 5 years SGL/DBL/MULT 854 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 895.05
All other nationals Up to 12 months SGL/DBL/MULT 177 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 218.05
1 – 5 years SGL/DBL/MULT 353 6.80+3.75* 3 2.50 25.00 394.05

*All payments to be made in CHF (Swiss Francs) only

* Please find below transactions fees applicable on various modes of payments, including applicable VAT:

  • Credit Cards: 3% on the total invoice amount
  • Debit Card: CHF 0.30 per transaction
  • Payment by Postal Order: CHF 3.75 per transaction

PAYMENT INSTRUCTION

  • Mode of Payment
    • Credit Cards (At Visa Centre): Visa & Master Card (Cards locally issued in Switzerland)
    • Debit Card (At Visa Centre)
  • Payment by Postal Order

    Please make your payment in favour of "VF SERVICES (UK) Limited" Account Number 60-433764-4 at Swiss Post office outlets or via E-Banking (IBAN: CH89 0900 0000 6043 3764 4)

    Refund of Visa Application Fee

    If VFS is in breach of contract or negligent in relation to any visa application submitted, resulting in the visa not being granted or loss of applicants passport with valid visas, in each case, wherein the applicant has to apply for a new passport or cannot travel to India at the times stated by the applicant in his/her visa application, then VFS will refund to the applicant the amount of the visa application fee only.

    Loss or damage to passports and other travel documents.

    VFS takes every reasonable precaution while handling an applicant's passport & documents, and if due to any breach of contract or negligence on the part of VFS, the applicant's submitted passport or documents are lost or damaged beyond a useable condition, then VFS will pay to the applicant the amount of the fees charged by the government of the applicant's home country, for the replacement of the lost or damaged passport or other documents through their normal replacement procedure, and VFS will assist the applicant with the same within its capacity. Such payments will be made by VFS to the applicant on the presentation of the payment receipt issued by the government of their respective home country for the replacement of such lost or damaged passport or documents.

Documents Required

  • Printed Visa Application Form: An Indian Government visa application form completed online. Your form should be printed signed in the box under the photograph on page 1. You should validate the data on your form and accept the declaration on page 2 by signing at the bottom of the page.
  • Passport: Original passport with minimum validity 180 days (from expected return date) and containing at least 2 blank visa pages.
  • Passport Photos: Two photographs conforming to Indian Government norms (50 mm x 50 mm).  Please noteStandard Swiss passport photos are not the prescribed format and will not be accepted.  Detailed specifications can be found under on our Photo Specifications Page.  One photo should be pasted to the form on page 1 in the box provided and the second attached with paper clip. A photo booth is available in our Office in Geneva as well.
  • Residence Permit/Referral Form: Non-Swiss/Liechtenstein Nationals are required to submit a photocopy of their valid Residence Permit category B, C or L (G and F category permits will not be accepted).  Additionally, such cases are required to complete the General Referral Form.

    • Sri Lankan Nationals and Swiss Nationals of Sri Lankan origin. Additional Referral Form for Sri Lankan Nationals and SwissNationals of Sri Lankan origin.
    • Pakistani nationals and Swiss Nationals of Pakistani origin. Four sets of specific application forms for Pakistani nationals and Swiss Nationals of Pakistani with one identical photo on each form.  Additionally, four copies of “Additional Information Form
    • Swiss Nationals of the following origins will also be required to fill out the referral form and pay the additional 25CHF referral fee:  Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia and China.
  • Travel Itinerary: Flight Reservation, E-Ticket or travel plan.  Note: Although a confirmed booking is not necessary, a detailed itinerary showing arrival and departure dates as well as flight details is compulsory.  Please include one copy per application.
  • Payment by Postal Order: Please review our visa fees and  make your payment in favour of "VF SERVICES (UK) Limited" Account Number 60-433764-4 at Swiss Post office outlets or via E-Banking (IBAN: CH89 0900 0000 6043 3764 4).  Attach the original payment confirmation or printout with your application and retain a copy of your payment confirmation for your records. All applications submitted at our application centre must be paid for at time of submission. 

LIST OF ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS

If the applicant is a minor (under 15 years of age):

  • Visa Application Form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Photocopy of ID or passport from parent or legal guardian as well as an authorisation letter for a minor to travel alone signed by parent or legal guardian.

If requesting double or multiple entry:  Flight reservation showing visit to neighbouring countries or 2nd reservation for later date if intending to travel to India again within the validity of your visa. NOTE: This does not guarantee a multiple entry visa will be granted.

 

Photo Specifications

It is imperative that the photograph submitted at the time of application must fall within the specifications and sizes given below.

Unacceptable photographs, that do not meet the specifications, may not be accepted for submission.

Sample Photograph:

  • The photograph should be in color and of the size of 2 inch x 2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm).
  • The photo-print should be clear and with a continuous-tone quality.
  • It should have full face, front view, eyes open.
  • Photo should present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.
  • Center head within frame.
  • The background should be a plain light colored background.
  • There should not be any distracting shadows on the face or on the background.
  • Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.
  • The expression on the face should look natural.
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Do’s and Don’ts for a Proper photograph

The photo for each applicant submitted must measure:

    • The photo should capture full face, front view, with eyes open.
    • The head should be in the centre of the frame.
    • There should be no distracting shadows on the face or background.
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    • Make sure photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin; height of head should measure 1 inch to 1-3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm). Make sure eye height is between 1- 1/8 inches to 1-3.
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Lighting on face and background

  • The light should be even and balanced to avoid shadows on the face.
  • Background behind the face should be properly illuminated to avoid shadows in the background.
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Photograph Print Properties

  • The photograph should be in size 2 inch x 2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm) and in color.
  • Print photo on thin photo paper.
  • Ensure the print is clear and has a continuous-tone quality.
  • Do not retouch or otherwise enhance or soften the photo.
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Resolution and Printing Quality/Contrast and Colour

  • High-resolution photography and printing are strongly recommended.
  • Both conventional and digital photography are acceptable, and conventional or digital printing methods may be used.
  • Resulting print should exhibit a continuous-tone quality regardless of the print method used (dye sublimation, ink jet, laser, etc.)
  • Digitally printed photos should be produced without visible pixels or dot patterns
  • Fine facial features should be discernible.
  • Brightness and contrast should be adjusted to present the subjectand background accurately.
  • Photos without proper contrast or color may obscure unique facial features.
  • Color should reproduce natural skin tones.
  • Fluorescent or other lighting with
  • Unbalanced color may cause unwanted color cast in the photo. Appropriate filters can eliminate improper color balance.
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Head & Eyes- Position and Background

  • Head should face the camera directly and should not tilt or turned (portrait style).
  • Photo must show both edges of the face clearly.
  • The eyes must be open, level and clearly visible and must not be covered by hairs or eyeglass frames.
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Eyeglasses

  • Glare on eyeglasses should be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head.
  • No tinted or dark glasses.
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Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.

Exposure and Lighting

  • There should not be any over-exposure or underexposure which results in an unusable photo.
  • There should be a three-point balanced lighting. Facial features should be clearly evident in the photo.
  • Lighting should be adjusted to avoid shadows on the face or background. Diffuse sources of light, such as umbrella lights, are preferable to point sources.
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Flexibility in Children’s photographs

  • Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.
  • As regards the photograph of the children under ten years of age, requirements can be somewhat relaxed in respect of height of the face and the position of the eyes in the photographs; and in case of babies and infants also, the position of the face, the facial expression, the eyes and the line of sight can have some relaxation. However, a frontal photograph with clarity is required for children.
  • It should show the child alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible) looking at the camera with a neutral expression and the mouth closed.
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Processing Time

Average processing times vary as explained below. Please finalize your travel arrangements only after you obtain an appropriate visa. VFS / Embassy of India, Geneva will not be responsible for any inconvenience/problems faced as a result of finalizing travel plans before obtaining your appropriate visa.

Normal Applications 

Normal Tourist / Business  visas up to a period of 6 / 12 months can be issued within 5 - 7 working days for foreign nationals, but visa requested in exceptional cases for a duration of 1 year or more, will take a minimum of 7 - 10 working days .

Most Tourist / Business visas up to a period of 6 / 12 months for Swiss and Liechtenstein nationals would be processed within 2-3 working days after submission of application except as detailed below 

  • Employment, research, student , Volunteers visa may take up to 3 weeks or more
  • Processing time for the below mentioned nationalities will take a minimum 7- 10 working days. 
    • Nationals of Bangladesh or any applicant (irrespective of current nationality) who previously held Bangladeshi nationality 
    • Sri Lankan nationals or Swiss Nationals of Sri Lankan Origin 

Please note that the above mentioned times are dependent on the Embassy of India, Geneva and will not be same for all visa cases.

Same Day Visa Service

Effective 01st April 2014 the Embassy of India will no longer process same day (Urgent) visa applications.

Please note: The processing times for visas are estimates only. We do not guarantee the visa will be issued same day. Non-Swiss nationals and Swiss nationals who require a reference have a processing time of 7-10 working days. These are based on information and experience of the Embassy of India, Geneva. 

The processing of your application is subject to the procedures and timescales of the Embassy of India, Geneva, over which we have no control

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