Advisory for Visa Applicants
The international traveler should hold a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of arrival in India and a re-entry permit, if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant. The passport should have at least 2 blank pages. After filling the online visa application, print out of the application, photograph should be submitted in person at Indian Visa Application Centre.
Advisory for journalists applying for visa
Journalists going for journalistic nature of work in India or for tourism purpose should apply for Journalist visa only.
M/s BLS International, located at Kosmodamianskaya emb., 52, building 7, Moscow 115035 (Landmark : RBK) is the only authorized Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) in Moscow. No other centre or company or agent has been authorized by the Embassy to deal with Indian visa applications. Any approach by individuals or organizations claiming to facilitate visa applications or charging visa fee above the actual amount mentioned in the IVAC website ( [ http://www.blsindia-russia.com/ | http://www.blsindia-russia.com ] ) may be reported to the Embassy at [ mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com ] or +7 (495) 7837535 Extn.(281).
The IVAC has also been permitted to introduce the following Value Added Services to applicants, which is purely optional, at the approved rates as mentioned below:-
The Visa Service Charge for the citizens of the Russian Federation has been revised and adjusted to the prevailing exchange rates. The new rates for all types of visas for the Russian nationals which have come into effect from 31.07.2023 are as follows :
Visa service charges for Russian Nationals w.e.f 01.08.2023 are as under:
(All figures in Rubles)
Areas covered by the Consulate General of India, St. Petersburg, Russia
1. Leningrad Oblast
2. St. Petersburg
3. Republic of Komi
4. Arkhangelsk Oblast
5. Republic of Karelia
6. Pskov Oblast
7. Veliky Novgorod Oblast
8. Murmansk Oblast
Areas covered by the Consulate General of India, Vladivostok, Russia
1. Primorye (Primorsky Krai)
2. Khabarovsk (Khabarovsky Krai)
3. Amur (Amurskaya Oblast)
4. Sakhalin (Sakhalinskaya Oblast)
5. Kamchatka (Kamchatsky Krai)
6. Jewish Autonomous Region (Jewish Autonomous Oblast )
7. Irkutsk (Irkutsky Krai)
8. Magadan (Magadanskaya Oblast)
9. Chukotka Autonomous District ( Chukotka Autonomous Okrug)
10. Republic of Buryatia
11. Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
12. Za-Baikal (Zabaikalsky Krai)
* Remaining areas falls within the Consular Jurisdiction of the Embassy of India, Moscow
It has come to notice that off late many third party websites have cropped up offering e-visa to foreign nationals masquerading as a genuine & official website of the Government of India and had duped money from some unsuspecting foreign / Russian nationals planning to travel to India on e-visa. The list of some of these websites is as follows:
In this regard, Embassy of India, Moscow cautions foreign / Russian national planning to visit India to be watchful & careful while accessing of such websites and official site for e-visa, which is given below may be used for submission of e-visa applications to India.
The international traveler should hold a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of arrival in India and a re-entry permit, if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant. The passport should have at least 2 blank pages for stamping by the immigration officer.
As approved by Competent authorities of India, foreigners traveling to India on e-visa on a passport different from the passport mentioned on Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) issued to them will be allowed entry into India on the new passport even if ETA has been issued on the old passport, provided foreign nationals carry the old passport on which ETA was issued.
Competent authority in India has decided to include Bhubaneswar and Port Blair Airports in the list of entry points were persons holding e-Visa will be allowed to enter India.
Procedure for applying for e-Visa
In order to avail of the facility of e-Visa, the foreign national concerned shall mandatorily fill in the application online on the e-Visa website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
The applications are cleared in 72-hours and an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) slip will be sent to the email ID provided by the applicant. The visitor is expected to travel to India with this authorization and a passport with a minimum remaining validity of 6 months. In view of the 72-hrs taken for clearance, visitors are expected to apply for e-Visa at least 4 days before the date of their journey to India. However, the applicants may apply online in advance within a window of 120 days from the date of arrival in India.
The e-Visa will be provided only at the 24 designated international airports (Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum and Varanasi) and 3 designated seaports, i.e., Cochin, Goa, Mangalore. However, the foreigner can take exit from any of the authorized immigration check point in India.
An e-Visa will be valid for entry and stay in India within the period of its validity, subject to the conditions specified. The immigration officer may grant a double-entry e-Tourist Visa or e-Business Visa upto a period of 60 days to the passport holders of the countries covered by the e-Visa scheme. Triple entry e-Medical Visa may be granted which can be extended by another 6 months on a case-to-case basis on its merit by the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO)/ Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) concerned.
Conditions for e-Visa
e-Visa can neither be extended nor converted to any other kind of visa during the visa holder’s stay in India except under exceptional circumstances like medical reasons, marriage, PIOs who are otherwise eligible for normal Indian visa etc.
Fee for e-Visa
e-Visa fee is country/territory specific and is non-refundable once the visa fee is submitted. A fee of US $ 75 or equivalent amount in Indian Rupees per passenger (including children) will be charged from Russian nationals as e-Visa fee besides a bank transaction charge of 2.5%. The remaining nationals of other countries/territory may check the e-Visa website for the fees to be paid by them.
e-Visa can be availed for a maximum of 2 times in a calendar year, i.e., January to December.
i. The e-Visa facility shall not be available to the holders of Diplomatic/Official passport holders or laissez passer travel document holders or international travel document holders or individuals endorsed on parents/spouses’ passports;
ii. International travelers having Pakistani passport or Pakistani origin may apply for regular visa at the Indian Mission;
iii. Restriction of one application per email ID per month has been removed;
1. The instructions on eligibility, requirements, filling-up of the e-Visa forms, etc. are mentioned in detail on BOI/MHA’s webpage www.indianvisaonline.gov.in. The webpage also guides the applicants on filling up the application form and provides sub-links ( https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html ) with information related to “Instructions to Applicants” and “List of Countries/Nationalities who are eligible to avail e-Visa”.
2. An important instruction on the above link is the requirement for entry into India upon receipt of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is that the passport of the traveler should have validity of at least six months from date of arrival in India and should contain at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
3. Another important instruction on e-visa webportal is with regard to the entry on passport number mentioned in ETA which is reproduced below:
“You must travel on the Passport which you have applied for e-Visa. Entry will be allowed into India on the new passport even if ETA has been issued on the old passport, however in such cases a traveler must carry the old passport on which ETA was issued.”