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The Republic of India

Do I Need a Visa to Visit India?

Canadian citizens using a Canadian passport require a visa to visit India.

Nationals of ALL countries require a visa to enter India.

Click here for the TOURIST & VISIT & YOGA CLASS e-VISA for India.

Click here for the BUSINESS e-VISA for India.

India uses an E-VISA system. Processing takes 3 to 8 working days. Canadians will get their visas stamped into their passports upon arrival at one of twenty-four major airports or five major seaports in India once their e-Visa is approved and emailed to them. This applies to Tourists, Business, Medical and Family Visitors. The visa is valid for a double-entry of India, with a stay of up to 60 days. You must apply at least 7 working days PRIOR to travel (Friday and weekends not included). Everything is done on-line. You do not send in your real passport.

The buttons above will take you to the special VSC forms which will help you get an Indian e-VISA with our assistance. You email us the forms and a scan of your passport and a scan of your ID photo - we apply to the Indian government on your behalf - and then you receive the e-Visa by email in as little as three days. And you get to keep your passport at home. You cannot apply until you are within 120 days of arrival in India. The on-line visa fee for Canadians is US$81.99 (approx $115) plus service. You must take the original of the passport photograph with you to India along with your forms and your real passport. The online fee for most countries, including Canada, is US$81.99. The fee for the UK, USA, Russia, Ukraine and Mozambique is higher (US$103).

The government of India offers e-Visas to nationals of 150+ countries, including Canada, UK, USA and all EU members.

CRUISE PASSENGERS - Although India issues e-Visas for use at five major international cruise terminal ports (Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Mumbai, Chennai), some cruise lines refuse to recognize the Indian e-Visas. Passengers on those cruise lines must have a paper visa glued into their passport by the Indian consular office nearest them in Canada prior to travel. You will not be accepted as a passenger with an e-Visa by some cruise lines. Please check with your cruise line about using an e-Visa.

For Canadians and foreigners legally living in Canada who cannot use an e-visa, or those on cruises, you are strongly encouraged to apply directly in person at the nearest Indian visa application centre. Please consult BLS India for the closest office for applications in person.

For more information about travel conditions in India and south Asia, please visit the Foreign Affairs Web site.