India Entry Requirements

India Entry Requirements

Changed travel regulations during and after the corona pandemic

Airlines flying to India are only allowed to carry passengers on presentation of a negative PCR test (max. 72 hours old). Before starting the journey, it is mandatory to fill out a self-declaration form in which the negative PCR test result is to be uploaded. A printout of the registration and a copy of your passport should be carried with you. The use of the COVID-19 tracking app ” Aarogya Setu ” is mandatory. Current information on entry modalities, test and quarantine regulations can be found on the New Delhi Airport website.

After entry, another COVID-19 test must be carried out at the airport for a fee. Transit passengers are not allowed to leave the arrivals area until the test result has been received, which can take a few hours.

According to allcitycodes, the state of Maharashtra has a 14-day mandatory quarantine for travelers from the EU, Great Britain and the Middle East, some of which must be spent in a state institution.

Commercial international travel is currently prohibited in principle. Tourist entries remain prohibited until further notice; E-visas and visas for tourist purposes that have already been issued are suspended. Visas of the remaining categories that were previously suspended are valid again. Entry by water and air for other travel purposes should be possible again, provided that the validity of already issued visas has not expired or the corresponding visas have been newly issued. Entry by land is still not possible.

Tourist visas for Germans who have already traveled to India and who were unable to take their return flight due to the suspension of commercial air traffic in March 2020 are valid until August 31, 2021 in accordance with an ordinance issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs of June 4, 2021. An extension of this visa is not required during this period, and for departures by August 31, 2021, no fine will be levied for the visa overdraft and the required exit permit will be issued free of charge. The extension of visas of other categories must be applied for via the locally responsible Foreigners Regional Registration Office.

Source: Federal Foreign Office on July 24th, 2021

General provisions for travel and residence (until the corona pandemic)

Visa to India

In order to enter India, foreign tourists need a valid passport and a visa.

E-Visa (as of 6/2019)

Tourists and business travelers from Germany and Austria can apply for an e-Visa

This eTourist visa is valid for 365 days and allows tourists to enter India multiple times as well as an uninterrupted stay in India for 90 days. After 90 days you have to leave India and re-enter in order to be able to stay in India for another 90 days. Then you have to leave the country again.

With the eBusiness Visa you can stay in India for 180 consecutive days. Wants or needs to stay longer in India, you have to register within 14 days of the 180 days of stay in a FRRO- / FRO office in India and its eBusiness visa extended

To purchase an e-Visa, you have to fill out a so-called ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) application in advance. In addition, you have to upload a current portrait photo (format 5 mm × 5 mm) with a white background and the photo page of the passport. The status of the processing can then be followed online (takes approx. 72 hours).

You can enter via the following 25 airports: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi and Vishakhapatnam. Here you come to the ETA application.

Children need their own visa.

Tourist visa

For a longer stay in India, you apply for a corresponding visa from a state-appointed service provider, which is stuck in your passport. This tourist visa is valid for 365 days and entitles you to an uninterrupted stay of 180 days. If you want to stay longer in India and make full use of the validity of the visa, you have to leave the country for 24 hours and re-enter.

All documents can also be submitted by post. You should also send the transfer receipt for the visa fees and a stamped return envelope (registered mail).

Service provider in Germany:

Residence in Thuringia, Brandenburg, Berlin, Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony-Anhalt:
International Visa Services Europe GmbH
Kolonnen Str. 29
2nd backyard, 1st floor
10829 Berlin
Web: International Visa Services Europe GmbH
Tel.: +49 30- 319977-80
Open: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Residence in Baden-Württemberg or Bavaria:
International Visa Services Europe GmbH
Prinzregentenstrasse 120
81677 Munich-Bogenhausen
Web: International Visa Services Europe GmbH
Tel.: +49 89 28673803
Open: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Residence in Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony or Schleswig-Holstein:
Indo-German Consultancy Services (IGCS)
Spaldingstraße 188, 20097 Hamburg
Web: Indo-German Consultancy Services (IGCS)
Tel.: +49 40 2880560
Open: Monday to Friday 9-13 And 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Residence in Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland, Saarland:
Indo-German Consultancy Services, (IGCS)
Bettinastr. 62, 60325 Frankfurt am Main
Web: Indo-German Consultancy Services, (IGCS)
Tel.: +49 69 74 222 00
Open: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

When entering the country, you should be able to present an onward / return ticket. This is usually checked at the check-in to India.

Business Visa (for business trips to India)

Validity and fees:
For a stay of up to 1 year, the cost of the visa is 114 €. A stay of between 1 and 5 years is charged with a fee of € 238. Then there are the service costs and the consular surcharge. In both cases there is the possibility of multiple entries and exits.

Other documents required:
Copy of the letter of invitation from the Indian company with which the applicant has or intends to do business.

Work visa (for employment and projects in India)

Validity and fees:
A stay of up to 6 months costs 114 €, 6 months to 1 year 190 €, and 1 to 5 years 285 €. In any case, multiple entries and exits are allowed. Please note that an extension is only possible in India at FRRO (Foreigner Regional Registration Office).

Other documents required:
Proof of employment (employment contract and other conditions) at companies in India, which indicates the intended duration of the employment relationship.

India Entry Requirements