Letters of Invitation for Visa Purposes
A Formal acceptance Letter will only be sent to participants, who have registered for the symposium, for applying a visa at the Indian diplomatic mission at respective countries. Please contact the convener firstname.lastname@example.org for any difficulty.
Passport and Visa
Passports, valid for at least six months from the entry into India and entry visas are required to visit India. Participants are advised to carry their passports with them at all times because the passports are required to check into hotels, book airline tickets, and change money. All delegates requiring a visa to enter India are requested to apply for a visa at the earliest possible. A single entry visa is valid for three months, Participants are advised to consult the Indian Embassy / High Commission / Consulate in your country in order to obtain a visa of entry.
Delegates from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Bangladesh, Sudan, Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka should apply minimum 6 weeks in advance for getting VISA. If participants have any difficulties in obtaining their visa, they should contact the Symposium Secretariat.
The Government of India has announced a scheme of granting Tourist Visa on Arrival for the citizens of Finland, Luxemburg, New Zealand, Cambodia, Japan, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar. Visa for the above listed counties are non-extendable and non-convertible and will be issued at arrival only at the designated international airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Foreign passengers of countries not mentioned in the above list should ensure that they are in possession of a valid Indian Visa before they start their journey to India except nationals of Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives who do not require visa for entry in India for a period up to 90 days.
The Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for issuance of Indian visas to the foreign nationals for their visit for various purposes. This facility is granted through various Indian missions abroad. Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without prior notice. The High Commission reserves the right to grant and decide the type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making application. Granting of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities. The instruction and information given here is general in nature, however for specific information, you may contact the respective Indian Mission. For further information pl click on http://www.mea.gov.in/cpv.htm
Visa Application Form
Visa application form is available at the Indian Mission in the country where the applicant resides. Visa form for nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh are generally different. All NRIs/PIOs, including children (who do not possess OCI or PIO card) need to apply for Visa in separate visa forms
Procedure for obtaining Visa
Visas can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission of India based in the country from where the candidate intends to depart for India. Specific visas are granted for a variety of purposes that are mentioned below
Travel Visa application requirements
1.Valid passport. 2.Completed application form. (Nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh must complete special application forms). 3.Two passport-size photographs. (Nationals of Pakistan will require five). 4.Visa fee. 5.Stamped self-addressed delivery envelope for postal applications.
Types of Applicable Visa
1.Tourist Visa:Tourists traveling in groups of not less than four members under the auspices of a recognized travel agency may be considered for grant of collective tourist visa
2.Conference Visa:Conference Visas are issued for attending conferences / seminars / meetings in India. The letter of invitation must be submitted along with the visa application. In addition, you should augment your application for a conference visa by enclosing copy of permissions received from the Indian authorities. Delegates coming to attend conferences may combine tourism with attending conferences
Certificates of Attendance
A certificate of attendance will be provided to all registered participants at the conference venue.
The registration fee does not include insurance for the participants in view of accidents, sickness or loss of personal property. It is advisable that participants make their own arrangements in respect of health and travel insurance before leaving their countries.
Emergency call numbers are 100 for police, 101 for fire, 102 for ambulance and 108 for emergencies.
In India, only Indian Rupees is used. Currency exchange centers can be found at airports, most of the hotels and large shopping malls. The exchange rate is due to the official rate (State Bank of India). When exchanging money, please keep your receipt by which you can change any remaining Indian Rupees back to foreign currency when leaving India. Visa, Master, American Express, Diners Club and JCB are accepted in many departmental stores, malls and hotels. Some ATMs may be able to allow you to withdraw Indian Rupees on your credit cards. The State Bank of India and most hotels can cash travelers’ cheque issued by any foreign bank or financial institution. Participants are required to show a passport for currency exchange.