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The Republic of India

Do I Need a Visa to Visit India? YES

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.

URGENT visa processing in up to 3 working days $292. tax included (estimated).

REGULAR visa processing in up to 8 working days $207. tax included (estimated).

India uses an E-VISA system. Processing takes 3 working days in urgent service, and up to 8 working days regular service. Canadians will get their visas stamped into their passports upon arrival at one of twenty-eight 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 multiple-entries of India over 365 days, with a stay of up to 60 days. You must apply at least 7 working days PRIOR to travel (Friday and weekends not included), even for urgent processing due to to a lock-out time set by the Indian computer. Everything is done on-line. You do not send in your real passport.

INDIA PHOTO REQUIREMENTS ARE VERY STRICT. Photos not meeting the exact requirements will be rejected by the government. Your ID photograph must be a professional studio photo, and the original digital image must be EMAILED to you by the photographer, or provided on a memory stick. Do not accept a scan of a printed photo as this not acceptable. It must be a square shape (not a rectangle). Pixel size must be above 360 pixels by 360 pixels, and must be JPEG file format. The photographer must EMAIL the original digital image to you.

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 90 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 visa fee charged by the government of India for most countries, including Canada, is US$81.99. The fee for the UK, USA, Russia, Ukraine and Mozambique is higher (US$103). Please allow for service fees and taxes.

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 many 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.

Canadians and foreigners legally living in Canada who cannot use an e-visa, or those on cruises, 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.