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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Visa

FAQs on General Visa Matters (applicable for all types of visa)

Q.1. Is it necessary to apply for visa online or I can submit visa application form filled in manually?

Ans: Manual visa application is not entertained by the Embassy any longer. Applications for all types of visas are to be submitted by filling in the form online only.

Q.2. How do I apply for visa online?

Ans: The applicants are required to register the visa application on the link (http://www.indianvisaonline.gov.in).
The print-out of the visa application filled in online may be taken, signature to be affixed at the spaces provided, one photo be pasted at the space provided and submitted along with original passport and necessary documents according to type of visa being applied for.

Q.3. I need to visit India but I do not know what type of visa I should apply for.

Ans: Normally, purpose of the visit determines the type of visa one needs to apply for. Please check out the Visa page of the Embassy’s website (www.indianembassy.org.cn) for types of visa, commensurate with your purpose of visit, and documents required for each category of visa.

Q.4. I hold both Private passport and Public Affairs Passport issued by Chinese authorities. Do I need to mention details of both the passports in the visa application form?

Ans: Details of all the passports held by the applicant are to be furnished in the Visa application form in the relevant columns.

Q.5. I have applied for visa in the Indian Embassy in Beijing. Do I need to appear for a visa interview?

Ans: Not all Visa applicants are required to visit the Embassy for visa interview. Only in some cases, where additional information/clarification is required, the visa applicants may be called for an interview at the Embassy.

Q.6. I hold private/ordinary passport. Where should I go to apply for Indian visa in Beijing?

Ans: The visa applications of private passport holders are to be submitted at the Indian Visa Application Centre, located at Room No. 706, Ruichen International Centre, No.13, Nongzhanguan South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. The private passports, after visa services, may be collect from the same place. Contact details of the Indian visa application centre are as follows:
Tel: 010-65925377, Fax: 010-65925337, email: info.bj@blsindia-china.com, website address: www.blsindia-china.com

Q.7. What is the fee for getting visa for India?

Ans: The details of visa fee fixed for various types of visa, depending on nationality and duration of visa are available on the Visa page of this Embassy’s website (www.indianembassy.org.cn) .

Q.8. I had applied for visa in the Indian Embassy, which has been rejected. Can I get refund of visa fees paid by me?

Ans: Visa fees once paid along with visa application is non-refundable, irrespective of whether visa was granted or rejected.

Q.9. When does the validity of the visa commence: on the date of issue mentioned in the visa sticker or the date on which I enter India?

Ans: The validity of visa (except eTV) commences on the date of issue of visa mentioned in the Visa sticker. For e-TV the validity of visa commences from the date of landing in India.

FAQs on Visa on Diplomatic/Service/Public Affairs Passport

Q.1. I hold Diplomatic/Service/Public affairs passport. Where should I go to apply for visa?

Ans: The visa applicants holding Diplomatic/Service(Official)/Public Affairs Passport need to submit the visa applications directly to Embassy of India, Beijing (Counter at Gate No.2), located at No.5, Liangmaqiao Bei Jie, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

2. What are the timings for submission of visa applications in the Embassy and collection of passports with visa from the Embassy?

Ans: The completed visa applications with all documents are accepted at the Embassy counter from 09.00 AM to 11.00 A.M. from Monday to Friday except public holidays. The passports after visa service are also returned as per same time schedule.

3. I hold both Private passport and Public Affairs Passport issued by Chinese authorities. Do I need to mention details of both the passports and details of previous visits to India made on both passports in the visa application form?

Ans: Yes, Correct and complete information is to be provided in the visa application form. Details of previous visits made on all types of passports held by the applicant (at present and previously) are to be furnished in the visa application form as well as in the Reference Sheet in case of Business Visa.

4. How long does it take to get an Indian visa on Diplomatic/Service/Public Affairs Passports?

Ans: Visas are normally issued by the Embassy within 2-3 working days, except for a few cases which may require additional processing time.

Q.5. Is there any provision for Emergency visa?

Ans: Embassy already issues visa on a fast-track basis and hence there is no provision for Emergency visa, at present.

Q.6. Do I need to visit Embassy in person to apply for visa?

Ans: As of now, it is not mandatory to visit the Embassy in person to submit visa application. A representative of the applicant can deposit the visa application. However, it is compulsory for the visa applicant to be present in the jurisdiction of the Embassy of India, Beijing, at the time of submission of visa application in the Embassy, since visa cannot be applied for or issued, in absentia.

Q.7. Is it necessary to produce the original receipt to collect the passport (with Indian visa) from the Embassy?

Ans: Yes, the original receipt given by the counter staff at the time of submission of visa application is required to be produced to collect the passport from the Embassy.

FAQs on Tourist Visa

Q.1. What are the purposes/ activities allowed on Tourist Visa?

Ans: Tourist visa holders are permitted to undertake following activities in India: recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, attend a short-term yoga programme. No other purpose/activity than those mentioned above is allowed on Tourist Visa.

Q.2. I would like to visit India to volunteer for a charity organization. Can I apply for Tourist Visa since I will be paid any remuneration for the job?

Ans: A person visiting India for voluntary work should apply for ‘Employment (E)’ Visa. Tourist Visa is not the appropriate visa in such cases.

Q.3. I have been granted Tourist Visa. Can I change my Tourist Visa to Business or Employment visa after reaching India?

Ans: No. Tourist Visa is not convertible to any other type of visa. Also, indulging in Business activities or taking up employment in India, while holding Tourist Visa, is illegal. If a person is found doing business or taking up employment in India, while holding Tourist Visa, he/she can be booked for visa violation.

Q.4. I have been granted Tourist Visa. Can I extend my Tourist Visa after reaching India?

Ans: No. Tourist Visa is not extendable in India.

FAQs on e-Tourist Visa

Q.1. How do I apply for an e-Tourist Visa?

Ans: In order to apply for e-Tourist Visa, please check out the following link: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

Q.2. What are the purposes/activities allowed on eTourist Visa?

Ans: e-Tourist visa holders are permitted to undertake following activities in India: recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, attend a short-term yoga programme, short duration medical treatment including treatment under Indian systems of medicine and casual business visit. No other purpose/activity than those mentioned above is allowed on e-Tourist Visa.

Q.3. I am a journalist and would like to visit India for sightseeing and tourism. Can I apply for e-Tourist Visa?

Ans: Journalists have to apply for ‘Journalist Visa’ only irrespective of the purpose of the visit to India. As such, e-Tourist Visa or any other type of Visa is not available for Journalists.

Q.4. I had applied for e-Tourist Visa, which has been rejected. Can I apply for regular visa?

Ans: Yes. You can apply for regular type of visa by submitting visa application form, original passport and requisite documents.

Q.5. I had applied for e-Tourist Visa, which was rejected. What could be the possible reasons for rejection of the visa?

Ans: If you are entitled for e-Tourist Visa, some of the possible reasons for rejection of your e-Tourist Visa can be as follows: a) Wrong information was furnished in the application form, b) information furnished was incomplete and misleading, c) Photograph was not uploaded or wrong photograph was uploaded c) copy of the passport was not uploaded properly and hence it was illegible, d) Passport details mentioned in the copy of passport uploaded and those mentioned in the application form did not match, d) Incorrect jurisdiction was selected while filling in the application form, e) Purpose was not admissible for e-Tourist Visa, etc.

FAQs on Business Visa

Q.1. What are the purposes/activities allowed on Business Visa?

Ans: The following purposes/activities are allowed on Business visa:
i) To establish an industrial/business ventures or to explore possibilities to set up an industrial/business venture.
ii) To purchase/sell industrial products or commercial products or consumer durables
iii) To participate in technical meetings/discussions for providing business services support
iv) To recruit manpower
v) To hold consultations regarding exhibitions or to participate in exhibitions, trade fairs, business fairs etc.
vi) To monitor the progress of the work at the ongoing project work, conduct meetings with Indian customers and/or to provide technical guidance
vii) For pre-sales or post-sales activity not amounting to actual execution of any contract or project
viii) To attend in-house training organized by multinational/corporate houses.
ix) To undertake internship sponsored by AIESEC on project based work in companies/industries
x) To undertake business activities related to travel and tourism.

Q.2. I hold both Private passport and Public Affairs Passport issued by Chinese authorities. Do I need to mention details of both the passports and details of previous visits to India made on both passports in the Business visa application form?

Ans: Yes. Details of all the passports held by the applicant are to be furnished in the Visa application form in the relevant columns. Details of previous visits to India undertaken on all types of passports held by the applicant (at present and previously) are to be furnished in the Reference Sheet for Business Visa (attached with the main application form).

Q.3. I cannot produce invitation letter from India since I wish to visit India for the first time to explore business opportunities in India. Can I apply for Business Visa?

Ans. Yes. Short duration Business Visa is issued in such cases.

Q.4. I have got Business visa for India. Can I change my Business Visa to Employment/Project Visa in India?

Ans. No. Business Visa cannot be converted to Employment/Project Visa without leaving India.