A valid Indian passport and a valid Indian visa are the two essential requirements that a foreign national who intends to visit India must possess. Even a minor child of foreign origin must have a valid passport for traveling India. A Visa Certificate is in the form of a stamp marked certificate on the passport of the applicant by the immigration authorities of a country. The visa certificate indicates that the credentials of the applicant have been verified thereby granting him permission to enter the country of which the visa has been given.
Indian Visas are issued by the Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs. The High Commission reserves the right on granting and deciding type/duration of visa. Grant of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities. Citizens of Nepal and Bhutan do not require a visa for visiting India. India also provides 'Visa on Arrival' facility to citizens of 11 selected countries including Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia.
Persons holding Diplomatic or Official passports and persons of the nationalities of Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Hungary, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Poland, Republic of Slovakia, South Africa and Uruguay are issued Gratis (free of charge) Visa.