Types of Visas
Specific visas are granted for a variety of purposes. The principal types of visas issued are Tourist Visa, Business visa, Student and employment visa, Transit visa and Entry visa. Please contact the Consular Section of Embassy of India, Zagreb for further details if you are visiting India for purposes other than tourism, such as journalism, conferences, yoga, voluntary work, mountaineering or other expeditions. The visa application form is, however, the same. Separate forms are available for Pakistani Nationals.
Tourists wishing to visit India are normally granted short-term tourist visas, effective from the date of issue. Tourist visas are non-extendible and non-convertible.
The Government of India has decided to extend the "tourist visa-on-arrival" (TVOA) scheme to tourists from Cambodia, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar with effect from 01 January 2011. The scheme is available for citizens of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore since 01 January 2010.
TVOA scheme visas shall be granted by Immigration Officers at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata airports and shall be valid for a maximum of 30 days with single entry facility.
Additional documents for application: return air ticket reservation.
Transit visas are valid for halts of up to 72 hours in India within 15 days from the date of issue of the visa and must be obtained before departure. Transit Visas cannot be obtained from immigration counters at ports of entry in India.
Additional documents for application: evidence of onward travel to a destination outside India, for seamen invitation letter from Indian and local marine agents.
Business visas are granted for periods of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. However, multiple-entry Business Visas for up to two years validity may be granted to technicians/experts going to India in pursuance of bilateral agreements or joint venture projects having government approval.
Additional documents for application: return air ticket reservation, invitiation letter from Indian company, letter from employer.
Applicants must submit their applications personally.
Additional documents for application: invitation letter, employment contract, school/college degree translated and verified by public notary.
Applicants must submit their applications personally.
Additional documents for application: invitation letter, employment contract, school/college degree translated and verified by public notary, documents from the Indian Government prooving that the project was awarded to the company, additional project application form found here in triplicate with 3 additional pictures (5x5cm with visible shoulders and light background).
Additional documents for application: proof of admission to recognised universities/institutions in India, proof of payment of school fees, bank statement with sufficient funds if living expenses are not covered by scholarship.
Long Term/Entry Visas are issued to persons of Indian origin for duration of up to five years. These can be obtained, depending on the purpose of visit and eligibility, on a case-by-case basis.
Journalist visa (JV ):
Journalists can obtain single entry visas valid for three months and should submit supporting documentation, i.e., an employment card or original letter from a reputed news/media agency which has given them the assignment in India.
A medical visa is given to those who are travelling to India for medical treatment. The visa can be single/multiple entry. Please note that relevant documents explaining details of the treatment and confirming the need for an escort are also required.
Medical escort visa (MX):
A medical escort visa is given to those who are accompanying a patient travelling to India for medical treatment on a medical visa. This visa can be given to a close relative/family member or a friend of the patient. Please note that relevant letters/documents explaining details of the treatment are also required.
Missionary visa (M):
Applicants planning to visit India for religious purposes shall be issued single entry missionary visa valid for the duration approved by the Government of India. A letter from the sponsoring organization in Croatia and India indicating intended destination in India, expected length of stay, and nature of work to be discharged should be attached with the application form along with a guarantee for the applicant's maintenance while in India.
Research visa (RV):
Research Visas are given to Professors or Scholars, who wish to conduct research work in India. Applicants are required to obtain prior permission to conduct research project in India from the concerned authorities. Applicants are requested to apply at least six weeks before their date of departure to India and visas will be valid for entry into India four weeks after issue. Validity of the visa would coincide with the research period.
Registration with FRO/FRRO
Persons of Indian origin holding multiple entry X-visas, visiting India to meet relatives or for social purposes, are required to register with the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) / Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) within 14 days of first arrival only if they intend to stay continuously for more than six months. This registration is required during the first visit after the visa is issued. Subsequent travels using the same visa do not require registration. Children below the age of 16 years are exempt from this requirement. All other visitors to India, including those of Indian origin, holding any other category of visa valid for more than six months should register with the FRO/FRRO within 14 days of arrival in India.