Validity of the
The validity of the tourist visa is counted from the date of issue. But
the validity of the three months tourist visa will be counted from the date
of first entry.
Every foreigner who arrives in India on the strength of any visa having
validity of more than 180 days (6 months) should register with the
nearest Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) concerned within 14 days of
arrival to India (PAKISTAN - within 24 hours of arrival, BANGLADESH -
within 7 days of arrival, AFGHANISTAN - within 7 days of arrival).
After necessary verification the Foreigners Registration Officer will issue
the registration certificate and residential permit to the foreigner.
Minor foreigners i.e., upto the age
group of 16 years, registration is not required.
Foreigners below the age group of 18
years and above the age group of 70 are exempted from production of HIV
Institutions recognised by Government for conducting HIV tests
Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, Bangalore
Blood Bank, Command Hospital,
Indian Air Force, Bangalore
Kidwai Institute of Oncology, Bangalore
Blood Bank, KC General Hospital,
NSIS Hospital, Bangalore
Medical College, Bellary
Medical College, Gulbarga
Karnataka Medical College, Hubli
Medical College, Mangalore
Medical College, Manipal
Conversion of Visa
The foreigners, who come to India on the strength of tourist visa are not
eligible to convert the tourist visa into any other type of visa, and not
eligible to engage in any other activities other than tourism.
Extension of stay for
The copy of the residential
permit is to be enclosed. Reason for extension should be mentioned in
Departure from India
If the registration documents issued by the Foreigners Registration Officer
to the foreigner are valid, he/she can leave India simply on production of
the confirmed ticket to the check post authorities concerned (after
surrendering the registration document at the check post).
Study of Yoga or
Several foreigners are coming to India with tourist visas usually seek
admission for studying yoga and meditation. But as per the prevailing
norms they should hold proper student visa for studying yoga meditation
etc. and their venue of study should be clearly recorded on the side of the
visa stamp. Normally change of institution is not permitted.
Loss of Passport
If the passport of the foreigners is lost he should report to the concerned
Police Station having jurisdiction to make entry of your report and obtain
a copy of the same. Further course of action by the sufferer should be
taken as per the directions of the passport officer.
Shifting of Residence
At the time of registration of visa the foreigner should furnish his
address in India which is known as his registered address. Whenever,
the foreigner shifts his residence he should immediately intimate the same
to Foreigners Registration Officer. Based on the enquiry report his
registration documents will be forwarded to the new Foreigners Registration
Occupation of House
If a foreign tourist is occupying house on a rental basis the house owner
is obliged to report the details to the police authorities concerned within
24 hours of occupation. The foreigner should ensure that the house
owner has intimated the same to the police authorities.
All foreigners are requested to abide by the above rules and violations
make them liable for prosecution besides deportation.
Foreigners in India
If at any
time a foreigner proposes to be absent from his registered address for a
continuous period of 8 weeks or more, or changes his registered address in
the district of registration or is finally departing from India he shall
inform the Foreigners Registration Officer of his probable date of return
in person or through an authorised representative or by registered post.
foreigner who stays for a period of more than 8 weeks at a place, other
than the district in which he is registered shall inform the Foreigners
Registration Officer of the new district of his presence.
foreigner changes his registered address to any district other than the one
where he is registered, he shall give a letter to the Foreigners
Registration Officer of the place of his registration, either in person or
through an authorised representative or through registered post.
who visit their native country during the period of Valid Residential
Permit will be given "Return Visa" endorsement by the State
Registration Officer. Return Visa is issued for a period of 90 days
or less to those who have valid residential permits. They should
return to India within the validity of return visa. Those who
overstay the Return Visa period of 90 days will have to come to India on a
fresh visa and such a case will be treated as a new arrival. The
foreigner has to undergo Registration formalities afresh.
staying in a hotel shall furnish the required particulars necessary for
recording his arrival and sign in the hotel register stating his name,
nationality, date of arrival, duration of stay, passport and Residential
Permit particulars in form "C".
are prohibited from entering prohibited and protected areas as notified by
the Government. Any violation of this will render a foreigner liable
Exit from India
A foreigner who leaves India by sea or air is required to report his
intended departure to the Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) of the
District and shall surrender his certificate of Registration either to the
Registration Office of the place where he is registered or the place from
where he intends to depart or the immigration officer of the Port/Check
post of exit from India. He shall and obtain exit permit before
departing from India and should surrender the same at check post or airport
along with Residential Permit and Registration Certificate. He should
fill up the embarkation card before his departure and hand it over to the
Loss of Passport
During visit to India whenever a
foreigner loses his passport he should immediately report to the nearest
Police Station giving details, such as Name, Passport No. Nationality, Visa
validity etc. and obtain acknowledgement from the concerned Police
Station. He should also intimate the facts to the consulate
General/Appropriate authority of his country in India and obtain a new
When a foreigner is involved in criminal case and is prosecuted, he is not
allowed to leave India till the disposal of the case in the Court. It
is incumbent on the part of the foreigner to comply with the requirement of
the registration rules 1992 which states that he should apply for
extension of stay during the pendency of the trial of the case.
If a Foreigner is a
victim of crime
If a foreigner is a victim of any crime he may approach the nearest Police
Station for any help and lodge the complaint giving the details of the
incident / loss of property etc. The police will render all
reasonable help to the victim besides investigating the case and bring the
offender to books.
Death of a Foreigner
In case of death of a foreigner
in India, the Foreigners Registration Officer should intimate to the
Ministry of Home Affairs and the State Government within 48 hours of the
death, the occurrence of the death, the place and course of the death along
with the details of the Passport of the foreigner. The relative's
address if any available in the passport should also be conveyed by
quickest means either by FAX or Teleprint Message.
The State Government should also send a
report directly to the Consulate of the Country of origin of the deceased,
having jurisdiction over the State, under intimation to the Ministry of
External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Intelligence Bureau
(Central Foreigners Bureau). In Case such a consulate is not there,
the report should by sent by the State Government to the Ministry of
External Affairs, copies to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Intelligence
The report that should be sent should
contain the points as mentioned in the Annexure. It should be ensured
as mentioned in the Annexure. It should be ensured that post-mortem report
and death certificate are sent along with the report.
Extension of Visa
Tourist visas are non-extendable. Therefore the tourist (foreigner) should leave
India on or before the expiry of the validity of the visa. But, tourist
visas having duration of 3 months are eligible for an extension of an
additional 3 months by Foreigners Registration Officer, subject to the
payment of the required fee. In emergency cases, over stay upto 90
days can be regularised by FRO or by State Government facilitating the
foreigner to leave India.
Fee Structure regarding
Foreigners Stay Extension
valid for 15 days (Single / Double Entry) : US $10
All kind of Visa
Valid upto 3 months : US
All kind of
Visa valid upto 6 months including tourists/business:
US $40 (Multiple Entry)
All kind of
Visa over 6 months and upto one Year including tourists/business: US $ 65 (Multiple
for more than 1 Year and upto 5 Years(Multiple Entry) : US $ 75
with validity between one to five years (Multiple Entry) : US $130
For Pakistan R.P.
extensions fees Rs. 270/- only
For Sri Lanka R.P.
extension fees Rs. 135/- only (for Six months)
Following are the
gratis countries with whom no visa fees regime exists:
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives are covered