Tourist Visa

  • Introduction
  • Process
  • Document Checklist
  • Forms
  • Processing Fees
  • Value Added Services
  • Processing Time
Tourist Visa is issued to people who wish to visit India for tourist purposes i.e. Recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc .The visa is non- extendable and non convertible. No other activity is permissible on Tourist visa.

No Permit is needed if the visa holder is also travelling to neighbouring countries of India for tourism purpose on the same itinerary as long as the trip follows the itinerary exactly. The visa holder must carry a copy of the itinerary to show the Immigration Officer.

Transfer of visa to a new passport is not mandatory and the applicant can travel to India with old passport having Indian visa, along with new current passport

New Visa Announcements

New Tourist Visa norms for US nationals:

The Govt. of India has directed that, apart from special circumstances, Indian Missions / Posts in the United States of America will grant Multi entry Tourist Visa for a period of 10 years to the Nationals of the United States of America with a stipulation that "continuous period of stay during each visit will not exceed 180 days and no registration will be required". The stipulated fee for a ten year Tourist Visa shall be USD 150.

Important Note for Pakistani Nationals :
Pakistani citizen can not apply for Tourist Visa. If you are a Pakistani National or a foreigner of Pakistani origin, you are required to submit your application in person at the CKGS Application Center. The facility of third party filling of visa application stands withdrawn.

  1. The Embassy / Consulates reserve the right to seek additional documentation at their discretion and the same will be communicated to the applicant by CKGS.

  2. Applicants must carefully review the time period of visa that they seek and must note and understand that Visa is not a matter of right and hence the Embassy / Consulates could deny the visa if not found eligible / or does not have adequate supporting documentation or grant a visa for a period lesser than what has been requested in the application and what the applicant has paid for. There shall be no clarifications or enquiries in this regard and the decision of the Consulate will be final and binding.

Note:
  1. Please note Biometrics service is applicable only to the walk-ins applicants from Atlanta at present.
  2. 5 year and 10 year Tourist visas are available only to US citizens under a bilateral arrangement.
  3. All non-US passport holders are only eligible for up to a Six (6) month Tourist visa.
  4. "Visa duration is applicable from the date of visa issue" Under visa section.
  5. Pakistani Applicant: Any Applicant who was a Pakistani national, or parents or Grandparents were born in Pakistan and wish to travel to India, need to submit application in person or by Post. Applications cannot be submitted through Travel Agents.
  6. Important Note for Non US Applicants: Non-US applicants should give their permanent address in their home country without which their applications will not be processed.

"We strongly recommend to use FedEX only for safe, secure and timely delivery at your doorstep."


Visa Application Submission Type

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  • STEP 1 Online Application
    Complete the Online Indian Visa Application Form (IVFRT)

    All applicants are requested to exercise due care while filing the Online Indian Visa Application Form (IVFRT). In case of any mistakes, Applicants are requested to fill the form again.

    Print and sign the Application form.
  • STEP 2 Photographs and Documents
    Paste the photograph as per the specification.

    For details please visit Documents Required.
  • STEP 3 Fees and Value Added Service
    Visa fee (depends on the service) + ICWF + CKGS service fee (USD 17).

    All the citizens of different nationality except USA nationals will be charged $ 20 as Reference Fees.

    You can make the payment by following below mentioned payment methods :
    Credit Card / Money Orders / Pay Orders / Cashier's Check / Banker's Check favoring "Cox & Kings Global Services USA LLC".

    In case of payments made via credit card, actual bank / agency charges will have to be borne by the applicant. CKGS will accept fees online via credit cards only.

    If you have paid the fees online, it is mandatory for you to bring original payment receipt along with all the documents.

    Kindly enclose the photocopy of the Cashier's Check / Money Order / Banker's Check.
    Please note that PERSONAL CHECKS are not acceptable.

    For details please visit Processing Fees.
  • STEP 4 Identify Jurisdiction and Service Centers
    Identify consular jurisdiction and Application Center based on your present location. Application must be sent to the CKGS Application Center of area of your jurisdiction. It must NOT be sent to the Indian Embassy / Consulates.
  • STEP 5 Book My Appointment Online
    Book online appointment for submission of the documents.

    Visit CKGS Application Center as per your jurisdiction only at the date and time of the appointment. 
  • STEP 6 Submit Your Application
    Fill the Additional Particulars Form*.
    (*Additional Particulars Form is mandatory for all applications).

    Attach all the supporting documents with the application form. For details please visit "Download Forms" Section.

    Visit CKGS Application Center as per your jurisdiction only at the date and time of the appointment along with the Visa application, Original passport, required fee, required documents and Print-out of the filled CKGS Order Form to submit your application and start of processing.

    Note: Applicant need to bring their original documents if they are submitting the documents in person.
  • STEP 7 Track My application
    Applicant can know the status of their application / courier by providing required information.

    For details please visit "Track My Application" Section.
Kindly check Terms & Conditions before continuing with Online Application.

Submit by Postal / Courier Submit by Postal / Courier Apply Now

  • STEP 1 Online Application
    Complete the Online Indian Visa Application Form (IVFRT)

    All applicants are requested to exercise due care while filing the Online Indian Visa Application Form (IVFRT). In case of any mistakes, Applicants are requested to fill the form again.

    Print and sign the Application form.

  • STEP 2 Photographs and Documents
    Paste the photograph as per the specification.

    For details please visit Documents Required.
  • STEP 3 Fees and Value Added Service
    Visa fee (depends on the service) + ICWF + CKGS service fee (USD 17).

    All the citizens of different nationality except USA nationals will be charged $ 20 as Reference Fees.

    You can make the payment by following below mentioned payment methods :
    Credit Card / Money Orders / Pay Orders / Cashier's Check / Banker's Check favoring "Cox & Kings Global Services USA LLC".

    In case of payments made via credit card, actual bank / agency charges will have to be borne by the applicant. CKGS will accept fees online via credit cards only.

    If you have paid the fees online, it is mandatory for you to send a copy of payment receipt along with all the documents.

    Kindly enclose the photocopy of the Cashier's Check / Money Order / Banker's Check.
    Please note that PERSONAL CHECKS are not acceptable.

    For details please visit Processing Fees.
  • STEP 4 Identify Jurisdiction and Service Centers
    Identify Identify consular jurisdiction and Application Center based on your present location.

    Application must be sent to the CKGS Application Center of area of your jurisdiction. It must NOT be sent to the Indian Embassy / Consulates.

  • STEP 5 Fill Courier Service Form Online
    CKGS suggest applicant to send their postal application by FedEX.

    Fill the courier / return courier service form online.
  • STEP 6 Send Your Application
    Fill the CKGS Order Form*.
    (*CKGS Order Form is mandatory for all applications).
    Fill the Additional Particular Form.

    Attach all the supporting documents with the application form. For details please visit "Download Forms" Section.

    Send the application package to the CKGS Application Center as per your jurisdiction along with the Visa application, Original passport, required fee, required documents and Print-out of the filled CKGS Order Form to submit your application and start of processing.

    Please make sure to paste the shipping label containing the address of the respective CKGS Application Centers of the jurisdiction on the postal package.

    No of applications Prepaid Self Addressed Traceable Envelope Note : If there is a group / family of four applicants and applying for the same service (only Visa or only OCI) applicants can send 1 prepaid return envelope but if they are applying for different services then they need to send different return prepaid envelopes. In 1 envelope we can send only 4 passports; if there are more than four passports we require separate envelopes.

    Prepaid Envelope provided for return of the passport: Applicants are requested to utilize FedEX as preferred mode of return shipment.

    At this time all CKGS Application Center, USA locations, are unable to use manual hand written labels from any courier. Please provide a computer generated label from the courier website or retail store with your postal application.

    The prepaid envelope provided for return of the passport after processing must have the same address as given on the proof of address.

    Applicants must not provide a handwritten or manual FedEX air bill. Airbills with credit card information, handwritten airbills or blank airbills with information typed in cannot be used by CKGS office. All such passports will be held back in CKGS office and may lead to delays. CKGS strongly recommends using a traceable airbill from FedEX. CKGS also recommends that return shipping package is insured.

    Please specify department name outside of the envelope. For Example:- VISA Applicants to mention VISA.

    Please allow 7 – 10 days for processing of your application and the status to be visible on the website once the application is received at the CKGS office.

    Note:
    APPLICANTS SENDING ADDITIONAL DOCUMENT / S AGAINST AN APPLICATION PENDING WITH CKGS ORIGINALLY DUE TO LACK OF SUFFICIENT DOCUMENTS MUST WRITE ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS AND DEPARTMENT NAME OUTSIDE THE PACKAGE ENVELOPE ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL ORDER FORM NUMBER.

    Due to bad weather conditions and for the protection of your documents please enclose your application in a plastic, before shipping it across to us. It would prevent your important documents from getting wet.

    DO NOT BOOK YOUR TICKETS UNTIL YOUR VISA IS IN YOUR HAND.There are no Expedited or Emergency Services for PIO and PIO Endorsement. For any Imminent travel please apply for a Visa.
  • STEP 7 Track My application
    Applicant can know the status of their application / courier by providing required information.

    For details please visit "Track My Application" Section.
Kindly check Terms & Conditions before continuing with Online Application.
In case of a lost / misplaced / stolen passport, the liability of CKGS is limited to US $ 195 or the actual cost of reissuance of passport whichever is less. The amount is based on US State Government’s website. CKGS and its Group Companies or associates shall not be held responsible for any financial charges or loss/damage of any kind whatsoever.
US Passport Holders
US Passport Holders Download Forms
Document Checklist
Adult Minor
Tourist Visa Download Download Download
Tourist Visa for Pilots and Crew Members Download - Download

 

NON US Passport Holders
NON US Passport Holders Download Forms
Document Checklist
Adult Minor
Tourist Visa Download Download Download
Tourist Visa for Pilots and Crew Members Download - Download

General Note for the Checklist Component:
  1. Print out 2 Sets of the Checklist and tick the boxes against the required documents before enclosing them in the envelope for submission.
  2. Applicants can refer to SAMPLE Forms available on CKGS Website prior to filling the same ONLINE.
  3. All forms must be typed. Letters may be typed or handwritten in CAPITAL LETTERS.
  4. All Forms as per checklist to be printed and SIGNED.
  5. Signatures have to be the Applicants personal handwriting.
  6. The Documents mentioned under the Check List are MANDATORY. All the documents have to be submitted along with the application. If any are missing / incorrect, then the application would be treated as ‘INCOMPLETE’ and processing will not proceed until the documents are Complete.
  7. If an applicant is applying for more than a single service, then the necessary documentation as per the check list is Needed For BOTH THE SERVICES Applied. Each Service would be processed separately and hence the MANDATORY Documents as per the Check List would be needed for BOTH the Services SEPARATELY.
  8. There could be additional documents to be submitted post the verification of the application as required by the Consulate / Embassy. The decision of the Embassy / Consulate is FINAL in all such cases.
  9. It is the responsibility of the Applicant to ensure accuracy and completeness of their application.
Tourist Visa Category Forms

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Please note Biometrics fees is applicable only to the walk-ins applicants from Atlanta at present.

  • A Processing Service Fee of $17 will be collected by CKGS Application Center per application and it is non-refundable.
  • All the citizens of different nationality except USA nationals will be charged $20 as Reference Fees.
  • Mode of Payment:
    • Credit Card (Additional charges / commission may be levied / charged by the Originating Bank).
    • Demand draft / Money order / Cashier's Check / Banker's Check  favouring “Cox & Kings Global Services USA LLC”, which includes the Visa fee, ICWF Fee and CKGS Service Fee
  • If payment is not paid in full, processing delays will occur.

Important Note:
It is strongly recommended that Non-US citizens apply for the shortest duration available i.e. six months only.

Fees are broken down accordingly: (The fees shown is in USD)


Below Mentioned visa fee for the citizens of countries with special agreement with India. This is applicable to all visas regardless of duration unless notified.



Important Note for Issue of Restricted Area Permit:
  • Ministry of Home Affairs ,Government of India requires aperiod of two months to process RAP permits. Once an applicant applies for RAP he / she will have to wait before the clearance is received from India. Alternatively, the permit may be obtained from the local authorities in India.
  • For more details please refer to the website of Bureau of Immigration. Click here
  • Restricted Area Permit and Protected Area Permit Regime in Sikkim

Important Notes:
  • In cases where prior reference is required, the processing time is usually 3-5 Business days.
  • Citizen of Czech Republic and Slovak Republic, processing time is a minimum of 21 working days.
  • Bhutan and Nepal do not need a visa to enter India.
Optional Service package rate in USA. For the comfort of India Visa / OCI / PIO / Renunciation applicants, CKGS USA LLC has introduced the following Value Added Services (VAS) in order to make application procedure easier.

  1. The normal processing for US Citizens born in the US is usually 3-5 business days from the day application is submitted to the Embassy / Consulate.
  2. Persons of Indian Origin, US citizens who require a reference and all Non-US citizens have a minimum processing time of one to two weeks, and some cases may take longer.


Only for Atlanta
Visa processing time is 5-7 working days. and if visa application is with renunciation consulate will take 30 days

Only for Houston

  1. The normal processing for US Citizens born in the US is usually 3-5 business days from the day application is submitted to the Embassy / Consulate.
  2. The normal processing for all PRC Cases - Pakistan Citizens OR US Citizens of Pakistan Origin is usually 5-6 weeks from the day application is submitted to the Embassy / Consulate.

Note:
Please do not purchase non-refundable tickets or reservations until passport are secured and in your possession.
  1. The Processing time mentioned above is a general processing time however this processing time is dependent on various factors and may vary from time to time.
  2. Processing time mentioned above, do not include time taken by courier companies to deliver the passport. Incomplete / Incorrect applications will increase the processing time and applicants will need to comply with any changes in the procedure that may occur during this time.
  3. CKGS Application Center will not be liable for any claims of inconvenience or penalties should applicant need to make changes to their travel plans owing to the delays and / or any inconvenience caused due to any rejections.