Tourist Visa

  • Introduction
  • How to Apply
  • Document Checklist & Forms
  • Fees
  • Courier
  • Processing Time
Applicants who are of Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan origin, please scroll below for more information.

ALL Documents & Forms submitted should be provided in the same order as they appear on the
“Document Checklist”.
Am I Eligible
All Citizens of United States and Non-US Passport holders currently residing in US need to apply under 'Tourist Visa' to travel to India for tourist purposes i.e. Recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc.
Do I need a Renunciation Certificate
For Visa applicants, who have ever held an Indian Passport, it is mandatory to provide proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship along with your Visa application.

If you already have a Renunciation Certificate or if you have a "Cancelled on Acquisition of Foreign Citizenship" Stamp on your most recent Indian passport, then you DO NOT need to apply / re-apply for a Renunciation Certificate.

If you do not have a Renunciation Certificate or If you have a Cancelled Stamp on your most recent Indian Passport due to any other reason apart from Naturalization, then you have to apply for a Renunciation Certificate.
Please click here www.in.ckgs.us/renunciation.shtml for document checklist, forms and fees and further information.
When should I apply
It is advisable to apply for your visa atleast 15 days before your intended date of travel.
Where should I apply
You may submit your fully completed application (Complete documents & Full payments) through Post, In-Person or through a Third Party Agent. Please note that there is no preferential treatment given to any third party agencies claiming to be Visa Expeditors and your application would be processed as a regular applicant.

Click on http://www.in.ckgs.us/application-centres.shtml to know which CKGS Centre you need to submit your application.
Emergency Visa
If you are a US naturalised citizen of INDIAN ORIGIN and have an emergency to attend to in India, please click on http://www.in.ckgs.us/visa/type-of-visa/emergency-visa.shtml for an ‘Emergency Visa
Duration & Validity
All applicants of Indian origin holding US passports must apply for long term 10 year duration visa only. Long term 10 year tourist visa will be issued with a stipulation that "continuous period of stay during each visit will not exceed 180 days and no registration will be required".

Short term visas (less than 10 year duration) are only granted to applicants who:
  • Have already applied for PIO / OCI and are awaiting process completion;
  • Non US passport holders
  • Applicants applying for Emergency visas
  • For Minors (5 years only)
  • Any other category which the Consulate decides as per Government of India Regulations.
Travelling to Neighboring Countries
  • 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.
Pakistani Nationals
All Pakistani citizens holding Pakistani passports or Non-US passport holders of Pakistani origin  
Bangladeshi Applicants
All Bangladesh origin nationals are required to fill “Additional Bangladesh nationals form”
(http://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/bangladesh-addtional-national-form.pdf).
Sri Lankan Applicants
All Sri Lankan origin nationals are required to fill “Additional Sri Lanka nationals form”
(http://www.in.ckgs.us/resources/pdf/srilanka-addtional-national-form.pdf).
Biometric Submission
Biometric services are only applicable for Walk-in Applicants at CKGS Atlanta Application centre.
NOTE
Duration of Visa or No of entries is purely the discretion of the Indian Embassy / Consulate and CKGS has no role to play in the decision making process. Applicants 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 Embassy / Consulate will be final and binding.

Non US passport holders will be issued visa with a maximum of 6 months duration.

Irrespective of whether Non US passport holder applies for a single or a multiple entry; the duration & number of entries of the visa issued is completely at the discretion of the Embassy / Consulate & there will be NO refund for the same.


Step 1 Locate the Center where you need to submit your application Click on Jurisdictions to know which ‘Indian Mission’ you fall under.

For Eg: If you live in Arizona, you fall under San Francisco
If you live in Massachusetts, you fall under New York
Step 2 Preparation of Application file Fillng up of Government of India form at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/ All other supporting Documents and forms as specified on the CKGS website

For Eg: If you are applying for Tourist Visa, then click on http://www.in.ckgs.us/visa/type-of-visa/tourist-visa.shtml for Document Checklist and all the supporting documents & Forms

For Eg: If you are applying for Business Visa, then click on http://www.in.ckgs.us/visa/type-of-visa/business-visa.shtml for Document Checklist and all the supporting documents & Forms
Step 3 Photographs Click on Photographs for photo specifications and check the number of photos required as per the document checklist
Step 4 Payment Your Fees includes:
A
(Consular Fee)
Consular Fee for VISA service As per the Nationality and Duration of Visa applied or the service category as applicable.
ICWF- Indian Community Welfare Fund $ 3
Reference Fee $20 each for Non-US Passport Holders
B
(CKGS Fee)
CKGS Service Fee $17 per application
Biometric Enrolment fee $1 only in CKGS Atlanta
Optional Fee Courier Service
Total Payment A + B

Note:

  • Payment has to be made separately for each Applicant.
  • If applying in a group, please ensure that total applicable fee for each Individual is paid separately.
Step 5 Mode of Payment
  • You can pay ONLINE OR OFFLINE or by a combination of both options:
  • Payment can be made by Credit Card / Debit Card
  • You can also make your payment by Money Order / Cashier’s Check / Bankers Check in the name of "Cox & Kings Global Services USA LLC"

If Fee is not paid in full, CKGS will not be responsible for any damages as a result of delays.
Step 6 Getting the application file ready for submission
  • Arrange forms and documents in the same order as mentioned in the document checklist.
  • Print 2 copies of the Document Checklist and keep it ready to submit along with your application.


Step 1 Identify CKGS Application Center for submission Click on Application-Centres to know which CKGS Application Centre you need to submit your application.

For eg: If you live in Arizona, you fall under CKGS San Francisco Application Centre
If you live in Massachusetts, you fall under CKGS New York Application Centre
Step 2 Choose Mode of Submission Depending on how far you live from the location of CKGS Application Centre, you may choose to send your application by POST / Courier, Walk into our centre or submit through a third party agent.

Option 1: By Express POST / Courier (Highly recommended)

Send your fully completed application (Complete documents & Full payments) through POST / Courier as the recommended option as this will save you the need to travel, parking charges, as well as wait times at the application centers.

If choosing to submit by Post / Courier, please Mark the package referring to example below

For eg: Sending to CKGS New York Application Center

Attn To: New Visa Application

CKGS Application Centre
Visa Application Department
2nd floor,
235 West, 23rd Street,
New York, NY 10011

Use the above address FORMAT for your respective centers in San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Houston & Atlanta

Option 2: Submission by Walk In



Option 3: Submission via Third Party Agents
Please note that there is no preferential treatment given to any third party agencies claiming to be visa expeditors and your application would be processed as a regular applicant.
Step 3 Application Processing at CKGS During the processing of your application, if it is noticed that there are any documents or forms missing, you will be contacted by an authorized CKGS representative for re-submission of missing or incorrect documents. CKGS will not be responsible for delays in completing the application process as a result of this.
Step 4 Submission of completed application at Embassy / Consulate CKGS will submit your completed application form post verification of all the required documents to the respective Embassy / Consulate for your jurisdiction.


Step 1 Track your Application CKGS has devised a multi stage Tracking system to enable you to track the status of your visa application post submission at the application center.

Please visit www.in.ckgs.us/trackandtrace and use your Web Reference Number / Tracking ID to get the updated status of your application.

Web Reference No is a unique tracking number that you will find beneath the barcode on your Government Application form.
Step 2 Processing Time Average processing time for Visa Application is 5-7 working days. This does not include Transit Time.

There is no need to call the call centre unless we exceed the average processing time.

In the event you would like to Withdraw your application because of an urgent requirement to travel elsewhere, feel free to call our call centre helpdesk at the numbers mentioned on our website under each location.
Step 3 Return of Processed documents
  • Fedex bought through CKGS: If you have paid for return courier service through CKGS, we will dispatch your passport via Fedex Standard Overnight service.
  • Collection: If you have opted for collection of your documents in person or through an authorized representative, you will receive an email notification advising you to collect your documents from CKGS Visa Application Centre.
Step 4 How to Contact Us To Contact Us, please log on to www.in.ckgs.us and click on Contact / Feedback.
US Passport Holders Document Checklist Forms
Tourist Visa Adult Download Checklist Click here for Forms
Tourist Visa Minor Download Checklist Click here for Forms
Tourist Visa for
Bangladeshi Origin
Adult Download Checklist Click here for Forms
Tourist Visa for
Bangladeshi Origin
Minor Download Checklist Click here for Forms
Tourist Visa for
Sri Lankan Origin
Adult Download Checklist Click here for Forms
Tourist Visa for
Sri Lankan Origin
Minor Download Checklist Click here for Forms

 

NON US Passport Holders Document Checklist Forms
Tourist Visa Adult Download Checklist Click here for Forms
Tourist Visa Minor Download Checklist Click here for Forms
Tourist Visa for
Bangladeshi Origin /
Passport Holders
Adult Download Checklist Click here for Forms
Tourist Visa for
Bangladeshi Origin /
Passport Holders
Minor Download Checklist Click here for Forms
Tourist Visa for
Sri Lankan Origin /
Passport Holders
Adult Download Checklist Click here for Forms
Tourist Visa for
Sri Lankan Origin /
Passport Holders
Minor Download Checklist Click here for Forms


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 above prior to filling the same ONLINE.
  3. All forms and letters must be typed.
  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 Checklist 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 ‘On Hold’ until the documents are ‘Complete’.
  7. If an applicant is applying for more than a single service, then the necessary documentation will be as per the Checklist that is required For EACH OF THE SERVICES applied. Each Service would be processed separately and will have a separate Checklist. Even if the mandatory documents seen repetitive, they are required to be given separately. The exceptions being original documents such as a passport.
  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.
  10. Important Note: If you ever held an Indian Passport, it is mandatory to provide proof of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship along with your Visa / OCI / PIO application. Please click here www.in.ckgs.us/renunciation.shtml for document checklist, forms and fees.
US Passport Holders - Tourist Visa - Adult Forms
You have to fill in your Online Visa Application Form on the Government of India site which is given on the right   Click here
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Additional Particulars Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Declaration Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Disclaimer Form icon PDF Download
Journalist Undertaking Letter (If applicable) icon PDF Download
Religious Undertaking Letter (If applicable) icon PDF Download
US Passport Holders - Tourist Visa - Minor Forms
You have to fill in your Online Visa Application Form on the Government of India site which is given on the right   Click here
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Additional Particulars Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Declaration Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Disclaimer Form icon PDF Download
Parental Authorization Form for Minors icon PDF Download
US Passport Holders - Tourist Visa - Bangladesh Nationals - Adult Forms
You have to fill in your Online Visa Application Form on the Government of India site which is given on the right   Click here
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Additional Particulars Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Declaration Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Disclaimer Form icon PDF Download
Journalist Undertaking Letter (If applicable) icon PDF Download
Religious Undertaking Letter (If applicable) icon PDF Download
Additional Bangladesh Nationals Form
US Passport Holders - Tourist Visa - Bangladesh Nationals - Minor Forms
You have to fill in your Online Visa Application Form on the Government of India site which is given on the right   Click here
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Additional Particulars Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Declaration Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Disclaimer Form icon PDF Download
Parental Authorization Form for Minors icon PDF Download
Additional Bangladesh Nationals Form
US Passport Holders - Tourist Visa - Sri Lanka Nationals - Adult Forms
You have to fill in your Online Visa Application Form on the Government of India site which is given on the right   Click here
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Additional Particulars Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Declaration Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Disclaimer Form icon PDF Download
Journalist Undertaking Letter (If applicable) icon PDF Download
Religious Undertaking Letter (If applicable) icon PDF Download
Additional Sri Lanka Nationals Form
US Passport Holders - Tourist Visa - Sri Lanka Nationals - Minor Forms
You have to fill in your Online Visa Application Form on the Government of India site which is given on the right   Click here
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Additional Particulars Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Declaration Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Disclaimer Form icon PDF Download
Parental Authorization Form for Minors icon PDF Download
Additional Sri Lanka Nationals Form
Non US Passport Holders - Tourist Visa - Adult Forms
You have to fill in your Online Visa Application Form on the Government of India site which is given on the right   Click here
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Additional Particulars Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Declaration Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Disclaimer Form icon PDF Download
Non US National Form (Mandatory for all NON US National to fill out the Non US Citizen Form)  
  - Non US Citizen Form Washington
  - Non US Citizen Form New York
  - Non US Citizen Form Chicago
  - Non US Citizen Form Houston
  - Non US Citizen Form San Francisco
  - Non US Citizen Form Atlanta
Journalist Undertaking Letter (If applicable) icon PDF Download
Religious Undertaking Letter (If applicable) icon PDF Download
Non US Passport Holders - Tourist Visa - Minor Forms
You have to fill in your Online Visa Application Form on the Government of India site which is given on the right   Click here
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Additional Particulars Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Declaration Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Disclaimer Form icon PDF Download
Non US National Form (Mandatory for all NON US National to fill out the Non US Citizen Form)  
  - Non US Citizen Form Washington
  - Non US Citizen Form New York
  - Non US Citizen Form Chicago
  - Non US Citizen Form Houston
  - Non US Citizen Form San Francisco
  - Non US Citizen Form Atlanta
Parental Authorization Form for Minors icon PDF Download
Non US Passport Holders - Tourist Visa - Bangladesh Nationals - Adult Forms
You have to fill in your Online Visa Application Form on the Government of India site which is given on the right   Click here
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Additional Particulars Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Declaration Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Disclaimer Form icon PDF Download
Non US National Form (Mandatory for all NON US National to fill out the Non US Citizen Form)  
  - Non US Citizen Form Washington
  - Non US Citizen Form New York
  - Non US Citizen Form Chicago
  - Non US Citizen Form Houston
  - Non US Citizen Form San Francisco
  - Non US Citizen Form Atlanta
Journalist Undertaking Letter (If applicable) icon PDF Download
Religious Undertaking Letter (If applicable) icon PDF Download
Additional Bangladesh Nationals Form
Non US Passport Holders - Tourist Visa - Bangladesh Nationals - Minor Forms
You have to fill in your Online Visa Application Form on the Government of India site which is given on the right   Click here
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Additional Particulars Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Declaration Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Disclaimer Form icon PDF Download
Non US National Form (Mandatory for all NON US National to fill out the Non US Citizen Form)  
  - Non US Citizen Form Washington
  - Non US Citizen Form New York
  - Non US Citizen Form Chicago
  - Non US Citizen Form Houston
  - Non US Citizen Form San Francisco
  - Non US Citizen Form Atlanta
Parental Authorization Form for Minors icon PDF Download
Additional Bangladesh Nationals Form
Non US Passport Holders - Tourist Visa - Sri Lanka Nationals - Adult Forms
You have to fill in your Online Visa Application Form on the Government of India site which is given on the right   Click here
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Additional Particulars Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Declaration Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Disclaimer Form icon PDF Download
Non US National Form (Mandatory for all NON US National to fill out the Non US Citizen Form)  
  - Non US Citizen Form Washington
  - Non US Citizen Form New York
  - Non US Citizen Form Chicago
  - Non US Citizen Form Houston
  - Non US Citizen Form San Francisco
  - Non US Citizen Form Atlanta
Journalist Undertaking Letter (If applicable) icon PDF Download
Religious Undertaking Letter (If applicable) icon PDF Download
Additional Sri Lanka Nationals Form
Non US Passport Holders - Tourist Visa - Sri Lanka Nationals - Minor Forms
You have to fill in your Online Visa Application Form on the Government of India site which is given on the right   Click here
www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
Additional Particulars Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Declaration Form Icon PDF Download
CKGS Disclaimer Form icon PDF Download
Non US National Form (Mandatory for all NON US National to fill out the Non US Citizen Form)  
  - Non US Citizen Form Washington
  - Non US Citizen Form New York
  - Non US Citizen Form Chicago
  - Non US Citizen Form Houston
  - Non US Citizen Form San Francisco
  - Non US Citizen Form Atlanta
Parental Authorization Form for Minors icon PDF Download
Additional Sri Lanka Nationals Form
Your Visa Fee includes:
  1. Visa Fee- As per the Nationality and Duration of Visa applied
  2. ICWF- Indian Community Welfare Fund of $3
  3. Reference Fee of $20 for ALL Non-US Passport Holders
  4. Biometric Enrolment fee of $1; only if applying at CKGS Atlanta
  5. Optional Fee for Courier Services
  6. CKGS Service Fee of $17
  7. Payment per Applicant- If applying in a group, please ensure that total applicable fee for each Individual is paid separately.
Mode of Payment:
  • Online or Offline:
    • Credit Card / Money Order / Cashier’s Check / Bankers Check favoring
      "Cox & Kings Global Services USA LLC"
If Fee is not paid in full, CKGS will not be responsible for any damages as a result of delays.

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

Getting your processed documents back via Fedex is the most recommended option as this will save you the need to travel to the CKGS Application Centre locations; thus saving a lot of valuable time and money spent on parking fees. We strongly recommend using Fedex bought through CKGS.

  • CKGS can arrange to return your documents through secured Fedex Standard Overnight delivery for a nominal fee of $ 15 (inclusive of taxes) for each application, which has to be paid along with the payment for processing your application.
  • Alternatively, click on Book Return Courier to avail this service and enclose the printed Fedex label with your application while submission.
  • Return of your documents by Fedex is optional service
Notes:
  1. DO NOT send Handwritten return envelopes as they will NOT be accepted.
  2. You must put the complete address of CKGS Visa Application Centre in the ‘Sender’ fields on the labels.
  3. CKGS will not be responsible for lost, stolen or damages to the documents while in transit.
Important Note:
  1. Should you decide to avail the return courier facility from CKGS, the documents will be returned only to your registered present address or permanent address as specified in your application form.
  2. In case of a change of address for the return courier, CKGS is unable to assist with this change request and does not take any liability for such claims that may arise.
  3. No employee of CKGS has the authority whatever to change, amend, amplify or withdraw these Terms and Conditions.
  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.
View Sample Visa Application Form

We suggest you print this form to assist you when you fill your application form.