New Zealand High Commission New Delhi, India

India Entry Requirements: Visas

Tourist Visa on Arrival for New Zealanders Visiting India

The Indian government has introduced “Tourist Visa-on-Arrival” for a period of one year for citizens of five countries, including New Zealand, from 1 January 2010.

According to the Government of India press release:

  1. To facilitate bonafide foreign tourists who plan their tours at a short notice, Government of India has decided to introduce “Tourist Visa-on-Arrival” for a period of one year for citizens of five countries viz. Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore on an experimental basis w.e.f. 1.1.2010. Tourists from the said countries can also procure their visas from the Missions / Posts in the normal course.
  2. The said “Tourist Visa-on-Arrival” with a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry facility shall be granted by the Immigration Officers at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata airports to start with.
  3. The grant of a “Tourist Visa-on-Arrival” shall be regulated as per the guidelines prescribed in the Visa Manual.”

The Government of India has also stipulated that a maximum of two Tourist Visas-on-Arrival shall be issued to one individual in a calendar year.

Indian Tourist Visas

There have also been some recent changes in visa rules for persons visiting India on a longer term, multiple entry tourist visa. These changes pertain essentially to those seeking to return to India (within 60 days) following an initial visit/holiday. More information is available on the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs website and can be viewed at http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-TVisa311209.pdf.

Please note that these changes also apply to New Zealand tourists entering India under the special “Tourist Visa-on-Arrival” scheme ie tourists wishing to return to India before the 60 days period has lapsed will have to visit the Indian High Commission or Consulate in the country to which they have travelled or are resident and present their case for re-entry (to India).

However, to facilitate bonafide tourists, it has been decided that foreigners holding Tourist Visas, who after initial entry into India plan to visit another country and re-enter India before finally exiting, may be permitted two or three entries, as the case may be, by the Indian Missions/Posts. This will be subject to their submission of a detailed itinerary and supporting documentation (ticket bookings).

The Immigration authorities in all the Immigration Check Posts in India have also been authorised to allow foreign tourists to make two or three entries, as the case may be, based on production of an itinerary and documentation (ticket bookings) substantiating the need for tourism related travel.

We would advise those intending to visit India to contact the Indian High Commission in Wellington (or the nearest Indian Mission overseas if outside New Zealand) to check the latest information on Indian visa requirements and regulations.

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