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General Information

All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport or UN Laissez Faire with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. Nationals of Bhutan and Maldives are, however, exempted from this requirement. 

1. The Consulate General of India, Guangzhou issues tourist, business, employment, student, entry and other types of visas to Chinese nationals and to the nationals of other countries. The initial step is to fill the online visa application and submit a hard copy along with the required documents/fees at Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC).

 2. All visa applicants seeking visas to visit India [except those holding diplomatic/official/public affairs passports] are requested to submit their visa applications at:

India Visa Application Center
Address: Room E, Floor 9, Goldsun Building
No.109, Tiyu West Road
Tianhe District
Guangzhou,China-510620
印度签证中心
中国广州市天河区体育西路109号高盛大厦9楼E单元
Helpline/Enquiries Telephone No.00-86-20-38795909
Fax No.00-86-20-38261376
Inquiries Email: info.gz@blsindia-china.com
Feedback Email: feedback.gz@blsindia-china.com
Website: http://www.blsindia-china.com/

Timing:
Submission of visa applications: 0830 hrs - 1500 hrs
Collection of passports: 0830 hrs - 1730 hrs
Call Centre and Information Desk: 0830 - 1730 hrs

A service charge of RMB 22 (inclusive of taxes) per passport will apply in addition to regular visa fees.

3. The India Visa Application Centre provides visa application support service only. Staff members of Visa Application Centre have no power or influence over the outcome of an application. The decision to issue or refuse a visa is made solely by the officers at the Consulate General of India, Guangzhou. India Visa Application Centre staff will provide visa information, but they cannot and will not offer immigration advice. If India Visa Application Centre staff claims to be able to influence your application, you should notify in writing the Head of Visa Services at the Consulate General of India, Guangzhou.

Working hours for Visa Services (Diplomatic, Official and Public Affairs Passports):

Submission of visa applications: 0930 hours - 1200 hours
Interview(s) for the visa applicants : 1200 hours - 1300 hours(As directed by IVAC or foreign nationals)
Collection of passports/documents: 1600 hours - 1700 hours (on the date indicated in your receipt)

Please note that visa applications will NOT be accepted at the Consulate General of India, Guangzhou except for those holding diplomatic/official/public affairs passports, who may submit their visa applications at the Consulate between 0930 hrs to 1200 hrs on all working days.

4. Passport of all applicants should be valid for a minimum period of six months.

5. All applications need to be completed and signed by the applicant himself. Incomplete application will not be accepted. Applications can be submitted in person or can be sent through representatives.

6. Applicants from the Provinces of Anhui, Gansu, Guizhou, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi and Municpalities of Beijing, Tianjin, Chongqing and Autonomous regions of Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Tibet and Xinjiang have to apply for visas to India at the Embassy of India, Beijing ((diplomatic, service and public affairs passport holders) and at the Indian Visa Application Centre(ordinary passport holders) in Beijing.

7. Applicants from the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Shanghai municipality have to apply at the Consulate General ofIndia, Shanghai (diplomatic, service and public affairs passport holders) and at the Indian Visa Application Centre (ordinary passport holders) at Shanghai.

 

Important Notice For All Visa Applicants

With effect from 01 September 2011, all visa applications submitted at the Indian Visa Application Centre [i.e. by the ordinary passport holders] and at the Consulate [i.e. by Diplomatic, Official and Public Affairs Passport holders] will only be accepted in the online form.

Note: It is a mandatory requirement to ensure that applicant’s photo is 2 inch x 2 inch (51 mm x 51 mm) in size with white background. Photos which do not meet this specification will not be accepted. The Indian Visa Application Centre also have a photo booth facility (on payment basis) meeting these standards for applicants choosing to submit their application in person.

The visa application suppressing the information or giving misinformation or supported by unverifiable documents or incomplete in any respect is liable to rejection without any claim for fee refund. In case of any doubt applicant(s) may seek/schedule a meeting with Consul/Vice-Consul (Cons) in the Consulate.

 

New System of Mandatory Online Visa Application

1. Pursuant to a Government of India decision, visa applications are being received online only with effect from 01 September 2011, at the Indian Visa Application Centre [i.e. by the ordinary passport holders] and at the Consulate General of India, Guangzhou [i.e. by Diplomatic, Official and Public Affairs Passport holders],

2 How to Apply for a Visa Online:

2.1. Please visit Consulate General of India, Guangzhou website http://cgiguangzhou.org.cn/. Click on “Visa Information” on the Home page of the website. After going through the general information/instructions, click on the type of visa, you wish to apply. You will find all relevant information pertaining to the visa category selected therein. You may then click on the hyperlink “Online Visa Application” to be redirected to the Government of India Visa Online Application Website: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in containing the online visa application form.

2.2. Please carefully note down the Temporary Application ID number (15 characters) consisting of numbers and alphabets, which will be displayed immediately on the Government of India Visa Online application form. This can be saved to retrieve your application and continue in case you wish to complete part of the application later.

2.3. Complete the application online. You will receive a Web Reference Confirmation Number. The completed Government of India Visa Application form will open up in PDF format at this stage. Save the form and print out the same for submission to the Indian Visa Application Centre/Consulate.

2.4. When filing the Online Form, please do ensure that all details entered are accurate. The option to edit text is not available once the form has been saved and printed. In such a case, a new form need to be filled again with all correct information entered.

2.5. You can use either an Ink-Jet or Laser printer to print the completed Visa Application Form once you have submitted online.

2.6. This site is best viewed in Internet Explorer (Windows) version 8.0 and above.

2.7. You must also have Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or a higher version installed on your PC in order to download and print the completed application form.

2.8. Once you have completed your online application form, please save, print and sign and present it along with the supporting documents and passport to Indian Visa Application Centre in Guangzhou.

2.9. Submission of all relevant documents mentioned in the checklist on the website is important for acceptance of the visa application at the Indian Visa Application Centre/Consulate.

2.10. It is a mandatory requirement to ensure that your photo is 2 inch x 2 inch (51mm x 51mm) in size with white background. Photos which do not meet this specification will not be accepted. The Indian Visa Application Centre has a photo booth facility (on payment basis) meeting these standards for applicants choosing to submit their application in person.

2.11. The online visa application form should be filled at least one day in advance of submission of application form print-out at the Indian Visa Application Centre/Consulate.

2.12.In case of any difficulty in filling up of visa application forms, applicants may please call our visa helpline number 00-86-20-38795909.

 

Tourist Visa
 Tourist Visa is issued to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is tourism, recreation, sight-seeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc.

3 months Single Entry Tourist Visa is issued to Chinese nationals as per the MOU on Simplifying visa procedures between Republic of India and People’s Republic of China.

Documents Required

. Air ticket bookings
. Detailed Itinerary
. Proof of Bank deposit of RMB 10,000
. Work Certificate
. Hotel booking confirmation

 Tourist Visa Advisory

This is for information that there should be a gap of at least 2 months between two visits to India on a Tourist Visa for the nationals of “Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origin and Stateless persons.”

In case of requirement to visit India within 2 months, special permission should be sought from the concerned Consulate / Indian Embassy.

Such re-entry within the stipulated gap of two months may be permitted only in emergent situations like death/serious illness in the family, non-availability of connecting flights to return to his/her country of origin or travel to another country or any other exigent situation which can be duly justified with proper documentation to the satisfaction of the Consulate / Indian Embassy. The Consulate / Indian Embassy will examine each case on merits before grant of requisite permission subject to the following conditions:-

(a) The applicant should furnish an undertaking on the following lines:-

(i) That the purpose of his/her visit is because of emergency situation.
(ii)That he is not engaged in Business activities, nor in Employment or pursuing studies/research etc.

Where permission is accorded in such cases, registration with the local FRRO/FRO (Foreigners Registration Office) would be required within 14 days of arrival in India. The registration should be done with the FRRO/FRO concerned preferably at the first place of visit on re-entry.

In view of the change in the Tourist Visa procedure, Government of India has fixed RMB One Hundred Eight (RMB 108) as Miscellaneous Charge in case of applications submitted to Consulate General of India in Guangzhou for according permission to re-enter India within Two months of last exit.

However, those holding Tourist Visas, who after initial entry into India plan to visit another country and re-enter India before finally exiting, could be permitted more than one entry, as the case may, be subject to their submission of a detailed itinerary and supporting documents i.e. confirmed Air tickets.

The Immigration authorities in all the Immigration Check Posts in India also allows such foreign nationals on Tourist Visas arriving in India without the specific authorization from the Indian Missions/Posts to make two or three entries into the country (need based) subject to production of an itinerary and supporting documentation (ticket bookings).

The total period of stay in India counted from the date of first entry into the country shall not exceed the stipulated period of 180 days or 90 days, as the case may be.

Tourist Visa-on-Arrival for nationals of certain countries

Nationals of (1)Cambodia, (2)Finland, (3)Indonesia, (4)Japan, (5)Laos, (6)Luxembourg, (7)Myanmar, (8)New Zealand, (9)Philippines, (10)Singapore, and (11)Vietnam may apply for visa on arrival in India. .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.

The grant of a “Tourist Visa-on-Arrival” (TVOA) shall be regulated as per the guidelines prescribed in the Visa Manual.

TVOA shall not be available to the citizens of the above-named countries if the person or either of his/her parents or grand parents (paternal or maternal) was born in, or was permanently resident in Pakistan. Such persons can visit India only after obtaining an appropriate visa from the Indian Mission/Post concerned.

Business Visa

Eligibility

Business Visa is granted to a Chinese/Foreign National for the following purposes: 

a. Chinese/Foreign National who wish to visit India to establish an industrial/business venture or to explore possibilities to set up industrial/business venture in India.

b. Chinese/Foreign nationals visiting to India to purchase/sell industrial products or commercial products or consumer durables.

c. Chinese/Foreign Nationals visiting to India for technical meetings/discussions, attending Board meetings, general meetings for providing business services support.

d. Chinese/Foreign Nationals visiting to India for recruitment of manpower.

e. Chinese/Foreign Nationals who are partners in the Business and/or functioning as Directors of the company.

f. Chinese/Foreign Nationals visiting to India for consultations regarding exhibitions or for participation in exhibitions, trade fairs, business fairs, etc.

g. Chinese/Foreign buyers who come to transact business with suppliers/ potential suppliers at locations in India, to evaluate or monitor quality, give specifications, place orders, negotiate further supplies etc., relating to goods or services procured from India.

h. Chinese /Foreign experts & specialists on a visit of short duration in connection with an ongoing project with the objective of monitoring the progress of the work, conducting meetings with Indian customers and/or to provide some high level technical guidance.

i. Chinese/Foreign Nationals visiting to India for pre-sales or post-sales activity not amounting to actual execution of any contract or project.

j. Chinese/Foreign Trainees of multinational companies/corporate houses visiting for in-house training in the regional hubs of the concerned company located in India. 

k. Chinese /Foreign students sponsored by AIESEC for internship on project based work in companies/industries.

l. Chinese/Foreign nationals visiting as tour conductors and travel agents and /or conducting business tours of foreigners or business relating to it etc.

As per the MoU on Simplification of Visa procedures signed between the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of China in June, 2003 the following categories of Business visas (applicable for PRC nationals) are issued:

(a) Six months Multiple Entry Business Visa: may be issued on the basis of a letter of invitation from a “Recognized Indian Organization” apart from other documents specified in the checklist.

(b) 2 months Single Entry Business Visa: may be issued on production of a letter of request from a “duly authorized Chinese organization" apart from other documents specified in the checklist.

Documents required:

1.  Original / Fax copy of Invitation letter from a recognized Indian company.

2.  Certificate of Incorporation of Indian company

3.  Dispatch letter from the company of applicant (Details should include the purpose of visit, annual income of the applicant and undertaking of the financial guarantee)

4.  Business License of Chinese Company authenticated in English.

5.  CCPIT registration/certificate of incorporation of the Chinese company.

6.  Itinerary.

7.  Other documents as specified in Checklist.

Visa to family members of a Chinese/Foreign nationals granted Business Visa

Family members /dependents of a Chinese/Foreign national who is granted Business Visa will be granted ‘X’ (Entry) Visa. Its validity shall be co-terminus with the validity of the visa of the principal visa holder.

Conversion of Business Visa

Business Visa cannot be converted to any other kind of visa during the stay of the Chinese/ Foreign national in India except in the following circumstances and with the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs:
a.)  Business visa may be converted to ‘X’ (Entry) Visa if a Chinese/Foreign National who has come to India on Business Visa marries an Indian National during the validity of his/her Business visa and does not intend to continue on Business Visa.
b.)  Business visa of a foreigner who falls ill after his/her entry into India rendering him/her unfit to travel and requiring specialized medical treatment, may be converted to a Medical visa if he/she is eligible for grant of the Medical Visa and a medical certificate is obtained form a government/government recognised hospital.

 

Employment Visa

Eligibility

Employment visa is only granted to an applicant who is highly skilled and / or qualified professional and is not granted for unskilled, routine, ordinary or secretarial / clerical jobs. The foreign national being sponsored for an Employment Visa in any sector should draw a salary in excess of US$ 25,000 per annum. This annual salary limit does not apply to (a) Ethnic cooks, (ii) Language Teachers (Other than English language teachers) / Translators and (iii) Staff working for the concerned Embassy / High Commission in India.

Employment Visa may be granted to the following categories of Chinese / foreign nationals:

a. Chinese/Foreign nationals visiting to India for employment in a company/firm/organization registered in India or for employment in a foreign company /firm/organization engaged for execution of some project in India.

b. Chinese/Foreign engineers/technicians visiting to India for installation and commissioning of equipments/machines/tools in terms of the contract for supply of such equipment/machine/tools.

c. Chinese/Foreign personnel deputed for providing technical support/services, transfer of know-how/ services supplies for which the Indian company pays fees/royalty to the foreign company.

d. Chinese/Foreign nationals visiting to India as consultant on contract for whom the Indian company pays a fixed remuneration (this may not be in the form of monthly salary).

e. Chinese/Foreign artists engaged to conduct regular performances for the duration of the employment contract given by Hotels, Clubs, and other organizations.

f. Chinese/Foreign nationals who are visiting to India to take up employment as coaches of national/state level teams or reputed sports clubs.

g. Chinese/Foreign sportsmen who are given contract for a specified period by the Indian Clubs/organizations.

h. Self-employed Chinese/Foreign nationals visiting to India for providing engineering, medical, accounting, legal or such other highly skilled services in their capacity as independent consultants provided the provision of such services by foreign nationals is permitted under law.

i. Chinese/Foreign language teachers/interpreters.

j. Chinese/Foreign specialist Chefs

As per the MoU on Simplification of Visa procedures signed between the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of China in June, 2003 the following categories of Employment visas (applicable for PRC nationals) are issued:

(A) 3 months Single Entry Employment Visa for opening Representative Office in India
(B) 3 months Single Entry Employment Visa for employment including for contracted projects
(C) 3 months Single Entry Entry Visa to Employee’s accompanying family members
(D)3 months Single Entry Entry Tourist Visa to non-accompanying spouses/children/relatives of Employees

Note: Conversion of business visa or any other type of visa into employment visa is not permitted. Chinese nationals desiring to do so must return to their country of permanent residence and apply to the Indian Embassy/Consulate for Employment Visa furnishing all relevant papers required for grant of employment visa.

Documents required:

1. Letter of Appointment from Indian company/ or Copy of the contract signed between two parties explicitly stating annual income of more than US$ 25,000 per annum

2. CV of the applicant.

3. Documentary proof of the educational qualification.

4. Professional expertise certificate

5. Registration certificate of the employing company under the Companies Act / Proof of registration of the firm in the State industries department or the Export Promotion Council.

6. No-Criminal record certificate issued by the PSB/Police and duly attested by Notary.

7. Other documents as specified in Checklist.      

Visa to family members of a Chinese/Foreign nationals granted Employment Visa

Family members /dependents of a Chinese/Foreign national who is granted Employment Visa will be granted ‘X (Entry)’ Visa. Its validity shall be co-terminus with the validity of the visa of the principal visa holder.

Conversion of Employment Visa

Employment Visa cannot be converted to any other kind of visa during the stay of the Chinese/ Foreign national in India except in the following circumstances and with the prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs:

a.) Employment visa may be converted to ‘X’ (Entry) Visa if a Chinese/Foreign National who has come to India on Employment Visa marries an Indian National during the validity of his/her employment visa and does not intend to continue on Employment Visa.

b.) Employment visa of a foreigner who falls ill after his/her entry into India rendering him/her unfit to travel and requiring specialized medical treatment, may be converted to a Medical visa if he/she is eligible for grant of the Medical Visa and a medical certificate is obtained form a government/government recognised hospital.

Notes:

1. For extension of visa in Delhi, Please contact Ministry of Home Affairs- Deputy Secretary (Foreigners), NDCC-II Building, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001.

2. Employment visa is issued only after approval from concerned authorities in India, the processing of which may take 45-50 days.

3. The Employment visa to foreign nationals shall be processed by this Consulate in those cases only where the applicant has a permanent residence in China and has a minimum stay of two years and after holding of interview at the Consulate. .

 

Project Visa

Eligibility

Project Visa may be granted to Chinese / foreign nationals visiting to India for execution of projects in the power and steel sectors, subject to the following conditions:

1. Project visa will be issued only to highly skilled / skilled persons and not to semi-skilled/un-skilled workers.

2. A Project Visa holder cannot engage in another project either of the same company or of a different company.

3. Employment / Work of the Project visa holder would be restricted to the location of the project.

4. Validity of visa would be initially for a period of three months. It cannot exceed one year.

5. A person visiting for Project Visa cannot take employment in the same Indian company for a period of two years from the date of commissioning of the project.

6. Project Visa would be issued based on the submission of the relevant documents clearly establishing that the project / contract has been assigned to the particular foreign company by the Indian company / organization concerned.

7. Project Visa can be issued to 2 chefs and 2 interpreters per project.

8. Indian company engaging the foreign national for executing the project / contract would be responsible for the conduct of the foreign national during his / her stay in India and also for the departure of such foreign national upon expiry of visa.

9. Project Visa holder would have to register with the FRO/FRRO concerned within 14 days of arrival if the validity of visa is more than 180 days.

Sector Specific Ceilings on the Maximum number of Project Visas allowed for each project in Steel and Power Sectors :

A.  Power

No. of Units

No. of permissible foreign personnel in case of BTG Project

No. of permissible foreign personnel in case of EPC Project

**Additional personnel in case FGD is also sourced from foreign OEM

2 Units of 660 MW & above (considered as 1 project)

50-70
(on case to case basis)

76-125
 (on case to case basis)

25

2 + 1 additional unit

105

187

37

2 + 2 additional units

122

219

44

2 + 3 additional units

140

250

50

2 + 4 additional units

157

281

56

**In case, Flue Gas Desulphurization System (FGD) is also sourced from a foreign supplier, there is provision for additional number of foreign personnel as indicated above.
* For additional units to qualify as a separate project at the same location, there should be a gap of minimum one year in the date of award of contract between two such projects

B.   Steel Sector

Green Field Projects -           10% of the total skilled manpower deployed per mln tonne capacity or 300, whichever is lower

Brownfield Projects -             5% of the total skilled manpower deployed per mln tonne capacity or 150, whichever is lower

Total Manpower requirements of the project should be determined at the stage of conceptualization of the project by the sponsoring authority with a flow-chart.

For the purpose of determining the capacity of the Unit, it would be the approved capacity as certified by the Ministry concerned of the Government of India in respect of PSUs. In respect of private sector steel units, the basis of capacity may be as per the financial disclosure statement of a Scheduled Bank or RBI-approved NBFC duly authenticated and certified.

Documents required:

1. Letter (original / fax) from the Indian Company awarding the contract to the foreign     company specifying the following details:

i. Name of the foreign Company
ii. Registered address of the foreign company
iii. Name of the project awarded as per the tender document
iv. Location of the project in India (village/town/district/state)
v. Duration of the contract (number of days)
vi. Total number of foreign workers likely to be sent by the foreign company (category wise)
a) Highly skilled
b) Skilled technicians with diploma/polytechnic degree
c) Skilled workers with school level education

2. Letter (original / fax) from the Indian company addressed to the Indian Mission explicitly stating that:

i. It guarantees the conduct of the foreign company and the foreign personnel involved in the execution of the project/contract.
ii. It would be responsible for ensuring that the applicant (name of the applicant, passport number and date of birth shall be mentioned) will abide by Indian rules and regulations.
iii. It will be liable to ensure departure of the applicant from India upon expiry of Visa.

3. Three sets of duly filled application forms. Each application should have one photograph pasted on it and one photograph attached to it.

4. Letter from the foreign employer providing brief description of the nature of its project in India and a brief description of the job which the applicant is required to perform in India.

5. CV of the applicant.

6. Documentary proof of the educational qualification.

7. Professional expertise certificate

8. Registration certificate of the employing company under the Companies Act / Proof of registration of the firm in the State industries department or the Export Promotion Council.

9. No-Criminal record certificate issued by the PSB/Police and duly attested by Notary.

10. Duly filled in Reference Sheet.

Notes:

1. Project visa is issued only after approval from concerned authorities in India, the processing of which may take 45-50 days.

2. Fax Number of Visa Section: 0086-20-85501510 / 85501513  

 
Conference Visa

Single Entry Conference Visa up to one month stay can be granted for participation in International Conferences/Seminars in India

Documents Required (applicable for PRC nationals as well as other foreign nationals also)

Visa Application should be submitted along with invitation letter (original/fax) and other relevant documents related to the conference.

Visa will only be issued on receipt of necessary clearances.

Participants for International Conferences in India may note that they should apply only for Conference visas and not for any other category of visa.

 
Journalist Visa

Journalist Visa is issued to a professional journalist, a press person, a film-person (other than commercial), a representative of a radio and television organization and similar personnel in the field of information such as travel writers, travel journalists, travel promotion photographers, television producers, advertising, commercial persons and those who write on fashion, costumes and sports.

The applicants are required to contact on arrival in New Delhi, the External Publicity Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and in other places, the Office of the Government of India's Press Information Bureau, so that they could be given necessary assistance in various matters including planning their itineraries.

There is no requirement for accreditation for journalists on brief professional visits to India, but temporary accreditation may be extended for journalists from reputed media organizations, if so requested by them. However, all journalists on long-term assignment in India are obliged to apply compulsorily for accreditation with Press Information Bureau (PIB), when they are based in Delhi. This can only be done after arrival in India.

J visas are extendable after arrival in India, for representatives of established media organizations, on the basis of letters of nomination specifying the duration of assignment and provided they hold valid PIB accreditation. Extensions are issued for upto one year at a time. Visa extensions are issued by the FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) in the city where the journalist is based.

Documents Required

  • Proof of identity as a journalist
  • All relevant supporting documents for the assignment
  •  Other documents as specified in the Checklist 

The journalists travelling to India even for tourism must apply for J visa only.

 
Student Visa

Applicable for students intending to study in Indian educational institutions/Universities.

As per the MoU on Simplification of Visa procedures signed between the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of China in June, 2003 the following categories of Student visas (applicable for PRC nationals) are issued:

(A) 3 months Student Visa (for self-financing students):

Documents Required

  • Original Letter of Admission from the Indian Institute / University
  • Proof of finances to cover traveling expenses to and fro from India and all expenditure in India in connection with his / her education and stay
  • Other documents as specified in the Checklist

 

Note: Students after their arrival in India will be required to report to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India for Visa extension, residential permit and multiple entry & exit within 30 days after arrival and 30 days before the expiry of the 3-month period of the initial visa granted.

(B) Student Visa (under cultural/education or other mutually approved exchange programme): may be issued for the full duration of the Course on presentation of recommendation of concerned government agency.

 
Research Visa
  • Applicable for foreign research scholars who desire to undertake research in India.
  • Applicable for Professors, teachers and scholars who are invited as visiting faculty by an Indian Institute/University.

Documents Required

  • Original Letter of Admission from the Indian Institute / University
  • Recommendation Letter from the Institute / University of the applicant
  • Six sets of duly completed Form for Research Visa
  • Other documents as specified in the Checklist
 
Medical Visa

Medical visa would be admissible to all Chinese / foreign nationals seeking Medicare in recognized specialty hospitals or treatment centers in India. Although non-exhaustive, following illustrative list of serious ailments would be of primary consideration : neuro-surgery; ophthalmic disorders; heart related problems; renal disorders; organ transplantations; plastic surgery; joint replacement etc.

The applicant should seek preliminary medical advice from China and should have been advised to go for specialized medical treatment. Foreigners visiting on 'M visa' will be required to get themselves registered mandatorily within the period of 14 days of arrival with the concerned FRROs/ FROs.

Attendant/family members of the patient visiting to India for medical treatment shall be granted ‘MA’ visa co-terminus with the 'M Visa' of the patient. Such visa may be granted to the spouse/ children or to those who have blood relations with the patient.

Documents Required

  • Relevant documents supporting the need for Medical Visa
  • Other documents as specified in the Checklist
 
Transit Visa

Is granted for the sole purpose of enabling the holder to travel through India to reach his/her ultimate destination. If the holder intends to perform some work or business in India, irrespective of the duration of his/her proposed stay, he /she should obtain a visa of appropriate category.

Is valid only for direct transit, which is not more than 3 days for each visit. For a stay in India beyond 3 days, a visa of the appropriate category should be obtained.

Is ordinarily valid for a single journey and for entry within 15 days from the date of issue.

If the journey is not performed within the period of validity of the visa, a fresh transit visa would be required.

Transit Visa is not required in the following cases (for PRC nationals):

. If he/she is in direct transit by air and traveling through India by the same flight
. If he/she makes a halt at an Indian airport to catch a connecting flight but does not remain at the airport for a period exceeding 24 hours (In case the person desires to visit the town during this period, he/she may be allowed to do so on a landing permit)
. If the person desires to make a stopover in India for a period exceeding 24 hours, he/she will need a regular transit or entry visa

Documents Required:

. Copy of air-ticket booking from India to place of final destination or evidence of joining a sea vessel from the Indian port to port of final destination (in the form of letter from the shipping company)
. Other documents as specified in the Checklist

Note: The validity of Transit Visa is 15 days from the date of issue and the stay in India should not exceed a total of three days.

 
VISA FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS

For all categories of visas, applicants must be in possession of the Foreigner Resident Permit (Green Booklet issued by the Public Security Bureau) or Alien Employment Permit (issued by the Labor Department). The passport must have a validity of at least six months. The application must be completed and signed by the applicant himself/herself. For business visas, applicants should submit a letter of invitation from the concerned Indian Company as well as other documents as required in case of Chinese applicants.

Short term visitors to China, or those who are not in possession of Resident Permit Cards, may also apply for visas to India if they have not, for any reason, been able to do so at an Indian Mission in the place of their normal residence.   

 
VisaFees

The India Visa Application Centre will levy a Service charge of RMB 22 per application.

Payment through credit cards is not accepted at the India Visa Application Centre. The visa fee and the service fee (22 RMB) are both "non-refundable". If the applicant wants to withdraw his application the visa and service fee will NOT be refunded either by the Embassy/Consulate nor the India Visa Application Center. The fee can only be refunded on the same day the application was submitted. The applicant in order to get the refund of the visa and service fee will have to withdraw the application on the same day of submission between 8 am-3 pm. There will be no refund after 3 pm on the same day of submission of the visa application.
The application center will ONLY provide FAPIO for the service fee it charges per application (22 RMB). The India visa application center will NOT give fapio for the visa fee the Indian Embassy/Consulate charges.
 
Visa Related Forms/Checklists

May visit the following website of IVAC for all check-lists for different type of Indian visa:

http://guangzhou.blsindia-china.com/checklistsforms.php

 
Consulate Visa Office Timings

Holders of diplomatic, service and public affairs passports can deposit their visa applications at the Embassy between 0930 hrs and 1200 hrs except on holidays and Saturday-Sunday.

Holders of ordinary passports can deposit their visa applications at India Visa Application Center between 0800 hrs and 1500 hrs except on holidays and Saturday-Sunday.

Incomplete application will not be accepted. Applications can be submitted in person or can be sent through representatives.

Time of collection of visas and passports is also from 9.30 AM to 10.30 AM except on holidays and Saturday-Sunday.

List of Holidays to be observed by the Mission during the Calendar year 2013 are as follows:

S.No.

Holidays

Date

Day

1.

New Year’s Day

1st January

Tuesday

2.

Republic Day

26 January

Saturday

3.

Chinese New Year

11th February

Monday

4.

Holi

27th March

Wednesday

5.

Good Friday

29th March

Friday

6.

Mahavir Jayanti

24th April

Wednesday

7.

Labour Day/ May Day

01 May

Wednesday

8.

Buddha Purnima

25th May

Saturday

9.

Eid-ul-Fitr*

9th August

Friday

10

Independence Day

15th August

Thursday

11.

Chinese National Day

1st October

Tuesday

12.

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

2nd October

Wednesday

13.

Dussehra

13th October

Sunday

14.

Eid-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)

16th October

Wednesday

15.

Diwali (Deepavali)

3rd November

Sunday

16.

Guru Nanak’s Birthday

17th November

Sunday

17.

Christmas

25th December

Wednesday

 
Visa Queries

Contact Details for Visa related queries:

Email : cons.guangzhou@mea.gov.in

Tel  : 85501501-05 – Then request for Visa Section
Fax : 85501510

 
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