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Embassy of India, Caracas has introduced online submission of visa applications with effect from October 7, 2013. Applications should be filled at the following link : http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa and presented to the Embassy in person.

Timings of Consular Services:

09:00 to 11:30 hrs. - Monday through Friday except on closed holidays.
09:00 to 11:30 hrs. - Collection of Visa: Monday through Friday except on closed holidays.

 

 

All applicants residing in Venezuela or passing through Venezuela are required to get Yellow Fever Vaccinations at least 10 days prior to their departure for India and should submit the original and photocopy of the Vaccination Certificates with their visa applications

 

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General information about the new Visa Procedure

  • Applicants are henceforth required to fill online visa applications according to the instructions given on the online visa application link http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa.

  • It is mandatory to upload digital photograph on the visa applications filled online. Applications without uploaded photographs will be summarily rejected.

  • A printout of duly submitted online form should be signed by the applicant and presented in person at the Embassy during Consular Service Hours along with requisite fees, two recent photographs (5.08X5.08 cm (2”X2”) and all other required documents.

  • Biometric finger prints are required to be given at the counter during Consular Services hours while submitting the form.

  • Separate visa form is required to be filled in respect of each child travelling with the parent even where name of the child is included in the passport of the parent.

  • Once the online application form has been submitted by the applicant, further modifications are not permitted. Hence, applicants are requested to double check the details before submitting the online application form.

  • Applicants are requested to note down the File Number (generated automatically after submission of online form) for further communications and reference.

  • Passports should have a minimum validity of 6 months and at least 3 blank pages, otherwise applications should be submitted with a new passport.

  • The passport should be in good condition. Damaged passports will not be accepted for issue of visa.

  • Photographs should not be stapled under any circumstances but pasted neatly in the given boxes.

  • Applicants should submit a copy of the air ticket for forward journey only in respect of transit & long term visas, and copies of return air tickets in respect of short duration visas of a period less than one year. Bookings should be made in sufficient advance so that the Embassy has sufficient time for processing of visas.

  • Applicants may be required to submit proof of sound financial standing such as a bank statement – for some categories of visas.

  • The Embassy reserves the right to interview visa applicants and visa will be granted subject to the applicant clearing the interview.

  • New machine readable visa stickers issued by the Embassy will be valid for entry into India. As per the new format, these stickers will not carry the signatures and stamp of the Embassy.

Please note:

  1. All applicants residing in Venezuela or passing through Venezuela are required to get Yellow Fever Vaccinations at least 10 days prior to their departure for India and should submit the original and photocopy of the Vaccination Certificates with their visa applications.

  2. Visa processing will commence after submission of printed copy of Visa Application Form, other documents and deposit slip for visa fee. There will be no refund of visa fees in the event of non-issue of visa. Applicants are therefore requested to ensure that they provide all the documents and details and carry all original documents for scrutiny at the Embassy.

  3. Under normal circumstances, the Embassy makes every effort to clear visa applications of Venezuelan nationals or Dutch Passport holders from the islands (with the exception of those having dual nationality), within three working days. In case of other nationalities or passport holders with dual nationality, a minimum of seven to ten working days are required for processing of visa. For certain categories of visas like business, employment, student, etc. it might take longer if there is a discrepancy in documents.

  4. Applicants are advised to strictly adhere to the purpose for which visa has been sought during their stay in India and avoid overstay.

  5. Each visa application is considered on its merits and the Embassy may seek additional information at any stage during processing of the requests. Receipt of visa application and fees by the Embassy does not guarantee issue of visa. Visa may be declined without assigning any reason.


Common Documents to be submitted for all types of Visa

All applicants seeking visa need to submit the following documents at the Embassy:

  1. Visa Application forms duly completed in ENGLISH language only

  2. 2 recent colour photographs 5.08X5.08 cm (2”X2”). One photo should be pasted in the form. The other photo should be submitted inside one envelope at the time of submission of the application at the Embassy visa counter.

  3. Current Passport (s) along with photo copies. In case, the applicant has taken Indian visa (s) in the past, such passport (s) in original along with a photocopy of each passport should be submitted. Original of old passports will be returned.

  4. Residence Permit along with a copy.

  5. Confirmed Return Air Ticket/ one way ticket, if applicable.

  6. Other supporting documents in original along with copies depending on specific type of Visa applied for.

 

Visa Specific Guidelines:

A. Tourist Visa

  • In addition to the documents mentioned in the previous paragraph, the applicant needs to provide copy of Identity Card and Business Card, and proof of sound financial standing in order to support his/her stay in India,

  • Persons desiring to visit restricted areas require permission for the same from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. Further information on the restricted area permit is at http://www.mea.gov.in/Images/pdf/ForeigD-FAQs-onPAPandRAP.pdf.

  • Tourist Visa is for tourism purposes only and visit should not be mixed with Business, Studies, Medical Treatment, Conference, Employment, Journalism, etc. for which specific visas are required.

 

A.1. Tourist Visa on Arrival

The Government of India has introduced ‘Tourist Visa-on-Arrival’ for citizens of the following countries:

Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Republic of Korea.

The main highlights of the scheme are as follows:

Eligibility:

Citizens of the above-named countries:

  • whose sole objective of visiting India is sight-seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, etc.,
  • who do not have a residence or occupation in India;
  • who hold passports with minimum six months validity, and a re-entry permit if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant;
  • who is a person of assured financial standing (individuals must have a return ticket and sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India);
  • who is not considered an undesirable person;


Validity:

It will be valid for 30 days with single entry facility.

 

Conditions:

It shall be non-extendable and non-convertible except with the approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs in exceptional circumstances.

Only two visits on a Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall be permissible in a calendar year.

Entry Points:

The “Tourist Visa on Arrival” facility for the passport holders from the above mentioned eleven countries will be extended at the following airports in India: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi. It will not be available at any other Immigration Check Post.

Fee:

A fee of USD 48.00 or equivalent in Indian rupees will be charged for each visa (subject to revision from time to time).

Other Conditions:

  • It shall be allowed for a maximum of two times in a calendar year to an applicant.

  • It shall not be applicable to holders of Diplomatic/Official passports.

  • All extant laws/rules/procedures governing entry, stay and exit of foreigners in India will apply to holders of ‘Tourist Visa-on-Arrival’.

 

Note : The ‘Tourist Visa-on-Arrival’ is only a facility to citizens of above-named countries who are unable to apply for a visa at an Indian Embassy/Consulate due to some reason. In general, all eligible applicants are advised to apply at the nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate for a visa.

 

B. Business Visa

The applicants should submit the following additional documents:

  • A letter from the authorised representative of the employer deputing the applicant for a visit to India for business.
  • Letter of invitation from the Indian company. The letter should be addressed to the Indian Embassy in Caracas requesting for grant of Business Visa to the applicant. Period for which visa is required and purpose of visit should be mentioned in the letter.
  • Copy of Identity Card.
  • Registration Certificate/Proof of registration of the company of the applicant.
  • Visiting card of the applicant (bearing his name, address, name of the company, telephone number, etc).
  • Educational qualification of the applicant and a copy of the highest degree obtained by him in his field/certificate for the profession he is in.
  • Proof of sound financial standing of visa applicant

 

C. Student Visa

  • A copy of the letter of admission from the institution should be attached with application.
  • Student Visa can be granted for full time regular courses in reputed and recognised institutions only.
  • Student visas can also be granted for study of Yoga, Vedic Culture, Indian System of Music/Dance in recognised institutions.

D. Transit Visa

Transit visas are also required to be obtained in advance like other visas for the purpose of direct transit to another country through India. Completed visa application form, confirmed air bookings, visa for the final destination etc are required to be produced at the time of applying for transit visa. Duration of transit should not ordinarily be more than three days. For a stay in India beyond three days, a visa of the appropriate category should be applied for.

 

E. Medical Visa

Medical Visa applicants are required to submit the following additional documents in original and a copy:

  1. Acceptance letter from an established Indian Hospital indicating name, passport number of patient & attendants (if any), ailment, brief outline of the treatment, estimated treatment time and cost - to be sent directly to the Embassy.
  2. Patient’s medical history and supporting reports/documents of ailment along with translation.
  3. Bank statement/proof of sound financial standing to confirm solvency of the Patient for full payment of treatment.

 

F. Visa for Members of Sports Teams

  • Sports Visa applicants are required to submit an Invitation from the authorised Sports Federation/Body in India.
  • Visa will be considered only after receipt of approval of the event by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of Government of India.

G. Conference Visa (under review)

Invitees of International Conferences and Seminars etc. held in India are required to submit the following additional documents:

  1. Invitation from the organisation/ firm/ institution holding the conference/ seminar/ training, etc. indicating duration, programme, hospitality if offered, name, passport number of invitee to be sent directly to the Embassy. Copy of the invitation should also be appended to the visa application form.

  2. Certificate of Registration of organisation/ firm/ institution in India, which is holding the event.

  3. Clearance/ Permission/ Approval from relevant nodal Ministry/ Agency/ Body in India for holding stated event.

  4. Proof of employment/Accreditation Certificate/relevant document to testify competence of visa applicant to attend stated event in India.

  5. Bank statement of visa applicant in case visit is self financed.

 

H. Employment Visa

Employment visa is normally granted to highly qualified persons, who have been offered commensurate salaries by their employers in India. In some cases, it can also be granted to Consultants.

  • The applicant should attach “Certificate of Good Conduct” from their past employer, Health Certificate, a Copy of the contract signed with the Indian employer clearly indicating terms & conditions, period of employment and salary to be paid.

  • Government of India's clearance in case of certain professions like Flying Pilots.

  • Documentary proof of registration of Indian company.

I. Journalist Visa

The applicant should additionally submit proof of being a journalist/ Identity Card. All journalists by profession travelling as tourists, including those having a degree in journalism and not practising journalism, should give an undertaking in the form of a letter addressed to the Embassy of India, Caracas that they are going to India as tourists only and that they will not indulge in any journalistic activitiy.

Those going to India for journalism should clearly mention so in their applications.

 

Use of Satellite Phones in India is illegal

All visitors to India are informed that it is illegal to use or carry Thuraya Satphones and other such satellite phones in India. Visitors are, therefore, kindly advised not to use such phones to avoid any legal problem during their stay in India.

 

Surrogacy

Any person seeking a visa to India for the purpose of entering into a surrogacy arrangement must ascertain beforehand whether the law of that country permits surrogacy and will provide appropriate travel documents to the child for accompanying the surrogate parents. Entering into surrogacy arrangement under any other visa not sought for surrogacy is punishable under the Indian law.


Visas to Persons of Indian Origin

Persons of Indian origin desiring to visit India for short periods each year to meet their relatives etc. can be granted multiple entry ‘X' visa not exceeding five years on case to case basis with a stipulation that each stay shall not exceed 180 days. If the individual does not stay beyond 180 days, registration will not be required. However, in case a person of Indian origin is desirous of staying continuously for a longer period, depending upon the merits of the case, the Mission can grant ‘X' visa without the stipulation of “each stay not to exceed 180 days”. In the latter case, the usual condition of registration required within 14 days of first arrival in India would apply. X Visas will be granted to only those applicants of Indian origin, who are able to submit a documentary evidence for their being of Indian origin and also a proof that they have renounced Indian citizenship and passport.

 

Gratis Visas

The nationals of the following countries are granted Gratis Visa:
Afghanistan , Argentina , Bangladesh , Jamaica , Mauritius , Mongolia , Maldives , North Korea (DPRK), Poland , Slovak Republic , South Africa and Uruguay. No visa is required for nationals of Nepal and Bhutan.

 

Other useful information

Emergency services

Emergency services can be provided by the Embassy in genuine cases even on holidays for which the Consular Section should be informed in time. Double the fee would be charged if a Visa has to be issued in Emergency.

Contact points for visitors in India:

In case of any mishap/accident the visitors may kindly contact their respective Embassies in New Delhi. Venezuelan visitors may kindly contact Venezuelan Embassy at the following address:

E-106 Malcha Marg. Chanakyapuri New Delhi - 110021 Postal Code 
Phone: +91-11-51680218, 51680219, 26886913 
Fax: ++91-11-51750743, 26871686
E-mail: embavene@del2.vsnl.net.in

 

Visitors may also contact Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO) in the following cities:

  • Delhi: FRRO, Level -II, East Block VIII, R.K. Puram Sector-I, New Delhi
  • Mumbai: FRRO, Annexe-II, Commissioner of Police, Craw Ford Market, Mumbai- 400001
  • Kolkata: FRRO, 237, Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata-700020
  • Amritsar: Additional Deputy Director, Bureau of Immigration, B/123, Ranjeet Avenue, Amristar
  • Chennai: Chief Immigration Officer, Bureau of Immigration, Shastri Bhavan Annexe, No. 26, Haddows Road, Chennai-600006

 

Visitors not residing in the above cities may kindly contact:

  • Joint Secretary (Foreigners), Ministry of Home Affairs, 1st Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi-110003/ Deputy Commissioner of Police in the concerned localities, in case contact cannot be made with these FRROs.



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