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The Indian Embassy The Indian Embassy in Doha grants visas for those intending to visit India for tourist, business and other purposes in accordance with rules and regulations of the Government of India. Visa application forms are to be filled in online and downloaded from the website of the embassy, www.indianembassyqatar.org. Passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of submission of visa application should accompany visa applications. Paste one photo on the form at specified place. All visa applicants are required to produce proof of travel booking and hotel reservation / stay arrangement according to the dates of travel. In normal cases, the local residents and foreigners holding valid resident permit may get visa on the same day. For those who do not hold a valid resident permit in Qatar, a reference has to be made to their country of residence which will involve extra processing time (4 to 5 days) and additional fee. The Applications received at the Embassy counter between 09.00 a.m. and 12.15 p.m. are normally processed the same day and serviced passports can be collected from the counter between 04.00 p.m. and 5.15 p.m. Validity of all visas is counted from the date of their issue. Embassy reserves the right to refuse any visa without assigning any reasons whatsoever.
Tourists wishing to visit India may be granted maximum six months tourist visas effective from the date of issue, which is non-extendible and non-convertible. Travel Agents who have to visit India frequently may, however, be granted tourist visas of a longer duration. The applicant is required to produce / submit documents in proof of his / her financial standing. Tourist travelling in groups of not less than four members under the auspices of a recognised travel agency may be considered for grant of collective tourist visa.
It is now possible to obtain Business Visas for up to five years validity with multiple entry for technicians / experts going to India in pursuance of bilateral agreements or joint venture projects having government approval. Others travelling on business may be granted visas for duration of stay. Letters from sponsoring organisation and inviting organisation indicating nature of business, probable duration of stay, places and organizations to be visited incorporating there in a guarantee to meet maintenance expenses, etc. should accompany the application. Persons without Qatari Residence Permit cannot apply Business Visa from Qatar. If period of residence in Qatar is less than 2 years, visa processing may take 4 to 5 days.
Entry Visas valid for six months to five years stay with multiple entry is given only to persons of Indian origin. However, members of the family of a person who is employed in India are also eligible for Entry visa.
Student Visas may be obtained on furnishing proof of admission to recognised Universities / Institutions in India for the duration of the course of study. Change of purpose and institutions are not permissible. Applicant should also enclose a letter from local guardian or father of the student undertaking to bear the expenses of the child in India along with documents in proof of his / her financial standing.
Employment Visas are issued to skilled and qualified professionals or persons who are engaged or appointed by companies, organisations, economic undertakings as technicians, technical experts, senior executives etc. Applicants are required to submit proof of contract / employment / engagement of foreign nationals by the company or organisation clearly indicating the designation of the official, salary offered, and name of the company for whom he / she will be working in India. A copy of the registration of the company in India is also to be produced. Employment visa can be applied only from the country of domicile or country of residence if applicant’s residency is more than 2 years.
Transit visas are issued for a maximum period of 15-days with single / double entry facilities to bonafide transit passengers only. Transit visas are required to be obtained before departure, as Transit Visas for brief halts in India (up to 72 hours) enroute to other destinations, cannot be obtained from Immigration counters at airports in India.
Conference Visas are issued for attending conferences / seminars / meetings in India. A letter of invitation from the organiser of the conference as well as a letter from the sponsor is to be submitted along with the visa application. Delegates going to attend conferences may combine tourism with attending conferences.
It may be noted that the foreign nationals who have been issued tourist visas for multiple entries should observe a gap of atleast two months between two visits to India on these visas. If a visit cannot be avoided within this two months' period, special permission from the concerned Indian Embassy / Consulate may be taken on submission of an undertaking to the effect that the purpose of visit is for recreation/sight seeing, casual visits to meet friends or relatives or any other actual reason and that on this visit, business activities or employment or studies/research will not be pursued. In all such cases, registration with the concerned FRRO / FRO will be required within 14 days of arrival in India.
This, however, will not apply to the foreigners holding tourist visas who, after initial entry into India, plan to visit another country and re-enter India before finally exiting, subject to their submission of a detailed itinerary and supporting documentation.
For business visas, a person should have been resident in Doha for more than 2 years. For those with stay less than 2 years, the Embassy would need 4-5 clear working days to process the request.
Registration of Foreign Nationals in India
Normally for persons holding long term (validity exceeding 6 months) Tourist, Business and Entry Visas, the duration of each stay in India should not exceed 6 months. However, if the stay in India is to exceed 6 months, registration with Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) within 14 days of arrival in India, is mandatory. Foreign nationals except Pak / Afghan are required to register themselves within 14 days of their first arrival in India if their visa is valid for more than 180 days. All nationals except Pak / Afghan holding up to six months visa are exempted from Registration. US nationals with a valid Tourist or Business visa for a period of 10 years are exempted from Registration. Pakistan nationals are required to get their names registered within 24 hours of their arrival in India. Afghan nationals are required to get their names registered within 7 days of their arrival in India. Registration can be done with the Registration Officer at the following addresses: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO), Ist floor, Hans Bhavan, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Near ITO, New Delhi; FRRO & Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Branch-II (CID), Mumbai; Chief Immigration Officer, Shastry Bhavan Annexe, 26, Haddow Road, Chennai; S. P. (Immigration and CID), Interrogation Centre, PCP Attari Rail Mal Mandi, Amritsar; DIG (Border), Intelligence Branch, 13-Lord Singh Road, Calcutta.Please click here to view: Frequent Asked Questions related to Visas
The Embassy is located at:
Villa No 19, Street No. 828,
Area No. 42, Wadi Al Neel,
Old Hilal Area, P.O. Box 2788,
Doha - Qatar.
Embassy closed on Fridays,
Saturdays & Public holidays.
Official working hours: 9 am - 5.30 pm
Tel No for all enquiries: 4425 5777