VISA requirements for Foreign Nationals
Foreign nationals are advised to contact the Indian Embassy / High Commission / Consulate in their country in order to obtain a Conference Visa for entry into India. For more visa information Click Here.
Processing time for a conference visa is usually 15 days. For participants from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, and persons of Pakistani origin holding any passport, the processing time is 60 days (see more information below).
A conference visa allows tourism, but a tourist visa does not allow the holder to attend a conference. Conference visas are not issued ‘on arrival’ and the application must be made well before the Conference. But it is advised to apply for the conference visa not earlier than 3 months before the last day of the Conference (including post-conference workshop days). Please note that the validity of the visa begins on the day it is issued, not the date of entry into India. If approved, single entry conference visa will be granted.
In addition to the normal visa application (see below), conference visa applications require two additional documents:
- Invitation letter from the Conference Organizer
You will be able to request an invitation letter for the ICT4D Conference for your visa application from the organizers during your registration. To begin your registration Click Here.
Alternatively, you can also request an invitation letter by Filling Out This Form.
Letters of invitation can only be issued to attendees of the Conference, not accompanying persons.
- Copies of permission from Indian government agencies
The ICT4D Conference organizers have applied for the necessary clearance by nodal Ministries / Departments of the Government of India / State Governments; the official government letters can be found here:
Visa Application Information
Visa application forms are available at Indian Embassies / Consulates. The visa forms for nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh are generally different. Persons of Indian Origins and Non-Resident Indians who possess either an OCI (Overseas Indian Citizenship) or PIO card don’t need to apply separately for an Indian Visa. However, those NRIs and PIOs who don’t have OCI or PIO card should apply for an Indian visa.
Applicants from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistani origin and Stateless persons should Fill Out This Additional Form and apply for a Conference Visa preferable 90 days before the start of the Conference (15 May). This is because the Conference Organizers are required to send the passport details of these participants to the Ministry of Home Affairs, which takes at least 60 days.
For participants from Pakistan: The port of entry to India should be Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai only. Hyderabad is not an allowed port of entry for Pakistani citizens. Pakistani citizens holding two passports should apply for a visa on their Pakistan passport.
VISA application requirements
- Original passport valid for at least 6 months
- Duly completed application form (Nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh must complete special application forms)
- Two passport-size photographs. (Nationals of Pakistan will require five)
- Visa fee
- Supporting documents, where necessary
- Stamped self-addressed delivery envelope for postal applications
- Invitation letter: Letters of invitation from the organizer of the conference in India. (see above)
Online VISA application
Indian Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions now require visa applications to be made online. This can be done from the Indian Government website:
Some Indian embassies and consulates have outsourced their visa processing services to VFS Global http://www.vfsglobal.com. Visa application forms may be downloaded from this link.
Conference Visa Checklist
FAQs on Conference Visa
Please apply for your visa in good time. Foreign nationals should ensure that they are in possession of a valid Indian Visa before they start their journey to India.