Visa Advisory

Foreign Nationals: All foreign nationals require visa for travel to India. They are advised to contact the nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate well in advance to get the Indian visa. They may please apply for "Conference Visa" to attend PBD 2017 Convention. Confirmed registration to the PBD 2017 Convention will be required at the time of submission of the visa application form at the Indian Embassy/Consulate. However, persons holding PIO or OCI card do not require visa for travel to India.

Participants from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan and Foreigners of Pakistani Origin and Stateless persons must apply for visa online at least 60 days in advance. Issue of such visas will be subject to clearance from Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Applications not submitted in time are liable to be summarily rejected.

Journalists/Media Persons: All foreign journalists, regardless of whether they are travelling to India for tourism or work, have to apply for a 'J' (Journalist) visa. Journalist visas are given to professional journalists and photographers for up to three months' stay in India. Therefore, all Journalists, Editors/Writers of Television networks and Radio Stations travelling to India on work or vacation are required to apply for a 'J' visa at the Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate abroad, along with a copy of their Media Accreditation Card and/or a document from their organization describing clearly the nature of their work and whether they are travelling to India on work or as tourist. J Visa application may be submitted 3-4 weeks before the date of departure for India.

Media Equipment Permits: To facilitate customs clearance of media-related equipment at the port of arrival in India, signed list of equipment along with make, serial numbers and approximate cost may be e-mailed along with name, copy of passport, telephone number/mobile number/e-mail ID, and air ticket/flight details with port of entry in India.

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