American citizens traveling to India are required to have both a valid passport and an Indian visa. India won’t issue a visa for you at the airport, so it is crucial to gather all of the necessary documents and submit your visa application well before you plan to depart.
Indian visa requirements vary depending on what type of visa you are applying for (for more information, see Types of Indian Visas). Here are the requirements for the two most common types of visas, tourist visas and business visas.
Indian Visa Requirements for Tourists.
If you are going to India as a tourist, you will need the following documents:
- Your valid US passport
- 2 recent passport-sized photos
- A completed Indian visa application form. To ensure that your visa application is approved, make sure that you write neatly and that you do not make any mistakes on the application. Make sure that you enter in “tourism” in the section that asks you to state why you are traveling to India.
- A photocopy of your plane tickets or your itinerary.
- A legible copy of your driver’s license.
Indian Visa Requirements for Business Trips
If you are traveling to India on a business trip, you also need the following:
- 2 business letters of responsibility. One must be from your employer, and the other must be from the Indian company you will be meeting with. The letter should describe the nature of your business and the length of your trip, as well as how long your visa needs to be valid for.
- A conference invitation letter, if you are going for a conference.
India has what’s called a jurisdictional visa system, so you have to sent your application into the appropriate consulate. Jurisdictions are based on your home address, which is why you must send in a copy of your driver’s license or a utility bill.
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