Applying For Your Indian Visa

Please note these guidelines are specific for British passport holders only. If you hold a passport of any other nationality please contact your Student Advisor. We have no control over the Indian Embassy's decision to grant visas. We provide advise and guidance but it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure your visa application is completed correctly. We recommend using the e-Visa service for students joining us for less than 4 weeks. Any student joining us for more than 4 weeks will need to use the tradition visa option. Students with Pakistani nationality or dual nationality will require up to four months to process their visa and are advised to look into this as soon as possible.

Non-british passport holders

Any student that does not hold a British passport will need to check the visa requirements. Please contact your Student Advisor as soon as possible so we can help you with obtaining the correct visa.

British passport holders of Pakistani descent 

Any student that has either parents or grand-parents of Pakistani descent will have an extended visa application process. This can take up to 3 months to process. Please contact your Student Advisor as soon as possible so we may assist you with this.


Option 1: e-Visa

Cost: £50-£60

Visa type: Tourist

Duration: 60 days (single entry)

Obtained: Can be obtained 4-30 days before travel date

Additional Information: This visa will require you to upload a scanned image of your passport and a scanned image of a photo.

Photo upload specifications: 

For the e-visa you will be required to upload a passport photo and a scanned image of the photo page of your passport.

  • Format – JPEG 
  • Size – Minimum 10 KB , Maximum 1 MB
  • The minimum dimensions are 350 pixels (width) x 350 pixels (height).
  • Recent front facing photograph with white background to be uploaded by the applicant.
  • The application is liable to be rejected if the uploaded photograph are not clear and as per specification.

Passport scan specifications: 

  • Scan of first page of passport (with your passport picture)
  • Format - PDF
  • Size - Minimum 10 KB ,Maximum 300 KB

Link to e-Visa application: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

Please note there are instruction from the India Government on the page above. Please read these before you start your application.

Option 2: Traditional Tourist Visa

Cost: £90-£110

Visa type: Tourist 

Duration: 6 months (can be used for multiple entries)

Obtained: Can be obtained 12 months in advance  

Additional Information: This visa will require you to post your passport or take your passport to a Indian visa centre.

Printed Photo specifications:

For the traditional visa application you will need two printed photos that you will attach to your paper application form. There need to be "Indian Visa Specification". Please do not use a UK passport size image for your Indian visa application. The correct specifications you will need are:

  • Size - 50mm x 50mm
  • Light coloured or white background
  • Full face to be shown with no shadows

You can have "Indian Visa Approved" pictures taken in most photo booths. These can typically be found in most supermarkets. We strongly recommend you use these.

Link to traditional visa application: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in

Please note there are instruction from the India Government on the page above. Please read these before you start your application.


Information Required for both visa types:

There are 6 sections on the application forms that will require you to input specific information. The rest of the information will be your own personal details.

Port of Arrival: Mumbai Airport.

Places likely to visit: Mumbai, Pune.

Purpose of visit: Tourism.

Expected port of exit: Mumbai.

Indian reference: Mrs Rekha Dubey - Aditya Birla Hospital, Chinchwad, Pune 411033.

Indian reference contact number: +91 9881123027. (Please note this is for immigration purposes only. Students/parents should not call this number).

UK reference: Any UK family member with a different address to student's permanent address.