Indian Visa Guidelines
Visa is an important document to travel in India. A visa for India is issued on the purpose of your visit to India. It is mandatory to have this travel document with yourself always. In case you are found without a visa, you will be detained and deported back to your country. There are many major types of visas for India for travelers. Go through these Indian visa guidelines to get a general idea about getting a visa for yourself for traveling to India.
- You need to have a passport that is valid for at least six months from date of departure. Also, you would be required to submit two or three latest photographs of yours while filling the visa application.
- The visa is usually valid for six months, though it may also depend on the rules of your resident country.
- You may apply for a collective visa if you are traveling in a group of not less than 4 people and are being dealt by a recognized travel agency.
- The visa fees are usually non-refundable and may change without prior notice. Contact your embassy for further details.
Types of Visas – India
- Tourist Visa – In case you are touring India.
- Student Visa – Given to students coming to India for studies.
- Employment Visa – Given to professionals coming to work in India.
- Transit Visa – For passengers who have to go through India to some other destination.
- Missionary Visa – For those who have to India as missionaries.
- Business Visa – Issued to those who have come to India on business purpose.
- Journalist Visa – Issued to journalists and photographers who come for professional purpose.
- Research Visa – Issued for research professionals
Delhi airport for transit passengers without having Indian Visa.
Transiting through Delhi airport without Indian Visa means that your connecting flight departs within 24 hours from arriving to Delhi
Tourist landing at Delhi airport by international flight, head to the transfer desk for connecting international flight.
(Make sure not to take the escalators down to immigration) The transfer desk is to the immediate right of the escalators.
Prepare your on-going boarding pass (or ticket/itinerary etc , if you couldn’t get a boarding pass) and the baggage tags.
The tricky part at Delhi airport is that you can only get beyond the small transfer desk area if you have the continuing boarding pass.
The transfer area has comfortable chairs, access to rest rooms and a vending machine. But it lacks any food/drink or sleeping areas, the lights are bright, and the endless loud announcements can be a bit irritating. Once you pass the transfer desk, you are right in the gate area with shops, food court, lounges, etc.
Below are tips to try and get you past the transfer area as fast as possible.
You will not be able to get boarding passes for your next flight until you reach Delhi.
This is what leaves many travelers stranded in the transfer desk area for hours.
The transfer desk can get the boarding passes only 3 hours prior to the flight, when the airlines counters are open.
Baggage handling in New Delhi.
Once you arrive to New Delhi you go to transit desk. They will call in the representatives of airlines, who will at some point collect your luggage and either give it to you to carry on board OR will actually transfer it to the plane themselves.
Make sure you DEMAND the luggage tag, so that you have some evidence that you actually had luggage there.
1. Many airline websites provide an online check-in service which allows you to print your boarding pass at home. However, the transfer desk and security appear not to honor these self-printed boarding passes and require issuing “real” boarding passes.
2. Having to pay for excess number of luggage pieces (or wright) can stall the whole transfer process. You will need to wait for the airline’s counters to open in order to pay the fees. If you want to avoid the risk, make sure your luggage is within the continuing airline’s restrictions.
3.If you are sending luggage, make sure that your luggage tags specify your final destination (Paro, Paris, NY, etc.). In other words, ask the agent to tag your bags all the way through to your final destination. For example, if you are flying from Paro to Zurich, request the Druk Air agent in Paro to tag your bags to Zurich. The reason is that in Delhi you will not see your bags and the continuing airline will be responsible for transferring the bags to the next flight.
4.It is recommended that all passengers, transiting or transferring, are required to check with their inbound and outbound carrier on all boarding card and luggage related issues as they pertain to your connectivity via Delhi.