for Travel Overseas
Embassy in Malaysia
High Commission of India
immigration law requires all foreign nationals to apply for an Indian visa
in order to enter the country; except for India and Nepal passport holders
only. All candidates who wish to relocate to India for any length of time,
whether for a short visit or to immigrate to India on a permanent basis will
need to apply for an Indian visa to do so.
passport holders are required a visa to visit India as tourists or to
participate in conferences, seminars, sports and cultural events, fairs and
from 1 August 2007, High Commission of India has outsourced visa
applications. Accordingly visa applications should be submitted at following
three Visa Application Centers approved by the High Commission. [Please note
that High Commission of India does not accept visa applications at its
premises, except those requesting for grant of gratis visas on official and
1. What types of Visas can be obtained to visit India and what are their
Tourists wishing to visit India will normally be granted tourist visa, for a
maximum period of six months effective from the date of issue. Tourist visa
are non-extendable and non-convertible. In respect of all foreign nationals
holding Indian Tourist Visas with Double or Multiple entry facility, there
should be gap of at least two months between two successive visits to India.
Business Visa are normally granted for a period upto 6 months. However,
multiple-entry Business Visa for up to 5 years validity may be granted to
technicians/experts going to India in pursuance of bilateral agreements or
joint venture projects having Government approval.
Student Visa can be obtained on furnishing proof of admission to recognized
Universities/institutions in India. Student visas are granted for duration
of the course or upto 5 years whichever is less.
Employment Visa can also be obtained on furnishing of proof of employment
with companies in India. It may however be noted that applications for
employment visas are considered only for managerial/highly skilled jobs.
Transit Visa are valid for halts of up to 72 hours in India within 15 days
from the date of issue of the visa and must be obtained before departure.
Transit “Visa cannot be obtained from immigration counters at ports of entry
in India. Evidence of onward travel to a destination outside India is
Requirement for Visa:
Original passport valid for at least 6 months
Correct visa fee
Two passport size photographs (5 photographs in case of Pakistani nationals)
Supporting documents, where necessary
Duly completed application form (Pakistani and Bangladesh nationals need to
apply on special application form)
(i) Persons holding long term Visa (having validity exceeding 6 months) are
normally not expected to stay in India more than 6 months during each visit.
For visits for a period longer than 6 months, the visa holder is required to
register with the Foreigners’ Registration Office (FRO)/Foreigners’ Regional
Registration Office (FRRO)
(ii) Visa Exemption Letters previously granted to children of Indian origin
(for a maximum validity of 90 days from the date of issue) have been
discontinued since 1 July 1999. Visa Exemption Letters issued in the past
are hence no longer valid. All children holding separate passports are now
required to obtain regular visa.
High Commission of India
Level 28, Menara 1 Mon't Kiara
No. 1, Jalan Mon't Kiara
50480, Kuala Lumpur
Tel : (603) 6205 2350 / 2351 / 2352 / 2353 / 2354
Fax: (603) 6143 1173
Office Hours : Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 5.30
2. Can I apply visa for a family member who is
not in Malaysia?
Ans : No, the applicant has to be in Malaysia while applying for visa.
3. How many photographs are required for visa?
Ans : 2 latest passport size (3 X 5cm) colored photographs.
4. What is the procedure to apply for visa for Malaysian Passport holders?
Ans : Malaysian passport holders have to submit application forms duly
filled and signed at India Visa Centre with 2 latest color photographs,
necessary documents, passport and requisite fee. Processing time - 2
working days The passport must be valid for more than 6 months and should
have at least two blank pages.
5. What is the procedure to apply for visa for holder of non-Malaysian
Ans : Applicant holding any passport other than Malaysia can apply for
visa if resident in Malaysia . They can submit the application forms along
with 2 passport size colour photographs, necessary documents and
verification fee. They should show the original passport at the counter.
It may be noted that at least 5 working days are required for processing
of the application. After 5 working days the applicant may enquire status
of their application. Once the application is approved, the applicant need
to submit the requisite fee at the India Visa Centre between 9.30 AM –
12.00 PM and can collect the visa between 4.30 PM and 5.30 PM on the next
working day. The passport must be valid for more than 6 months and should
have at least two blank pages.
The processing time period of 5 working days
is not applicable for certain country applicants and applicants wishing to
visit restricted/ special permit areas in India. For such applicants the
maximum processing period is not prescribed.
6. What if I hold a Valid visa in an expired Passport?
Ans : The Visa is to be transferred from old passport to new passport by
depositing the requisite fee.
7. Can the visa be transferred from old passport to new passport?
Ans : Yes, if the existing Visa is still valid. If the visa is issued in
Malaysia it will take 2 working days with but if visa is issued by other
Indian Mission, then it will take minimum 5 working days. Please submit
the application form, old passport, new passport and requisite fee.
8. If I have to register myself in India, where do I go and register?
Ans : The registration is to be done at any Foreigners Regional
Registration Office (FRRO) or at Foreigners cell at district police
9. Can my visa be extended in India if I have to stay longer than
Ans : If the visa is ‘X’ category, employment visa or student’s visa, it
could be extended by the FRRO subject to local checks. However tourist
Visa cannot be extended under any circumstances.
List of FRRO’s office in India
1) Delhi: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Level – II, East Block VIII,
R. K. Puram Sector – I,
2) Mumbai: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Annexe-II, Commissioner of Poilice,
Mumbai – 400001.
3) Kolkata: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
237, Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road,
Kolkata – 700020.
4) Amritsar: Foreigners Regional Registration Officer,
Additional Deputy Director,
Bureau of Immigration,
Ranjeet Avenue, Amritsar.
5) Chennai : Chief Immigration Officer,
Bureau of Immigration,
Shastri Bhavan Bhavan Annexe No. 26,
Haddows Road, Chennai – 600006.
10. What is the procedure to apply for Students visa and procedures for
extension of student visa?
Ans : This visa is issued to students who are enrolled for regular
academic courses in India. The documents required are as follows; proof of
admission to an educational institution recognized by the Government of
India, application forms duly filled and signed, two photos and requisite
11. What is the procedure to apply for journalist Visa?
Ans : This visa is issued to applicants going to India for journalism
purposes. Applicants may contact Counselor (PIC) at 2093 3520, Email: email@example.com
with the letter from their company giving details of their visit.
12. Can I bring Indian currency with me to India or do I have to get them
converted only when I land in India?
Ans : Bringing Indian currency by any foreign national is prohibited. Only
Indians who travel overseas frequently can bring small amount of Indian
Rupees. Hence please bring any hard currency and get it exchanged into
Rupees in India.
13. How much foreign exchange can I carry to India?
Ans : Any person can bring in to India from a place outside India foreign
exchange without any limit. However, declaration of foreign
exchange/currency is required to be made in the prescribed Currency
Declaration Form in the following cases:
Where the value of foreign currency notes exceeds US$ 5,000.00 or
where the aggregate value of foreign exchange (in the form of currency
notes, bank notes, traveler’s cheques etc) exceeds US$ 10,000.00 or its
14. What is the new guideline on Tourist visa ?
The Government of India has issued new guidelines regarding Tourist Visas
applicable to all foreign nationals (including Malaysian Nationals) as
mentioned below which have recently come into force:
1. In respect of all foreign nationals holding Indian Tourist Visas with
Double or Multiple entry facility, there should be gap of at least two
months between two successive visits to India.
2. If any foreign national is required to visit India again within a
period of two months of his/her last departure, such foreign national
should obtain special permission from the concerned High Commission /
Embassy of India. The High Commission / Embassy of India will consider
such requests only in emergent situations like death/serious illness in
the family, non-availability of connecting flights to return to their
country of origin or travel to another country which can be duly justified
with proper documentation to the satisfaction of the Mission.
All such requests will be subject to the following conditions:
(a) The applicant should furnish an undertaking on the following lines:
(i) That the purpose of the visit is because of an emergency situation
(ii) That he/she is not engaged in business activities , nor in employment
or pursuing studies/ research etc.
(b) Those covered under the above mentioned guidelines and granted
permission by the Mission to re-enter India should register themselves
with the Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRRO) concerned within
14 (Fourteen) days of their arrival in India.
3. If any foreign national applies for a Tourist Visa frequently i.e.,
within one month of expiry of the previous Tourist Visa, such cases would
be subjected to thorough scrutiny before grant of fresh visa. The cases
found not convincing will be rejected.
For further information on the new policy on tourist visas, please read
the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) issued by the Ministry of Home
Affairs of the Government of India website http://mha.nic.in under the
link ‘Foreigners Division’.
15. Where can I get information on procedure/ eligibility for Conference
Ans : You may please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on
Conference Visa under the link ‘Foreigners Division’ in the Ministry of
Home Affairs of the Government of India website http://mha.nic.in .
16. What is the fee for various types of India Visa?
Ans : You may please click here for details on visa fees.