About Us Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Visas

Primary Cause of VISA application rejections:

  1. Missing second/middle name (61% of all rejections)

- Kindly ensure that both the first name and second/middle name (if any) are mentioned under ‘Given Names’ (applicant’s name has to be exactly the same as in the passport)

  1. Wrong Passport details (34% of all rejections).

- Kindly recheck thoroughly to ensure that all passport details entered in the application are correct.

  1. Data entry error/mismatch.

- Kindly recheck thoroughly to ensure that Place of Birth and Previous & Current Nationality are carefully and correctly entered.

Do I need a visa to go to India?

Yes, all foreigners need a visa to enter India.

Can I get a visa on arrival to enter India? 

No, you must obtain a visa before taking a flight to India. You cannot obtain a visa on arrival in India.

I want to visit India for tourism/to attend a friend's marriage/ to meet my friends. Which visa should I apply for?

You apply for a tourist visa.

Can I study in India?

Yes. With a valid student visa for a recognized university/educational institution.

Can I work in India?

Yes. With a valid employment visa.

I travel to India frequently for business meetings/to explore opportunities for partnerships with Indian companies. Which visa should I apply for?

You may apply for a business visa along with the requisite documents as per the checklist. Kindly note that a Business Visa does not permit you to work in India. In case you wish to work in India, you should apply for an Employment Visa.

I am a Swedish national and I go for one or two months every year for tourism. Which visa should I apply for?

You can apply for a Tourist visa. This visa is not extendable in India.

I will be changing flights/airports in India to travel to my final destination (say Nepal, Thailand etc.) Do I need a visa to change flights/airport terminals?

You need to apply for a transit visa if you are going to change from an international terminal to a domestic terminal of any Indian airport or if you are going to stay in an airport hotel even for a few hours. You don't need a transit visa if you stay in the waiting area reserved for international transit passengers in an Indian airport. Note that you can stay for a maximum period of 72 hours in India on a transit visa. You should have a confirmed air ticket for the onward journey.

I have to participate in a Conference/Seminar/Workshop in India. Which visa should I apply for?

You should apply for a Conference Visa to enable you to participate in the Conference/Seminar/ Workshop along with invitation letter, details of the Conference etc. Clearance from the competent authority in India is required.

How do I apply for a visa to India?

Applications have to be made online by link: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in Thereafter, the duly filled application forms have to be printed out and sent either by post or hand delivered to Embassy of India to Sweden & Latvia, Stockholm

Office address for visitors: Kornhamnstorg 4, 111 27 Stockholm

Postal address to send in the applications: Kornhamnstorg 4, Box 2131, 103 14 Stockholm

In case of applications being sent by post, proof of payment of fees must be enclosed along with all other required documents and photographs.

Do children need a visa to India?
Yes. Every person travelling to India needs their own passport and visa. Minors travelling without their parents or with only one parent need to produce a written permission from their parents in English.

2. Can I send the visa application to the Embassy?

Yes. All private passport including Diplomatic and Official passport are to be submitted at Indian Embassy, Stockholm only. Please note, Indian Embassy holds no agency or agent for handling visa applications. You are required to submit applications to the Embassy directly.

Note - Diplomatic and Official passport may be submitted a Note Verbale from respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs/International Organization or concerned Embassy with visa application form along with copy of passport and two photographs (one photograph should paste on the visa form).

3. What is the normal processing time?

If all the documents are in order, the normal processing time is 5-6 working days for Swedish /Latvian passport. It may take minimum 45 days for Pakistani origin/Pakistani passport and 30 days for Swedish/Latvian alien passport.

4. Can I confirm all my travel bookings before getting the visa?

It is always better to confirm bookings only after obtaining visa.

5. From when does the validity of a visa begin?

The validity of the visa begins from the date of issue.

6. How do I retrieve the form if I had not completed it?

Please note down the Temporary Application ID when you are filling the form. Your Information will be saved if you click save button or continue to next page. If you make an exit without doing either of that, your information will be lost. (Minimum field required for Partial Save is up to Date of Birth)

If you click on partially filled form and fill the temporary Application ID, the form will be retrieved.

7. If I send an Email to the Embassy to check the status of my application, to which Email address should I send my enquiry and -what information do I need to provide?

Please send an Email to visa.stockholm@mea.gov.in and it is necessary to provide your passport number or application id number starting with SWES------- & Visa type, which you applied..

8. Can I apply for a visa to India through the Embassy of India, Stockholm if I am outside Sweden?

You are advised to approach the nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate in the country of your residence.

9. If I fill out a visa application form for a minor; who has to sign the application?

Either of the parents can sign visa application form for a minor if the minor cannot sign.

10. Do I need to come in person to submit/collect the passport?

No, it is not necessary to come in person. The application and passports along with proof of payment can be sent by post.

11. How do I withdraw my application, and will I get a refund?

If you want to withdraw your application, you have to submit your request in writing to the Embassy of India to Sweden & Latvia for withdrawal, but no refund is admissible.

12. Can I pay the visa fee at the Embassy?

No, Visa fees cannot be paid at the Embassy. For postal application payments must be made as bank transfer to the Embassy’s account. A printed receipt of the payment must be produced. Before payment please mention type of visa, name of applicant and mobile number/landline number. Details of account is given below:-

Bank details for Latvian residents:                              

Bank details for Swedish residents:

SEK Account: 
5277 1103 311
IBAN No: SE10 5000 0000 0527 7110 3311
Embassy of India

Bank Giro No. 5816-4930  

13. I have paid the visa fee twice/I have paid the visa fee but my trip was cancelled/my application was rejected. Can I get a refund?
Visa fees once paid are not refunded.

What are the opening hours of the Embassy?
Applications can be submitted Monday—Friday in the morning at 0900 –1300 hrs. Ready visas can be collected in the afternoon at 1500 –1630 hrs on the day given by the Embassy. You are required to book an appointment before visiting the embassy. Timings can be altered by us later.

The Indian visa pages do not work/keep crashing. Can I fill the form at the Embassy?
Indian visa can only be applied for with the online form. If the visa pages do not work properly, please wait a few hours and try again.

I was an Indian national previously, now I am a Swedish/Latvian national, do i still need to apply for visa?
Yes. You have to apply for a visa, if you haven't yet received the OCI (Overseas citizenship of India) card. You are also requested to provide us with copy of your cancelled Indian passport.

Can I apply for OCI and Visa together?

No, you can apply for either of the services at a time, as the original passport has to be submitted while applying Visa / OCI. There are different procedure for both services. For details, please visit:





Can I hold two citizenships if I am an Indian national?

No. India does not allow dual citizenship. You are required to renounce your Indian citizenship as soon as you acquire foreign citizenship.

Can I come to the Embassy to fill in the visa form?

No. You are requested to come to Embassy only with complete application with all required documents. No incomplete applications will be accepted.

14. If I have to make a comment or a complaint regarding visa services, where can I send it?

You can send an e-mail to the following IDs:


Any complaint can also be copied to hoc.stockholm@mea.gov.in