About Us Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Visas

1. How do I apply for a visa to India?

Applications have to be made online by going to the following link: www.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.

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

Yes. All applications are to be sent to 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.


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 passports. It may take minimum 45 days for Pakistani origin/Pakistani passport holders, and 30 days for Swedish alien passport and Swedish travel document holders, after uploading the application for clearance from concerned authorities

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, it cannot be postponed to a later date.

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 upto 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 & 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?

Visa fees cannot be paid at the Embassy: all payments must be made as bank transfer. A printed receipt of the payment must be produced. 

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.

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 addresses:


Any complaint can also be copied to


15. How often can I apply for an Indian visa?

Swedish and Latvian nationals can apply for a new visa as soon as or even before the old visa expires. The two-month gap previously required between two consecutive visits to India is no longer applicable. e-Tourist Visa is an exception: it can only be applied for twice in one calendar year.

Please note that citizenship acquired after naturalization certain cases still require a re-entry permit if it has been less than two months since the previous visit to India.

 16. 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.

17. I want to travel to a restricted area. How can I get the permit?
Indian Embassy can issue a Restricted Area Permit for a maximum of 14 days and there is a separate fee charged for the permit. For the Andaman Islands and other nature resorts, it is usually possible to obtain the permit in India, where it can be issued for a longer period and for a lower fee.

18.  What are the opening hours of the Embassy?
Applications can be submitted Monday—Friday in the morning at 0900–1200 hours. Ready visas can be collected in the afternoon at 1400–1600 hours on the day given by the Embassy. You are required to book an appointment before visiting the embassy. 

19. 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.

20. 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. 

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

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

22. Can I came 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. 

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