About Us Types of Visas

As per the Government of India instructions no visa will be issued by the Embassy to foreign nationals intending to visit India for commissioning surrogacy with immediate effect (06.11.2015)

For child/children born through surrogacy already commissioned on or before issue of above notice, exit permission will be decided by Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRROs) on a case to case basis.

Types of visas

You should apply for the category of visa corresponding to the purpose of your visit. Misuse would lead to immediate cancellation of Visa Details regarding different categories of visas, maximum duration and supporting documents required can be found below.

  1. Group Tourist Visa
  2. Tourist Visa (T)
  3. Business Visa (B)
  4. Employment Visa (E)
  5. Student Visa (S)
  6. Transit Visa (Tr)
  7. Research (R)
  8. Journalist (J)
  9. Medical (M)
  10. Surrogacy
  11. Attendant to Medical case (Med X)
  12. Conference (C)
  13. Entry (X) visa
  14. For Study of Yoga/Vedic culture/Indian system of dance/Music

1.      Group Tourist Visa

Foreign tourists in groups of four or more, arriving by air or sea, sponsored by Indian Travel Agencies approved by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and with a pre-drawn itinerary may be granted collective landing permit for a period not exceeding 60 days, with multiple entry facility to enable them to visit a neighbouring country. In order to avail of this facility, the tourist or travel agency concerned shall mandatorily fill in the application online on website www.indianvisaonline.gov.in. A complete list of group members along with printed visa applications and their itinerary should be submitted by the tourist or travel agency to the FRRO/FRO concerned, 72 hours in advance. The travel agency shall also give an undertaking to conduct the group as per the itinerary and extend a further assurance that no individual would be allowed to drop out from the group at any place.

2.  Tourist Visa (T)

Tourist visa is for the sole objective of visiting India for sightseeing, recreation and casual visit to meet family and friends. No other activities are permissible on a tourist visa.


Valid for a maximum of six months from date of issue. Validity cannot be extended except for medical emergencies or for Persons of Indian Origin, who were otherwise entitled for ‘X’ (Entry) visa but have entered India on tourist visa, may also be converted to ‘X’ visa during valid stay on Tourist visa through FRRO.

Supporting Documents

Complete addresses of contact persons in India if purpose is to visit family and friends.

3. Business Visa (B)

- Establishing or exploring industrial/business ventures.

- Meetings/discussions with Indian companies.

- Recruitment of manpower.

- Visiting Indian companies in which they are partners/ directors.

- Consultations for trade exhibitions/fairs.

- Coming as partners/directors of companies in India.

- Coming as a tour conductor/travel agent and/or conducting business tours.

- Foreign students sponsored by AIESEC for internship on project based work in   companies/industries.


Six months to a year. Can be extended in India if required.

Supporting Documents

A signed letter from the company in Sweden on the company letterhead, giving profile, position of applicant, purpose and dates of visit, guarantee of costs to be incurred during the trip or Letter of support from a reputed Swedish business chamber.

Invitation letter from the Indian business counterpart, with name of applicant, purpose and dates of visit or a Letter of support from National/Regional Chamber of Commerce.

4.  Employment Visa (E)

- For taking up employment in India.

- A foreigner who wishes to come to India for Remunerative employment, Intra-company transferee and staff/ faculty in South Asian University/ Nalanda University.

- A foreigner who wishes to come to India for honorary work/ without salary/ with NGOs registered in India. Foreigner who are eligible for honorary work with NGOs may be paid honorarium up to Rs. 10,000/- per month.


If eligible, employment visa is granted for a maximum period of one year at the Embassy. The Embassy does not have a policy of issuing employment visa for the second time to the same person for working more in the same company, amounting to an extension. Extension, if required, has to be sought at FRRO in India 

Supporting Documents

Signed employment contract, which gives details of employment, durations and terms and conditions and CV.

The foreign national sponsored for an employment visa in any sector should draw a salary in excess of INR 16.25 lakhs per annum
This condition of annual floor limit on income will not apply to: (a) Ethnic cooks (b) Language teachers (other than English language teachers) (c) Staff working for the concerned Embassy/High Commission in India.

5.      Student Visa (S)

-To bonafide students who want to pursue regular studies at recognized institutions in India.

- Studying in Yoga, Vedic culture, Indian system of music & dance, Buddhist studies and Student exchange programme.


Depends on duration of the course.

Supporting Documents

Admission letter from recognized Indian Institution in the name of applicant, giving dates, title and duration of the course

Document showing financial support for the tuition fee and stay in India.

6.   Transit Visa (TR)

Changing flights and travelling to another country. Transit should be the sole purpose and stay should not be misused for work or business. Change of purpose is not allowed for Transit Visa.


Valid for entry within 15 days of date of issue for direct transit which cannot be more than three days of visit. If the journey is not performed within the period of the validity of the transit visa, a fresh transit visa will be required.

A person who desires to make two entries into India in the course of the same journey can be granted a transit visa valid for two entries and for stay in transit for a period not exceeding 3 days for each journey.

Supporting Documents

Copy of confirmed tickets for onward journey.

7.      Research (R)

To pursue research through Indian Universities.


Depends on the nature of research and documents given to Embassy.

Supporting Documents

Synopsis of proposed research work, information regarding qualification, background and aims of the researcher, details about supervisor (in Sweden), proposed time period of research and financial arrangements for research including local costs.

8.     Journalist Visa (J)

  • All foreign journalists, regardless of the purpose of their visit, should apply for a “J” (journalist) visa, for up to three months' stay in India. “Journalists” for this purpose would include a professional journalist, columnist, cartoonist, editor, photographer, film producer or director (other than that of commercial films), a representative of a radio and/or television organization, travel writer/travel promotion photographer etc or any professional journalist/owner working for an association or a company engaged in the production or broadcast of audio visual news or current affairs programmes through the print, electronic or any other electronic form. All such applicants are required to apply along with a letter from their organization describing clearly the job title of the applicant and the nature of their work and whether they are travelling on work or as tourists.
  • Foreign media assigned to India/to be based in India on long /permanent assignments:
  • Correspondents/Journalists of foreign newspapers, news agencies, going to India as resident representatives should apply for a single entry ‘J’ visa valid for initial stay of three months in India. A letter from the organization which the applicant is going to represent should also be provided clearly stating the status of the applicant (whether permanent full time employee or not) and name of the person whom the applicant is going to replace in India office of the organization. Such a journalist is required to contact OSD(PR)/XP division in the Ministry of External Affairs upon first arrival in India. No change of employer is permitted while the journalist is still in India. In case the foreign journalist intends to change his/her employer, he/she is required to return to the country of origin and re-apply for issue of fresh “J” visa.
  • Visa application for Journalism courses: Applications for full time courses in journalism in educational institutes/universities recognized by Government of India should apply for student visa

9.    Medical (M)

To seek medical treatment for serious ailments in established /recognised specialized hospitals/treatment centres including under the Indian traditional systems of medicine.


Initial validity of period of treatment or one year, whichever is less, extendable in India to a maximum of another one year

Supporting Documents

Medical documents proving the ailment and from the Indian treatment centre.

10.   Surrogacy

Supporting Documents

· Proof that the couples seeking to commission are duly married for at least for two years.

· An undertaking that they would take care of the child/children born through surrogacy.

· A duly notarized agreement between the applicant couple and the prospective Indian surrogate mother.

· A letter from the Embassy of the foreign country in India or the Foreign Ministry of the country should be enclosed with the visa application stating clearly that;

 (a) The country recognizes surrogacy.

 (b) The child/children to be born to the commissioning couple through the Indian surrogate mother will be permitted entry into their country as a biological child/children of the couple commissioning surrogate.

· The treatment should be done only at one of the registration Assisted Reproductive Technology clinics recognised by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

· If any of the above conditions are not fulfilled, the visa application will be rejected.

11. Attendant to Medical case (Med X)

Attendants/family members accompanying medical cases. Maximum two persons for each case.


Co-terminus to the validity of the Medical visa of the person they are accompanying.

Supporting Documents

Proof of Medical visa having been granted o the person they are accompanying.

12Conference (C)

Attending a conference /seminar or workshop.


Maximum validity of six months

Supporting Documents

Invitation for the event. In case of an international conference, organisers may be asked to provide the clearance of concerned Indian Authorities.

13. Entry (X) visa

- Entry (X) Visa can only be granted to the following persons: -

(a) Person of Indian origin who does not possess OCI card

(b) Foreign national marries to Indian citizen/ person of Indian origin/ OCI card holder and their children

(c) Joining Auroville foundation OR Missionaries of Charity OR similar approved organizations

(d) Foreigner who owns property in India

(e) Diplomats/ Official on a non-official visit to India

(f) Ordinary passport holding dependent of diplomats/ officials assigned to India

(g) For purpose not covered by any other visa category

(h) Sports person.

Supporting Documents

Familjebevis from Skatteverket or a copy of an old Indian passport of parents/Grandparents.

The applicant needs to furnish a letter from the Indian organization, purpose and dates of visit, guarantee of costs to be incurred during the trip.

14.  For Study of Yoga/Vedic culture/Indian system of dance/Music


It is granted for the duration of the course and upto a period of 5 years whichever is less.

Supporting Documents

Letter of invitation from a regular institution in India, in the name of applicant, dates and purpose of stay etc.

The applicant produces adequate proof that he/she will have sufficient financial sources at his/her disposal to meet the cost.

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