India Visa
India has become one of the most popular places for travel in recent years. It is an ideal country for a family vacation and caters to every age group. It is a perfect amalgamation of rich heritage, culture, and modernity, and boasts of diverse attractions and activities. Thousands of people travel to India from Dubai every year because of the proximity of both places. But planning a vacation to this vast country can be quite cumbersome. Don’t worry as we are here to make this task easy for you. Read on to know how you can apply for an

India tourist visa.

Countries that Need to Obtain India Visa

  • A visa-on-arrival facility is available to the citizens of Japan, South Korea, and UAE (only for UAE nationals who had earlier obtained an e-visa or paper/regular visa for India).
  • The nationalities of the following 170 plus countries are eligible for an Electronic Visa or e-visa:

Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon Union Republic, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hongkong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger Republic, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  • Pakistani origin UAE nationals are not eligible for a visa-on-arrival scheme. Pakistani nationals are not eligible for a Tourist visa and should instead apply for a Visit visa. It is usually valid for 3 months.

Things to Know Before You Apply for India Visa from Dubai

india visa from dubai

You should know the following things before applying for an Indian visit visa.

  • e-visa can be applied for maximum twice in a calendar year (January to December). An Indian visa is valid for one year from the date the visa is issued and not from the date of arrival in India.
  • Applicants from eligible territories/countries should apply an online minimum of 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days.
  • You will have to submit a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate if you are from the Yellow Fever affected countries or traveled to any Yellow Fever affected country.
  • e-Visa is valid for entry through the following designated airports: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi & Vishakhapatnam, and these designated seaports (i.e. Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Mumbai, Chennai
  • Every individual should have a separate passport and it is unavailable for individuals endorsed on Spouse/Parent’s passport
  • You need to present confirmed flight tickets and hotel vouchers at the airport during your visit to India and should have sufficient money to spend during your stay in India
  • You must travel on the passport through which you have applied for e-visa even if the ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) was issued on the old passport. However, it is mandatory to carry the old passport in such cases.
  • If you are applying for a 5-year visa, you have to be present to give your biometrics at the time of submission of application at the Visa Application Center.
  • Non-residents of UAE from Bangladesh, China, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Pakistan origin cannot apply for any kind of visa
  • You will require prior approval from the Consulate General of India, Dubai if you apply for a Tourist visa for 1 year or more than 1 year
  • You will require prior approval from the Consulate General of India, Dubai for any kind of visa for more than 1 year
  • Pakistani nationals are eligible for Visit Visa, Medical Visa, Business Visa, and Conference Visa. They are not eligible for Entry Visa or Tourist Visa.
  • Issuing a visa depends on the Government of India and it is not the right of the applicant. Immigration authorities have the right to refuse entry to India under the provisions of the Foreigners Act.

India Visa Type

The following are the different types of visas for India.

Tourist Visa: This visa is given to a person whose purpose of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing and to meet friends, or relatives. This person should not have an occupation or residence in India. This type of visa is non-extendable and non-convertible. It is usually issued for 3 months with a single entry.

Employment Visa: This visa is issued to skilled and qualified persons who are appointed by organizations, companies, and economic undertakings as senior executives or managers, technical experts or any other senior positions.

Business Visa: This visa is granted to a foreign national who wants to visit India to establish business or industrial ventures or explore options for business or industry or who wants to sell or purchase industrial goods.

Medical Visa: This visa is issued to all foreign nationals seeking medical care or treatment in treatment centers or recognized specialty hospitals in India. Some of the ailments included though non-exhaustive are heart-related problems, organ transplantations, ophthalmic disorders, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, renal disorders, joint replacement and so on.

Transit Visa: This visa is issued to bonafide transit passengers only for a maximum period of 15 days with single/double entry facilities.

Conference Visa: This visa is issued to attend conferences/seminars/workshops etc. in India. It is mandatory to submit a letter of invitation from the organizers of the conference while applying for the visa.

Student Visa: This visa is issued to foreign students who intend to pursue regular academic courses in institutes such as medical, paramedical, engineering, technical, etc.

Journalist Visa: This visa is issued to photographers and professional journalists. Foreign nationals who are involved in the field of electronic or print media, journalism, and the likes need to apply for J visa, even if they are visiting India for any other reason other than journalism purposes.

Entry Visa: This visa is given to persons of Indian origin and can cover Former Indian nationals, spouse of the person holding OCI or POI card, spouses of persons of Indian origin, and dependent children of persons holding OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) or POI (Person of Indian Origin) card.

Mountaineering Visa: It is mandatory for persons desiring to visit India for mountaineering/climbing mountain peaks etc. to obtain permission from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), which coordinates all expeditions in the Himalayas.

Film Visa: This visa is issued to foreign nationals who are visiting India for the shooting of feature films, web series/shows, reality TV shows, commercial TV serials/shows, etc. and location recce.

Missionary Visa: This is a visa with a duration approved by the Government of India. It is a single-entry visa It may take up to 3 months to process this visa.

India Visa Processing

  • The visa processing takes about 2-3 working days
  • The visa costs approximately AED 550
  • Rayna Tours will assist you with the entire India visa process right from booking an appointment at the visa application center, form filling, verification of documents, flight and hotel booking to travel insurance. All the holiday packages available include flight, hotel, sightseeing, and transfers.
  • You can contact Rayna Tours for your India Visa requirements. The process is completely hassle-free and very professional.
  • Contact:
  • Toll-free number: 80072962 or WhatsApp on +971 561147879

Required Documents for India Visa

India visa document requirements from Dubai are as follows:

  • There should be a minimum validity of 6 months in the passport
  • At least 2 blank visa pages should be present in the passport
  • Applications should be filled correctly as per the passport as any mismatch will lead to non-acceptance of the application
  • UAE residence visa should be valid at the time of applying for the visa
  • 2 recent passport size photos not older than 3 months, with white background, no uniform, dark dress, and frontal view. The photos should be extremely clear, as unclear, blurred photos are not accepted
  • Non-resident applicants should have a valid tourist visa of UAE
  • Employment visa, Business visa, and Student visa will require prior approval from the Consulate General of India, Dubai
  • For GCC nationals, valid ID card copy i.e., the Emirates ID, issued by UAE is required
  • The applicant should be present in the country (UAE) at the time of submitting the passport for an Indian visa
  • For minors, an NOC (No Objection Certificate) is required and has to be signed by both the parents. The signatures of the parents should match with that in the passport

Tips Before Traveling to India

The following tips will be useful when you travel to India.

  • India is a vast country, so pick and choose the destinations you want to visit
  • Don’t be in a hurry as you cannot cover everything in one trip
  • Carry all your important documents such as passport, medical insurance, etc.
  • Keep local currency that is Indian Rupee (INR) for small purchases and emergencies
  • India is a multi-lingual country and English is widely spoken
  • India is a country with varied and diverse landscapes and different temperatures. So, select the region you want to visit according to the season. But in general, the months between October to March is the best time to visit most places in India
  • The train is the cheapest and best modes of transport to travel from one city to another
  • You can use buses, trains, taxis, and autos within the city that you are traveling in
  • Ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Ola can be availed too
  • It is advisable to pack lightly
  • Refrain from wearing clothes that are too revealing
  • Research a little about the customs, culture, and tradition in India
  • India has a great variety of food, especially vegetarian food and vegan food is available across most places
  • India is known for its street food culture. However, it is better to stick to good eateries so that there are no health or medical issues. Also, avoid drinking tap water and stick to bottled or packaged water
  • Kindly follow customs and etiquettes while visiting temples, mosques, and other religious places

India Visa FAQs

  • Is it mandatory to apply for a visa to India?
Ans: Yes, all UAE citizens with multi-nationality need to apply for a visa to India.
  • What is the duration to receive the visa?
Ans: It normally takes up to 2-3 working days to get the visa.
  • What are the modes of payment online for the visa fees?

Ans: You can pay through your VisaCard, MasterCard, American Express card or PayPal.

  • Is it possible to apply for an Indian visa from another country?

Ans: Yes. You can apply for International visas with us, send us an inquiry at

  • Should I carry a printout of the e-visa with me?

Ans: Yes, you should carry a printout of the e-visa with you when you travel to India. It is advisable to carry it with you throughout your stay in India.

  • Is it necessary to apply for a visa for kids and infants?
Ans: Yes, all kids and infants traveling with their UAE Citizen parents require a visa for India.
  • How much is the visa application fee?

Ans: For inquiring about the visa application fee or to discuss any visa-related query, call our travel experts on 80072962 or email to All your visa related questions will be promptly answered.

  • Should I pay any other fees at the airport for the visa?

Ans: No, you just have to pay the processing fee while applying for a visa online.

  • Is the visa fee refundable, if my visa application gets rejected?

Ans: No, the visa fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

  • Once I submit my visa application, will I receive a confirmation?

Ans: Yes, you will receive a confirmation once you submit your application on the email id provided by you in the application.

  • Can I track the status of my visa application online?

Ans: Yes, you can track the status of your visa online or you can get in touch with our visa agents to know about the status of your visa application.

  • Can I enter India through any other airport or seaport apart from the designated airports listed on the e-visa site?

Ans: No, you cannot enter through any other airports/seaports apart from the designated ones mentioned on the website.

  • How will I receive my visa?

Ans: You will receive your visa on the email id provided in the application.

  • Is it possible to extend or convert my visa?

Ans: No, it is not possible to convert or extend your visa.


India is an exotic destination with different places of interest such as mountains, deserts, beaches, national parks, historical monuments, temples, architecture, and culture. With some planning and research, you can have a fascinating trip to this beautiful country.

Priya is an avid travel blogger and writer. My passion for travel has to lead me to meet amazing new friends and discover new cultures all around the world.

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