India is a country located in South Asia and is the seventh-largest country by land area and the second-most populous country in the world, with over 1.3 billion people. It shares its borders with Pakistan to the northwest, China and Nepal to the north, Bhutan to the northeast, and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. To the south, it is bounded by the Indian Ocean.
Here are some key points about India:
1. **Capital:** New Delhi
2. **Largest City:** Mumbai (formerly Bombay)
3. **Official Languages:** Hindi and English are the official languages, and there are 21 officially recognized regional languages.
4. **Government:** India is a federal parliamentary democratic republic. The President is the head of state, and the Prime Minister is the head of government.
5. **Economy:** India has a mixed economy, with agriculture, manufacturing, and services sectors contributing to its GDP. It has seen significant economic growth in recent decades.
6. **Religions:** India is known for its religious diversity. Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism are some of the major religions practiced in the country.
7. **Cultural Diversity:** India has a rich cultural heritage, with a long history of art, literature, music, dance, and philosophy. It is home to various classical dance forms, music traditions, and festivals.
8. **History:** India has a rich historical background, with ancient civilizations dating back to at least 2500 BCE. It has been home to various empires, including the Maurya, Gupta, Mughal, and British Empires.
9. **Independence:** India gained independence from British rule on August 15, 1947.
10. **Geography:** India has diverse geographical features, including the Himalayan mountain range in the north, the Gangetic plains, the Thar Desert, and a long coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
India's modern challenges include managing its population growth, addressing poverty, improving education and healthcare, and dealing with environmental issues. The country plays a significant role in global affairs and has a strong presence in international forums.
GENERAL POLICY GUIDELINES RELATING TO INDIAN VISA
2 Identity documents required for citizens of Nepal and Bhutan for travelling to India
5 Application for grant of visaAn applicant for a visa shall have to submit an application on the on-line system in the standard visa application form. For this purpose, the applicants may log on to https://indianvisaonline.gov.in . The foreigner should be present within the jurisdiction of the Indian Mission/ Post concerned at the time of making an application and grant of visa.
6 Period of validity of passport and visaPassport should have at least six months validity at the time of making application for grant of visa. It should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer. The validity of all visas will commence from the date of issue of visa.
7 Application from non-residentsA foreigner can apply for any type of visa (including Employment/ Business Visa) from a country other than the country of his origin/ domicile. However, in such cases, visa will be granted only after consulting the Indian Mission concerned in the country of origin/ domicile of the foreigner.
8 Fee for visaFee for the grant of a visa will be charged in local currency in accordance with the instructions issued by the Ministry of External Affairs from time to time. Except in cases where a visa is cancelled, visa fee shall not be refunded. In cases where a visa has not been utilised within its validity period, the fee realised is not refundable.
9 Categories of visaMain categories of visa being granted to a foreign national and sub-categories of visa are given in
12 Conversion of e-visa/ Visa-on-Arrival/ Tourist Visa/ Employment Visa/ Business Visa/ Student Visa/ Research Visa to Entry visaIf a foreign national on e-visa/ Visa-on-Arrival/ Tourist Visa/ Employment Visa/ Business Visa/ Student Visa/ Research Visa marries an Indian national/ Person of Indian Origin/ OCI cardholder during the validity of his/her Visa, his/ her visa may be converted to Entry [‘X-2’] Visa by FRRO/ FRO concerned.
13 Procedure to be adopted in case a foreigner on Tourist/ Employment/Business/ Student/ Research Visa falls ill after coming to IndiaIf such a visa holder is suffering from a minor medical condition which does not require hospitalization and prolonged treatment, then he/ she will be allowed to take treatment. Further, in case of sudden illness which requires continuous treatment of less than 180 days or the stay stipulation period prescribed on the visa, the foreigner can take permission for treatment from FRRO/ FRO concerned by submitting a medical certificate from a government / ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research)/ NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers)/ MCI (Medical Council of India)/ CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) recognized hospital. FRRO/ FRO concerned will issue a ‘Medical Permit’ without converting the Visa to a Medical Visa. Conversion to Medical Visa will be required only if the treatment exceeds 180 days or the stay stipulation period prescribed on the visa.
15 Restriction on engaging in tabligh activitiesForeign nationals granted any type of visa and OCI cardholders shall not be permitted to engage themselves in tabligh work. There will be no restriction in visiting religious places and attending normal religious activities like attending religious discourses. However, preaching religious ideologies, making speeches in religious places, distribution of audio or visual display/ pamphlets pertaining to religious ideologies, spreading conversion etc. will not be allowed.
16 Issue of short duration visa to foreign nationals already holding longer duration visaIn the event of a foreign national availing short duration visas such as Conference Visa, Transit visa, e-Visa and Visa-on-Arrival while already having a long duration visa for India like multiple entry Tourist/ Business/ Employment/ Student/ Research Visas, the long duration visas will not get cancelled. In such cases, the long duration visa will be kept on hold for the period of the short duration visa.
17 Dock Entry Permit to foreigners visiting the dock area in the seaportsForeigners must take NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the FRRO/ FRO concerned at the respective seaport to enter the dock area as the port premise is a notified Prohibited Place. In such circumstances, the local shipping agents should make a request to the FRRO/ FRO concerned to issue “No Objection Certificate”.. Such Dock Entry Permit will be issued by the Port authorities only on the basis of NOC from the FRRO/ FRO concerned.
18 Persons arriving from Yellow Fever (YF) endemic countriesPersons arriving from Yellow Fever (YF) endemic countries (or if he/she has visited any Yellow Fever (YF) endemic country during past 6 days) will be required to possess a valid certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination from an authorized vaccination centre. The validity period of an international certificate of vaccination for yellow fever is lifelong beginning 10 days after vaccination. At present, the following countries are regarded as yellow fever infected: - AFRICA: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’ Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritiana, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda (30 countries). AMERICA: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad (Trinidad only), Venezuela, Panama, Paraguay, Peru (13 countries).
19 Persons arriving from a country which is having public health riskIf a person is arriving from a country which is having public health risk with regard to any condition which has been declared as public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) by WHO DG, then he/ she may be required to undergo medical screening or additional measures as decided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
20 Identity documents required for Indian Citizens travelling to NepalA citizen of India entering Nepal by land or air does not require a passport or visa for entry. However, while travelling by air between India and Nepal, he/she is required to be in possession of any of the following identity documents –
Appendix –ICategories and sub-categories of Visa
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