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Any person seeking a visa to India for purpose of entering into a surrogacy arrangement must ascertain beforehand whether the law of that country permits surrogacy and will provide appropriate travel documents to the child for accompanying the surrogate parents. The appropriate visa category is Medical Visa. A Visa for commissioning surrogacy will only be granted if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • The Foreign man and woman are duly married and the marriage should have sustained at least for two years.
  • 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 and (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 surrogacy
  • The couple would furnish an understanding that they would take care of the child/children born through surrogacy
  • The treatment should be done only at one of the registered ART clinics recognized by ICMR.
  • The couple should produce a duly notarized agreement between the applicant couple and the prospective Indian surrogate mother.For drawing up and executing the agreement between the applicant and the prospective surrogate mother the foreign couple can be permitted to visit India on a reconnaissance trip on Tourist Visa, but no samples should be given to any clinic during such preliminary visit.

Permit to re-enter India within 2 months for Tourist Visa Holders

This category only applies to current Tourist Visa holders who need a permit which will allow the applicant to re-enter India within 2 months after last leaving India. This permit is granted only if the need is urgent, and not for Business Activities/Employment or pursuing studies/research, etc.

If the visa holder is traveling to neighbouring countries of India for tourism purpose on the same itinerary, no permit is needed as long as trip follows the itinerary exactly. The visa holder must carry a copy of the itinerary to show the Immigration Officer.

Transfer of Visa

For transferring an Indian Tourist visa from an old passport to a new passport, both the expired passport which holds the valid India visa and the current passport must be provided. Visas can only be transferred to a passport of the same nationality (i.e. Visa transferred from a Moroccan passport to another Moroccan passport).

Visas to Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)

Persons of Indian origin desiring to visit India for short periods each year to meet their relatives etc. can be granted multiple entry 'X' visa (on case to case basis) with a stipulation that each stay shall not exceed 180 days. In that case no registration would be required if the individual does not stay beyond 180 days. In case a person of Indian origin is desirous of staying continuously for a longer period, depending upon the merits of the case, the Mission can grant 'X' visa up to a validity of five years, without the stipulation of "each stay not to exceed 180 days". In the latter case, the usual condition of registration required within 14 days of first arrival in India (as per the foot note on the visa sticker) would apply. 

Gratis Visas

In view of the existing bilateral agreements/arrangements, all types of visas are issued gratis to the nationals of Afghanistan, Argentina (Tourist visa only), Bangladesh, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, South Africa and Uruguay

No visa is required for nationals of Nepal and Bhutan.

Tourist Visa on Arrival

On January 1, 2010, India introduced Tourist Visa-on-Arrival for Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore citizens in some circumstances. More information is available at the website: http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/ForeigD-TourVISA-Schm.pdf


Foreigners entering India on Student visa, Employment visa, Research visa, Missionary visa valid for more than 180 days are required to get themselves registered with the concerned Foreigners Registration Office within 14 days of their arrival in India. Foreigners holding any other type of visa valid for more than 180 days do not require registration if the period of their stay in India on each visit is less than 180 days. However, they must register themselves within 180 days of arrival if the period of their continuous stay exceeds 180 days. For more details, please access the website of MHA or Bureau of Immigration www.immigrationindia.nic.in.

Pakistani Nationals and Foreigners of Pakistani Origin

Visa is granted to Pakistani nationals and foreigners of Pakistani origin only after clearance by concerned authorities. Pakistani nationals holding visitors visa are required to register themselves at the check post of entry within 24 hours of their reaching the specified places. Pak nationals are permitted to enter into and exit from India only through designated check posts. 

Restricted/Protected Area Permits

Visas issued to foreigners are not valid for certain specified areas. Special permits viz., Restricted or Protected Area Permits are required to visit them. These permits are issued by Indian Missions/Posts abroad and Ministry of Home Affairs/State Governments in India. All Tibetan settlements are Restricted Areas.

Satellite phones

Satellite telephone services are not permitted in India. Use of "Inmarsat" service is permissible only with the prior approval of the Government of India. Use of "Thuraya" set is not allowed at all.

Any visitor in possession of unauthorized "satellite telephone" is liable to be prosecuted and the telephone set will be seized by the customs/immigration authorities in India.

Contact points for visitors in India

In case of any mishap/accident the visitors may kindly contact their respective Embassies in New Delhi. Moroccan visitors may kindly contact Moroccan Embassy in New Delhi.

Visitors may also contact Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO) in the following cities:

  • Delhi: FRRO, Level -II, East Block VIII, R.K. Puram Sector -I, New Delhi
  • Mumbai: FRRO, Annexe-II, Commissioner of Police, Craw Ford Market, Mumbai- 400001
  • Kolkata: FRRO, 237, Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata-700020
  • Amritsar: Additional Deputy Director, Bureau of Immigration, B/123, Ranjeet Avenue, Amristar Chennai: Chief Immigration Officer, Bureau of Immigration,
  • Shastri Bhavan Annexe, No. 26, Haddows Road, Chennai-600006

Visitors not residing in the above cities may contact:

Joint Secretary (Foreigners), Ministry of Home Affairs, 1st Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi-110003/ Deputy Commissioner of Police in the concerned localities, in case contact cannot be made with these FRROs.

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