travelling to India, foreign citizens must hold a valid visa, which
is granted by Indian immigration authorities, check posts and Indian
missions abroad. The
Embassy of India in Helsinki grants Indian visas in Finland and it
has outsourced the visa application procedure to Indo
German Consultancy Service.
visas must be applied through Online
Handwritten/typed visa applications are no longer accepted. After
applying online, the applicant is requested to submit the printout of
online filled application form with pasted colour passport photograph
(2" x 2"),
passport and all desired documents as per following details to IGCS
for issue of visa:
The following documents are required when
applying for a visa:
1) filled-in and signed online visa
application form with one colour photograph (Photo-Spec-PDF)
valid passport (minimum validity six months at the time of
3) visa fee (see
in cash or by bank transfer
4) other required documents (see
online visa application form, duly signed by the applicant, can be
submitted at IGCS on weekdays ( Monday - Friday) between 8:30 and
12:00 hrs. Applications can also be submitted via mail (please
include a registered return envelope with the recipient’s details,
postal charges are 5.60€ within
Finland and 7.40€ to
Estonia). Processed visas can be picked up from the counter between
16:00 and 16:30 hrs. on working days.
Processing of the visa application can start only when IGCS has
received all the required documents and visa fee. Please check
carefully which additional documents are needed for each type of
Processing time is 3-4 working days for Finnish and
Estonian passport holders when the application is delivered
personally to the counter of IGCS. Processing time for applications
sent by post is 2-3 weeks. For
all other nationalities the processing time varies.
In case of an emergency, an express visa can be delivered in one
working day for Finnish and Estonian passport holders.
leaving India, re-entry with a tourist visa is possible only after a
two month gap. However, foreigners holding Tourist Visas who plan to
visit another country on account of neighbourhood tourism related
travel and re-enter India before finally exiting, may be permitted
two or three entries by the Indian Missions/Posts. The Immigration
authorities in all the Immigration Check Posts in India may also
allow foreign nationals on Tourist Visas to make two or three entries
into the country (need based) subject to production of an itinerary
and supporting documentation (ticket bookings). Applicants
can request permission to re-enter India in relaxation of normal
rules by filling out the Request for Re-Entry permit form. The
processing fee is 12€.
visiting restricted areas (e.g. Sikkim, Andaman Islands) are required
to apply for a Restricted Area Permit, the processing fee of which is
of visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to
the discretion of the Immigration Authorities.
contact IGCS or Embassy of India if you have any questions on visas.