About Us Visa Services


1. E-Visas:

(i) With effect from 17.06.2019, E-Visa facility has been extended to Saudi nationals also.

(ii) E-Visas are admissible only for the following categories - eTourist Visa, eBusiness Visa, eConference Visa, eMedical Visa and eMedical Attendent Visa.

(iii) Applicants may visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html and apply in 4 easy steps -

(a) Apply online and upload photo and passport page,

(b) Pay eVisa fees online using credit / debit card /payment wallet,

(c) If approved, an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) will be sent to the Email provided by the applicant.

(d) Fly to India - Print ETA and present at Immigration Check Post where eVisa will be stamped on the Passport.

(iv) Application and payment of fees should be done 4 days prior to the date of travel.

(v) The applicant can contact the 24X7 Helpdesk at +91 11 24300666 (Tel) or email at indiatvoa[at]gov.in (e-mail) for further assistance on eVisa process.

2. Regular/Paper Visas:

The present system of obtaining Regular/Paper visa continues to be available.The Embassy of India, Riyadh has outsourced visa services (submission of visa applications and delivery of serviced passports) to M/s VFS GCC LLC. The outsourcing of consular services covers areas of Central and Eastern regions (Riyadh, Al Khobar, Buraidah, Al Jouf, Hail, Jubail, Al Khafji, Hafar Al Batain, Wadi Al Dawasir, Arar, Hofuf and Al Qurrayat) falling under the jurisdiction of Embassy of India, Riyadh and areas of Western, Northern and Southern regions (Jeddah, Khamis Mushait, Madinah, Makkah, Jazan, Najran, Bisha, Al Baha, Qunfudah, Yanbu, Taif) falling under the jurisdiction of Consulate General of India, Jeddah.

3. Click here for the Visa Application Centres of M/s VFS.

For Regular/Paper Visa Services

1. Those intending to visit India, may visit the website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/indianVisaReg.jsp to fill the application form online.

2. A print out of the duly filled in and signed application form is required to be submitted along with the applicable fees, two recent passport size photographs, photocopy of ID card/Iqama, proof of confirmation of hotel accommodation, air ticket booking and passport-valid for at least six months beyond the applicable visa period at any of the 
Visa application centre
s of M/s VFS GCC LLC between 08.30hrs to 15.00hrs on all working days (Sunday to Thursday).

3. (i) Visa applications submitted at Jeddah and Riyadh will normally be issued on the 
3rd working day
except in cases which require detailed procedural formalities and clearances.

(ii) Visas applied at other centres may take a little longer.

(iii) In case of any difficulty, the applicants may contact Attaché (Visa) at visa[dot]riyadh[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in or 011-4884144 Ext 205.

4. The details of different types of visas alongwith the Visa fees can be accessed here.

5. At the time of submission of visa application, capturing of Biometric data is mandatory except for the following categories:

(i) Diplomatic and Official passport holders;

(ii) Senior citizens (above 70 years) and minors (below 12 years);

(iii) Those who have given their biometrics previously are exempted for 5 years. This is reflected in the online visa application form as exempted till dd/mm/yyyy.

[Note: In case of medical exigencies, Attaché (Visa) may be contacted at visa[dot]riyadh[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in or 011-4884144 Ext 205 alongwith medical reports for exemption.]


1. Applicants visiting India are advised to abide by the law of the land and not to misuse status of their respective visa granted by the Indian Mission. Indulgence in any unlawful or undesirable practice will be dealt with strictly.

2. The use of Satellite telephones is not permitted in India. Under the law, people including tourists found to be making unauthorised use of satellite telephone services will be prosecuted and any such set found in possession of any individual will be seized.

3. Any person seeking a visa to India for purpose of entering into a surrogacy arrangement must ascertain beforehand whether the law of the applicant’s country permits surrogacy and will provide appropriate travel documents to the child for accompanying the surrogate parents. Entering into surrogacy arrangement under any other visa not sought for surrogacy is punishable under the Indian law.

4. Foreign Nationals arriving in India on a short visit or for tourism purposes are allowed to carry a maximum of Rs. 25000 in Indian currency of any denomination. As instances of counterfeit currency have come to notice of the Indian authorities, it is also advised that such currency should be procured from authorized agents with receipt or other authorized sources only. Travellers found in possession of any such counterfeit currencies may face prosecution as per the relevant provisions of the Indian law.

5. For other closed holidays for the Embassy, please check List of Holidays.

6. Validity of the visa issued

(i) The period of valdity of visa begins from the date of issue of visa.

(ii) The Embassy reserves the right to refuse visa without assigning any reason.

(iii) Visa fee is charged regardless of whether visa is issued or not.