Visa Support

Foreign Nationals desirous of coming into India are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Indian Visa.
There is no provision of 'Visa on Arrival' in India and no fee is charged for immigration facilities at the airports. Foreign passengers should ensure that they are in possession of valid Indian Visa before they start their journey to India except nationals of Nepal and Bhutan who do not require visa to enter India and nationals of Maldives who do not require visa for entry in India for a period up to 90 days (a separate Visa regime exists for diplomatic/official passport holders).

The Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for issuance of Indian visas to the foreign nationals for their visit for various purposes. This facility is granted through various Indian missions abroad.

Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without notice. The High Commission reserves the right on granting and deciding type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making application. Granting of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities.

Specific Visas are granted for a variety of purposes. Listed below in a tabular form are the types of visa; categorised on the basis of purpose of staying in India.

Type - Period - Documents required

  • Tourist Visa - 6 months - Docs supporting the applicant’s financial standing
  • Business Visa - 1 or more years - Letter from the sponsoring organization
  • Transit Visa - Max For 15 Days - Evidence of onward travel to a destination outside India
  • Conference Visa - For the duration of the conference or seminar - Letter of invitation from the organizer of the conference

Visa Application Form

Visa application form is available at the office of Indian Embassy in the country where the applicant resides. Visa form for nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh are generally different. All NRIs/PIOs, including children (who don’t possess OCI or PIO card) need to apply for Visa in separate visa forms.

Procedure for obtaining Visa

Visas can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission of India based in the country from where the candidate intends to depart for India. Specific visas are granted for a variety of purposes that are aforementioned.

Requirements for Visa

Generally the following documents are required for obtaining Indian Visa. However, the requirement may vary from country to country.

  • Original passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Visa fee
  • Two passport size photographs
  • Supporting documents, where necessary
  • Duly completed application form
  • Visa for NRIs and PIOs
  • Persons of Indian Origins and Non-Resident Indians who possess either OCI (Overseas Indian Citizenship) or PIO card don’t need Indian Visa. OCI and PIO give them the freedom to visit India without visa. OCI and PIO cards are multipurpose life long visa for visiting India.

However, those NRIs and PIOs who don’t have OCI or PIO card can apply for and get Indian visa through the procedure mentioned above.

For more details visit our Section on 'Indian Missions/Embassies Abroad'

International Attendee VISA Invitation Letter Request

Make sure you contact the Indian Embassy / Consulate in good time and enquire about the specific requirements. In some countries it may take up to 2 months to obtain an Indian VISA. Thus, India Lab Expo advises you to obtain your Visa well in time before the show.

To request an invitation letter for VISA purpose, please send an email to with the following information:

Scanned copy of Passport (address page and information page)
Contact number
Name of company / organization
Designation in Company
Address of Company
Company Registration Number (if any)
Duration of your visit
Participating as: Exhibitor / Visitor / Press / Delegate

How to Reach Bengaluru

How to Reach Bangalore

Imposingly nestled amidst the renowned archaeological and heritage sites in India, Bangalore is also appraised for being the largest IT exporter in India. Today the city not only exhibits the medieval era but the presence of myriad multinational companies have turned Bangalore to be dubbed as the Silicon Valley of India that also encircles the eminent historical sites nestled within the state border. Amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the distance from Badami to Bangalore is approximately 510kms whereas from Hampi to Bangalore is 350kms by road. The distance from Badami to Hampi is approximately 150kms. The capital city of Karnataka, Bangalore also encircles the popular sites of Hospet, Hubli, Mysore, Belur and Halebid. The distance from Hospet to Bangalore is approximately 330kms, from Hubli to Bangalore is 400kms, from Mysore to Bangalore is 140kms, from Belur to Bangalore is 220kms and from Halebid to Bangalore en route Hassan is 210kms. The Bandipur National Park en route Mysore is approximately 220kms. Nonetheless Bangalore can also be reached by road from the nearby tourist destinations like Goa, Mangalore, Coorg and Ooty. The distance from Mangalore to Bangalore by road is approximately 350kms whereas from Madikeri it is 250kms. From Goa to Bangalore if one prefers to drive, the distance is approximately 600kms en route National Highway 4. Drive from Ooty to Bangalore is approximately 270 kms en route Mysore. Thus Bangalore is having a good network of spic and span highways that connects the city with other cities in India.

If one is opting to reach Bangalore by train then he is having two terminals as his choices. The Bangalore Railway Station and the Yeshvantpur Railway Station are the two major railway stations that connect Bangalore to rest of India. From Yeshvantpur Railway Station one need to hire or book a cab to Bangalore, this will take approximately 30-40 minutes.

Wherever you are, the Bangalore International Airport connects you to all other major international cities and all the major cities in India. Domestic flights to Bangalore frequently plies between Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Goa. There are scheduled flights from Port Blair to Bangalore as well.

You can reach Bangalore via air at Bangalore International Airport which is located at a distance of 40 km from the city. From here you can take prepaid taxi services and bus services to reach the city. Many national and international flights lands on this airport making approachability of the city easy.

Nearest Airport : Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore

Bangalore railway station is located in the heart of the city. Various trains from all over India come to Bangalore which includes Mysore express from Chennai, Karnataka Express from Delhi and Udyan express from Mumbai which covers many major cities in between. How to reach Bangalore becomes easy by these ways.Bangalore city is connected via major national highways which connects various other cities to it. Buses from neighboring state run on regular bases to Bangalore and Bangalore bus stand also runs various buses to major cities of South India.