As per the Government of India instructions no visa will be issued by the Embassy to foreign nationals intending to visit India for commissioning surrogacy with immediate effect (06.11.2015)
For child/children born through surrogacy already commissioned on or before issue of above notice, exit permission will be decided by Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRROs) on a case to case basis.
All applicants for Tourist Visa may kindly note that:
'A tourist visa is only granted to a foreigner who does not have a residence or occupation in India and whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc. Applicants may please note that anyone who is found to be doing something else such as attending a training programme or working is likely to be blacklisted and asked to leave India immediately. Therefore, please be accurate in giving the purpose of your visit to India. Your cooperation would be appreciated'
All applicants for Tourist Visas may kindly note that a return ticket (if returning back to Sweden/Latvia) or ticket for onward journey (if going to some other country) would have to be attached along with their visa applications w.e.f. 15th October, 2015.
As per Government of India regulations Satellite Phones are not permitted into India. If any foreigner is intercepted their satellite phones will be seized.
1.Who needs an Indian visa
All Foreign Nationals need a visa to enter India unless:
(i)They hold a valid OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) card or PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card
(ii)They are holders of a DIPLOMATIC /OFFICIAL passport of countries with which India has signed WAIVER AGREEMENTS.
IMPORTANT: PIO/OCI card does not entitle the holder to carry out research, missionary work or mountaineering, without prior permission.
2. Where to apply
All visa applicants except Diplomatic/Official/UN passport holder should apply to the Indian Visa Application Centres (IVAC) M/s Cox & Kings global services in Stockholm, Umeå, Malmö and Riga.
3.Holder of all Diplomatic/Official/UN passports holders may check here for further information
The steps are as follows:
4. Bio-metric Procedure for Visas
'Biometric Procedure' as described below have been introduced for grant of visa to all foreigners except for Diplomatic/Official passport holders and short term business visa applicants. All applicants would be required to follow 'Biometric Procedure' as described below:
(i)Tourist/ Student Visa/X-Entry Visa/Medical Visa/Transit/Employment Visa
All those applying for any of the above visas, whether Swedish or foreign passport holders would have to come personally for the Biometrics procedure at the office of M/s Cox and Kings in Stockholm, Malmö, Umeå and Riga.
All applicants may go the most convenient Cox & Kings office for biometrics (i.e. Stockholm, Umea or Malmo) at the time of application.