About Us Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Does one need visa to visit India?

Ans: Yes, all foreigners except nationals of Nepal and Bhutan require visa to visit India.

Q2: Can tourist visa be extended while in India?

Ans: No, Tourist visa is non-extendable. A foreigner has to leave the country before the expiry of tourist visa.

Q3: When the validity of visa starts?

Ans: The validity of visa starts from the date of issue. It does not start from the date of entry into India. For example, if a visa is issued on 10 April, 2017 for two months, its validity starts on 10 April, 2017 and expires on 9 June, 2017. One can visit and stay in India during that period only He/she has to complete outward journey from India on or before 9 June, 2017.

Q4: What period the passport should be valid while applying for visa?

Ans: The passport should be valid for at least six months prior to applying for visa.

Q5: Do I need to make an appointment to submit application at the Embassy?

Ans: No, appointment is not required. The applicant can submit the application with necessary documents at the Embassy of India, Minsk between 1000 Hrs to 1200 Hrs on any working day.

Q6: What is the normal processing time of visa?

Ans: The normal processing time of visa is 3 working days, if all the documents are in order. The passport with visa is delivered in the evening every working day between 1600-1700 hrs. after it is ready. Processing of certain cases involving consultation with Indian authorities may also take longer than the usual time.

Q7: What is the mode of payment of visa fees? 

Ans: Visa fee can be paid only in cash at the Embassy.

Q8: Can visa fee be refunded when someone later changes his/her mind to visit India?

Ans: No, visa processing fee once paid is not refundable under any circumstances.

Q8: Can a person staying outside Belarus apply for visa at Embassy of India, Minsk?

Ans: No, person resident in Belarus only can apply at Embassy of India, Minsk. Those staying outside Belarus should apply to the Indian Mission in that country.

Q10: If I fill out a visa application form for a minor; who has to sign the application? 

Ans: Either of the parents can sign visa application form for a minor if the minor cannot sign.