Indian visa is one of the most popularly applied for visa in Nigeria, usually for medical reasons. If you are planning on visiting India any time soon, this article contains the needed information to get a visa to India.
India is a very big country with diverse cultures and religions. Every year, India receives lots of visitors from Nigeria. Many of this reasons are health related, also lots of Nigerian students opt for India in their academic pursuits.
Types of Indian Visa
There are various reasons people visit India. Each reason for visiting India comes along with its own visa type. There are types of visa for people coming into India, they are:
This is the ideal visa type for people visiting India for holidays and other non-business activities.
This is issued to those vising India for business related purposes. Such purposes include making sales and having business meetings.
This is issued to students with intentions of studying in India. It is valid for the duration period of the course of study.
Research visas are for academicians visiting India for research purposes and also to attend conferences.
Individuals seeking medical treatment in specialist hospitals in India are eligible to apply for this visa. This visa covers the applicants and up to two blood relatives. It is a validity of a year or as long as treatment lasts.
This visa type has a long processing period. It is issued to individuals entering India for religious purposes.
Journalist visa is issued to photographers and journalists coming to India to cover stories. This visa has a validity period of 3 months.
This is given to people employed by Indian firms. It is also given to volunteers of non-governmental organizations.
A transit visa is issued to travelers that have to go through India before getting to their destinations. Individuals with this visa should not spend more than three days in India at once.
Documents Required for Indian Visa
To successfully apply for an Indian visa, some documents need to be presented at the Indian embassy in Nigeria. The following are documents that should be presented at the Indian embassy:
- A passport with a validity of 6 months. This passport should also contain two blank pages and must have a perfect appearance.
- Two recent coloured passport size photographs taken against a white background.
- Copies of parent’s drivers license for minors.
- A copy of birth certificate showing both parents’ full name. This is a requirement only for minors.
- A copy of applicant’s driver’s license
- An invitation letter containing the address if the person being paid a visit.
- A perfectly filled visa application form
How to Apply for Indian Visa
To apply for an Indian visa, visit the Indian high commission in Abuja at 15 Rio Negro close off Yedsera Street, Ekuku C1, Abuja or the Indian embassy in Lagos at 8A Walter Harrington Crescent, Victoria Island Lagos and pick a visa form at the counter.
After picking a form, you can pay your visa application fee at any sterling bank branch. You will obtain a receipt on payment.
Submit the already filled form in person alongside the required documents.
If your documents meet the required standard, your visa will be ready in a matter of days.
Estimated Cost of Processing an Indian Visa
Usually, Indian visa fees are non-refundable. The estimated cost of getting an Indian visa is $252.This is payable at Sterling bank PLC.
Estimated time for Processing an Indian Visa
Without any error in your list of documents, the processing time for an Indian visa is approximately 15 days.
Estimated Cost of Flights to India
It is almost a norm for Festivals to go on in India, this therefore makes India have peak seasons throughout the year. Peak seasons increase the cost of flying, it is therefore important to monitor the festival situation in India when trying to book a flight ticket.
The following are the costs of flying from Lagos to India.
Lagos to Delhi $943
Lagos to Mumbai $1117
Unlike visas from most western countries, Indian visa is quite easy to get. With a complete set of documents, you are certain to get an Indian visa.