Guidelines for Foreigners Visiting India
- Foreigners may visit restricted/protected areas only after obtaining a valid permit as your entry visa alone does not allow travel to these areas
- Foreigners coming from or through Yellow Fever countries must be able to produce a valid vaccination certificate.
- The Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act bans all forms of wildlife trade. Violations of the provisions of the Act are punishable with heavy fines and imprisonment. Foreigners are, therefore, advised not to buy any wildlife or wildlife products or derivatives-specially ivory articles, fur and skin articles derived from wild animals such as Shahtoosh.
- Please note that buying, selling, using or being in possession of psychotropic drugs or any other narcotic substance while in India is a cognizable offence punishable by imprisonment.
- Foreigners visiting India who hold long-term visas (more than 180 days) are required to register their presence in India with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), except for the following categories of foreigners who are exempted:
- US nationals holding 10 year tourist/business visas, provided their continuous stay in India during each visit does not exceed 180 days.
- Foreigners of Indian origin holding 5 year multiple entry 'X' visa with an endorsement that "continuous stay should not exceed 180 days during each visit"
- Foreigners holding five-year tourist visa, who are actively engaged in tourism/travel trade, desirous of visiting India frequently over extended periods for promotion of tourism, etc. provided their visas contains an endorsement that "continuous stay should not exceed 180 days during each visit".
- PIO card holders, if their continuous stay during each visit does not exceed 180 days.
- Foreigners below the age of 16 years.
If you do not fall into any of the above categories, please ensure that you register with the nearest FRRO within 14 days of your arrival in India.
- FRRO addresses in major cities of India are:
Phone: (11) 2671 - 1348 (Tele Fax)
Address: In charge Foreigner's Registration (F&R) Branch East Block-VIII, Level-II
Sector-1, R.K. Puram, New Delhi - 110 066.
Phone: (22) 2262 - 1169 (O)
(22) 2262 - 0721 (Fax)
Address: 3rd Floor, Special Branch Bldg., Badruddin Tayabji Lane, Behind St. Xavier's College, Mumbai - 400 001
Phone: (33) 2247 - 0549 (O)
(33) 2283 - 7089 (Fax)
Address: 237 Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata - 700 020
Phone: (44) 2345 - 4970 (O)
(44) 2345 - 4971 (Fax)
Address: Shastri Bhawan, 26, Haddows Road, Chennai - 600 006
Phone: (183) 250 - 8250 (O)
Address: 123-D Ranjit Avenue, Amritsar - 143 001.
Commissioner of Police: (80)2260707, 2256242 Ext. 222
DCP Intelligence: (80)2200920, 2256242 Ext. 291
Phone: 2741900 Ext. 2226 and 2259.
Address: First Floor, Police Headquarters Buildings, Section-9, Chandigarh.
- Certificates of registration issued by the Registration Officers should be surrendered to the immigration officer at the port/check post of exit from India. You can also surrender the certificate, just prior to departure, to the FRRO who issued the certificate to you, but in this case, please get a receipt from the FRRO which you would need to show to the immigration authorities at the point of departure from India.
- Please note that registration is required to be done only once during the validity of a visa irrespective of the number of times the foreigner leaves/re-enters India on multi-entry facility.