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Guidelines for Visa Applicants

Any person seeking a visa to India for purpose of entering into a surrogacy arrangement must ascertain beforehand whether the law of Laos/that country permits surrogacy and will provide appropriate travel documents to the child for accompanying the surrogate parents. Entering into surrogacy arrangement under any other visa not sought for surrogacy is punishable under the Indian law '

(a) All persons of Indian origin who have acquired Lao citizenship are advised to surrender their Indian passports to the Indian Embassy within three months of acquiring foreign citizenship for cancellation and return. If not surrendered, a penalty will be imposed for retaining or using the Indian passport as applicable under Passport Rules of Government of India. The cancelled Indian passports or surrender certificate issued by the Embassy will be needed at the time of applying for Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card/OCI card or Indian visa for the first time on a foreign passport.

(b) Please note that the validity of the visa starts from the date of issue and not the date of entry into India. Change of purpose of the visit is not permitted once you have reached India. Depending on the nature of your journey, please apply for the correct visa category initially.
(c) Special Visa application forms should be filled in by citizens of Pakistan (4 copies with 4 photos) and Bangladesh (2 copies with 2 photos)

Processing Time:

Visa applications received at the counter between 09.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. are normally processed on the same day in respect of Lao nationals whereas in respect of non Laotians the processing time is 3 working days. Serviced documents can be collected from the counter between 4.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. This time schedule does not apply to services where prior approval is required from authorities in India, or other Indian Missions/Posts abroad.


Following documents are required to be submitted for visa:

1. "Online Visa application Form" (To download form click here)

a) Visa application should be filled up online through website www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
After submitting online application, the applicant is advised to take a print out of online application submitted by him and should present/submit the same at the visa counter of the Embassy along with supporting documents mentioned on Para(s) 3 & 4 below:

b) Name and other relevant particulars should be filled in as per details in the passport in expanded form.

2. Passport Requirements: It should have been issued by a country recognized by the Government of India with minimum validity of six months on the date of application with at least three blank pages.

3. Photographs: The passport size photographs must be uploaded by the applicant while filling up the online application form (The size of the photographs should be between 10 to 50 kb). 2 latest identical passport size clear photographs (colour) depicting front pose against white background should be submitted along with the application form. Any photograph where face is covered partly or fully or wearing sunglass or hat/cap is not acceptable.

4. Supporting Documents: if the visa being applied for is other than a Tourist Visa, the visa application should be accompanied by supporting documents on the type of visa applied for, e.g., business, study, etc. For details, please see under Category of Visas.

5. Visa Fee (click here)