General Visa Requirements

VISAS
GENERAL INFORMATION

All foreign nationals, including children, require a visa to enter India.
Applicants are advised to finalize their travel plan only after they have obtained visa.
It may be noted that there is no requirement for undergoing tests for HIV/AIDS status for visiting India or disclosure of such status.
South African nationals are issued visas FREE OF CHARGE to visit India.
Passport of all applicants should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of departure from India.
No Visa applications would be accepted directly by the High Commission of India Pretoria or Consulates General of India in South Africa.
Visa Applicants who reside in Gauteng province may apply either at BLS International Centre in Johannesburg or Pretoria. However these applications would be processed by High Commission of India, Pretoria (Mission). Residents of North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces should apply at the BLS International Centre in Johannesburg. Residents of Northern Cape and Western Cape should apply at BLS International Centre in Cape Town. South Africans residing in KwaZulu Natal, Free State and Eastern Cape should apply at the BLS International Centre in Durban.
Duly filled in and complete applications along with necessary supporting documentation may be submitted by applicants either in in person or by persons/travel agents/courier duly authorized in writing by signature persons . It may be noted that unsigned applications would not be processed and be treated as incomplete. It is also clarified that preferably the applications be submitted by the applicants in person. BLS International/ Mission/Consulates General of India (CGI) takes no responsibility for delay or loss of visa applications received through travel agents, couriers or post. Applicants may be called for an interview if required by the Mission/CGI.
Applicants must make sure that they have completed their applications themselves and not by the travel agents. Mission/CGI would not be responsible for any mistake or typo-graphical error that might have been arisen simply because it was filled in by a travel agent on behalf of the applicant. Any such errors may lead to rejection of the application denial of entry by immigration. Therefore it is of utmost importance that the applicant has verified the visa application including photograph pasted on it before its submission. Incomplete applications received by courier or post will remain pending. Applicant is advised to remain in close contact with M/s BLS International either by phone or e-mail in this regard. Mission/Consulate would not respond to any queries addressed directly. Visa issuance is not a right. Mission/Consulate reserves the right to reject/withhold/retain the application without assigning any reason whatsoever. In no case would any visa fee/application processing fee refunded to the applicant.
All visa applicants falling under the jurisdiction of the High Commission of India, Pretoria must submit their applications at the following address:

 

Address of BLS International Office in Pretoria and Johannesburg

Passport/Visa Application Centre Address
Shop 12, Hatfield Corner
1270 Church Street, Colby, Pretoria
Ground floor, Finance House
25 Ernest Oppenheimer Street
Bruma, Bedfordview

All visa applicants falling under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, Johannesburg must submit their applications at the following address:

Address of BLS International Office in Johannesburg
Passport/Visa Application Centre Address
Ground floor, Finance House
25 Ernest Oppenheimer Street
Bruma, Bedfordview

All visa applicants falling under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, Durban must submit their applications at the following address:

Address of BLS International Office in Durban

Passport/Visa Application Centre Address
2nd floor, Silver Oaks building,
36 Silverton Road, Musgrave, Durban

All visa applicants falling under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, Cape Town must submit their applications at the following address:

Address of BLS International Office in Cape Town

Passport/Visa Application Centre Address
47, 1st floor, Strand Street, Cape Town

Applications can be submitted between 0800 until 1430hrs on each working day from Monday to Friday. Collection is in the afternoon between 1500-1600hrs on each working day from Monday to Friday.
Please check the list of closed holidays during the current calendar year.
On the basis of a bilateral agreement, South African nationals holding diplomatic and official passport are exempted from requirement of visa to visit India for a period of 90 days from the date of their entry into India.