Transit Visa Transit Visa

Transit Visa

Transit Visa is granted for the sole purpose of enabling the holder to travel through India to reach his/her ultimate destination. If the holder intends to perform some work or business in India, irrespective of the duration of his/her proposed stay, he /she should obtain a visa of appropriate category.

Transit Visa is not required in the following cases (for PRC nationals):

  1. If he/she is in direct transit by air and traveling through India by the same flight.
  2. If he/she makes a halt at an Indian airport to catch a connecting flight but does not remain at the airport for a period exceeding 24 hours (In case the person desires to visit the town during this period, he/she may be allowed to do so on a landing permit). If the person desires to make a stopover in India for a period exceeding 24 hours, he/she will need a regular transit or entry visa.

1. General requirements:

1.1 4.Passport to be valid for a minimum period of six months.

1.2 Duly filled in and signed application form to be submitted in person or through an agent. Incomplete application will not be accepted.

1.3 Generally residents of Shanghai, Zhejiang & Jiangsu provinces in the Eastern China region may apply for visa at the Consulate General of India, Shanghai.

1.4 The normal processing time for a Visa application is 3 working days in case of Chinese Nationals and 5 working days in case of Non-Chinese, after the submission of requisite documents along with the Visa application form.

1.5 All applicants must first apply online and then submit the printout of the completed Visa application form. either at the Indian Visa Application Centre [For ordinary passport holders] and at the Consulate [For Diplomatic, Official and Public Affairs Passport holders].

2. Documents Required

  1. Visa Application form (No column to be left unfilled) duly signed along with photograph pasted at the designated space.
  2. Copy of the Passport.
  3. Copy of the Chinese ID (for Chinese Nationals)
  4. Copy of air-ticket booking from India to place of final destination or evidence of joining a sea vessel from the Indian port to port of final destination (in the form of letter from the shipping company)
  5. Copy of the Valid Visa of the final destination country
  6. Other documents as specified in the Checklist.

3. Procedure for submitting a VISA application:

3.1. Please visit the website Go to “Consular Services” and choose “Visa Services” on the Home page of the website. After going through the general information & instructions, click on the type of visa, you wish to apply. You will find all relevant information pertaining to the visa category selected therein. The online visa application form is available on .

3.2. When filing the Online Form, please do ensure that all details entered are correct. Once the form has been saved and printed, any detail cannot be altered. In such a case, a new form needs to be filled again.

3.3. On completion of the application form online, a Web Reference Confirmation Number will be generated. The completed Visa Application form will open up in PDF format at this stage. Print it, sign and present it along with the supporting documents and passport either at the Indian Visa Application Centre [For ordinary passport holders] and at the Consulate [For Diplomatic, Official and Public Affairs Passport holders].

3.4. Submission of all relevant documents mentioned in the checklist on the website is important for acceptance of the visa application at the Indian Visa Application Centre/Consulate.

3.5. It is a mandatory requirement to ensure that your photo is 2 inch x 2 inch (51mm x 51mm) in size with white background. Photos which do not meet this specification will not be accepted.

3.6. In case of any difficulty in filling up of visa application forms, applicants may please call our visa helpline numbers 021- 63808073; 021-63808077.

3.7. Information regarding Online Visa Application is also available at the website of India Visa Application Center, Shanghai - .

4. Note:

  1. Visa is valid only for direct transit, which is not more than 3 days for each visit. For a stay in India beyond 3 days, a visa of the appropriate category should be obtained.
  2. Visa is ordinarily valid for a single journey and for entry within 15 days from the date of issue.
  3. If the journey is not performed within the period of validity of the visa, a fresh transit visa would be required.

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