I want to share my experience with obtaining a tourist visa-on-arrival (VOA) at Mumbai International Airport and I hope many will find this helpful. I advise that you read the official site of India’s Bureau of Immigration regarding tourist VOA before you refer to the rest of this post.
- Philippines is one of the countries whose nationals can obtain a tourist VOA. Other countries are Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia.
- Tourist VOAs are available only at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata airports. You cannot get a VOA at other ports of entry in India.
- Maximum validity of a tourist VOA is 30 days and is non-extendable and non-convertible.
- A minimum gap of 2 months from the last exit from India to date of re-entry is required for tourist visa.
- A VOA is strictly for tourism purposes and is not applicable for other types of visa.
- These are the requirements and procedures when I applied for a tourist VOA at Mumbai. Note that procedures and requirements may vary.
- Passport with 6-month validity
- 2 passport size photographs (Note: They took only 1 photo from me.)
- Photocopy of passport (Note: They didn’t ask for a photocopy of my passport.)
- Hotel booking, if applicable. (Note: Since I’ll be staying with my in-laws, this is not applicable for me but I provided complete address, landline and mobile numbers.
- Return ticket (Note: A MUST)
- Not listed but highly suggested: Bank certificates and related documents to prove the availability of funds sufficient for the duration of stay in India.
- Upon arrival, search for the tourist VOA desk. This desk is separate from the regular immigration desks.
- An officer will check your documents and provide a form for you to be filled out.
- Fill up the form correctly and completely. Write N.A. for non-applicable items.
- The officer will check the form and your documents. He will then accompany you to another immigration officer who will check your documents and approve your visa.
- At this point, if you have check-in luggage, a ground staff will bring your bags and wait for you until you obtain your visa.
- Upon approval, another officer will accompany you to obtain the form for payment and to settle the visa fee (60 USD or equivalent amount in IDR) at a bank/money exchange booth outside the immigration office.
- Forms and receipts will be photocopied by an immigration officer and your visa-stamped passport will be handed to you.
- Ensure that the details of the visa are correct most importantly its validity.
- It took me almost an hour to obtain my visa.
- My husband is an Indian national so it was relatively easy for me. I showed a photocopy of our marriage certificate and dependent pass.
- If you have an Indian sponsor, make sure you have all his/her details and related documents (e.g. bank certificates), an itinerary and letter of invitation.
- If you are attending a wedding, make sure you have the invitation with you and their contact details.
Last updated: June 17, 2013