Travel the Diverse Cities with Arooha's India Visa from Dubai

India is diverse in every aspect. Heartwarming traditions that have been transferred through generations, a truly gastronomical variety of food in every state, artistic wonders from the Taj Mahal to Rajasthan Palaces and landscapes of every colour, temperature and season. Are we doing enough justice by calling it a diverse heaven? You will only know after seeing it for yourself.

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The process of applying for an Indian visa from UAE might sound as a piece of cake, but every minor detail can make the difference between an approval and rejection of your visa. Arooha’s blog will cover all the neccessary details for a succesful India visa application. Call us the minute you finish reading this blog to initiate the preparations of your visit to India.

Depending on the originating country of the passport you hold you can find out what type of on-arrival visa are you eligible for or do you have to apple for a pre-arrival visa.Even if you are not eligible for any type of Indian on-arrival visa, Arooha will guide you through the process of obtaining a pre-arrival visa to India which can be applied from UAE.

What type of Indian Visa do you need?

Visa-less and passport-free entry

If your passport originates from any of these countries but you are residing in UAE, you dont require a visa or your passport to enter India.

Countries eligible for an Indian visa-less and passport-free arrival are:



what is the allowed stay duration for visa-less travellers?

The traveller can stay for the suration he/she wishes and is even free to work in India

Visa-less entry

If you are carrying a passport originating from this country but residing in the UAE, you dont need a visa to enter India.

The Country eligible for an Indian visa-less entry is:


E-Visa entry

Mentioned below are the countries whose passport holders have been approved for an evisa. This does not apply for dual passport holders of Pakistani origins.

The Countries eligible for an Indian evisa entry are:

1. Albania 56. Ghana 111. Panama
2. Andorra 57. Greece 112. Papua New Guinea
3. Angola 58. Grenada 113. Paraguay
4. Anguilla 59. Guatemala 114. Peru
5. Antigua & Barbuda 60. Guinea 115. Philippines
6. Argentina 61. Guyana 116. Poland
7. Armenia 62. Haiti 117. Portugal
8. Aruba 63. Honduras 118. Republic of Korea
9. Australia 64. Hungary 119. Republic of Macedonia
10. Austria 65. Iceland 120. Romania
11. Azerbaijan 66. Indonesia 121. Russia
12. Bahamas 67. Iran 122. Rwanda
13. Barbados 68. Ireland 123. Saint Christopher and Nevis
14. Belgium 69. Israel 124. Portugal
15. Belize 70. Italy 125. Saint Lucia
16. Bolivia 71. Jamaica 126. Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
17. Bosnia & Herzegovina 72. Japan 127. Samoa
18. Botswana 73. Jordan 128. San Marino
19. Brazil 74. Kazakhstan 129. Senegal
20. Brazil 75. Kenya 130. Serbia
21. Bulgaria 76. Kiribati 131. Seychelles
22. Burundi 77. Laos 132. Sierra Leone
23. Cambodia Union Republic 78. Latvia 133. Singapore
24. Canada 79. Lesotho 134. Slovakia
25. Cape Verde 80. Liberia 135. Slovenia
26. Cayman Island 81. Liechtenstein 136. Solomon Islands
27. Chile 82. Lithuania 137. South Africa
28. China 83. Luxembourg 138. Spain
29. China- SAR Hongkong 84. Madagascar 139. Sri Lanka
30. China- SAR Macau 85. Malawi 140. Suriname
31. Colombia 86. Malaysia 141. Swaziland
32. Comoros 87. Mali 142. Sweden
33. Cook Islands 88. Malta 143. Switzerland
34. Costa Rica 89. Marshall Islands 144. Taiwan
35. Cote d'lvoire 90. Mauritius 145. Tajikistan
36. Croatia 91. Mexico 146. Tanzania
37. Cuba 92. Micronesia 147. Thailand
38. Cyprus 93. Moldova 148. Tonga
39. Czech Republic 94. Monaco 149. Trinidad & Tobago
40. Denmark 95. Mongolia 150. Turks & Caicos Island
41. Djibouti 96. Montenegro 151. Tuvalu
42. Dominica 97. Montserrat 152. UAE
43. Dominican Republic 98. Mozambique 153. Uganda
44. East Timor 99. Myanmar 154. Ukraine
45. Ecuador 100. Namibia 155. United Kingdom
46. El Salvador 101. Nauru 156. Uruguay
47. Eritrea 102. Netherlands 147. USA
48. Estonia 103. New Zealand 148. Uzbekistan
49. Fiji 104.Nicaragua 149. Vanuatu
50.Finland 105. Niger Republic 150. Venezuela
51. France 106. Niue Island 151. Vietnam
52. Gabon 107. Norway 152. Zambia
53. Gambia 108. Oman 153. Zimbabwe
54. Georgia 109.Palau
55. Germany 110. Palestine

Pre-arrival Visa

If you are from a country that is not eligible for any of the above mentioned Indian visas, please continue reading the blog as we will explain the necessary information for getting a pre-arrival visa to India from UAE.

Type of Pre-arrival visa?

Indian pre-arrival visas have been categorized in to three to suit the traveller’s needs. They are:

Tourist Visa


This type of visit visa is ideal for tourists visiting India and also for individuals visiting family or friends living in India.

Business Visa


This category caters to entrepreneurs, investors and businessmen who plan on visiting India for business reasons.

Transit visa

Airport transit

If a traveler is having a transit at any of the Indian airports en route to another destination, then an airport transit visa is a must.

Indian Visa Prices From Dubai

For a successful Indian visa application process from UAE, the Indian embassy requires the applicant to submit the following supporting documents along with the visa application form.

Required documents for Indian visa when applying from UAE (Consulate General of India, Dubai)

Original Passport

Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.

Application Form

Fully filled visa application form should only be filled in English and should not have any blank fields

2 Colour photographs

with white background, not older than 3 months and of dimensions 51 x 51 mm. Applicant should be facing front and wearing dark colored attire. If applicant is wearing white head gear, background should be light blue.

Emirates ID

Valid Emirates ID

UAE Residence visa

For Expatriates Residing in UAE or visitors

Original NOC letter

from both parents for minors travelling alone.

India Visa Processing

What is the usual procedure when applying for an Indian visit visa from UAE?

The supporting documents listed above should be collected and submitted to the Arooha visa consultant who is incharge of you. After the documents have been submitted, the procedures mentioned below will be followed


Make the compulsory india visa fee and consultation fee payment.


The visa consultant will do an initial check of all the submitted documents, explain the most suitable visa type for your travel and answer any questions you have.


The india visa application form will be typed and all supporting documents will be rechecked.


You will be given an appointment date on which you have to visit the Consulate General of India in Dubai and submit the visa application along with the supporting documents. If you are unable to go, any family member travelling with you (spouse, parent) can submit them.


The visa issue phase begins.


You will receive a visa-ready notification.


Collect your passport with the stamped Indian visa.

After all documents are submitted to the embassy, how long will it take for the visa to be issued?

The processing duration can take as low as 7 working days or go upto even 15 working days for short nationalities. Visa procedure for long nationalities take anywhere between 15 to 21 working days.

Tips to know before travelling to India

The golden triangle
If you are short of time then cover Agra, Delhi and Jaipur, the golden triangle of India. These sights can be thoroughly explored in a few weeks. Start with Delhi, then Agra and finally Jaipur.

Mughal architecture
Those who adore Islamic architecture, India is full of them. From Taj Mahal in Agra, the Qutub Munnar to the Michal palaces and the Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

Wonderful waterscapes
Cruise on a houseboat through the picturesque coconut-tree lined backwaters of Kerala or visit the spectacular Goa beaches or drink in the serenity of Kashmir's Dal Lake in Sri Nagar by peeking out of a wooden houseboat window.

Animal abundance
Spot a tiger in the national parks in Rajasthan, or spot the variety of species like lions, rhinos, elephants or various birdlife spread across national parks in cities like Gujarat, Assam, Wayanad and Bharatpur. Even the camel treks through the Rajastani desert is also a mandatory experience.

Mountains galore
North India is the place to be for adrenaline junkies. Experience hiking, trekking, white-water rafting and so many other adventurous sports offered by darling picturesque towns like Shills, Manali and Sikkim.

Spiritual abundance India offers a lot in terms of spiritual attractions. Visit the Sacred Hindu river Ganges where the dead are paid their last respect or the pilgrimage cities of Pushker and Ajmar. That's not all, yoga can be found in every city and ashrams and for some Buddhist spirituality make sure to visit Ladakh.

Take it slow
India is one of the biggest Asian countries. So don't go expecting your attempt to see all that it offers in a few weeks be a successful one. Take it one place at a time. It's better to have truly explored a place than hopping from one place to another without getting to know it properly.

Steer clear from Illness
No one wants to end up sick while on a short trip of one of the most spectacular countries. With so much of things to see and do it's crucial to stay healthy. To maintain your health remember to:

  • Do not drink tap water or eat anything without washing it
  • Give your stomach a few days before you approach street food
  • Eat meat from cafes and restaurants and avoid eating them from stalls.

Frequently asked Questions

Can a foreign visa applicant apply for an indian visa with a handwritten passport?

Yes, as per consulate general of india, dubai it is possible. As per the Embassy of india, Abu Dhabi it is not allowed except for Afghan nationals.

Is transit visa needed if the applicant is not exiting the airport during transit?

Transit is mandatory for individuals who are leaving the airport during their transit. Individuals who are not leaving the airport dont need one.

What do I do if the visa gets delayed in the visa issue stage by the embassy?

When you are handing over supporting documents you will be given a receipt by the embassy with their contact number. You can call and check the cause of the delay.

Is the visa fee refundable if the visa gets rejected?

No, the visa fee will not be refunded refundable under any circumstance.

Do minors need to be accompanied by parents while travelling to India?

Yes, minors (individuals below 18 years) have to be accompanied by a parents or guardian. If the child has an NOC letter from both parents stating their consent of the child’s travel without either of them, they can travel. The NOC has to be submitted with the other supporting documents and copies of both parents passports should be attached to the minors visa application.

Can I request the embassy to submit my passport back until it's time for them to stamp the visa?

Yes, it's possible only for cabin crew personnel, pilots or individuals who fly frequently. To be able to do this you need to submit proof in the form of reserved tickets, travel itinerary, etc.

What is the duration of the visa process?

5 to 7 working days for UAE nationals and UAE resident visa holders. Non-residents might encounter the process to be a bit lengthy and the duration is subjected to reference case.

Where do I have to go to register myself in India?

The registration can be done at any Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) or at the Foreigners cell at district police headquarters.

Can my visa be extended in India if I have to stay longer than required?

If the visa type is Entry, Employment or Student's visa, it can be extended by the FRRO after certain checks. Tourist Visa is non-extendable.

What Documents are Required to Apply for a Tourist Visa?

  • Passport with minimum six months validity and two blank visa pages,
  • Two recent photographs of the applicant
  • Copy of the ID page and visa page of the passport
  • For Minor NOC is required from both Parents

In which language should the visa application form be filled?

The appicationform should be filled only in English.

After obtaining Indian visa is there is any time duration within which we have to enter in to India?

No, there is no time duration to enter India. But, an Indian visa is valid from the date of issue of visa and not from the date of arrival in India.