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Q1:Does one need visa to visit India?
Ans:Yes, all foreigners except nationals of Nepal and Bhutan require visa to visit India.

Q2:Can visa be issued on arrival at Indian airport? 
Ans:"Visa on arrival" facility click here

Q3:Does a person transiting through Indian airport for onward travel to third country require visa? 
Ans:A person does not need visa if he remains within the premises of the airport and not going beyond immigration point of the airport. However, if one is required to leave the airport either to catch onward flight from domestic terminal or to stay in a hotel even for a few hours or for any other purposes, he/she needs to apply for a transit visa. Transit visa is issued for a maximum period of 72 hours on production of confirmed ticket for onward journey from India to third country. Transit visa has to be utilised within 15 days of its issue. For stay more than 72 hours, tourist visa would be required.

Q4:What are the types of visa and the documents required to apply those visas?
Ans:There are different types of visas such as Tourist, Transit, Business, Employment, Student, Conference, Journalist, Research, Diplomat /Official. Detailed information and requirements for those visas is indicated separately in the relevant column on this website.

Q5:Can tourist visa be extended while in India?
Ans:No, Tourist visa is non-extendable. Foreigner has to leave the country before the expiry of tourist visa.

Q6:Can employment/student visa be extended by Embassy of India, Copenhagen after the expiry of previous visa?
Ans:No, Embassy of India, Copenhagen can not extend employment/student visa nor issue a fresh visa after expiry of existing visa. The applicant has to apply for the extension of employment/student visa in India with the relevant supporting documents.

Q7:When the validity of visa starts?
Ans:The validity of visa starts from the date of issue. It does not start from the date of entry into India. For example, if a visa is issued on 10 April, 2012 for six months, its validity starts on 10 April, 2012 and expires on 9 October, 2012. One can visit and stay in India during that period only He/she has to complete outward journey from India on or before 9 October, 2012.

Q8:What period the passport should be valid while applying for visa?
Ans:The passport should be valid at least four months more than the period of visa applied for.

Q9:Do I need to make an appointment to submit visa application at the Embassy.
Ans:No, appointment is not required. The applicant can submit the visa application at the Embassy of India, Copenhagen between 9.30 Hrs to 1200 Hrs.

Q10:What is the normal processing time of visa?
Ans:The normal processing time of visa is 2-3 days, if all the documents are in order. The passport with visa is delivered in the morning every working day between 0930-1100 Hrs after it is ready. The processing of visa in respect of non-Danish citizens and Travel Document holders takes longer than usual time. Processing of certain cases involving consultation with Indian authorities may also take longer than the usual time.

Q11:What is the mode of payment of visa fees? 
Ans:Visa fee can be paid at the Embassy through Dankort or bank transfer (Embassy of India Account No: 4001-11421733  with Danske Bank)

Q12:Can visa fee be refunded when someone later changes his/her mind to visit India?
Ans:No, visa processing fee is not refundable under any circumstances. Visa processing fee can not be refunded even when visa is refused.

Q13:Can a person staying outside Denmark apply for visa at Embassy of India, Copenhagen either through post or in person?
Ans:No, only person resident in Denmark can apply at Embassy of India, Copenhagen. Those staying outside Denmark should apply to the Indian Mission in that country.

Q14:Can non-Danish citizens staying in Denmark apply for visa at Embassy of India, Copenhagen?
Ans:Yes, non-Danish citizens staying in Denmark can apply for visa (short term visa not exceeding one year) at Embassy of India, Copenhagen. However, their minimum stay in Denmark should be more than two years with documentary proof to enable processing of visa. For stay less than 2 years, visa processing takes longer than the normal time.

Q15:Can a person resident in Denmark apply for visa by post? If so, what is the procedure?
Ans:Only applicants who are exempted from Biometric enrolment can apply by post. The payment has to be through Dankort or bank transfer (Embassy of India Account No: 4001-11421733  with Danske Bank)
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