Getting an Indian visa and onward travel from India

Visa - India Indian visas are for 3 or 6 months and can be single, double or multiple entry.

Foreign embassies say that you can only get the multiple entry in your home country but if you ask nicely they should give you multiple entry.

They start from the date of issue, which can be a bit of a pain for cyclists.

Embassies in surrounding countries

The embassy in Islamabad is in the embassy compound and you can get forms from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad website. These forms must be typed when you complete them so we suggest completing them in the internet cafe where you download them.

Alternatively you can get the guys near the embassy to type them up for you. You can also pick up the forms from the embassy but you will often have to come back the next day to hand them in.

They take 7-10 days to issue the visa, so keep a copy of your passport.

The process in Kathmandu is a little complicated and may involve a few visits but it is possible to get the visas here. It can also take 3-7 days.

There are also embassies is Bangladesh, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan,  Kyrgzystan and Iran

Onward Travel

You can head tom Pakistan at the Wagha border near Amritsar or you can enter Nepal at any of the border posts. For cyclists the best is Mahendranagar as the whole route after Moradabad is really peaceful as is the road across Nepal.

Be aware that to fly out of India you will need Visas for the country you are flying to or they will have to have a visa on arrival scheme or visa exemption for your country.
To have a one way ticket you will need visas for onward travel.
One way round this is to buy a return ticket and then cancel it, but remember that you will only be allowed a return ticket if you have a double or multiple entry visa for India (so that in theory you could return)

Other Relevant Links on this site

  1. Heading West from the subcontinent - all your options


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