As you enter the immigration hall, there are separate counters for Foreign passport holders, Indian passport holders, Diplomat/official passport holders etc, keep all documents (passport, disembarkation card etc)in hand and join the correct queue. The Immigration Officer shall scrutinize your travel documents, ask you a few questions, punch the data into his computer and give the immigration clearance by stamping your passport.Before you leave the immigration counter do check your documents and ensure that your passport has been stamped for arrival into India.After the Immigration Hall you enter the Customs Arrival Hall / Baggage Collection Hall.

Additional facts related to immigration are listed below:

Health Regulations:
 Any person, Foreigner or Indian, (excluding infants below six months) arriving by air without a vaccination certificate of yellow fever will be kept in quarantine isolation for a period upto 6 days if he arrives in India within 6 days of departure from an infected area. The under mentioned persons are exempted from production of yellow fever vaccination

(a) Infants below the age of six months.
(b) Crew and passengers of an aircraft transiting through an airport located in yellow fever infected area provided the Health Officer is satisfied that such persons remained within the airport premises during the period of stay.
The following countries are regarded as yellow fever endemic :
Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast (Cote D Ivoire), Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan (South of 15 N), Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia.
Americas: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Panama.

 A Yellow fever vaccination certificate is valid only if it conforms to the model. The validity period of international certificate of vaccination or re-vaccination against yellow fever is 10 years, beginning 10 days after vaccination. Foreign nationals residing or who have passed through the Yellow fever endemic countries during the preceding six days, are granted visas only after the production of vaccination certificate of Yellow Fever. After checking the vaccination certificate an entry read as "Valid Yellow fever Vaccination Certificate Checked" is made in the passport of the foreigner.


Foreign Nationals desirous of coming into India are required to possess valid passport of their country and a valid Indian Visa. THERE IS NO PROVISION OF 'VISA ON ARRIVAL' IN INDIA and no fee is charged for immigration facilities at the airports. Foreign passengers should ensure that they are in possession of valid Indian Visa before they start their journey to India except nationals of Nepal and Bhutan who do not require visa to enter India and nationals of Maldives who do not require visa for entry in India for a period upto 90 days (a separate Visa regime exists for diplomatic/official passport holders). However, there is a provision of granting TLF (Temporary Landing Facility) / TLP (Temporary Landing Permit) to allow entry of foreigners arriving in emergent situations like death/serious illness in the family, without an Indian Visa on cash payment of US$ 40/-. This facility can also be extended to transiting foreigners having confirmed onward journey tickets within 72 hours. Apart from this, foreign tourists in groups of four or more arriving by Air or Sea, sponsored by recognized Indian Travel Agencies and with a pre-drawn itinerary can be granted collective landing permit for a specified period of time on the written request of the Travel Agencies to the Immigration officer giving full personal and passport details of the group members and undertaking to conduct the group as per the itinerary and an assurance that no individual would be allowed to drop out from the group at any place. The above mentioned provisions of TLF/TLP, however, are not available to nationals of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Algeria.

Registration of foreigners:
Foreigners entering India on a Student, Employment, Research or Missionary Visa which is valid for more than 180 days, are required to register with the Foreigners Registration Officer under whose jurisdiction they propose to stay. This should be done within 14 days or arrival in India, irrespective of their actual period of stay. Foreigners visiting India on any other category of long term VISA which is valid for more than 180 days, are not required to register themselves if their actual stay does not exceed 180 days on each visit. If such a foreigner intends to stay in India for more than 180 days during a particular visit, he/she should get registered within 180 days of arrival in India.

The following categories of foreign nationals are exempt from registration:-
(A) Those visiting India on any short term VISA i.e. valid for 180 days or less,
(B) Children below 16 years of age (any type of VISA)
Pakistan nationals are required to register within 24 hours of their arrival in India. Afghanistan nationals are required to register within 7 days of their arrival in India. There is no fee charged for registration. However, US$ 30 (Rupees equivalent amounting to Rs. 1395/-) is charged for over-stay and/or late registration, if overstay is condoned by the competent authority. Registration facilities are not provided at the airport. Registration is done in the offices of FRROs/CHIO or the Superintendents of  police/districts.

Formalities To Be Observed By Registered Foreigners:
A registered foreigner is issued a registration booklet containing his latest photograph, details of residence etc. An endorsement is made in the passport also regarding registration. The foreigner is required to intimate any permanent change in his address to the Registration Authorities. A foreigner is also required to inform the registration officer if he proposes to be absent from his registered address for a continuous period of 8 weeks or more. Similarly, a foreigner, who stays for a period of more than 8 weeks at any place other than the district of his registered address, shall inform the Registration Officer of that district of his presence. Registration formalities for foreigners are guided by the Registration of Foreigners Act, 1939 and Registration of Foreigners Rules, 1992.

Form To Be Filled Up By Foreigners Staying At Hotels:
Foreigners visiting India on Tourist Visa and not staying continuously for more than six months in India are not required to register themselves. However, all foreigners including tourists and others who are not required to register, are required to fill up a form called Form-C (Rule-14, Registration of Foreigners Rules, 1992) at the time of their stay in any hotel (which includes any boarding-house, club, dakbungalow, rest house, paying guest house, sarai and other premises of like nature). It is the responsibility of the hotel owner to get this form filled up by the foreigner.

Documents Required At The Time Of Registration:
a.      Registration form.
b.      4 photographs.
c.       Proof of residential address in India.
d.      Photocopy of main pages of passport i.e. those containing the photograph, personal particulars, Indian Visa and latest arrival stamp in India.

Note:- HIV test for Visa holders of more than one-year duration was required earlier at the time of registration. This requirement is now dispensed with, according to MHA circular No. 319 vide No. 25022/149/2002-F.I dated 22.11.2002.

Following additional documents are also required in case of:
a.      Student Visa: Bonafide certificate from School/college by authorized signatory of the institute mentioning the course being undertaken.
b.      Business Visa :
         Business related papers showing the authenticity of the business.
         Copy of the approval from Government of India in case of joint venture or collaboration (in duplicate).
         Copy of permission from the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) in case of business/joint venture, etc.
c.       Journalist Visa: Accreditation certificate from the Press Information Bureau with the approval of MEA (Ministry of External Affairs).
d.      Employment Visa :
         Letter of terms and conditions from the employer.
         Copy of contract with concerned Indian company.
         Covering/request letter from the company.
         Undertaking from the Indian company on the following lines:

We take full responsibility for the activities and conduct of Mr./Mrs.____________ national of ________________ during his/her stay in India. If anything adverse comes to notice during this period, we undertake to repatriate him/her on our cost.


Signature of Competent Authority
Special provisions for Nepal citizens and Indians coming from Nepal:
Nepal Citizens do not require a Visa to enter India however they must possess a valid passport or NagariktaPramanPatra for travelling to India through the air route. However Nepal citizens travelling to India from China need to have a Visa for India.Indians travelling to India from Nepal also require to have their passport or Election I Card, while coming via air route to India. Children below 10 years of age do not require any such documents. Children between 10 to 18 years of age can travel on their School or College Identity Cards.

The information given above is liable to change without notice. For any enquiry please contact the FRRO Office, ShastriBhavan , Chennai  or the SIO at Anna International  Airport, Chennai  or visit



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