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India visa extension: Complete guide

If you already have a visa for India, but the expiration date is approaching, applying for a visa extension is possible.

For the Indian visa extension process, you must complete an online application on the Indian Government Website or the Bureau of Immigration website.

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Extending your India Visa

You have three options for an India Tourist eVisa: 30 days, 1 year, or 5 years validity. The number of entries and length of stay are different for each.

The Indian Medical Visa is valid for 60 days and up to three entries, while the Indian Business Visa allows multiple entries and is valid for up to 1 year.​

For comprehensive information on your India Tourist e-visa validity, check out our blog.

Already in India and want to extend your visa?

If you are already in India and wish to extend your stay, you can contact the FRRO( The Foreigners Registration Office), which decides the policy of extension of visas. This can be done through the e-FRRO, an online FRRO/FRO service delivery mechanism that eliminates the need to visit an FRRO/FRO Office. All foreigners who desire Visa and Immigration services in India, including registration, visa extension, visa conversion, and exit permits, must apply for e-FRRO​1​.

You also have the option to exit India for a few days by traveling to a neighboring country like Sri Lanka or Nepal and then re-applying for a Tourist Visa with us or the Indian Government.

How long does it take to get a visa extension in India?

The visa extension processing time usually takes 7 to 10 days after the form submission and payments are made. The FRRO/FRO visa officers request that foreign nationals apply for the extension at least 60 days before the expiration date.

What happens if I overstay my Indian Visa?

In case of an overstay, it's important to note that the penalties can be severe. For instance, if you have not contacted the Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO) and have breached your eVisa stay condition, you are liable to pay a fine of $100 for one week of extra stay and $300 for one year of stay in India at the Indian Airport or Seaport at the time of departure​.

While shorter overstays may not result in legal action, those who have committed additional crimes while in India may be banned from the country for a specific period or indefinitely.

Can the India eVisa be Extended?

The electronic Indian Visa cannot be extended. If you need to stay longer, apply for a new eVisa, which is not extensible, cancellable, transferable, or amendable.

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