Multiple Entry Tourist Visas- India
IMPORTANT: Please note the rules governing reentry to India as a tourist-
It has come to the notice of the Indian Government that there has been abuse/misuse of the Tourist Visa. With a view to curb the abuse/misuse of the Tourist Visa, instructions have been issued by the Indian Government imposing the following restrictions:
a. In respect of foreign nationals holding Tourist Visas with multiple entry facility, there should be a gap of at least 2 months between two visits to the country on such a Tourist Visa.
b. If any foreign national is required to visit the country again within a period of 2 months of his last departure, such foreign national should obtain special permission from the Mission/Post concerned. The Mission/Post may consider such requests on merits of each case. For more information please contact us
There are 2 notable exceptions:
I. Foreigners holding Tourist Visas, who after initial entry into India plan to visit another country largely on account of neighborhood tourism related travel and reenter India before finally exiting, may be permitted two or three entries, as the case may be (need based), by the Indian Missions/Posts subject to their submission of a detailed itinerary and supporting documentation (ticket bookings). (Once again, if your itinerary indicates you are traveling to multiple countries you may transit India provided your itinerary does not change or deviate from the original. A change in the original itinerary will require a permit to re-enter India.) If they are already outside of their country of origin, they can also get such an endorsement from the nearest Indian Mission/Post.
II. The Immigration authorities in all the Immigration Check Posts may also allow such foreign nationals on Tourist Visas arriving in India without the specific authorization from the Indian Missions/Posts to make two or three entries into the country (need based) subject to production of an itinerary and supporting documentation (ticket bookings).
For more information about re-entering India within the 2 month period: India Tourist Visa FAQ.