How To Apply For A Visa To India From South Africa

India visa applications in South Africa are handled by BLS International – the sole authorised visa for India service provider appointed by the Government of India in South Africa.

The Consulate General of India offers visas to South African passport holders in 10 categories. This article is for applying for a Tourist Visa for India in South Africa. The Tourist Visa is valid for recreation, sightseeing, casual visits to meet friends and relatives. No other activities are permissible on a Tourist Visa.

When to apply

Your Indian visa is valid from the date it is issued and not from the date when you enter India. So don’t apply too far in advance so as to risk your visa expiring before you depart India.

Basic steps:

  1. Familiarize yourself with BLS requirements, processes and BLS International application centre locations.
  2. Complete the Indian Visa online application form.
  3. Pay the BLS fee via EFT. Save and print 2 copies of the proof of payment – you will need this later as a supporting document.
  4. Go to your nearest BLS International outlet to submit your passport, online application form (printed) and supporting documents. To find an application centre see: https://blsindia-southafrica.com/contactus.php

India visa applications can be submitted between 8am until 3pm from Monday to Friday. All centres are closed between 1pm and 2pm.

Online India visa application

BLS International, the Consulate of India’s visa handling agent in South Africa, says you should only finalise your travel arrangements to India only after you have established visa requirements.

  • X2 colour ID photos. They are very specific about the size of the photo; it’s not the normal passport size. I paid R75 for 2 photos. Exact Indian Visa photo requirements information is available here.
  • Complete and print your online Indian visa application form. Sign in the 2 places on the online application form – one is on first page below your photograph and the second is on the next page below the declaration. Ensure your signature matches the one in your passport.
  • Use an adhesive such as Pritt to paste your picture to the application form in the top-right.
  • Your passport. As is the case with most countries, your South African passport should be valid for 3 months after you return and have a minimum of 2 blank pages. For South African passport renewal click here.

Supporting documents for your Indian visa application

Please note: These additional requirements are for the Tourist Visa for South African passport holders only.

  • Copy of your South African ID book or South African ID card.
  • Return flight ticket to India with itinerary.
  • Proof of accommodation in India – hotel booking voucher / signed copy of invitation letter with complete address of relative/friend along with a copy of his or her ID.
  • Proof of residence in South Africa, such as utility bill.
  • Proof of EFT payment of visa processing fee to BLS International.
  • 3 months bank statements.
  • Make copies of every document including your passport and take them with you to application centre.
  • Self-attest each supporting document by writing: “This is a true copy of the original”, and underneath these words sign your name.

Please note: On my visit to BLS International’s visa application centre in Cape Town I was unpleasantly surprised to find that I needed to include a copy of 3 months’ bank statements which reflect a closing balance of no less than R5000. You only find this out when you arrive at the application centre and read the small sign pinned to the counter. Nowhere on BLS’ website or the Government of India website where the online application form resides did I find this information. We hope they update their websites soon. This oversight is no doubt causing untold hassle to people who come to BLS International from far and wide and then don’t have all the correct documents.

See https://blsindia-southafrica.com/touristvisa.php for supporting documents checklist. Click “Requirements” in the navigation bar.

BLS International Website

Cost of the Indian visa

The Indian visa is free for South African passport holders; you will however pay a small fee to BLS International who handles the submission and collection processes on behalf of the Consulate. The fee is R48 and should be paid via EFT into BLS’ account before you go to a centre to submit your passport and supporting documents.

BLS offer services such as SMS notification for R11 and a courier service for an additional fee. Whether or not you use and pay for these extra services is at your discretion. I found the SMS service to be helpful, up to date, and worth the additional R11 fee.

Processing time

For South African passport holders the Indian Tourist Visa takes a minimum of 5 working days to be processed. True to their word, my Indian visa application took less than a week to be processed.

You can track your application at: https://blsindia-southafrica.com/trackapp.php.

Collecting

Collection is in the afternoon between 3pm and 5pm from Monday to Friday only. Collection is strictly against the production of the receipt given to you at the time of submission of your application so hang on to it. You are also required to produce your ID when collecting your visa for India.

It is possible to have a third party collect your visa on your behalf as long as the third party can produce the India visa application receipt issued by BLS, a letter of authority from the applicant along with ID proof of the person collecting the passport. BLS International also offers a courier service.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Extremely helpful thank you.krgds bilkis

  2. Thank you so very much, without this we would have been back and forth.

  3. Thank you so much for your helpful hints – great help.

  4. Very helpful information tx u

    • What happens if u don’t have a bank account. I have already paid for my trip to india in january at onestop travel.

  5. Thank you for the very useful information. – a real timesaver

    • Hi Jacko,

      Only a pleasure.

      Glad you enjoyed the read and found it useful 🙂

  6. Thanks this was really helpful.
    Do I fill out the same form for an infant?

    • Hi Rae,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’ve tried to look on Travel Info under the visa section for India however nothing is mentioned about infants.

      I suggest you contact the Embassy direct they should be able to assist with any questions you might have.

      BLS International Pretoria
      Telephone No : 087 550 2219
      Street Address : Shop 12 Hatfield corner, 1270 Church street, Colbyn
      Website : http://www.blsindia-southafrica.com
      Email Address : info.southafrica@blsinternational.net

  7. Thanks for the info.
    Do I have to make a booking and choose a time? I see the times options do have 13:00 – 14:00 but on the website it states all centers are closed between 1 and 2 for lunch. It doesn’t have 12:00 – 13:00. Very confused.

    • Hi Rae,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I don’t think one needs to schedule an appointment when applying for their Indian visa. However procedures could have since changed.
      It’s best to contact the consulate direct to get the most up to date information:

      Pretoria:

      Shop 12 Hatfield Corner,
      1270 Church St, Colbyn,
      Pretoria
      South Africa
      Tel: +27875502219
      Call Center timing : 8 AM to 3.30 PM
      Email: info.southafrica@blsinternational.net

      Timing for submission of application: 0800 to 1500 hrs.
      Timing for collection of services: 1500 to 1700 hrs.

      Provinces covered under Pretoria

      Pretoria (Gauteng)

      or

      Durban

      101 – FIRST FLOOR,
      36 SILVERTON RD
      SILVER OAKS BUILDING, MUSGRAVE, Durban 4001
      South Africa
      Tel: +27875502219
      Call Center timing : 8 AM to 3.30 PM
      Email: info.southafrica@blsinternational.net

      Timing for submission of application: 0800 to 1500 hrs.
      Timing for collection of services: 1500 to 1700 hrs.

      Provinces covered under Durban

      Durban (Kwa Zulu Natal, Free State and Eastern Cape Provinces)

      or

      Johannesburg:

      Ground Floor, Finance House,
      25 Ernest Oppenheimer Street,
      Bruma, Johannesburg
      South Africa
      Tel: +27875502219
      Call Center timing : 8 AM to 3.30 PM
      Email: info.southafrica@blsinternational.net

      Timing for submission of application: 0800 to 1500 hrs.
      Timing for collection of services: 1500 to 1700 hrs.

      Jurisdiction covered under Johannesburg

      Johannesburg (Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga provinces)

      or

      Cape Town

      47,
      Strand Street,
      Cape Town,
      South Africa
      Tel: +27875502219
      Call Center timing : 8 AM to 3.30 PM
      Email: info.southafrica@blsinternational.net

      Timing for submission of application: 0800 to 1500 hrs.
      Timing for collection of services: 1500 to 1700 hrs.

      Jurisdiction covered under Cape Town

      (Western Cape and Northern Cape Province)

    • I made a booking (at a cost of R200), but it was a complete waste of money, as I got there at 8am, and there was no queue. However, if you are pressed for time, then perhapes making a booking will help. You have to phone in to make the booking.

      I was also unpleasantly suprised about the 3 months bank statements with the R5000 minimum balance, and the lady was very rude to me and not apologetic at all that it isn’t stated on the website.

      Thirdly, they are very strict about proof of address being a POSTED letter. A verified letter from the bank, or a printed statement with postal address on it was not acceptable.

      Good luck!

    • Hi Karen,

      Thanks for getting in touch and sending us your feedback.

      I am sorry to hear you did not have a pleasant experience when applying for your Indian visa.

      These are the normal requirements when applying for a visa. Same when you apply for a Schengen or an America visa. They are even more strict and to my knowledge I think one needs to provide further documentation. Sometimes they request a 6 months bank statement, they want you to show proof of employment, letter from your employer, letter of invitation from the person you are going to vist or proof of accommodation, also travel insurance. You need to show proof of funds roughly R450 – R500 a day when applying for a Schengen visa, along with other documentation.

      The Embassies request this information as they need to cover themselves to make sure that foreign nationals visiting their country can financially support themselves.

      With regards to making an appointment, this is the same with all Embassies as they need to regulate how many people a day they can assist.

  8. Thanks for the very useful information. On the bank statements, can they be print-outs from internet banking or do they need to be printed and stamped by the bank?

    • Hi Sid,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You will need to go into the bank and ask for a bank statement and have them stamp it.

  9. Hi there I am travelling with 2 university student children. Are bank statements required from them as well? Also is it still a requirement to get a letter from my employer stating my employment etc. It’s not listed above but I’ve seen it elsewhere that it could be required. Thanks

    • I Usha,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I found the following information when applying for an Indian visa. Please note the visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities. Contact details are provided below.

      Also you mentioned Children. If they are 18 years and under you will need to travel with their Unabridged Birth Certificates and other relvant documents required from their parents

      Important note – Delay/Validity/Cost – Requirements – Collection of Passport – Days Closed – Office Hours
      Contact Details
      Important Note BLS would like to caution the public not to be misguided by media advertisements by certain agencies claiming to facilitate issuance of Indian visas/passports/OCI/PIO and other consular documents, certain fake websites asking online payment of fee for passport/visa and related services.

      BLS International is the sole authorised service provider by the Government of India and has not further authorised any other third party to collect documents or fees for passport/visa application processing. Applicants are advised to act with caution if contacted or referred to any Third Party agency, particularly unscrupulous and fake websites for the purpose of Indian visa/passport application processing other than the official website of BLS International of your region. BLS and its Group Companies are not responsible for any action/inaction performed by any such third party.

      No hand written passports will be accepted by the Indian Issuing authority for and Indian visa application, this includes all South African temporary passports.

      The condition of minimum two months gap between the two visits of a foreign national of India on a tourist visa has been waived by the Government of India except in case of a few nationals.

      Visas should be obtained prior to departure for India. Visa applications are to be submitted at the Visa Application Centre. Refer to Contact details at the bottom of the page.
      Residents of Gauteng Residents of Gauteng province in the online visa application form Gauteng Province Residents (this includes Johannesburg) should select the Indian Mission as “SOUTH AFRICA-PRETORIA”. Residents of Gauteng province may apply/submit the completed form either at Johannesburg or Pretoria BLS International Centres. Please note that these applications would be processed at the High Commission of India in Pretoria (Mission) only.
      Residents North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces should apply at the BLS International Centre in Johannesburg. When filling out the online application North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces residents should select the Indian Mission as “SOUTH AFRICA – JOHANNESBURG”.
      Residents of Northern Cape and Western Cape should apply at BLS International Centre in Cape Town. When filling out an online application, Northern Cape and Western Cape residents should select the Indian Mission as “South Africa – Cape Town”.
      Residents of KwaZulu Natal, Free State and Eastern Cape should apply at the BLS Int Centre in Durban. When filling out an online application KwaZulu Natal, Free State and Eastern Cape residents should select the Indian Mission as “South Africa – Durban”.
      The Government of India reserves the right on granting and deciding type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered. Visas fee once tendered is non refundable even if the visa is refused.
      Delay/Validity/
      Cost Delay: minimum 5 working days from date of submission. The mission/Consulate makes every possible effort to process the visa applications within the stipulated time frame yet this must not be construed as an obligation on the part of the mission/consulate.

      Validity:
      Tourist visa: is normally issued for a period of 1-6 months with Single Entry or maximum double entry decided by the commission/consulate General of India on a case to case basis. Tourist visa are not extendable or convertible into any other visa except in emergency cases such as acute illness or similar circumstance.
      Business visa: Business visa may be issued for multiple entries and for longer periods for bonafide business persons. Kindly indicate the duration and number of entries required in the relevant section of the application. Applicants are required not to engage in money lending or petty trading.
      Transit visa: Transit visa is valid for a single journey and for entry within 15 days from the date of issue. If the journey performed within the period of validity of the visa, a new transit visa will be required. Transit visa is not required in the following cases:
      Direct transit by air and travelling through India on the same flight.
      Less than 24 hours halt at an Indian airport to catch a connecting flight
      Transit visa will be required when:
      In case the person desires to leave the airport while in transit
      If the person desires to make a stop over in India for more than 24 hours.
      Cost: FREE
      BLS Service charge: ZAR48

      Optional Service Charges:
      Delivery charge: ZAR140 per passport delivery within metros / ZAR170 per passport delivery within regions.
      Express Delivery Service (EDS): ZAR380/- per passport for same day delivery.
      SMS charge: ZAR11 for 3 messages
      Applicants subscribing to the above stated Courier Services signify their acceptance to the Terms & Conditions of BLS or any third party providers and agree to be bound by the provisions.
      Payments can be made through Electronic Transfer only. Applicants would be required to supply the originals for the proof of payments. The applicants passport number used payment reference during the submission of your application.

      Bank: FNB (First National Bank)
      Branch: FNB Musgrave
      Branch Code: 22-11-26
      Account Number: 62392449875

      Photocopy services: India Visa Application Centre provides the facility to make photocopies of documents if required. The charge for availing this service is ZAR2.00 per copy.
      Photograph services: India Visa Application Centre has an in-house photo booth facility which enables the applicants to get the photographs as per the specifications laid down by the High Commission of India, South Africa. A set of 4 (minimum) photographs can be availed at ZAR50.00
      SMS: SMS alerts will be sent informing you about the status of your visa application. Once purchased you will receive several automated SMS’s on your mobile phone informing you of the current procession stage your visa application is in. You can purchase this service while submitting your visa application at ZAR11.00
      Form Filing: Please contact our Reception/Information Desk. BLS International team will help you complete the online visa application form at ZAR50.00

      Requirements Tourist visa:
      The following documents are required :
      All supportive documents and passport copies needs to be self-attested.
      Completed online visa application form
      2 passport sized coloured photos as per specification. For photo specifications click here
      Return air ticket. Copy of South African Identity card.
      Proof of accommodation in India. (Hotel voucher or signed copy of invitation letter with complete address of relative/friend along with his/her ID in the form of copy of passport/vote’s card/driving licence/utility bill/ration card/3 years personal IT papers/school ID Card or fee payments etc. in case the applicant is invited by his/her relative/friend or copy of foreigners registration in case your relative/friend is a foreigner currently living in India).
      In addition to the application forms, all foreign nationals are required to fill in additional referral forms.
      Proof of residence in South Africa, such as utility bill for South Africans and foreign nationals.
      Proof of EFT receipt needs to be submitted along with the application.
      Original passport as well as the copies of the passport and ever document should be attested along with the original passport.
      The proof of the payment should be included and please mention the passport number as a reference to the payment.
      Online visa application form “The applicants who are from Joburg should mention Indian mission in the form as Pretoria.
      There should be two signatures on form One on the first page below photograph and second is on next page below declaration.

      Business Visa: Those applying for business visa are strongly advised to refer to the BLS website for other important information. All supportive documents and passport copies needs to be self-attested.
      All of the above, plus the following:
      Original/fax copy of Invitation letter from a recognized Indian company bearing the complete passport details of the applicants.
      Recommendation letter from the company of applicant giving a brief introduction of the South African company and the purpose of visit;
      Certificate of incorporation of the South African company;
      Certificate of Incorporation of Indian company;
      In addition to the application forms, all foreign nationals are required to fill in additional referral forms
      Online visa application form. Note: The applicants who are from Johannesburg should mention Indian Mission in the form as Pretoria”.
      There should be two signature on the form. One is on the first page below photograph and second is on next page below declaration.
      6 month bank statement of applicant (applicant’s personal bank statement)
      Transit visa: all of Tourism requirements, plus the following:
      Copy of air ticket booking from India to place of final destination or evidence of joining a sea vessel from the Indian port to port of final destination (in the form of a letter from the shipping company).
      Collection of Passport
      Collection of passport:
      In person: Collection is strictly against the production of the receipt given at the time of submission of your application. Applicants are advised to collect their passports in person. If they fail to do so, the original receipt should be passed on to an authorized representative who is able to check the applicants passport particulars on their visa before collecting the same from BLS International services. The collector must carry his/her ID and produce the same on demand. The agent/collector needs to produce an authorization letter from the applicant.

      Courier services: India Visa Application Center provides courier facility to the applicants.

      Days Closed 2015:
      BLS International: 21 Mar / 02, 03, 06 Apr / 01 May / 18 Jul / 15 Aug / 05, 23 Sep / 02, 13, 22 Oct / 11, 25 Nov / 25, 26 Dec
      Office Hours BLS International
      08h00-15h00: Mon to Fri (Visa applications and enquiries)
      15h00-17h00: Collections (Delivery
      Closed between 13h00-14h00

      Consulate General of India, Johannesburg
      08h30-17h30 (Mon-Fri)

      High Commission of India, Pretoria
      09h00-17h30 (Mon-Fri)

      Consulate General – Cape Town
      09h00-17h30: Mon-Fri

      Consulate General – Durban
      09h00-12h00: Mon-Fri (visa applications)
      Contact Details BLS International Pretoria
      Telephone No : 087 550 2219
      Street Address : Shop 12 Hatfield corner, 1270 Church street, Colbyn
      Website : http://www.blsindia-southafrica.com
      Email Address : info.southafrica@blsinternational.net
      BLS International Johannesburg
      Telephone No : 087 550 2219
      Street Address : Ground floor, Finance House, 25 Ernest Oppenheimer Street
      Bruma, Johannesburg
      Website : http://www.blsindia-southafrica.com
      Email Address : info.southafrica@blsinternational.net
      Consulate General of India (Johannesburg)
      Telephone No : (011) 581 9800/ 9998
      Fax No : (011) 482-4648/ 8492
      Street Address : No 1 Eton Road Corner Jan Smuts Avenue & Eton Road, Parktown
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 6805 Johannesburg 2000
      Website : http://www.indiainsouthafrica.com
      Email Address : vccons1@indconjoburg.co.za
      High Commission of India (Pretoria)
      Telephone No : 012 342 5392
      Fax No : 012 342 5310
      Street Address : 852 Frances Baard St, Cnr Frances Baard & Eastwood Str, Arcadia
      Website : http://www.indiainsouthafrica.com
      Consulate General of India (Durban)
      Telephone No : 087 550 2219 031 335 0325/26 or 031 335 0300
      Street Address : 1 Kingsmead Boulevard (2nd Floor), Kingsmead Office Park, Durban, 4001
      Postal Address PO Box 3276, Durban, 4000
      Email Address : vcpv@cgidbn.com
      Web Address : http://www.indiainsouthafrica.com
      BLS International Durban
      Telephone No : 087 550 2219
      Street Address : 101-1st Floor, 36 Silverton Road, Silver Oaks Building, Musgrave, Durban, 4001
      Email Address : info.southafrica@blsinternational.net
      Web Address : http://www.blsindia-southafrica.com
      Consulate General of India (Cape Town)
      Telephone No : 021 419 8110/021 419 8111
      Street Address : The Terraces, 9th Floor, 34 Bree Str, Cape Town
      Email Address : admin@hcict.org.za
      Web Address : http://www.indiansouthafrica.com
      BLS International (Cape Town)
      Telephone No : 087 550 2219
      Street Address : 47 Strand Street, Cape Town
      Email Address : info.southafrica@blsinternational.net
      Web Address : http://www.blsindia-southafrica.com

  10. Hi. Please advise what is to be written for ‘place of issue’ on visa application forms? Is it just area name or actual name of depart ment. Of home affairs

    • Hi Vani,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge it would be the Indian Consultant or Embassy as they would be issuing the visa’s on their side.

      We do suggest you contact them direct for the most up to date information:

      Consulate General of India (Cape Town)
      Telephone No : 021 419 8110/021 419 8111
      Street Address : The Terraces, 9th Floor, 34 Bree Str, Cape Town
      Email Address : admin@hcict.org.za
      Web Address : http://www.indiansouthafrica.com

  11. Hi there. I am traveling to India next year with an open itinerary. I do not intend to return to SA straight away after the 6 months. Does anyone know if one can get the visa with an outbound flight, rather than a return ticket?

    • Hi Claire,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am not so sure if one is permitted to fly on a one way ticket to India. To my knowledge you would need to book a return ticket and then do a date change, however international tickets are only valid for a year from date of issue.

      I do suggest you contact the Embassy direct they should be able to give the most up to date information.

  12. Thank you, so much my brother.its really useful for me.I am actually Indian but my mostly friends come from overseas…only I don’t know about process from south Africa..but this information is very useful for me.. Because my one more friend coming from cape town…thanx… U can also msg me on my number if I can help you in India… Antime +91 9872286321

  13. Hi there

    I will be traveling to India next month with my parents. I am a little confused as to what documents/statements i need to provide with my visa application.
    I live in Cape Town with my husband, proof of residence, banks statements etc. are all under his name and i am unemployed. My husband will not be traveling with me. Please advice on what is needed from me to apply for the visa?

    • Hi Sumaiya,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you have a joint bank account this should be suffice. If not I suggest you contact the Embassy direct to see if they will accept a copy of your husbands bank account. As the Embassy is the one who will be granting the visa its best to speak to an Embassy official direct they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

  14. I am planning a surprise trip for my fiancee to India and just want to know if she must apply in person at the consulate or can I submit all the documents for her seeing that she is unaware of the trip….please advise..

    We are both South African Citizens.

    NB – what supporting documents are required?

    • Hi Ant,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I contact the Embassy who confirmed you should be able to apply on someone else’s behalf however they will need to give you a letter of consent with their signature, all their documents and a copy of their ID.

      I would suggest contacting the Embassy or Bls direct to see if you receive the same information before you complete the forms and try apply on your fiancee’s behalf.

  15. Hi, if I apply at the Durban office would I be able to fetch my visa from the Johannesburg office? Is that possible?

    • Hi Tanushree,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I don’t think this is possible. I would suggest contact them direct as they will be able to advise if this is possible or not.

  16. I think things have changed!
    I applied for my visa online at VisaHQ – had to upload a picture and a copy of my passport.
    Received the Visa within a couple of days – no appointment, no bank statements!

    Then on reading this blog I wondered whether my visa was fake.
    So I went to the Indian Govt site suggested by BLS, put in my application no and it confirmed that my visa had been granted.

    • Hi James. You’ve made my day. There isn’t a lot online about the e-Tourist visa and I was a bit concerned about applying for it so soon before I fly. I can’t find any helpful info online. Thank you! I’m definitely going to try this the month before I go!

  17. Hi,

    Is it necessary to purchase a return ticket? I am travelling to Indo from India and then returning at an undecided time from Indo?

    • Hi Joff,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes you would need to purchased to show immigration you are returning back home or they will deny you boarding.

      If you are applying for a visa (depending on what passport you hold) a return ticket is also one of the criterias / documents one needs to present.

  18. Hi
    Is it necessary to have proof of accommodation in India. (Hotel voucher) will a
    detailed itinerary not suffice.

    • Hi Kay,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      As mentioned in the blog proof of accommodation is required

      I have copied the pasted the below from the blog:

      Supporting documents for your Indian visa application
      Please note: These additional requirements are for the Tourist Visa for South African passport holders only.

      – Copy of your South African ID book or South African ID card.

      – Return flight ticket to India with itinerary.

      – Proof of accommodation in India – hotel booking voucher / signed copy of invitation letter with complete address of relative/friend along with a copy of his or her ID.

      – Proof of residence in South Africa, such as utility bill.

      – Proof of EFT payment of visa processing fee to BLS International.

      – 3 months bank statements.

      – Make copies of every document including your passport and take them with you to application centre.
      Self-attest each supporting document by writing: “This is a true copy of the original”, and underneath these words sign your name.

  19. Hi,

    Can we apply directly for an eVisa? (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html) Is it necessary to apply through BLS International.
    From what I understand, its valid for tourism under 30 days and is free. Less hassle regarding required documents as well.

    • Hi there,

      thanks for getting in touch.

      This post was posted over a year ago. We suggest you contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information for when applying for an Indian visa.

    • Hi Shakoora – have you applied for the eVisa? I need to do so in November and was wondering if it worked for you?

  20. Hi Good day
    Am planning to visit a a close friend in India.
    I do not have a bank account. And I’m residing with some-one. The bill is not on my name. What should be done in this matter plz.
    Then as we do bookings of flight ticket, its normal to pay for the ticket. What I would like to know. If a visa is not approved. As in cases a person loose money on the ticket that has been paid.
    It may sound silly, but I was just wondering about it.
    Thank you for your time.

    • Hi Sumayya,

      thanks for contacting us.

      The airline will charge penalty fees if you need to cancel. some tickets are also non refundable. It is best to contact the Embassy direct ask all the necessary questions as they are the ones who will be granting the visa and see what they say. Then you welcome to contact our direct sales team on
      021 468 4300 and speak to one of our travel agents, they will be able to advise you on the rules should you wish to cancel the ticket

  21. I’m planning a pilgrimage trip to India preshanti nilayam I intend staying for 5 months when I get there I will book into the ashram do I need proof of where I’m going to stay etc. And how do I get that

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes the embassy’s will need to see proof of accommodation. Please see list of what needs to be submitted when applying for an Indian visa:

      You will need to contact the Ashram of where you will be staying for 5 months and they will need to write you a letter of invitation on their letter heard or confirmation of a voucher.

      Please contact the Indian Embassy direct for any further information as they will be the ones who will be granting the visa.

      Tourist visa:
      The following documents are required :
      All supportive documents and passport copies needs to be self-attested.
      Completed online visa application form
      2 passport size colour photos as per specification. For photo specifications click here
      Return air ticket. Copy of South African Identity card.
      Proof of accommodation in India. (Hotel voucher or signed copy of invitation letter with complete address of relative/friend along with his/her ID in the form of copy of passport/vote’s card/driving licence/utility bill/ration card/3 years personal IT papers/school ID Card or fee payments etc. in case the applicant is invited by his/her relative/friend or copy of foreigners registration in case your relative/friend is a foreigner currently living in India).
      In addition to the application forms, all foreign nationals are required to fill in additional referral forms.
      Proof of residence in South Africa, such as utility bill for South Africans and foreign nationals.
      Proof of EFT receipt needs to be submitted along with the application.
      Original passport as well as the copies of the passport and ever document should be attested along with the original passport.
      The proof of the payment should be included and please mention the passport number as a reference to the payment.
      Online visa application form “The applicants who are from Joburg should mention Indian mission in the form as Pretoria.
      There should be two signatures on form One on the first page below photograph and second is on next page below declaration.
      Address, Proof and Financial capacities: Applicants need to submit their last three months bank statements having their address thereon, in case there is no mention about address on the bank statement then applicants require to submit their proof of address in such as utility bills, lease papers etc.
      South African ID: Requirement of SA identity will not be required in the future
      Incorporation Certificate: Requirement of an Indian Incorporation Certificate is also not required, only a Letter of invitation from the Indian company is required for Business visa
      Tourist Visa: Applicants may apply for six month/multiple entry Tourist Visa

  22. Has anyone tried the e-Tourist visa application online? The Cape Town Indian embassy suggested I just do that instead of apply with the embassy, itself. I’m a bit nervous to use this system a couple of weeks before my trip without confirmation of the visa itself. Any advise?

    • I did some research into this. The cost of doing it via e-visa is about R1000 whereas if you do the online BLS application it should work out about R69 if paying in person.

  23. Hi
    I have recently applied for a visa to india July 2016.
    Went to the Embassy, Johannesburg you don’t need proof of accommodation any more
    Check the website requirements have been updated
    http://www.blsindia-southafrica.com/touristvisa.php
    3 months bank statements reflecting physical address. In the absence of the physical address on the bank statement. Please provide a utility bill to confirm the physical address.
    Online filled Visa application form.
    2 passports sized colored photographs as per specification. For photo specifications click here.
    Return air-ticket with detailed itinerary.
    In addition to the application forms, all foreign nationals are required to fill in additional referral forms

  24. Thanks for your post, hope you can help me.

    I will spend a few months in South Africa, from December till Feb. Then I will fly to India, I am Italian with Italian Passport, can I get the visa in South Africa anyway following the same path?
    Thanks
    Giulia

    • Hi there,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise if you are able to apply for the visa in South Africa and what the requirements would be for an Italian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers. Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency. They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  25. Hi there. I’m going to India on the 1st October and applied for my visa last week (29th August). I will only be visiting India for 2 weeks (2nd-16th October). On the visa application form if asked the required length of validity of the visa (in months) and so I only put 1 as I will only be there for 2 weeks. However I was unde the impression that the visa will only be valid from the date you leave South Africa (i.e. 1st October) but I see you mentioned that it is valid from the date of issue which means if I get it this week (around the 6/7th September, it will expire on the 6/7th October which means I will only be able to stay in India for half of my allocated time??) please could you clarify this.. I am quite worried now as it was such a mission to apply for the visa that I don’t want to have to do it again! Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Nicola,

      If you have put your dates of travel on the visa application they should grant the visa for around those dates, however as we are not the ones granting the visa we suggest you contact the Embassy direct.

      They will be able to provide you with the most up to date information and answer any concerns you have.

      Consulate General of India (Johannesburg)
      Telephone No : (011) 581 9800/ 9998
      Fax No : (011) 482-4648/ 8492
      Street Address : No 1 Eton Road Corner Jan Smuts Avenue & Eton Road, Parktown
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 6805 Johannesburg 2000
      Website : http://www.indiainsouthafrica.com
      Email Address : vccons1@indconjoburg.co.za

  26. The requirements state that if you have your address on the bank statement, you do not require a utility bill as proof of address. Please confirm.
    Secondly, the requirement is 2 colour photos. Is this including or excluding the one you need to paste on the visa application?
    On the requirements it does not ask for copy of bar-coded ID document. Please confirm.
    The requirements on the BLS site seem updated to what you have stated above.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As we do not specilize in visa nor are we the ones granting them you will need to contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

      The below requirements is what I did find however it is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities.
      The following documents are required :
      All supportive documents and passport copies needs to be self-attested.
      Completed online visa application form
      2 passport size colour photos as per specification. For photo specifications click here
      Return air ticket. Copy of South African Identity card
      Proof of accommodation in India. (Hotel voucher or signed copy of invitation letter with complete address of relative/friend along with his/her ID in the form of copy of passport/vote’s card/driving licence/utility bill/ration card/3 years personal IT papers/school ID Card or fee payments etc. in case the applicant is invited by his/her relative/friend or copy of foreigners registration in case your relative/friend is a foreigner currently living in India)
      In addition to the application forms, all foreign nationals are required to fill in additional referral forms
      Proof of residence in South Africa, such as utility bill for South Africans and foreign nationals.
      Proof of EFT receipt needs to be submitted along with the application
      Original passport as well as the copies of the passport and ever document should be attested along with the original passport
      The proof of the payment should be included and please mention the passport number as a reference to the payment
      Online visa application form
      There should be two signatures on form One on the first page below photograph and second is on next page below declaration
      Address, Proof and Financial capacities: Applicants need to submit their last three months bank statements having their address thereon, in case there is no mention about address on the bank statement then applicants require to submit their proof of address in such as utility bills, lease papers etc.
      South African ID: Requirement of SA identity will not be required in the future
      Incorporation Certificate: Requirement of an Indian Incorporation Certificate is also not required, only a Letter of invitation from the Indian company is required for Business visa
      Tourist Visa: Applicants may apply for six month/multiple entry Tourist Visa

    • Hi
      I have recently applied in July.
      That is correct if your bank statement shows your address you do not require other documents.
      The 2 colour photos includes the one you paste. The BLNS office also take photos there at their office.
      No bar coded ID required anymore
      Ensure you have a return air ticket

  27. Hi.
    I booked tickets to India on Wednesday last week and was planning to apply for VISAs this week. I was told that BLS is not doing VISAs any longer. Where can I apply for my VISAs is Durban.

    Regards

    • Hi there Chris,

      Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. -Stacey

  28. Could you please advise me of phone number in Cape Town to contact bls in order to get an appointment to take in application form and visa requirements.
    I believe the address is 47 Strand Street Cape Town and have been informed that we just go to the office no appointments are booked, is this correct.

    • Hi there Jean,

      Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. -Stacey

  29. hai i have one problam abut s african visa meny time i come sauth africa .but african give me only 90 days visa .

    • Hi there Hardeep,

      Thanks for getting in touch, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. -Stacey

  30. Good day, we are scheduled to fly out to india via ethiopia on the 17th of November 2016. we have applied for eVisas online but we need to have them approved by thursday. is there no way that we can get our visas before we have to fly out. it is extremely important that we do as we cannot afford to reschedule our flights.please do advise as to who we can call or go camp at to get these visas in time. this will not be our first visit to india. we are going to mumbai now but have been to chennai before.

    • Hi there Busisiwe,

      Thanks for getting in touch, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. – Charlene

  31. Hi
    Please can you assist we need to apply for four visas to India 1) We are based in Joburg where do we apply please 2) is there a cost 3) about the bank statements if we own a business what is the process please
    How long does it take to apply for the VISA please

    Many thanks

    • Hi there Vanessa,

      Thanks for getting in touch, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829 http://www.visa-box.co.za, for further information. – Charlene

  32. Hi

    I am a South African passport holder, and I am planning to visiting India from January 2017 till July 2017. But in between I wanna go home just for holidays, say around April 2017.
    What type of VISA should I apply for in this case.

    Previously I have been using a single Entry VISA and It stresses me out to do it every time when I want to go India.

    Cheers
    Ayanda

  33. Hi.
    I have made a mistake on the visa form online on the date of birth and only after having validated it and printed it i have noticed this , please inform me how do i go about changing it or if possible canceling the online version to redo it, i will be travelling next month and visa needs to be done soon.
    thank you.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct and they will be able to assist in answering any questions you might have.

  34. HI is BSL still doing the Indian visa. My husband went on to the website to full in his form as he has done this many times fulled out the form and then another company emailed him to say pay this amount in 24hrs. He did and it was a large amount and now they are saying they are similar to BSL. I went on BSL web page it showing an error.

    • Hi Vannessa,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge applicants can apply for visas through VFS Global Centers in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/southafrica/

      Visas should be obtained prior to departure for India.

      You also welcome to contact the Indian Embassy direct on:

      Consulate General of India (Johannesburg)
      Telephone No : (011) 581 9800/ 9998
      Fax No : (011) 482-4648/ 8492
      Street Address : No 1 Eton Road Corner Jan Smuts Avenue & Eton Road, Parktown
      Postal Address : P.O. Box 6805 Johannesburg 2000
      Website : http://www.indiainsouthafrica.com
      Email Address : vccons1@indconjoburg.co.za

      They will also be able to provide you with the most information. I hope you manage to come right.

  35. Has india always wanted VISAS from south africans? I travelled there in 1989, and want to travel again, but do not find an old VISA? THANKS

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I am not to sure. But most important is South African passports do require visa for when visiting India now.

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