Last updated: 17 Feb 2021

India

About

Squeezed onto a small island connected by bridges to the mainland, Mumbai is India's largest city and financial epicentre, home to great wealth, incredible real estate, glistening skyscrapers and fashion-savvy locals. But Mumbai is also a city of extreme inequality where affluence and abject poverty sit side by side. It is India's fashion capital and home to Bollywood - a city of contrasts that is endlessly fascinating.

Taj Mahal Palace & Tower is one of Mumbai's favourite landmarks, and draws countless visitors each year.

Mumbai's 136-year-old Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat is where the city's dirty laundry gets washed and aired. Every day hundreds of dhobi wallahs (someone who does the laundry) beat the dirt out of hundreds of bags of laundry in row upon row of open-air troughs.

In Delhi there are monuments, mosques and tombs in abundance, impressive colonial architecture, brilliant museums, excellent restaurants and more than enough bazaars, markets and shops.
Local Name: Bharat
Official Name: Republic of India
Capital:  New Delhi (DEL)
Currency:  Indian Rupee (INR). It is illegal to take Indian currency out of the country. 
Language:  Hindi and English. 20 other languages are also spoken, including Urdu, Bengali and Punjabi.
Dialling code from SA:  + 91
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +5½ (3½ hours ahead of South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1, 13, 14, 26; Feb 16, 19, 25, 27; Mar 8, 11, 28, 29; Apr 2, 4, 13, 14, 21, 25; May 7, 13, 26; Jul 12, 20; Aug 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 30; Sep 10; Oct 2, 12-15, 19, 20, 24; Nov 4-6, 10, 19, 24; Dec 24, 25

Side of the Road: Left. 
Best Time to Go: India is a large country, the best time to go depends on which area. Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan and Central India: October – March; Himalayas: year-round, but are cold in December and January and wet from June to September; Kolkata: hot from February – April and wet from June – September; Kerala: April – May is very hot and June – August has heavy rain; Goa: year-round, heavy rainfall is June – September; Mumbai: year-round, heavy rainfall in July and August.   
Best for: Beaches, Bollywood, Ancient Architecture, Religious Sites
Plugs: 230-240 volts AC, 50Hz. Some areas have a DC supply. Plugs are of the round two- and three-pin type.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Bottled water is available; ensure that the seal is closed.
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. In rural towns, medical facilities may be more limited. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it. If visiting a rural area, it is advisable to carry basic medical supplies. Food poisoning is common, it is best to carry rehydration salts with you.
Customs: There are many cultural and religious customs, which differ between cultural groups. Shoes should be removed when entering places of worship. Many Hindus are vegetarian and do not drink alcohol. Women should dress modestly (no short skirts, tight or revealing clothing) and men should dress respectfully. Avoid using your left hand, especially when eating. Wasting food is frowned upon. 
Local Offences / Laws: Smoking in public is prohibited. Topless bathing is illegal. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: There have been terrorist attacks in the main cities – check the local political situation before travelling. Religious events can attract thousands of people, and stampedes are reported at these types of events. Women should take care not to travel alone after dark or to rural areas, as rape and assault is common. 
Duty Free: The following items may be imported into India by non-resident travellers over 18 without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 2L of spirits or wine.
• Goods for personal use (only one laptop allowed per traveller).
• Gifts and souvenirs to the value of Rs8,000.
• Reasonable quantities of medicines. Import by non-residents is only permitted if the national has entered India for a stay of not less than 24 hours and not more than six months, provided they visit not more than once a month.
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited items include narcotics, pornography, counterfeit and pirated goods, and antiquities. Restricted items include firearms and ammunition, live birds and animals, endangered species, gold and silver (other than ornaments), and Indian currency. Indian residents only may import up to Rs7,500.
Prohibited Exports: Prohibited items include narcotics, pornography, counterfeit and pirated goods, and antiquities. Restricted items include firearms and ammunition, live birds and animals, endangered species, and Indian currency. Indian residents only may export up to Rs7,500.

Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Travel to India is restricted to specified categories of passengers. You might also be required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure and undergo quarantine on arrival.

For full COVID-19 Information in India - https://www.mygov.in/covid-19

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

a) Consulate-General of India
No. 1 Eton Road, Cnr. Jan Smuts and Eton
Roads, Parktown 2193
P O Box 6805 Johannesburg 2000
Tel: (011) 581 9800 - 9998 
Fax: (011) 482-8492 / 4648
Website: www.hcisouthafrica.in
E-mail: vccons@indconjoburg.co.za

Applications and phone calls received from 09h00 - 1700

b) Consulate General of India
1 Kingsmead Blvd, 2nd Floor, Kingsmead Office Park
Durban 4001
Tel: (031) 335 0300 / 0325
P O Box 3276 Durban 4000
Hours :  09h00-12h00 (Mon-Fri)
E-mail: cpv@cgidbn.com
Web: http://www.hcisouthafrica.in

c) Indian High Commission
852 Frances Baard Street, Cnr Frances Baard & Eastwood Street, Arcadia
Tel: (012) 342-5392/93/94/95
Fax: (012) 342 5310
Hours: 0900-1730
Web: http://www.hcisouthafrica.in

d) Consulate General of India
The Terraces
34 Bree Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 419 8110
Office Hours: 0900-1730
E-mail: admin@hcict.org.za

 

ALL VISAS ARE TO BE APPLIED FOR THROUGH VFS INDIA.
VFS Global Johannesburg : (Residents of Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces should apply at the VFS Global Centre in Johannesburg. When filling out the online application residents should select the Indian Mission as “SOUTH AFRICA – JOHANNESBURG” )
2nd Floor, Harrow Court 1
Isle of Houghton Office Park
Boundary Road
Park Town, Johannesburg

VFS Global Durban: ( Residents of KwaZulu Natal, Free State and Eastern Cape provinces should apply at the VFS Global Centre in Durban. When filling out an online application residents should select the Indian Mission as " SOUTH AFRICA - DURBAN")
Cowey Park, Essenwood, Office 401, 4th Floor
91-123 Cowey Road, Essenwood
Durban


VFS Global Cape Town: ( Residents of Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces should apply at VFS Global Centre in Cape Town. When filling out an online application, residents should select the Indian Mission as "SOUTH AFRICA - CAPE TOWN") 
1st Floor, 47 Strand Street
Cape Town

VFS Office hours : Submissions Mon-Fri 0800-1600 (except public holidays)
Collections Mon-Fri 1100-1700 (except public holidays)
Tel: (012) 425 3007
E-mail: info.inza@vfshelpline.com
Web: www.vfsglobal.com/india/southafrica

The length of stay on an e-visa has been increased from 30 days to 60 days , for double entry on tourist and business visas . For more info see https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

 

 

 

 

Visa Requirements

The  e-Visa is free for South African passport holders. Biometrics will be done on arrival at the Airport in India.

India is issuing 10-year multi-entry visas for South African business travellers.The length of stay on an e-visa has been increased from 30 days to 60 days with double entry on tourist and business e-visas  For more information see: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
Travellers are to carry a copy of the ETA during the time of travel and must confirm that its status was shown as "granted" on the website prior to travelling. 
Applicants can apply for visas through VFS Global Centres in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town www.vfsglobal.com/india/southafrica/

 


NB Print the checklist that corresponds with the visa category you are applying for  and attach it with your application. It is to be  filled in and signed. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

TOURIST VISA
1.Original Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of return and having at least 3 blank pages.
2.2 passports sized coloured photographs conforming to Indian Government norms as per specifications.
3.Online application form submitted to the correct Indian Mission.
4.Return airline reservation with detailed itinerary.
5.Certified copy of the passport.
6.Proof of residence in South Africa, such as utility bill/ FICA documentfor South Africans & Foreign nationals
7.3 months bank statement of applicant with applicants name.
8.Applicants of Indian Orgin require proof of surrendered documentation(if previous nationality was Indian).
9.Original proof of payment. Use passport number as reference for the payment .

BUSINESS VISA:

1.Original signed passport with3 blank pages & with more than 6 months validity from return date from India.
2.Signed online application form submitted to correct INDIAN MISSION.(online form link:https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/info1.jsp)
3.2 coloured photographs (2 inX2 insize).
4.Return airline reservation with detailed itinerary.
5.Copy of the passport.
6.Proof of residence in South Africa, such as utility bill for South Africans & Foreign nationals. If the physcial residential address appears on the bank statement, a utility bill is not required.
7.6 month bank statement of applicant is mandatory (applicant’s personal bank statement).
8.Applicants of Indian Orgin require proof of surrendered documentation(if previous nationality was Indian)
9.Proof of EFT payment, (Only card payment accepted at the centre). 
10. Original/Fax copy of invitation letter from a recognized Indian company bearing the purpose of the visit, complete passport details of the applicant as well as travel dates.
11. Recommendation letter from the company of applicant giving a brief introduction of the South African company as well as the purpose of the visit, complete passport details of the applicant and to include travel dates , Certificate of Incorporation of the South African company Please note that there should be two signatures on the form. (One is on the first page below photograph and second is on next page below declaration)

TRANSIT VISA:
All tourism requirements plus detailed itinerary booking or evidence of onward journey from India Airport / India port

IF APPLICANT IS A MINOR

1.Signed consent letter from both parents authorizing minor to travel.
2.Certified copy of Unabridged Birth certificate.
3.Certified copies of parents as proof of identification
For all other visa applications see www.vfsglobal.com/india/southafrica

Visa Processing Time

Minimum 5 working days

Visa Cost

Check out www.vfsglobal.com/india/southafrica

Payments can be made through credit card or debit card. Deposit into bank account as per bank details below : 
Please note: EFT payments are not accepted.

Bank: Nedbank
Account Holder: VFS Visa Processing SA (PTY) Ltd
Account Number: 1012505804
Branch Code: 198765
Ref: Use passport number as beneficiary reference 

SA Representative

S.A. High Commission, B18 Vasant Marg, Vasant
Vihar, New Delhi, 110057, India
Tel: 0091-11-2614-9411-19
E-mail: dhc@sahc-india.com

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Japanese Encephalitis (Not available in SA), Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk