About Us Visa Information

Applicants have two options:
OptionA:       Regular Visa 
Option B:       e-Visa

Option A - Regular Visa :


All individual visa seekers are requested to first prepare their applications online on website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in in order to apply for Indian visa. Please select Vietnam-Ho Chi Minh City for applying from Ho Chi Minh City. Once the online application form is completed, the applicant has to take a print-out of the online registered application form.

The duly signed physical copy of the application form completed in all respects is to be submitted along with the supporting documents at the Indian Consulate on the scheduled date of appointment. Applications are accepted on all working days from 0900 to 1200 hrs with prior appointment except on weekend and holidays. Please check the List of Holidays available on our website. 


Capturing of biometrics (fingerprints and face traits) of all visa applicants is a mandatory requirement 
with effect from 1st May, 2018.  Therefore, all visa applicants have to personally visit the Consulate with effect from 1st May, 2018 to record their biometrics. Cases in which biometrics of the applicant are not required (depending upon the availability of already captured biometrics or the applicant falling under the category in which biometrics can be waived off) will be indicated on the last page of the application after it has been successfully submitted online and print-out in PDF format taken by the applicant.
The applicants would be granted multiple entry tourist visa/business visa for five years by default. Grant of 5-year tourist visa will be with the stipulation that continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 90 days. Grant of 5-year Business visa will be with the stipulation that continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days. On specific cases/requests, where requirements is for a shorter period, the period of visa can be curtailed.


The appointment has to be booked on line at least one day in advance. For scheduling the appointment, please go to the web link, https://www.cgihcmc.gov.in/page/book-appointment/ which is also available on the Home Page of our website, http://www.cgihcmc.gov.in. Before submission of application, applicant should ensure that the application is signed by the applicant in original and photograph properly affixed on it. Please note that you do not need to upload your photograph.


Please note that photo requirements are strictly met by the applicants. We require two passport-size (5cmx5cm) photographs that meet basic specifications such as the face of the applicant should cover about 60-70 percent of the photo area; both ears, neck, and shoulders should be clearly visible; the head must be centered within the frame and the photo should present full face, front view and eyes open; the background should be plain white coloured without borders with contract coloured clothes (not white clothes) and photos with dark, busy, or patterned backgrounds or shadows on the face or on the background will not be accepted.

Processing of the application will start from the date of submission at the Consulate and not from the date of its entry online. Validity of visa starts from the date of issue and not from the date of entry into India. The minimum processing time for Vietnamese nationals is usually 3 working days. For foreigners, the minimum processing time is 5 working days.

Payment is accepted only in cash in Vietnam Dong (VND).  No Credit/debit card or cheques is accepted.  Please ensure that you bring change and correct amount of applicable fee in VND and remember to take receipt. Please check the Visa Fee Table to find out the applicable visa fee. Visa fee for nationalities that do not figure in Visa Fee Table may contact Consulate by e-mail, cons[dot]hcm[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in.
Visa fee is processing charges. It cannot be refunded under any circumstances whether visa is denied or granted for a shorter period than applied for. Once Visa is granted, it cannot be changed or amended. Acceptance of visa application does not automatically guarantee grant of visa. Consulate reserves the right to seek additional documentation or refuse visa to the applicant and there shall be no clarifications or enquiries in this regard. The decision of the Consulate will be final and binding.
Collection is from 1530-1630hrs on the pick-up date printed on the receipt issued at the time of submitting visa application at the counter. Applicant can also authorize someone else to collect his/her passport from the Consulate. In that case, the authorized person should carry apart from letter of authorization, original receipt given to the applicant at the time of submission of application.
In case pick-up date falls on a holiday, visa can be collected on a subsequent working day.   Visa can also be collected one or two days after the due date but always on a working day from 1530-1630 hrs. If the date and time of collection is not printed on the receipt, the applicant will be contacted either by telephone or e-mail by the Consulate.  Applicants should invariably mention in their applications correct e-mail id and local mobile number on which the applicant can be contacted.

Option B: e-Visa

e-Visa - Enabled with Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

To avail e-Visa, please log on to: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in 

E-Visa application is a four-step process involving:

  1. Application online, upload photo and data page of your passport.
  2. Payment of e-Visa fee online,
  3. Receive Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) at your email ID and
  4. Print ETA and fly to India with Passport and ETA.

For availing e-Visa, obtaining ETA through above procedure is mandatory. Without ETA, the airlines would not allow boarding. E-Visa applicants travelling to India on a passport other than the passport mentioned in ETA, will be allowed entry into India provided that they also carry with them the old passport on which ETA was issued. 

E-visa facility is available for following five categories of visa:

  1. e-Tourist visa
  2. e-Business visa
  3. e-Medical visa
  4. e-Medical Attendant Visa, and
  5. e-Conference Visa

The guidelines for availing e-visa are as follows:

e-Tourist Visa: e-Tourist visa can be availed for maximum one year with multiple entry. Continuous stay of a foreigner on e-Visa should not exceed 90 days. The limit for continuous stay in respect of nationals of USA, UK, Canada and Japan is 180 days. 

e-Business Visa: e-Business visa can be issued upto one year with multiple entries. The continuous stay on e-Business visa should not exceed 180 days in case of nationals of all countries who are eligible for grant of e-Business Visa. However, if the intention of a foreigner is to stay beyond 180 days on e-Business Visa, the registration with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) will be required.

e-Medical Visa & e-Medical Attendant Visa: e-Medical visa can be granted for 60 days with triple entries. Two e-Medical attendant visas can be granted with one e-Medical visa. 

e-Conference Visa: e-Conference visa can be granted for 30 days with single entry. 

A foreigner (except those applying for e-Conference Visa) will be allowed to club activities permitted under these categories. Foreigners applying for e-Conference visa will be permitted to club the activities permitted under e-Tourist visa only. 

E-tourist visa will be provided at 28 designated international airport. It will also be provided at 5 major Indian ports, Mumbai, Cochin, Goa, Chennai and Mangalore to help tourists coming on cruise ships.
e-Visa applicants are not required to visit the Consulate. Capturing of biometrics for e-visa holders will be done on arrival at the immigration check points in India. 

Caution: All foreigners are hereby notified that the only official website of Government of India for applying e-Visa is:  https://indianvisaonline.gov.in

There have been a number of instances where many third party websites have been created to offer Indian e-Visa services. Government of India has not authorized any company or entity to facilitate e-visa service. All such websites are fake and are designed to dupe the applicants of their money. They may also misuse the applicant’s personal data.

It may also be noted that e-Visa involves online application for which no facilitation is required by any intermediary/agent etc. For any clarification or doubt about e-visa, applicants may write an email to indiatvoa[at]gov[dot]in or contact e-Visa helpdesk at : +91-11-24300666 (24 X 7).