About Us Visa Information


Applicants have two options:
Option A: 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.hcm@mea.gov.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 authorise someone else to collect his/her passport from the Consulate. In that case, the authorised person should carry apart from letter of authorisation, 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 Authorisation (ETA)

To avail e-Visa, please log on to 
https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html. It is a four-step process involving (i) Application online, (ii) Payment of processing fee online, (iii) Receive Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) at your email ID and (iv) Fly to India with Passport and ETA. 

For availing e-Visa, obtaining ETA through above procedure is mandatory. Without ETA, the airline would not allow boarding.

There are three categories of visas that can be availed under e-Visa (i) e-Tourist visa, (ii) e-Business visa and (iii) e-Medical visa. 

Duration of each stay in India has been increased from 30 days to 60 days and Single Entry visa has been changed to Double Entry e-Tourist visa and e-Business visa. 
A triple entry e-Medical Visa has been introduced with possible extension up to 6 months. 
A Vietnamese/foreigner will also be permitted to club e-Tourist visa, e-Business visa and e-Medical Visa.

e-Visa is non-extendable except in case of e-Medical visa which can be extended up to six months depending upon the merit of the case. 

e-Visa will be non-convertible to any other types of visa except in following cases:

  1.     To ‘X’ (Entry) visa if a foreigner marries an Indian national during the validity of his/her e-Tourist visa.

  2.     To medical visa if a foreigner falls ill after his / her entry into India

  3. To ‘X’ (Entry) visa in the case of a Person of Indian Origin who is otherwise entitled for ‘X’ (Entry) visa.

E-tourist visa 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.