Apr 21 2011

How to get an Indian visa in Hanoi

Published by at 8:28 pm under Visas

If you’re travelling extends beyond SE Asia and into India, you can sort out a 6 month visa for India in Hanoi. Yes, 6 months – single or multiple entry. I was surprised. As an aside, if you want to stay longer than 6 months it looks like you have to leave the country for 2 months before you can re-enter.

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All nationalities require a visa, except citizens of Bhutan and Nepal. Residents of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, and the ASEAN can arrange a 30-day single entry on arrival, everyone else will need to arrange it in advance.

The Embassy of India is on Tran Hung Dao, a few blocks south of Hoan Kiem Lake. For visas, look for the white metal gate to the left of the main Embassy entrance.

The visa application form is longer than that required for countries such as Cambodia and Laos but it’s largely straightforward information, with just some extra questions such as ‘where the applicant or his parents or grandparents were holding the nationality of Pakistan at any time’ and details of any previous visits. Don’t be put off by the section on the last page asking for referees — you only need to fill that in if you are holding a “No objection to return endorsement”.

Other than the form you just need to take a copy of your passport and two passport sized photographs. They accept applications Monday to Friday mornings between 9 and 12 and it takes 5 working days to process. Visas can be collected in the morning or afternoon.

I was unable to procure a full list of fees but they told me that for British and Australian citizens the fee was $60 and $80 for US citizens. Having done a bit of online research I see that it is cheaper for some nationalities. They only accept US$ in cash.

Embassy of India
58 – 60 Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi
T: (04) 3824 4989 / 3824 4990

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7 Responses to “How to get an Indian visa in Hanoi”

  1. Jonnyon 05 May 2014 at 10:06 am

    We just got our Indian visa in Hanoi, in 4 days. We were given a 4 month visa, even though we asked for 3 month visa. It is a single entry visa. We filled out the forms online, and printed them off and brought them with us. We also had 2 hostel world bookings but they didn’t even look at those and handed them back to us. They also gave us back our photocopies of our Vietnam visa, our passports and our entry stamps. All he kept was the forms, our passports and passport photos. The visa cost 63 USD each. I think since they announced back in February that from September, you can get visa on arrival, they have made the process alot easier and stress free when applying at embassies. We wern’t asked any questions in the embassy, just sat down for 5 minutes and told to come back today to pick them up. So what they wanted was
    Our Irish passports
    Passport photos
    Printed off forms.
    They didn’t even look at and handed back the following to us
    Photocopies of our passports, Vietnamese visa, entry stamp
    Hostel world bookings.

    A very easy process overall.

  2. Sarah Turneron 06 May 2014 at 2:55 am

    Thanks for the update Jonny. That’s really useful. Sarah

  3. sarahon 25 May 2014 at 2:24 pm


    I recently applied for my indian tourist visa. Im from the uk and the cost is now $152 usd.

    Just an update as the prices changed at xmas and is tough to find any info about this. :)

  4. Adamon 20 Aug 2014 at 6:32 am

    Thanks Sarah,

    I am from the UK and I aim to do this process too. I am going to be travelling with my Canadian gf. I called the Hanoi embassy and they told me that my visa would be $152 and my girlfriend’s will be $63.

    Did you have to show them any receipts of flights into and out of India?


  5. Sarah Turneron 20 Aug 2014 at 6:50 am

    Hi Adam. I’m sorry, I don’t know for sure but I’ve just had another look at the visa form (online) and it doesn’t look like you do. If you have the contact details there it’s probably safest to call them and check. Sarah

  6. Henryon 06 Sep 2014 at 10:58 am

    We got our India Visa in Hanoi.

    All you need is:

    1) completed online application form – printed and signed.
    2) one passport photo attached to application form
    3) 152 US dollars (british citizens)
    4) passport

    It takes 4 – 5 working days.

    They only take US dollars. For a tourist visa you don’t need anything else.

    Hope it helps other people.

  7. Lucyon 12 Sep 2014 at 10:45 am

    Thanks guys!
    This information is great :)
    Any suggestions on the best place to fill the online application out? As the indianvisaonline.gov.in doesn’t seem to work.

    Thanks in advance :) x

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