Important Information

Visa Validity
Please note that the validity of the visa issued is at the discretion the Embassy

Sample of the Business Travel Requirements for an India Visa for Swiss Citizens

  1. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must: 

    • Have two blank facing visa pages
    • Be valid for six months beyond exit date

  2. Photograph(s)

    Two colour photographs. The photographs must:

    • Measure 5cm x 5cm without including the borders
    • Have a white background
    • Be taken within the last six months
    • Be identical

  3. Business Introduction Letter

    You must provide an original Business Cover Letter from the applicant's Swiss employer. All letters must be printed on company letterhead that displays a Swiss postal address. Use the sample Business Cover Letter provided here to complete your letter.

    All Business Cover Letters must be addressed to the Embassy or Consulate. The address of the diplomatic missions can be found here

  4. Letter of Invitation

    A letter of invitation from the company the applicant is visiting. A copy is acceptable. This letter must:

    • Be addressed to the Embassy of India in Bern
    • Be on company letterhead paper
    • Include the name of the applicant
    • State the purpose of journey
    • State the date of entry
    • Specify the requested number of entries and the length of visa required

  5. Proof of Travel Arrangements

    A copy of the flight confirmation showing onward/return travel

  6. Visa Application Form(s)

    One fully completed and signed application form. This form must:

    • Be completed online at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/
    • Be printed on two separate pages, forms that are copied back to back are not accepted
    • Be signed in the original on both pages in black ink only
    • Bear a signature that matches the applicant's passport
    • Be submitted to the Embassy within 45 calendar days of completion
    • Must match the number of entries selected on the VisaCentral website
    • Have no handwritten changes

  7. Consular Service Fees

    The Indian Visa Application Center charges an additionnal fee per application. This fee is 24.65 CHF

  8. VisaCentral Order Confirmation

    For orders placed on the VisaCentral website, a copy of the Online Order Confirmation which is sent to you via email, must be submitted.


    For all other orders, and where applicable, a completed VisaCentral Visa Order Form which can be found in the VisaCentral Application Pack should be submitted.


    Please note that all card payments will only be made upon completion of the visa application process. 

  9. Five year Multiple Entry Applicants

    Travellers applying for a five-year validity visa must additionally provide a copy of three previously issued Indian visas and a copy of the entry and exit stamps for each journey made to India within the validity of these three visas.

  10. Former Indian Nationals

    Under the Indian law, people of Indian origin, who have acquired foreign nationality, are required to surrender their Indian passport to the High Commission of India before submitting their visa applications. Once this process is complete, a Surrender Certificate will be issued. A copy of this certificate will need to be submitted with the application. In case the applicant does not have the Indian passports in their possession for any reason, they are required to furnish duly notarised affidavit in this regard. A police report is also required if the passport has been declared lost or stolen

  11. Charity and Media Professionals

    Visa approvals for applicants working in charity or media related professions will be referred to officials in India. As a result, processing time may extend for up to twelve weeks and additional consular fees may be charged.

    Media related professionals must provide an original letter stating that no media related work will be undertaken whilst in India

  12. Applicants Born outside of Switzerland

    Visa approval for applicants of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Somalia or Sri Lanka origin will be sought from officials in India. Passports will be retained by the Indian High Commission until approval is received. Processing time will be considerably longer and additional consular fees may be charged.

  13. Applicants of Pakistani or Sri Lankan Origins

    Applicants of Pakistani and Sri Lankan origins are required to fill in a supplementary form. Please contact VisaCentral to request this form

Sample of the Tourist Travel Requirements for an India Visa for Swiss Citizens

  1. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must:

    • Contain at least two blank visa pages
    • Be valid for six months beyond exit date

  2. Photograph(s)

    Two colour photographs. The photographs must:

    • Measure 5cm x 5cm without including the borders
    • Have a white background
    • Be taken within the last six months
    • Be identical

  3. Proof of Travel Arrangements

    A copy of the flight confirmation showing onward/return travel

  4. Visa Application Form(s)

    One fully completed and signed application form. This form must:

    • Be completed online at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/
    • Be printed on two separate pages, forms that are copied back to back are not accepted
    • Be signed in the original on both pages in black ink only
    • Bear a signature that matches the applicant's passport
    • Be submitted to the Embassy within 45 calendar days of completion
    • Must match the number of entries selected on the VisaCentral website
    • Have no handwritten changes

  5. Consular Service Fees

    The Indian Visa Application Center charges an additionnal fee per application. This fee is 24.65 CHF

  6. VisaCentral Order Confirmation

    For orders placed on the VisaCentral website, a copy of the Online Order Confirmation which is sent to you via email, must be submitted.


    For all other orders, and where applicable, a completed VisaCentral Visa Order Form which can be found in the VisaCentral Application Pack should be submitted.


    Please note that all card payments will only be made upon completion of the visa application process. 

  7. Multiple Entry Applicants

    Travellers applying for a multiple entry visa should provide a copy of flight confirmations showing at least two onward/return travels

  8. Former Indian Nationals

    Under the Indian law, people of Indian origin, who have acquired foreign nationality, are required to surrender their Indian passport to the High Commission of India before submitting their visa applications. Once this process is complete, a Surrender Certificate will be issued. A copy of this certificate will need to be submitted with the application. In case the applicant does not have the Indian passports in their possession for any reason, they are required to furnish duly notarised affidavit in this regard. A police report is also required if the passport has been declared lost or stolen

  9. Charity and Media Professionals

    Visa approvals for applicants working in charity or media related professions will be referred to officials in India. As a result, processing time may extend for up to twelve weeks and additional consular fees may be charged.

    Media related professionals must provide an original letter stating that no media related work will be undertaken whilst in India

  10. Applicants Born outside of Switzerland

    Visa approval for applicants of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Somalia or Sri Lanka origin will be sought from officials in India. Passports will be retained by the Indian High Commission until approval is received. Processing time will be considerably longer and additional consular fees may be charged.

  11. Applicants of Pakistani or Sri Lankan Origins

    Applicants of Pakistani and Sri Lankan origins are required to fill in a supplementary form. Please contact VisaCentral to request this form

  12. Children Under the Age of 18

    Applicants up to 18 years of age must provide an authorization letter signed by both parents allowing them to travel by themselves

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