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How Long is an Indian Transit Visa Valid For?


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  • A reader recently raised a good point in relation to this article, which states that "Visitors staying in India for less than 72 hours can obtain a Transit Visa, otherwise an Indian Tourist Visa is necessary".

    She said that an Indian transit visa is valid for 15 days, not 72 hours.

    Actually, this is true! Transit visas are valid for a period of 15 days from the date of issue. However, the maximum permitted stay in India at one time on a transit visa is 72 hours.

    However, as with many things in India, the reality is often different.  On this thread on the Lonely Planet forum, one person reported using their transit visa to travel overland through India for 10 days from Nepal, before catching an onwards flight from Delhi.  They didn't face any problems.  This is for overland transit through, with a transit visa obtained from Kathmandu. It's doubtful as to whether it would be allowed for those flying in and out of India, who have much shorter transit time frames.

    Does anyone else have any experiences to report?

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