Any Indian national in distress can meet the First Secretary (Consular) on all working days from 0930 hours to 1200 hours without appointment, for seeking redress to his/her grievance. Ambassador also will be available to receive such Indian nationals on every second and fourth Fridays of each month between 1100 hours and 1200 hours.
Under instructions of Government of India, the Embassy of India, Oslo has established the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) to meet the contingency expenditure incurred by this Embassy for carrying out welfare activities for Overseas Indian Citizens who are in distress. Each individual requiring visa or consular services has to pay additional amount of NOK 15 for ICWF in addition to normal fees for such services.
Any person seeking a visa to India for purpose of entering into a surrogacy arrangement must ascertain beforehand whether the law of that country permits surrogacy and will provide appropriate travel documents to the child for accompanying the surrogate parents. Entering into surrogacy arrangement under any other visa not sought for surrogacy is punishable under the Indian law. Applicants are advised to contact the Consular Section of the Embassy before making surrogacy arrangement.
• Travel Advice on Swine Flu
All persons travelling from Norway to India are hereby informed that in case of detection of symptoms associated with influenza virus A(H1N1), they will be required to undergo medical screening, quarantine which would involve hospitalization and other procedural requirements. Health screening of passengers coming from affected countries is continuing in 19 airports at Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Srinagar, Trichy and Varanasi.
• Import of Satellite Phones to India
In case of import of satellite phone as cargo: a declaration is to be given by the person importing the goods about details of goods.
In case of satellite phones being brought in baggage / hand baggage: satellite phones without licence issued by the Department of Telecommunication would be detained / confiscated, as per the existing procedures till the time the holder of the satellite phones is able to produce a licence issued by the DoT.
Applicants may please note that satellite telephone services are not permitted in India (except for Inmarsat services provided through M/s Tata Communications Limited, but only in instances where ‘No Objection Certificates’ have been issued by the Department of Telephones, Government of India, on case to case basis.) Satellite telephony through Thuraya and other such sets is unauthorized in the country and, if such sets are detected, the equipment is liable to be seized and the holders making unauthorized use of satellite telephone services are liable to be prosecuted under the relevant provisions of the Indian Wireless Act and the Indian Telegraph Act.
• Visa Applications
All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. The Indian visa is issued under Government of India’s Foreigners Act. All Individual visa seekers are requested to apply for the Indian Visa through http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/info.jsp in order to make an application for getting the Indian visa. The application form is to be completed in all respect and once submitted on line successfully, a print out of the same is to be taken and submitted to M/S TT Services, Oslo along with passport and requisite visa processing fee. No hand written application form will be accepted by M/S TT Services, Oslo.
The instructions for filling the form can be referred at Instructions for Online Visa Application. Important technical information for filling online Indian visa application can be referred at Technical Instructions.
Visa applicants are requested to submit their visa applications to TT Services which is located approximately 150 meters from the Embassy of India. The address and other contact particulars of TT Services are as follows:-
The visa fee depends upon the type of visa applied for and duration of visa. Visa fee is divided into Basic fee, miscellaneous charges of NOK 15.00 and processing fee of NOK 135.00 by M/S TT Services, Oslo (out-sourcing agency). During the online registration process, at the end of the process the basic fee shall be displayed. However, this fee shall be indicative only and final fee shall be charged while submitting the application with M/S TT Services, Oslo.
Fee once received is non-refundable even if the visa application is withdrawn, visa is not granted, or if visa issued is of shorter duration of period than applied for or otherwise issued or returned at a time or on terms and conditions that may vary from those sought by the applicant.
• Introduction of Tourist Visa - on - arrival
In order to facilitate bonafide foreign tourists who plan their tours at a short notice, the Government of India had introduced "Tourist Visa-on-Arrival Scheme" with effect from 1st January 2011 for nationals of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and Laos.
Under the Scheme, nationals of these countries are issued "Tourist Visa-on-Arrival" with a maximum validity of 30 days with Single Entry facility from the Immigration Officer at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata only. The said "Tourist Visa-on-Arrival" can neither be extended nor converted to any other kind of visa during his/her stay in India except in certain exceptional circumstances.
Currently, a Tourist Visa-on-Arrival is being granted to a foreigner who is a national of nationals of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and Laos who fulfil the following conditions:
• Whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit etc and no other purpose/activity;
• Who does not have a residence or occupation in India.
• Who holds a passport with minimum six months validity, and a re-entry permit if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant.
• Who is a person of assured financial standing (the production of a return ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India may be considered sufficient for this purpose).
• Who is not a person-non-grata to the Government of India.
• Who is not considered an undesirable person.
• This facility shall not be available to the citizens of above-named countries if the person or either of his/her parents or grandparents (paternal or maternal) was born in, and was permanently resident in Pakistan. Such persons can visit India after obtaining appropriate visa from the Indian Mission/Post concerned.
A fee of US$ 60/- or an equivalent amount in Indian rupees per passenger (including children) will be charged from each foreigner for the grant of Tourist Visa-on-Arrival.
Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall be allowed for a maximum of two times in a calendar year to a foreigner with a minimum gap of two months between each visit.
• Deposit of consular fee
It is reiterated that no consul fee should be sent by post to the Embassy ie by enclosing the cash with the application. The consul fee, as required, should be deposited either by bank cheque issued in favour of “Embassy of India, Oslo” account or deposited in cash at the reception counter in the Embassy. Please collect a receipt of the amount deposited from the reception counter.