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Policy to Get an India Visa for Minors

Many families love to travel together and this includes taking minor children on trips overseas. However, traveling with minors can complicate the process because different countries have different visa requirements for minors.

For travelers planning to take their children to India, here's what they need to know in order to get young people into the country.

How to Get an India Visa for a Minor Child 

Every minor child who plans to enter India will need his or her own visa. Fortunately, parents or guardians can apply for this visa online. This form is straightforward and most travelers find it easy to fill out. Each section includes instructions.
The most important thing to remember is that the information on the application must exactly match the information on the child's passport.

Before filling out the form, travelers may want to gather:

  • The child's passport. Make sure it has at least 6 months of validity beyond the planned arrival date in India. The passport should also have at least 2 blank pages for stamping by an Indian immigration officer.

  • A photograph of the child on a white background. While most passport photos will work for this requirement, it is up to the parents or guardians to make sure that their child's photograph meets India's specifications.

  • A credit card. This will only be used to pay the application fee.

  • A valid email address, preferably of the parent or guardian.

  • Details about the child's arrival in and departure from India. This includes flight numbers, cities of arrival and departure, travel dates, and more.
Travelers should be able to apply for and submit their eVisa application online. Once they have done this and have paid for the visa, it is simply a matter of waiting 2-4 business days for a response.

Documents required for indian visa for a minor:
  • Passport of minor
  • Image of self of minor
They can also check the status of the visa online at any time. However, once the visa has been processed, they will receive an email notification. Once they have this, they can print off the eVisa for a minor child and carry it with them when they take the child into India.

Facts About the India Visa for a Minor Child 

The India visa for a minor child works exactly the same way that an adult visa does. However, if one parent is traveling with a child without the other or if travelers are taking someone else's child across the border, they will need a notarized letter from the other parent or from both parents giving them permission to take the child to India.

Travelers should also bring a minor child's birth certificate (or a notarized copy of it) with them when they travel, to avoid unnecessary delays and/or confusion.

They can also bring documentation of a child's medical needs, such as allergies, medications, or other special needs. This can expedite any medical care that the child may need in India.

Does the Guardian Have to do the Application with the Minor? 

Each and every foreign traveler needs a visa to enter India irrespective of their age. Minors (children under 16 years of age) need separate visas and their parents/guardian can make the application for them. It is not necessary that the parents/guardians apply along with the minors’ visa application.   

However, the application of the minors should be signed by a parent or guardian to be accepted. Applications without such signatures will be rejected and returned. 

Note that children under 16 years from a foreign country cannot travel to India without being accompanied by an adult. India allows minor children to travel unaccompanied only domestically. So, it is advised that parents/guardians apply for the visa along with the child if they are not already in possession of an Indian visa. 

Is the India eVisa Application Different for a Minor? 

No, the application procedure is the same for an adult or a minor applicant. The only difference is that the application form of the minors should be signed by their parents or legal guardians.

All applicants need to submit separate applications and photographs. Note that the photographs should not be a family picture and should be passport-size images with a white background. 

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