Embassy of India in Belgium
In order to go to India from Belgium, some formalities are essential. Among these formalities, you must have an Indian visa (except for nationals of Nepal and Bhutan). Without this document, entry into the country will not be allowed. It is therefore recommended to wait for the receipt of your visa before you book your trip. Indeed, the visa can not be refunded. This obligation also applies to children.
Before discussing in more detail the visa application procedure in India, let’s first recall the roles and missions in embassies.
Roles and missions Embassy of India
The Embassy of India in Belgium has several missions.
The first of these missions is to represent the country within the Belgian Kingdom. On the side of its nationals, the Indian Embassy is there to support and assist Indian citizens in particular cases. However, the Indian Embassy also has missions towards the Belgian citizens. For tourists wishing to visit India, it is the embassy that decides whether or not to grant them their visa. In this institution, travelers can also find useful tips for planning their trip.
In addition, among the missions incumbent on the embassy, it has a preventive role. It is responsible for communicating to tourists areas at risk (such as Kashmir or the Indo-Pakistan border). It is also responsible for warning the health precautions to be taken to guard against diseases and other inconveniences. Finally, the Indian Embassy recalls all the formalities that a trip to India entails: visa, insurance, etc.
Visa application procedure India
Regarding the visa for India, essential to enter the territory, tourists can request information from the Indian Embassy or from the Indian Consulate in Belgium. The embassy website provides a lot of information that helps to prepare well for your trip to India (maps, applications, reports …).
To apply for a visa for India, it is possible to go directly through one of the visa application centers for India. It is also possible to make a postal request that is to say by mail. In both cases, the procedure is long and complicated. All formalities must be completed online at the request center site before the visa is returned. You must complete the application form, download it, print it. Then you must sign the documents at the places provided for this purpose and attach all the requested documents. Finally, the completed application must be made at the counter of a visa application center. When the visa has been granted, all that is needed is to retrieve the document and the passport in the center where the application was made.
You can also apply through La Poste. For this type of approach, there are some variants and the processing of the file is longer. But overall, the process is the same as for a counter request.
Attention, in both cases, no fee is refunded. In addition, the file must include all the documents required to be accepted by the administration.
To facilitate your efforts, from now on, there is an evisa.
E-visa application procedure
From now on, it is possible to obtain an evisa, in particular thanks to the site evisa-tourisme.com. The demand is simpler and faster than a typical request from a counter. Indeed, the processing of the files takes only four days on average. In addition, to apply for an e-visa, simply download a recent passport photo and scan the first page of the passport. On the platform dedicated to evisa’s requests, you can therefore carry out all your online transactions, from the visa application to its receipt through the payment. Once your request is processed and accepted, your e-visa will be downloadable via your mailbox. In the meantime, it is possible to follow the progress of the process online. The visa is valid for 60 days after entering the Indian territory.
To make several successive visa applications, it is necessary to wait four hours in each new request.
In order to apply for an electronic visa, certain criteria must nevertheless be respected. To obtain an evisa, you must:
- Traveling to India as a tourist, visiting relatives, on business or as part of a short-term medical therapy
- Have a passport that will be valid for 6 months after your arrival in India
- Have a passport, two pages of which are blank (this will allow you to affix the visa and the entry stamp issued by the immigration officer)
- Be in possession of a return ticket or a continuation ticket
- Be in possession of a sufficient amount of money for your expenses during your stay in India.
Travelers holding a Pakistani passport and those from Pakistan are required to apply for a regular visa to the Indian Mission.
The e-visa service is not available for holders of diplomatic passports.
The evisa can not be requested for people who do not have their own passport.
Finally, the e-visa India is not allowed for the holders of an international travel document.
Attention, as for conventional requests, no fee is refunded.
Contact embassy India Belgium
For further information and for all your steps, here are the contact details for Embassy India in Belgium and request centers.
Embassy India in Brussels
Chaussee of Vleurgat 217
Tel. (+ 32) 2-640 9140
(+32) 2-645 1850
Find more information on the official website of the Embassy here.
In addition, two Indian Visa Application Centers welcome you
19 avenue Emile De Mot, 8th floor
For visa applications, open from 08:00 to 14:00
For passport withdrawals, open from 14:00 to 16:00. Hotlines for emergencies also take place from 8:30 to 11:00 for visas and from 14:00 to 16:30 for passports.
The second center is in Antwerp
62 Vestingstraat, 1st floor
For visa applications, the office is open from 9:00 to 13:00
For passport withdrawals, the counter is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00 and on Thursdays from 11:00 to 12:00.
In addition, you can reach the call center in Brussels from Monday to Friday (except public holidays) from 8:00 to 10:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00 at 0032 2627-08-12. You can also write to the center at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The call center in Antwerp is open from Monday to Friday (except public holidays) from 10:00 to 12:00. You can call 0032-32321910.