Visa Services

Visa Services

General Information

Consulate's Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, Shanghai covers Shanghai, Zhejiang & Jiangsu provinces in the Eastern China region. Residents of these regions may apply for visa at Consulate General of India, Shanghai.

Residents in other parts of China may apply either at Embassy of India (Beijing) or at Consulate General of Inida, Guangzhou.

India Visa Application Center

Visa applications from all general applicants from the areas of Consulate's jurisdiction [except those holding diplomatic/official/public affairs passports] are accepted at the India Visa Application Center located at the following address:

India Visa Application Center, Shanghai
Room C34 to C38,
10 floor Shanghai Mart Exhibition Hall,
Changning District
Shanghai , P R China 200366
Helpline No: 021- 63808073; 021-63808077 ( for queries, please contact between 1400 - 1600 hrs )
Working Hours: 0830 – 1500 Hrs, Monday to Friday except Public Holidays
E-mail ID:

Please note that it is mandatory for all applicants who wish to apply for any type of visa including diplomatic/officials/Public Affairs to apply only online through Once online application has been submitted the formal application can be submitted at the Indian Visa Application Center.

 All foreign nationals (non-Chinese) need to fill in an additional form along with the visa application. The form may be downloaded here.

Please check the website of India Visa Application Center  for complete details regarding location, timing, forms and formalities, types of visa, fees, documents required, advisories, time-line for various services etc.

 Passport of all applicants should be valid for a minimum period of six months.

The Consulate normally takes 3 working days to process visa applications in respect of Chinese nationals and 5 working days to process applications in respect of non-Chinese nationals in China excluding the long term visa or special cases. The processing time specified above starts from the next working day after submission of visa application along-with requisite documents at the Consulate (in respect of diplomatic/official/public affairs passport holders) or at the Indian Visa Applications Centre (for ordinary passport holders).

Kindly note that there is no telephonic enquiry facility for visa at the Consulate. All queries should be addressed to the India Visa Centre through their helpline 021- 63808073; 021-63808077 or email:

Diplomatic/Public Affairs Applicants:

Applications from diplomatic/official/ public affairs passports holders are directly accepted at the Consulate between 0930 hrs and 1200 hrs on all working days. Collection back of diplomatic/official/public affairs passports/documents can be done between 1600 - 1700 hours (on the date indicated on the applicant's receipt).

Location map of the India Visa Application Center:

Guidelines for filling online visa application

 When filling the online form, please do ensure that all details entered are accurate. The option to edit text is not available once the form has been saved and printed. In such a case, a new form needs to be filled again with all correct information entered.

 Please carefully note down the Temporary Application ID number (15 characters) consisting of numbers and alphabets, which will be displayed immediately on the Government of India Visa Online application form. This can be saved to retrieve your application and continue in case you wish to complete part of the application later.

 It is a mandatory requirement to ensure that your photo is 2 inch x 2 inch (51mm x 51mm) in size with white background. Photos which do not meet this specification will not be accepted. Details regarding resizing and uploading of photos are available at

The Indian Visa Application Centre has a photo booth facility (on payment basis) meeting these standards for applicants choosing to submit their application in person.

Once you have completed the application online, you will receive a Web Reference Confirmation Number. The completed Visa Application form will open up in PDF format at this stage. Save the form and print out the same for submission to the Indian Visa Application Centre/Consulate.

The online visa application form should be filled at least one day in advance of submission of application form print-out at the Indian Visa Application Centre/Consulate.

You can use either an Ink-Jet or Laser printer to print the completed Visa Application once you have filled and submitted online.

 Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, it may take several minutes to download the initial and completed copies of the form(s). We suggest you to please leave your pop-up blockers turned off for the duration of this activity.

 Please keep the following Information handy before you start filing the application online:

  •   Your current and valid Passport
  •  Relevant supporting documents based on your Visa Category
  •  Email address
  •   Mobile phone or alternate Landline telephone number

Submission of Visa Applications

  • Once you have completed your online application form, please save, print and sign and present it along with the supporting documents and passport to our Visa application Centre in Shanghai.
  •  The application form should be complete in all respects and should be signed by the applicant himself. Incomplete applications or those signed by non-applicants or containing incorrect information are liable to be rejected without any claim for fee refund
  • Applications can be submitted in person by the applicants themselves or through their representatives including travel agents. The Consulate attaches equal importance to all the applications and does not give any preference to those received through the travel agents
  •  A service charge of RMB 22(inclusive of taxes) per passport will apply in addition to regular visa fees.

Important Note: The India Visa Application Centre provides visa application support service only. Staff members of Visa Application Centre have no power or influence over the outcome of an application. The decision to issue or refuse a visa is made solely by the officers at the Consulate. India Visa Application Centre staff will provide visa information, but they cannot and will not offer immigration advice. If India Visa Application Centre staff claims to be able to influence your application, you should notify in writing to Head of Visa Services at the Consulate in Shanghai

Information on Various Types of Visas and documentation required

Visa for Chinese Nationals

Tourist Visa

Business Visa

Employment Visa

Project Visa

Conference Visa

Journalist Visa

Student Visa

Research Visa

Medical Visa

Transit Visa

Intern Visa

Sports Visa

Film Visa

Entry Visa

Visa for Foreign Nationals

Additional Form required to be filled by Foreign Nationals

Visa Fees

Documents Required

Download Forms

Request form for travel to India on tourist visa within 2 months of last exit from India Download


Prohibition on the use of satellite phones in India

This is to inform all concerned including foreigners visiting India that satellite telephone services are not permitted in India. Unauthorized use of handsets of Thuraya, Iridium and other such satellite operators are not permissible under Indian law. People, including visitors to India, found to be making use of satellite telephone services will be prosecuted and all sets found in possession of any individual will be seized.

Visa to India for the purpose of entering into surrogacy arrangements

Any person seeking a visa to India for the 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 arrangements under any other visa not sought for surrogacy is punishable.

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