Visa in an Emergency situation
A Visa may be granted to those who need to travel to India in an emergency situation.
This service is usually rendered on a working day. The applicant is required to provide a proof of emergency and a confirmed and paid ticket for travel within the next 72 hours.
Emergency visa on a holiday :
This service is available only to Persons of Indian Origin who will be required to produce their old Indian passports / surrender certificate / landing paper etc. to avail of this service. In cases arising out of extreme humanitarian, medical or death situations, the Visa Officer may, at his discretion, grant visa on a closed holiday - Saturday, Sunday or Gazetted holiday - also. In such cases, you will be required to produce a confirmed and paid-for air ticket for same day travel showing the emergent nature of your travel and hence the necessity of visa. You may also be required to give some proof of the emergency situation. You must take a prior appointment by giving a call to 613-744-3751, 613-744-3752 or 613-744-3753. Explain the emergency situation and have a time fixed. It will ensure that the visa counter is specially opened to attend to you on a holiday. A list of closed holidays can be found by clicking here.}
This service has NOT been outsourced to BLS International. You will need to come to the High Commission of India after filling in the visa form and with all supporting documents. Please carefully follow the procedure given below to ensure that you get the visa in a smooth manner.
It would usually take 4 to 5 hours to process the Emergency Visa case. Normally, the applications are accepted between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM at the High Commission and the visa is issued on the same day at about 4:30 PM.
If you hold a Passport other than a Canadian Passport, your request for visa in an emergency situation can take 3 to 4 days.
How to apply and the fee charged
You need to fill the Visa Application Form by going to http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/indianVisaReg.jsp
After taking a print out of the Visa Application Form and affixing a photograph on it, you need to come to the High Commission of India located at 10 Springfield Road, Ottawa K1M 1C9 between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM on a working day without appointment and by prior appointment on a holiday. This service is NOT handled by our outsourcing agents, BLS International.
The fee charged is C$ 178 + C$ 2/- = C$ 180/- for each visa. You will be required to pay this fee by bank draft/Money Order in favour of High Commission of India, Ottawa.
We would be granting the Visa valid for 2 months only and double entry.
Applicants having Pakistani Passport or persons of Pakistani origin
If you, or your parents or grand parents have/had Pakistani citizenship, a different procedure is required to be followed in your case. Please click here for details.
Please do read the General Instructions by clicking here.