About Us Journalist Visa

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Journalist (J) Visa

Generally provided to professional journalists and photographers for up to three months' stay in India. Foreign journalists visiting India for any other purposes, such as attending a conference or tourism, etc. should also apply for a ‘J’ Visa.


In certain cases applicants are advised to contact the Press and Information wing of the Embassy in the following cases, prior to submitting their visa applications:

  • If intending to make a documentary or advertising film in India;

  • If intending to make a feature or commercial film for TV or cinema;

  • If intending to visit restricted or protected area;

  • If intending to go to India for more than three months.

Applicants going to India as resident representatives of their newspapers, TV organisations, etc. should also contact the Press and Information wing of the Embassy at the earliest. Please note the validity of the visa is effective from the date of issue.

Visa Fee : € 99 for upto three months' visa; € 148 for period above three months.


  •  Members of foreign team going for a commercial shoot such as a feature film /reality TV or commercial TV should apply for Business visa;

  •   Employment visa is given to foreign journalists including intern journalists going to work in Indian media organisations;

  •  Employment visa is given to employees/managers going to India for non-journalistic activities within media organisations;

  •  Student visa is the appropriate visa for pursuing full time courses in journalism.

Time taken : Time taken may vary on case-to-case basis.

Note : For further procedural details, go to website of service provider, VFS Global, www.vfsglobal.com/india/netherlands. In case of any discrepancy between this website and the website of the service provider or any government of India website, please bring the same to the attention of the Embassy at e-mail : consular.thehague@mea.gov.in