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Journalist Visa

Who can apply?

  1. All Russian Nationals or Non-Russian nationals holding permanent residence status in Russian for 2 or more years
  2. All Non-Russian Nationals (Apart from U.S / U.K Nationals) holding work permit status less than 2 years in Russia can only apply for Employment Visa in home country.
  3.  U.S & U.K National holding work permit status in Canada may be eligible to apply for business Visa up to the discretion of the Indian Mission.
  4. Journalist visas are issued to professional journalists and photographers for a period of up to 3 months (single or double entry). Please provide details on a separate sheet, of places to be visited and the persons to be interviewed. Please note: Allow and make provision for one month's time to process documentary proposals. 

Required Documents

  1. Original passport with minimum 6 months validity and two blank pages.
  2. Visa application form, should be filled out in English at http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa, printed out and signed twice: under the photo and after the declaration
  3. One good quality color photograph (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm)
  4. Copies of the relevant pages of the Internal Passport (front page, the page where the address is mentioned, the page about previously issued international passports )

    * Copy of the photo page of the International Passport


Visa Fee

Visa Fee Schedule

Visa Fee (April 01, 2022)

As part of further liberalization, simplification and rationalization of visa regime in India to facilitate greater movement & interaction between the people of the two countries, multiple entry, Tourist and Business visa for a period of 5 years can be granted to the Russian nationals.

The Visa Service Charge for the nationals of the Russian Federation and the visa fee for the remaining nationalities have been adjusted to the prevailing exchange rates. The new rates for the Visa Service Charges for all types of visas for the Russian nationals is as follows :

Entry/Type of Visa Visa Service Charge (In Rubles) ICWF (In Rubles) Service Charge by the Outsourced Agency (In Rubles) Grand Total (In Rubles)
Single Entry 4320 324 237 4881
Double Entry 9720 324 237 10281
Multiple Entry 12960 324 237 13521

In addition to the above, Valid Indian visas can be transferred at the rate of Russian Rubles 2330.

Processing Time

    The Processing time  is a normal  processing time, however this processing time is dependent on various factors, such as city of application, place of previous issue of your old passport, your current visa status etc, and may vary from time to time. Processing time mentioned here, do not include delivery time taken by courier companies. Incomplete applications will lead to delay of processing time and applicants will need to comply with any changes in the procedure that may occur during this time.
    You are requested to make your travel arrangements only after receiving relevant service. BLS/EOI/CGI will not be liable for any claims of inconvenience or penalties should applicant need to make changes to their travel plans owing to the delays and/or any inconvenience caused due to any rejections.
    The normal processing time is eight to ten working days for all types of visas including Journalist visa provided all documents are in order. However, issuance of visa to foreign nationals is subject to procedures and will take longer.


Checklist for Journalist Visa is available for downloading from this section. Use the link given below to download the checklist.

Journalist Visa Checklist

Note:An Application Form cannot be submitted at the Visa Application Centre on an applicant's behalf. It is recommended that you post/courier your application, as this will save your travel to and queuing time at the Centre.