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Journalist Visa

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Journalist Visa, Visa for filming/producing documentaries in India

Journalist Visa is issued to professional journalists, photographers, film producers/directors (other than commercial films), a representative of radio or television organisation, travel writers/photographers etc. travelling to India for work-related purposes. A correspondent, columnist, cartoonist, editor or professional journalist working for an association/company engaged in production or broadcast of audio news or audio visual news or current Affairs programme through print media, electronic or any other form should apply for Journalist Visa for travel to India. Journalists visiting India for any other purpose like tourism should also apply for Journalist Visa.

For details on documentary filming please refer to www.mea.gov.in/documentary-filming-in-india.htm

Required Documents

Journalist Visa is issued to professional journalists, photographers, film producers/directors (other than commercial films), a representative of radio or television organisation, travel writers/photographers etc. travelling to India for work-related purposes; A correspondent, columnist, cartoonist, editor or professional journalist working for an association/company engaged in production or broadcast of audio news or audio visual news or current affairs programme through print media, electronic or any other form; Journalists visiting India for any other purpose like tourism. Following documents are to be submitted along with visa application form:

  1. One printed copy of the online visa application form duly signed on both pages.
  2. One recent photograph as per photo specifications
  3. Original passport with at least two blank pages and minimum 6 months validity
  4. Copy of profile page of passport. If applicant is holding dual/multiple nationality, copy of profile page of all passports
  5. Copy of Hong Kong/Macau ID for residents and copy of valid HK/Macau visa for non residents
  6. Sponsorship letter from the media house in Hong kong/Macau giving purpose and details of visit. In case applicant is Freelancer,  accreditation letter from the local Journalist Association.
  7. A letter of invitation from an Indian company/sponsor (wherever applicable)
  8. Declaration in respect of equipment being carried, if any
  9. Declaration in respect of engaging an Indian liaison officer (wherever applicable)
  10. Journalists, editors, writers, publishers, etc. who are visiting India for purposes like tourism are requested to provide an undertaking from self and employers that they would not engage in any journalistic or reporting activities during their visit to India
  11. Self undertaking as per Form-II regarding use of satellite phone
  12. General self undertaking as per Form-III

Additional Important information regarding Journalist Visa:

  1. The applicants are required to contact on arrival in New Delhi, the External Publicity Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and in other places, the Office of the Government of India's Press Information Bureau, so that they could be given necessary assistance in various matters including planning their itineraries.
  2. There is no requirement for accreditation for journalists on brief professional visits to India, but temporary accreditation may be extended for journalists from reputed media organizations, if so requested by them. However, all journalists on long-term assignment in India are obliged to apply compulsorily for accreditation with Press Information Bureau (PIB). This can only be done after arrival in India.
  3. Journalist visas are extendable after arrival in India, for representatives of established media organizations, on the basis of letters of nomination specifying the duration of assignment and provided they hold valid PIB accreditation. Extensions are issued for up to one year at a time. Visa extensions are issued by the nearest FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) in the city where the journalist is based.
  4. For details on documentary filming please refer to www.mea.gov.in/documentary-filming-in-india.htm.

Processing Time

Applicants are advised to submit Visa applications minimum 15 days in advance of their travel plans.

Visa fee schedule

NOTE: At Indian Visa, Passport and Consular Services Hong Kong, We DO NOT ACCEPT 1000 (One Thousand) HKD NOTE.

Journalist Visa fee schedule

(Visas are normally issued for duration of 3 months with a single entry.)

  1. BLS service charges: HKD 47

VISA FEE SCHEDULE FOR ALL NATIONALITIES OTHER THAN AS SPECIFIED BELOW IN S.NO.  14 to 28
SN Type Duration Entries Visa Fee in HKD (including ICWF HKD24/-)
1 Jounalist upto 6 M S/D 642
2 Missionary upto 6 M S/M 642
6M to 1 Y M 950
1Y to 5Y M 1567
3 Mountaineering upto 6 M S/M 642
6M to 1 Y M 950
4 Film upto 1 Y S/M 850
5 For Afghanistan, Argentina (restricted to tourist, business and transit visa only) , Bangladesh, DPR Korea, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, South Africa and Uruguay (restricted to tourist visa only)  nationals:
  All types of visa (except restiction as mentioned above) 24
6 For Pakistani nationals:
  All types of visa 35
7 For Singapore nationals:
  For all other types of visas, general visa fee will be applicable
8 For Japanese nationals:
  All other types of visa for Japanese nationals 86
9 For UK nationals:
  Research Visa, upto 3 years or duration of course, whichever is less 1791
  Emergency visa charges 687
10 For Nigerian nationals:
  All types of visa 1953
11 For US nationals:
  Compulsory additional visa application fee for all types of visa (except Tourist and Business visas) 155
11 For Ukrainian nationals:
  All other visas (entry, conference, journalist etc.)
  Up to 6 months 680
  Up to 1 year 1027
  less than 5 years 1567
  Emergency visa fee 656
12 For Russian nationals: All types of visa
  Single Entry 333
  Double Entry 719
  Multiple Entry 950
13 For Sri Lanka Nationals
14 For Mozambique Nationals
  Business Visa/ Employment Visa 24
All other types visas (Except Transit and Student) up to 6 months 1721
up to 6 months ( in Emergency) 2338
up to one year 2338
up to one year (in Emergency) 2338
Up to 5 year 2338
up to 5 year (in Emergency) 2338
15 Seychelles (all types except Employment/ Work Visa) 24
16 Myanmar nationals (all types of visa) 0
17 Business visa fee for nationals of following countries  
Country Name up to 1yr up to 5yrs  
Australia 1683 2300  
Czech Republic 1494 2107  
Ecuador 1876 2493  
France 1297 1953  
Iran 2146 2763  
Ireland 1567 2184  
New Zealand 1027 1953  
Philippines 1721 2338  
Poland 1143 1953  
Saudi Arabia 1983 2300  
Thailand 1567 2184  
UAE 3225 3843  
USA 1104 1953  


Applicants who are not residents or who have not completed two years of residence in HK or Macau are required to fill in the Personal Particulars Form in addition to the Visa Application Form

Remarks

Applicant may be required to attend a personal interview at the Consulate.  
Applicants who are not residents or who have not completed two years of residence in HK or Macau are required to fill in the Personal Particulars Form in addition to the Visa Application Form

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