The concept of issuing an online diplomatic or official visa in India was introduced in February 2015. Every foreigner holding an official/diplomatic passport, and willing to acquire an official/diplomatic visa is required to apply as well as submit his/her visa application online. So, the physical or traditional way of submitting a visa application form is no longer accepted.
Although most Indian visa applications are outsourced and processed via Cox & Kings Global Service, the Indian Embassy and Consulate process the Diplomatic/Official visas.
When the visa is processed successfully and granted, an applicant is notified either via SMS or e-mail. The applicant can then collect his/her visa by personally visiting the CPV (Consular, Passport, and Visa) Division.
Eligibility Criteria For A Diplomatic/Official Visa India
The consulate hours for a diplomatic/official visa is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on all 7 days of the week.
Fees and Charges
There is no fee and no service charge for a diplomatic/official visa.
Visa Processing Time
It takes about 4 to 5 working days for the visa to process. If everything is okay, the visa will be stamped and issued within this period. However, if the administrative process delays, the applicant will be notified either by an e-mail or SMS.