Visa Information

To attend APAN in India, interested applicants may visit and click on “Regular Visa Application” Tab in (Red). Please select the Visa Type as Conference Visa after filling all relevant details.

• Indian Missions Abroad
• Request a visa invitation letter
• India Visa Application Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

Visa Applications

This information is based on our current knowledge of visa requirements and the application process. We will update it as and when we receive new information from the Government of India.

APAN's role in the visa application process is to share information as we receive it, and to assist you by getting answers to your questions. However, all policies and decisions regarding visas are those of the Government of India alone.

If you have a question that you don't find here, email our help desk:

Q 1Do I need a Conference visa to attend APAN?

Most foreign nationals attending APAN will need a valid Conference visa. To find out if you need a visa, check the Government of India's Ministry of External Affairs website or contact your local Indian diplomatic mission.

Q 2Who is eligible for a Conference visa?

You must meet all of these conditions:

  • You are a foreign national who is required to obtain a Conference visa
  • The sole purpose for your visit is to attend a conference, seminar or workshop
  • You hold a valid passport and a re-entry permit (if required by your country of nationality)
  • You are not prohibited from entering and staying in India for any reason
  • You have the financial resources for the entire trip, demonstrated by having a return ticket and enough spending money

Q 3Are the visa application process and timeline the same for every country?

The application process and timeline may vary from country to country. We recommend that you verify them with your local Indian diplomatic mission.

Q 4What is the duration of a Conference visa?

A Conference visa covers the duration of the conference plus travel time.

Q 5 Can I use my existing Business visa instead of applying for a Conference visa?

We advise you to apply for a Conference visa even if you hold a valid Business visa. The Government of India has assured us that your existing Business visa will remain valid even if you apply for and obtain a Conference visa.

Q 6Can I use my existing Tourist visa instead of applying for a Conference visa?

No, a Tourist visa is not valid for APAN. You must apply for a Conference visa.

Q 7Can I use a Conference visa to tour India before or after APAN?

Please use your discretion on how you wish to spend your time in India before or after attending APAN. It is recommended that you check with the local Indian mission if you wish to travel early or extend your stay and combine tourism or work with APAN.

Q 8My embassy is requesting additional documentation for my application. Who can help me?

Clearance letters should already have been sent to all missions. But if your embassy requests additional documentation, contact our help

Q 9 I intend to go to India for a business visit before heading to APAN. Can I apply for the APAN Conference visa?

Please contact our visa help desk ( with your travel dates so we can advise you accordingly.