Visa Information

All non-Indian citizens (except for nationals of Nepal and Bhutan) require a visa for entering India.

Allow yourself sufficient time to procure an appropriate visa from your nearest Indian consulate. There are several Indian consulates worldwide: link.

For people from the US seeking an India visa, Indian consulates in the continental US are located in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco. Please visit this site for more information including an online copy of the application form for Indian visa.

Visa Application Process for SIGCOMM 2010

Please note that SIGCOMM 2010 is not in a position to provide formal and definitive advice on visas. However, please note the following important information related to obtaining a visa to travel to India.

Over the past year, the visa application process has become more complex and may require multiple weeks, depending on individual circumstances. To obtain the visa in time, the visa application should be submitted as soon as the travel decision is made. Please ensure you apply well before July 15th, 2010.

Conference or business visas may require invitation letters as well as significant amounts of documentation and processing time. A tourist visa is the easiest option to visit India for tourism or other non-business related purposes, and it typically does not require an invitation letter. While you are in India, you may wish to avail to the wide range of tourism options offered by the country. If you decide to include tourism in your itinerary, you may be able to apply for a tourist visa. Depending on your purpose of visit, please apply for the appropriate type of visa. Please contact Prof. Krishna Sivalingam, Registration Chair, at for additional information.

If you decide to apply for a visa that requires an invitation letter, contact the Registration Chair at before submitting your application to an Indian visa processing center.

Additionally, different embassies have different requirements. Some may request:

Letters of "Invitation" will be issued to:

To request a visa letter please provide the following information:

Forward your request for a visa letter to the Registration Chair at Requests must be received no later than July 15th, 2010.

- by The Organizing Committee, SIGCOMM 2010

Required Clearance Documents from Government Of India for Conference Visa