Travel Advice on Swine Flu
Import of Satellite Phones to India
Deposit of consular fee
An Agreement on Exemption of Visa Requirement for holders of diplomatic passports between India and Norway,comes into force on 7th February, 2015.
It has been brought to Government of India's notice that some foreigners are carrying satellite phones with them while coming to India on tourist visa. These foreigners were intercepted and their satellite phones were seized.
2. As per the existing rules and regulations of Government of India, carrying satellite phones by foreigners into India is banned.
3. Travellers to India are advised to take note of this to avoid any inconvenience later.
Under instructions of Government of India, the Embassy of India, Oslo has established the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) to meet the contingency expenditure incurred by this Embassy for carrying out welfare activities for Overseas Indian Citizens who are in distress. Each individual requiring visa or consular services has to pay additional amount of NOK 15 for ICWF in addition to normal fees for such services.
Any person seeking a visa to India for purpose of entering into a surrogacy arrangement must ascertain beforehand whether the law of that country permits surrogacy and will provide appropriate travel documents to the child for accompanying the surrogate parents. Entering into surrogacy arrangement under any other visa not sought for surrogacy is punishable under the Indian law. Applicants are advised to contact the Consular Section of the Embassy before making surrogacy arrangement.
All persons travelling from Norway to India are hereby informed that in case of detection of symptoms associated with influenza virus A(H1N1), they will be required to undergo medical screening, quarantine which would involve hospitalization and other procedural requirements. Health screening of passengers coming from affected countries is continuing in 19 airports at Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Srinagar, Trichy and Varanasi.
In case of import of satellite phone as cargo: a declaration is to be given by the person importing the goods about details of goods.
In case of satellite phones being brought in baggage / hand baggage: satellite phones without licence issued by the Department of Telecommunication would be detained / confiscated, as per the existing procedures till the time the holder of the satellite phones is able to produce a licence issued by the DoT.
Applicants may please note that satellite telephone services are not permitted in India (except for Inmarsat services provided through M/s Tata Communications Limited, but only in instances where No Objection Certificates have been issued by the Department of Telephones, Government of India, on case to case basis.) Satellite telephony through Thuraya and other such sets is unauthorized in the country and, if such sets are detected, the equipment is liable to be seized and the holders making unauthorized use of satellite telephone services are liable to be prosecuted under the relevant provisions of the Indian Wireless Act and the Indian Telegraph Act.
All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. The Indian visa is issued under Government of India’s Foreigners Act.
All Individual visa seekers are requested to apply for the Indian Visa throughhttp://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/info.jsp in order to make an application for getting the Indian visa. The application form is to be completed in all respect and once submitted on line successfully, a print out of the same is to be taken and submitted to BLS International Services Norway ASalong with passport and requisite visa processing fee. No hand written application form will be accepted by BLS International Services Norway AS.
The instructions for filling the form can be referred at Instructions for Online Visa Application. Important technical information for filling online Indian visa application can be referred at Technical Instructions.
If you have already applied for Indian Visa online and want to know the status of your application, please follow the link http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/VisaEnquiry.jsp
Visa applicants are requested to submit their visa applications to BLS International Services NorwayAS which is located approximately 150 meters from the Embassy of India. The address and other contact details of BLS International Services NorwayAS are as follows:-
BLS International Services Norway
Bygdy Alle 10
Tele : + 4722 55 55 44 Fax: +47 22 55 55 34
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
website : www.blsindia-norway.com
The visa fee depends upon the type of visa applied for and duration of visa. Visa fee is divided into Basic Visa Fee, Miscellaneous Charges of NOK 15.00 and Service Fee of NOK 115.00 by BLS International Services Norway AS. During the online registration process, at the end of the process the Basic Visa Fee will be displayed. However, this fee is indicative only and final fee shall be charged while submitting the application with BLS International Services Norway AS and a system generated receipt will be given.
Fee once received is non-refundable even if the visa application is withdrawn, visa is not granted, or if visa issued is of shorter duration of period than applied for or otherwise issued or returned at a time or on terms and conditions that may vary from those sought by the applicant.
It is reiterated that no consul fee should be sent by post to the Embassy ie by enclosing the cash with the application. The consul fee, as required, should be deposited either by bank cheque issued in favour of Embassy of India, Oslo account or deposited in cash at the reception counter in the Embassy. Please collect a receipt of the amount deposited from the reception counter.