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Extension On Indian eVisa due to COVID - 19

Vide MHA O.M. No. 25022/24/2020-F.V/F.I Dated 05.05.2020.

Regular Visa, e Visa or stay stipulation, of such foreign nationals whose visas have expired or would be expiring during the period from 01.02.2020 (Midnight) till the date on which prohibition on international air travel of passengers from India is lifted by the Government of India, would be extended on 'GRATIS' basis on submission of online application by the foreigners. Such extensions would be granted for a period up to 30 days from the date of lifting of prohibition on international air travel of passengers from India without levy of overstay penalty. Exit to such foreign nationals, if so requested by them, will also be granted on the same lines.

Visas of all foreign nationals already in India remain valid. In the backdrop of the outbreak of COVID-19, no foreigners are allowed to visit the FRRO Office for OCI/Registrations and other Visa related services without prior appointment till further orders. Please do the extension process visa website and mobile application. 


How to Extend a Tourist Visa in india?

All foreign visitors can extend their visas through the FRRO/FRO services website / Mobile app. It is a completely online process and you don’t need to visit FRRO/FRO office unless you get a call from FRRO/FRO for some specific reason.

  • Apply through e-FRRO/FRO online application. No need to make an appointment to visit the FRRO/FRO office. You will be called only in specific situations.
  • The focus of the e-FRRO/FRO application to create a platform for foreign visitors related to visa services.
  • The objective is to provide user-friendly, paperless, cashless services and saving your precious time.
  • By using this application foreign nationals are able to create their own User-ID by registering themselves. Using their own User-ID, they can apply for e Visa and related services such as registration, visa extension, exit permit, and visa conversion effectively.
  • All the documents such as visa documents, registration permits, visa permits, visa extension, visa conversion, etc, will be sent on registered email and by post on the registered address mentioned on documents.
  • It is not mandatory for foreign nationals to visit FRRO/FRO offices. In case of specific conditions, they will be notified to visit the FRRO/FRO office.
  • For further information, foreign nationals can visit the FRRO/FRO office.


Document Required to extension for visa

To extension an Indian visa, You need to upload the required document. Please read the instructions carefully.

The applicant needs to upload Photo, Original valid Passport copy, and Visa Copy

1. Copy of Passport:

You have to upload a color scanned copy of the first biography page of the passport, which will contain all the personal details and photos of the applicant. The scanned copy should not be blurred. 

  • It should be in PDF format.
  • The size of the PDF should not exceed 1 MB.

2. Your visa copy should be clear with all details. It should be in PDF format. The maximum size of the PDF should be 1 MB.

3.  Photo Requirements:

  • The photo should not be edited or modified by Photoshop or any other Software/ Mobile App otherwise they will reject your request.
  • The photo should be in jpg Format 
  • Photo size should not exceed 1 MB
  • A photo should present Full face, front view, eyes open
  • Center head within frame and present full head from the top of hair to bottom of chin
  • The background should be plain light-colored or white background
  • No shadows on the face or on the background
  • Bring the same photo along with the application form.
  • Upload Photo in passport size (3.5 x 3.5 cm or 3.5 x 4.5 cm)


Extension Fee

The foreigner would be intimated to deposit the requisite fee, if any, for the service.
The fee has to be deposited online through the Bank Payment gateway available on the portal.
The amount of fee would be intimated through email/SMS/portal alerts.


Important points to remember


The visa extension/exit permit only can be granted by the Government of India at present scheme now permitted until May 17, 2020 as GRATIS EXIT.


Here are some following steps to extend India visa

1. You will need to visit the e-FRRO website. Click here   


2. If you have already registered and you have login details, Then you can do simple login with your login details.


3. If you have not yet registered. First, you have to register with e-FRRO. for the register you have to fill some personal details. Valid Email ID and Mobile Number are mandatorily required for obtaining the One Time Password (OTP). After filling all the details, you will click on the submit button.


4. You will receive an OTP on your Email/Phone for the user activation at e-FRRO. The OTP is valid for 60 minutes only. Put the OTP and click on the submit button. you will register successfully.


Once a user-id/password is successfully created, the foreign national can submit an online application by selecting the appropriate service and uploading the requisite documents.

5. If the application is successfully submitted, the application will be examined by the visa authorities. On checking, the necessary instructions regarding the application i.e. fee payment, improvement of selected/desired service, re-uploading of documents, etc. will be communicated to the foreigner through email / SMS alert.

6. In addition, the applicant can track the status of the application with the portal. For any clarification, FRRO support centers may be contacted.

7. When your visa has been rejected/granted. His/her RC/RP etc. will be sent through the email given in the visa application. Or it can also be downloaded from the portal by signing in.

8. The foreigner can approach the concerned Civil Authority i.e. FRRO/FRO office directly in case of exigency/emergency. Upon satisfaction of the case, the services can also be granted directly at the FRRO/FRO level. Make sure that services granted are electronic and not manual. You may face hurdles at the Immigration Check Posts in case of manual services.


Applicants are advised to apply at least 2 weeks in advance.


Note:- As these rules may change at short notice, this information should be used as a guideline only. Passengers should refer to the latest information published by the government of their destination or home country.


Extension of visa after May 17, 2020 ( After GRATIS EXIT period)

After May 17, 20202 all international travel may have to apply in a regular way ( as the GRATIS scheme ended on 17 May ) and pay requisite fees if they want to extend their stay.

All travelers who want to stay longer and are seeking an extension of visa beyond the stipulated period of May 17 will need to pay the requisite fee when they receive a message from Visa Extending Authority Government of India.

  • All applicants are advised not to submit multiple visa extension applications after a successful submission application once.
  • Submission of multiple visa extension applications may delay in review and making a decision.
  • Who has not been able to return due to suspension of International flights. Presently they have been permitted to get GRATIS EXIT till May 17, 2020.


In case e-FRRO website and mobile app not working

If in any case website or mobile app not work or getting any problem other problems. May be some technical issue (as internet/system/server overload etc)

Please try  

1. Please try to again fill in the electronic form on the e-FRRO website to request the extension of my Indian e-visa.

2. Or contact the FRRO support centers, and they will help you to extend visa.


FRRO Support Centres

They may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through the e-FRRO module for extension/ conversion etc. of their visa or grant of any consular service. https://indianfrro.gov.in/frro/

For an appointment, contact respective FRRO Support Centres as given below:

FRRO Delhi

FRRO Mumbai

FRRO Chennai

FRRO Bengaluru
Fax No. 080-22218196
frroblr.feedback@nic.in, frroblr-ka@nic.in

FRRO Ahmedabad

FRRO Amritsar

FRRO Hyderabad
040-29880374, 040-29880375

FRRO Kolkata

FRRO Lucknow

FRRO Trivandrum
Fax No. 0471-2333514, 2573514

FRRO Kozhikode(Calicut)

FRRO Cochin


Note: To stop the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak the foreigners are only allowed to visit the FRRO Office for OCI/Registrations with prior appointment.


As these below categories visas will get extended on this scheme from the e-FRRO website or mobile.

  a. 05 years e-Tourist Visa / Indian 05 years ( 60 months ) e-TV multiples entries

  b. 01 years e-Tourist Visa / Indian 1 years ( 12 months ) e-TV multiples entries

     These limited to “Not exceed continue to stay in India for 90 days / 180 days”

  c. 30 days e-Tourist Visa / Indian One Month ( 30 Days ) e-TV double entries

     These limited to “Not exceed continue to stay in India for 30 days”

Also Indian e-Conference Visa, Indian e-Medical Visa, Indian e-Business Visa, Indian e-Medical Attendant Visa

48 responses to “Extension On Indian eVisa due to COVID - 19”

  1. Phani Venigalla says:
    Good Morning Sir/ Madam, My son Karthik Venigalla with a passport number 567070120 is US citizen is a minor and is currently in India with Grand parents on eVisa valid up to 6/10/2024 and stay up to 180days from 24/12/2019, which is until 20/06/2020. Due to Corona virus situation of travel risk and the unavailability of flights or cancellation of flights or airline tickets, I would like to know the process of extending the stay for another 180days or eVisa from India. Please advise on the same. Thanks, Phani.
    • Rachan Seeba says:
      Hi Phani - even I'm faced with a similar situation. I'd like to know the process for extending the eVISA beyond the current 180 day limit. Please let me know if you heard anything.
    • Mary joy says:
      Same question here I don't know what to do. They deleted my application in frro. I'm requesting for extension of stay
    • Divya says:
      Hi Phani, We are facing a similar situation too. Our daughter is in India with her grandparents and her length of stay (180 days) expires by the 30th of June. Her visa is still valid until 2024 though. We are still not sure of the process to follow to get an extension of her stay. Please let us know if you heard back anything yet.
    • Pradip Phalore says:
      My wife and newborn daughter went to India on January 9, 2020 to visit family and planned to return to the United States on April 19, 2020. As a result of COVID-19 and the current travel restrictions in India, my wife and newborn are stuck in India under lockdown since quarantine measures were implemented. Looking at the situation it seems they wont be able to return before July 9th when my daughters 6 months entry validity gets over. May I request you to extend her visa by 6 more months so she can stay in India and we dont run into any issues in the future. The website isnt allowing to register child below 12 years.
    Musaja says:
    E visa related I have e visa for 1 year multiple entry but I cannot exceed 90 days from the Date of entry and the situation of corona virus I want to extend 90 days to 180 days so what’s the procedure my 90 days it’s about to finish plz reply as soon as possible thanks
    Tirustay says:
    Good afternoon - I have a e-visa 5 years ( obligation to go out every 90 days ). Now due to the virus I can’t go out of India. I tried to extend my stay online but it’s not clear for me ... I registered on the website with a password but there is no option «  visa extension for covid-19 » ... Could you please make it clear for me, I am unable to do it ... How to process ?
    Li Ning says:
    Hi, my family are in India right now. Our visa will expire on 14th April. But our flight, which is scheduled on April 7th, has been cancelled due to the most recent 21-day lockdown policy. We are holding e-Visa (Tourism). What shall we do to extend our visa?
    • NUNO OLIVEIRA says:
      Dear sir/madam. I did my online application on 14th may and it still UNDER PROCESS. Is that normal taking so much time? Thank you.
    Madier says:
    I can't register my demand of visa extension. The answer is always: "wrong mail identity"...
    • Weiss Helmut says:
      Our flight to Toulouse ( France) the 24 of march has been cancelled due to Covid-19. We came the 6th of January and our Visa is valid for 90 days. Our Visa in general is valid from 28/11/2019 until 27/05/2020. Our questions are: Do we need an extension for our Visa? We can't register our demand of visa extension because the answer is "wrong mail identity or wrong password...
    • Figuera says:
      La durée de 90 jours, sur notre visa valable un an avec de multiples entrées, vient à expiration le 27 mai. Pouvez-vous nous dire les démarches à entreprendre pour renouveler un droit d'entrée de trois mois afin que nous puissions prendre sans problème de visa un avion prévu le 3 juin ?
    • Indiaevisas says:
      Please try to again fill in the electronic form on the e-FRRO website to request the extension of my Indian e-visa. Or contact via email & phone number the FRRO support centers, and they will help you to extend visa.
    Pervinder Sandhu says:
    Hi I have completed the E Visa extension, I have noticed my first name is spelt wrong with last 2 letter missing. Will the extended visa have my correct name and amended at your office for processing. Please let me know and how long the process takes to extend Visa due to Covid-19.
    RANIA says:
    Hi sir i m Rania . i need your help to guide me on my extension summation i came to India 12.01.2020 my visa 90 day only expired on 10.04.2020 Visa due to Covid-19.
    GAUTHIER says:
    What is thé certificat ? For the extension of m'y Visa due to Corona virus?
    gurmeet kaur nain says:
    Dear Sir/ Madam i am trying to upload my docs for e visa but not able to do so. please confirm how can i upload the file.
    Hari says:
    Hello, good afternoon! I have an e-VISA (365 days) expiring on June 26th 2020. I arrived on February 27th 2020, and my flight was “programed” for May 12th 2020, which would mean 76 days vs 90 days allowed. I do not know how things are turning but my flight is canceled. I cannot exceed the 90 day prescribed which would be on May 26th 2020. My question is: Is it possible to extend the 90 days?
    • Nizar Mougamadou says:
      Bonjour Ma question est: est-il possible de prolonger les 90 jours du au Covid-19 ?
    Hari says:
    Hello, Another main question: My 90 day continue stay ends on may 26th. Is it possible to extend this 90 day stay without applying for a new e-VISA?
    • Indiaevisas says:
      Hello Hari, you need to extend your visa through the FRRO / FRO services website / mobile app. You do not need to go to their office. You can do this online. for more information please read the same news.
    Phani says:
    Register https://indianfrro.gov.in/eservices/userlogin.jsp?disclaimer=1 , Submit online applicaiton along with required documents withing at least 15 days before. The reply from EFRRO is quite good.
    Ponthus says:
    BONJOUR, Je suis en inde depuis le 7 janvier 2020. Mon visa tourisme normal et pas e visa prend fin le 21 mai 2020. Mon billet retour pour la France est le 2 juillet 2020.Dois-je faire une extension de visa ou faire une demande de nouveau visa sur le site efrro ? Merci d'avance de me répondre s'il vous plaît car cela m'inquiète beaucoup Stéphanie Ponthus 7829544917 Pondichéry
    JAGDAV SINGH says:
    Hi, I am a USA Citizen. I came in India on January 02/2020 on E- tourist visa which is valid up to August 08/2020. and authorized stay upto June 29 / 2020.Dure to corona virus and cancelation of fi\lights , i stuck here in india. How can i extend my tourist visa and for how many days because i have valid e visa is upto August 08 , 2020 .
    • Kishore says:
      Hi - Could you please let me know what is the process you followed? 180 days stay for kid is expiring on Jul-3 (e-Visa is valid till November). I wanted to apply for stay extension. Thanks!
    Prithpal s parhar says:
    Hi I just register at e-FRRO/FRO but the India I add it was wrong number. How should I change?
    Sardana Kim says:
    Hi. I have applied for visa extension on 22 nd April. And today is 15 May, 23 days have gone but no response. Still my application satus is under process. I have mailed, I have tried to call to support center many times, but it's not reacheable. Please if you read this msg, have some kind to reply. Because today is last valid day according my visa. Thank you.
    • Indiaevisas says:
      A large number of calls are being received right now. They will reply to your email ASAP. Also You can track the status of the application with the portal. FRRO support centers may be busy right now.
    Mohan says:
    Hi My daughter is also in the same situation and she is minor. I have applied visa extension through EFRRO portal and submitted required docs. It says under process and waiting for reply from them.
    • Mohan says:
      I got replay within 2 days and paid the fee. Really it was a very quick service.
    • Indiaevisas says:
      Hello Mohan, After the application is submitted successfully. The process of extending the visa will take time. When your visa has been granted. They will be sent via the email provided in the visa application.
    • Mohan says:
      Yes . I got in next 2 days after my payment
    • Mohan says:
      My daughter got the visa extension for a year till June 2021. Still she can stay for 180 days max or 1 year? Can anyone help on this?
    • Mohan says:
      My daughter got the visa extension for a year till June 2021. Still she can stay for 180 days max or 1 year? Can anyone help on this?
    • William Joel Freitas says:
      Hi there! My application was submitted over 16 days ago and I have called over 20 times both numbers for Mumbai and I even tried Delhi. No one is answering. My Visa expires at the end of this month, June 29th. Please help guide me as to what to do! 🙏 thank you!
    Santosha says:
    Hello. I got an email from FRRO saying “Your request for Visa Extension for foreigner against application id TN14xxxxxxxx has been deleted.” Could you please clarify what exactly does this mean. Thank you.
    • Manikandan says:
      Hi, I’m on the same boat. Do you know what to do next ? Please help
    Jen says:
    I have a ten-year tourist visa which is valid until November 29, 2020. However, since the length of each stay is not to exceed 180 days I must leave India by July 10. In case flights still are not available by that time, what should I do? I do not need an extension of the visa, per se, but an extension on the length of stay.
    • Dannie says:
      There are so many of us in the same boat and no one answering the question. We don't want to extend our visa only our stay as we are unable to get out of the country with exception to repatriation flights. Many of us have our 180 days coming up and no one is telling us whether if we apply for an extension it makes our current visa void.....and extensions appear to be for those whose visa has ran out, not those who have reached their maximum stay limit. Like others, I have tried to call the FRRO but their not answering anyone.
    Sweetu says:
    If you need help read this. Im on the same boat as the rest of you. Due to the pandemic, I couldn’t fly back as we were put under lockdown. My e-Visa was issued December 15th, 2019 and expires December 13th, 2020. Though I had concerns with my visa, as it stated “continuous stay during each visit should not exceed 180 days.” Reaching my 180 days this month on June 29, 2020. I was told by many to fill out an application on FRRO online for visa extension. It was a long process for me only because i never surrendered my Indian passport after becoming a US citizen and had to figure all that out on my own. However, it is an easy process and FRRO gets back to you within 24 hours after submitting any documents they ask for. It is very frustrating when none of the offices are picking up your call or are closed with no one guiding you what to do next. And not even responding to any one on here.
    • Sweetu says:
      However, I am being asked to pay over $100 for extending my visa through the FRRO while I’m stuck here due to pandemic, I thought it’s free of charge on GRATIS?? Somebody please help me out, I’ve called so many places but they just keep giving me different numbers to call and no ones really helping.
    Tirana Rusmee says:
    I have made visa extension application with frro Ahmedabad because my stay is due to expire on 30th June , since then I have received messages that my registration request is deleted , my conversion application is deleted and that my extension application is deleted. I have also tried contacting frro Ahmedabad however no one is answering the calls nor replying to emails of mine . I donot understand that what is the meaning of request of extension being deleted , it should be accepted or rejected. I have no clue as to what is to be done in these circumstances. Seems that the Indian government doesn't want to help foreigners stick here because of their lockdown. If anyone has any information regarding this please do reach out.
    CARDIN Jean Louis says:
    I have submit a request for my tourist visa extension on march 27th and get no answer since id PY0200040320 250320WCC5W0 I was asked to produce a hotel attestation but I live in a house which is my own; I tried several times to upload the documents of property but could only first and last pages. What should I do now ? address : 12 Surcouf street 605001 PUDUCHERRY
    Tariq Shaikh says:
    How much does the visa extension cost?
    BMene says:
    After receiving the same message 'visa extension for foreigner service has been deleted' about 3 hours later we received another email confirming; TEMPORARY REGISTRATION GRANTED TO FACILITATE EXIT ON VALID RESIDENTIAL PERMIT IN VIEW OF LOCK-DOWN DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS COVID19 PANDEMIC If you haven't already please complete the e-FRRO online visa extension process and register your children as well.
    Sam D says:
    My 180 day stay in india is expiring on jul 26 2020. I have 10 yr multiple entry tourist visa. I applied on eFFRO website and asked for 5 yr long extended stay as my mom is sick. They aaproved my extension by 5 weeks only. The response was very fast and i appreciate that. I wish i could stay longer but something is better than nothing Thanks
    Maria says:
    I received an update email from FRRO saying that the application I submitted was 'deleted'? What does that mean? For context, I have a 10 year tourist visa and am simply looking to continue staying in the country versus having to leave for the required '2 month gap between visits'.
    Samaritan 9 says:
    Hi everyone...I wanted to chime in with my experience: 1. I found the website impossibly inaccessible with 3 of my devices. Received *every error under the sun, including "no such application found" while trying to upload my photo. Form would not load. Instead a "services" document (0 kb) would appear but could not be downloaded or opened. I needed to reset the password every time I wanted to log in. 2. I sent emails to ALL 10 FRRO offices and only Bangalore replied - with incorrect info! Said person would not acknowledge that there are severe problems with the website. 3. Since I couldn't complete anything, it was suggested to have the man at the local internet cafe help me. Please note: this man is trustworthy & works in front of where I am staying. Be wary & protective of your passport & visa details - always. Get your hotel/lodge/homestay to recommend someone trustworthy if errors prevent you from registering. 4. Made an appointment with the internet cafe. I already had a photo ready. He scanned passport & visa. It took roughly a half hour to complete the form & send it. 5. He ticked EXIT PERMIT. I have a 10 year, multi entry visa that expires in 6 years. 6. I received an email that evening (in my spam folder) telling me that it was being processed. 7. Today, I have already received an email (in my spam folder) with my exit permit granting me until mid Aug. It states: exit permit details: departure date: 31/07/2020, expected exit in days: 30 reason of delay: covid reason for exit: covid 8. The internet cafe charged me a 250 rs fee (also gave me a print out of my application) but FRRO exit permit was at no additional cost. Good luck everyone! I hope this helps!

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