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Journalist ("J”) visa
Journalists traveling to India will need to apply for a Journalist visa regardless of the nature of the trip. Journalist visa is issued to professional journalists and photographers for up to three months stay in India.
Journalist ("J" ) visa will be granted to a
- i. Professional journalist,
- Columnist, cartoonist/editor,
- Film producer or director (other than of commercial films),
- a representative of a radio and/or television organization,
- Travel writer/travel promotion photographer etc or any
- Professional journalist/owner working for an association or
- A company engaged in the production or
- Broadcast of audio visual news or
- Current affairs programmes through the print, electronic or any other electronic form or any other mode of mass communication.
Type of visa to be issued to foreign journalists:
ALL foreign journalists, regardless of the purpose of their visit, should be issued a “J” (journalist) visa for 3 (THREE) months only with a single entry. For example, even if a journalist is visiting India for tourism purposes, he WILL be issued a J visa –with an endorsement- FOR TOURISM ONLY, NOT VALID FOR PROFESSIONAL WORK/REPORTING.
(The only case when a foreign journalist is NOT issued a J visa, is when he seeks employment in an Indian media organization, in which case he/she is issued an “E” Visa, as per guidelines in Para vi below).
Note: Journalist Visa is not required for the nationals of following countries (Nepal and Bhutan).
Requirements for Journalist Visa:
- For College/University students: Letter from your institution on the institution's letterhead explaining the exact address that you presently reside.
- Undertaking Letter must be submitted with visa application, declaring the applicant is only visiting for tourism or business and will not engage in any journalistic activities.
- Journalists affiliated with a media company going to India for journalism purposes or for tourism purposes are required to submit a letter from their company stating whether or not the applicant will be going for journalism or tourism only.