Registration of Foreigners in India

Registration Details

Foreigners who enter India with a visa valid for more than 180 days are required to register with the nearest foreigners registration officer within two weeks of their arrival even if they do not plan to stay for more than 180 days.

Registration is required only once during the validity of visa. They may leave the country and re-enter as many times as they desire provided the visa is multi-entry. However, they are required to surrender their registration certificate at the time of their final departure from India.

Extending your Visa: Tourist Visas can be extended by three months at the foreigners' registration office at

Police Headquarters (Ground Floor)
Opp. Azad Maidan, Panaji. Tel -2426545

This can also be extended at New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta and by the Superintendent of police at the district headquarters at various places in India.

You will need 4 passport size photographs to obtain the extended visa.

Even though a valid visa may be for more than 6 months, the duration of stay in India, for each visit on a tourist visa or business visa is only for a period of 6 months. Visa is given for a period for which passport is valid. Validity of all visas is counted from the date of their issue.