Before you apply for a visa, your shoot first needs permission from the India government. Visiting productions need to apply for a Ministry of External Affairs Location Permit at their local Indian consulate or embassy. The application must include an invitation letter from an Indian production service company as well as full project details including synopsis, location list, visiting crew details, equipment list and other relevant information. A simple b-roll shoot can take around 2 weeks to permit whereas filming at a heritage location such as the Taj Mahal can take up to 6 weeks to permit. Please note, this location permit covers the entire crew so it’s important to include all visiting crew members in the same application. Fees will vary depending on the locations required. Once the permit is approved the visiting crew members will be issued with a collective visa deemed appropriate by authorities (usually a journalist, business or tourist visa). Note, travel for scouting or meetings does not require prior permission and you can just enter on a Business Visa or Journalist-Visa.