From tomorrow, Britons will be able to obtain their tourist visas to visit India online. The Indian Foreign Ministry is adding the UK, as well as the likes of Ireland and Spain, to its list of countries whose nationals can buy their tourist visas online.
Another two bonuses of the new visa application process are that it is quicker and cheaper. The fee will be the equivalent of US$60 (currently £39) and is less than half of the £89 cost at present. A spokesperson at the visa-service help desk noted there is also a processing charge of no more than US$2 for each visa.
The website states that applicants need to allow four working days for their e-visa applications to be processed and issued. This turnaround is far quicker than the minimum two weeks needed if applying for an Indian visa by post or from the outsourced agency.
Travellers with Indian e-visas can enter via 16 designated points and these include the country’s principal airports at Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Immigration officers will collect biometric data from travellers as they arrive.
Indian e-visas are limited to tourists or for those on brief business trips, visiting family or friends, or having medical procedures. Visas are single use and valid for 30 days. This cannot be extended in-country. Travellers are limited to two e-visas in one 12-month period.
The final stipulations for e-visas are that the applicant’s passport must be valid for six months from the specified arrival date in India and that holders need to be able to produce it when travelling there. Indian e-visas will now be available for citizens of 113 countries.