Tourist visa for India when travelling from the UK

Feel like taking a trip to India for a while? Before rushing off and packing, make sure you plan ahead and have all the right documents and top of that list is ensuring you have a visa. Here is a more in-depth look at how exactly you need to go about getting your visa for India.

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Being a UK citizen, you will need a tourist visa if you are going there on holiday. For a tourist visa, applicants can apply for a visa that will be valid for up to 6 months and costs £82. You can also get a visa that is valid up to a year and costs £277. Both are subject to a service fee of £10.20 on top of the visa fee and are both non-refundable and non-extendable. You are eligible for a refund of the visa fee only if you cancel the visa application before submitting the visa at the centre. The visa becomes valid on the date it is issued and not from the date you enter the country so you need to take this into account when organising your travel dates.

To get started you need to get your paperwork in order. First, fill out the online application, schedule an appointment and pay online. You can also pay in cash at your appointment should you prefer not to complete the transaction online. When you go for your appointment, make sure you bring the signed online form as well as a passport that is valid for a minimum of 180 days and has at least 2 blank pages. Include 2 passport size photos that are 50mm x 50mm that meet standard requirements, such as having a plain background, full colour, the correct portion of the body and other standard passport picture specifications.

If you can’t make your appointment, it is possible to submit the application on the scheduled date sometime between 8.30 and 14.30. Either you can do this or someone you know and nominate can do it on your behalf. Also, be sure to include a self-addressed prepaid envelope so that the passport can be returned to you or otherwise you can collect it from the Indian Visa Application Centre.

After you attended your appointment, all you need to do is wait. If you are curious or getting anxious as to how your application is progressing, you can trace your progress online as well as track your passport if it is being returned to you via post. Expect it to take at least 4 working days or more for the passport to be processed and never book a flight that is within 2 weeks of applying for a new passport in case of delay.

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