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Visit India on an e-visa - welcome news for Britons travelling to India for business or pleasure

03 September 2015 #Immigration #Employment

As of last month, UK passport holders wishing to visit India can apply online for an “e-Tourist visa”.  Applications can be made online through the Government of India’s website, which enables applicants to upload documents, pay the fee of $60 (£39) and track their application.  Once an application is submitted, visa entry documents should arrive by email within 4 days.

An e-Tourist visa is valid for 30 days and can also be used for “casual business visits”.  An e-visa can only be used for a maximum of 2 visits per year, and the 30-day validity period cannot be extended, however, the new online process will be welcomed by UK tourists and business visitors alike as it removes the need to book an appointment with a visa processing agency or make a laborious postal application.

The Government website has further guidance and information on the e-visa process. Notably:-

  • applications must be submitted online at least 4 days before arrival;
  • entry must be through one of 16 designated airports, however, exit from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India; and
  • passports must have at least 6 months’ validity from the date of arrival.
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For further information about this or any other Immigration matter please contact Clarkslegal's immigration team by email at by telephone 020 7539 8000 (London office), 0118 958 5321 (Reading office) or by completing the form on this page.
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