India has changed its visa application process, with the new regulations coming into force next week. Previously, travellers could send applications off via post, but the new changes mean they must now visit one of 14 UK visa centres in person, by prior appointment only, to submit biometric data including fingerprints and facial imagery.
If you are planning a timeshare holiday to India this year, you’ll need to make sure you’ve booked an appointment in advance at the centre nearest you – central application offices include London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Bradford, Newcastle, Belfast, Cardiff, Bristol, Glasgow and Leicester.
Alternatively, for a fee, you can apply through a third-party service but allow plenty of time.
Appointments can be booked online from 16 March 2015, but if you are travelling with your family or a large group, you will need to make separate appointments. The cut-off date for normal postal applications is tomorrow, and from Monday onwards you can only apply when you make an appointment at one of the UK’s visa centres mentioned above.
If you are a non-UK national, please check ahead as The High Commission of India has already enforced the new requirements in some countries outside Britain, so be sure how the new rules affect you and those who plan to travel with you. And don’t forget, your passport must be current, and not expire within six months of the date of your trip.
A tourist visa to India, valid for up to six months, for UK passport holders, costs £92.90 which includes the service charge by VFS. For more information about the new process for visas to India, visit