"We are rolling out e-visas once again"
India will resume the e-Visa facility for UK nationals travelling to the country.
The announcement was made in a video message by the High Commissioner of India to the UK, Vikram K Doraiswami.
They have been made available again for the first time since the Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020.
Mr Doraiswami said that the service will be made available to the citizens soon and the dates will be announced shortly.
He said the resumption of this facility will enable friends from the UK to travel far more easily to India.
The High Commissioner said: “We are rolling out e-visas once again and this service will be made available to you forthwith. (Dates will be announced shortly).
“That should enable friends from the UK far more easily to India.
“So welcome back, e-Visas are up ahead and all of our other services including visas at your doorstep remain available to you.
“We look forward to a good winter season in which everyone gets to celebrate their festivals in India which is the land of festivals.”
In an update, the Indian High Commission in London tweeted:
“Team @HCI_London is delighted to confirm that the e-Visa facility will again be available for UK nationals travelling to India.
“System upgrade is underway and the visa website will soon be ready to receive applications from friends in the UK. Here’s a video on the subject. @MEAIndia.”
Team @HCI_London is delighted to confirm that e-Visa facility will again be available for UK nationals travelling to India. System upgrade is underway & the visa website will soon be ready to receive applications from friends in the UK. Here's a video on the subject. @MEAIndia pic.twitter.com/E0UdgMOayG
— India in the UK (@HCI_London) December 5, 2022
How to Apply for an e-Visa
To apply for an e-Visa, applicants can visit the official government website, indianvisaonline.gov.in.
Click on ‘Apply here for e-Visa’ and fill in the required information and the category of e-Visa you wish to apply for. Upload a photo and passport page.
Afterwards, pay the fee online using a credit/debit card/payment wallet (Fees are country specific).
Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) will be sent to the applicant in the provided e-mail.
Print the ETA and present it at Immigration Check Post where the e-Visa will be stamped on the passport.
After the e-Visa application is submitted, it will be checked and if any document/image is not suitable, the applicant may be told to re-upload. To re-upload use the tab at the bottom of the page.
Applicants should normally receive this mail within 24 hours.
The e-Visa application may take 72 hours or more for processing. They will be informed about the Visa status (Granted or Rejected) on the provided email id provided in the e-Visa application.