India e-Visa System Resumes for UK Nationals and Others

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Indian officials have announced that the electronic visa system will be reinstated for UK citizens, and all other nationalities that have been restricted.

The announcement was made on December 5, 2022. Vikram K Doraiswami, India’s High Commissioner, confirmed the decision by saying:

“We are rolling out e-visas once again and this service will be available to you forthwith. We are looking forward to a good winter season.”

The India e-Visa was limited during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to limit the number of foreign tourists entering the country.

Now that the situation is more controlled, India is taking action to revive its tourism sector by offering its online visa service once again.

India e-Visa System Resumes for UK Nationals and Others

Who Can Now Use the India Online Visa Service?

Over 160 nationalities can now use the India e-Visa system. This is the complete number of eligible nations that could apply for the online visa before the pandemic.

Eligible countries include Australia, all EU members, Malaysia, New Zealand, and the United States.

Travelers must meet the requirements for the India e-Visa before they can start the application process. This includes having a valid passport from an eligible country, and any other supporting documents.

Which countries were restricted from obtaining an e-Visa for India?

India reopened the e-Visa application service to certain nationalities in March 2020, and to more in November 2021. However, key countries like the UK remained restricted until now.

The remaining countries that are now eligible for the India e-Visa are:

  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Malaysia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • United Kingdom
  • Uzbekistan

How Can UK Citizens Obtain an Indian e-Visa?

British passport holders can now apply for an electronic visa, providing they meet the India e-Visa requirements for UK citizens.

Once travelers have confirmed they meet all the criteria, they can then enter their details on the system, pay the processing fee, and submit their request.

The process only takes a few minutes, thanks to the simplified online application form.

Most India e-Visa applicants will receive their approved visa by email within 2 business days.

Additional Requirements for Entering India

Visitors to India must ensure they are aware of the entry requirements that apply to their nationality. Individuals may also need different documents depending on their travel plans.

Anyone planning a trip to India is advised to check India’s visa policy, to ensure they know which travel documents are required.

India has removed all COVID-19 restrictions, however travelers are advised to check the latest news before departure.

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