After suspending them last year and requiring all applications for UK nationals to be made in person, India has reinstated eVisas for entry into the country.
In a tweet, the Indian High Commission in London stated that it was “delighted to confirm that e-Visa option will again be accessible for UK people going to India.“
It stated that a system upgrade was underway and that the visa website would soon be ready to accept applications from the United Kingdom.
Alex Ellis, the high commissioner of the UK to India, described it as “great news for UK travellers to India.”
When the application entry process was reinstated following the Covid pandemic in 2021, the UK was one of several countries that were not re-added to the eVisa list.
“We are rolling out eVisas once again, and this service will be available to you immediately,” Indian High Commissioner Vikram K. Doraiswami said. We’re hoping for a good winter season.”
The resumption of e-visas will unlock significant potential for inbound tourism for India as these are huge markets for the same, said Anil Kalsi, joint secretary of the Travel Agents Federation of India.
According to the Indian visa website, eVisas have been restored and now cover all 164 eligible countries. It stated that all valid eVisas could now be used to enter the country.
The reinstatement of the eVisa for British citizens is a significant step forward in removing a barrier for visitors planning a trip to this incredible, captivating country.
The high commission introduced interim measures in November, including a doorstep service to speed up the visa application process, which was said to have jeopardised millions of UK bookings. The doorstep service is still available.
To expedite the process, a new visa processing centre opened in Glasgow, and another in Marylebone, London.