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  • Gary B

    It looks like I cannot apply for an eVisa for India, the country dropdown box seems to list every country but the UK.Anybody know if this is correct?

    George K

    It’s correct. No eVisa for UK passport holders. It went away with the pandemic. No idea when it’s coming back. You need an actual visa.

    strickers

    It’s been like this for a while, mostly owing to us putting India on the red list at very short notice. There’s a very good guide on the Tripadvisor India forum, biggest problem at the moment is getting appointments for the £148pp paper visa. I’m off to Bradford on the 6th Oct.

    sherlockholmes

    If you can wangle a reason to get a business visa it takes less than 2 days.

    However @strickers is correct, appointments are hard to come by.

    Gagravarr

    I got my latest Indian visa a couple of weeks back. I managed to get an appointment in Cardiff for about 5 days after applying, for one of the last slots of the day. Kept getting sent away by reception as they were running late, then told they were closing for the day and I was out of luck! Was rebooked for Hounslow for 2 days later, which went fine (other than taking over 2.5 hours)

    One of my colleagues also got a Cardiff slot a few days later, and did manage to get in the door before they closed. He also had a long long wait…

    Make sure you read the website carefully. Lots of people getting turned away for picking things like “UK – British Citizen”, which despite being an option isn’t one they accept, you have to pick “United Kingdom”! And take all the required photocopies, it’s very expensive to get one at the Hounslow visa center if you forgot

    Gary B

    Thanks for the replies.

    A question regarding the Application Form…it asks for India reference and a UK reference. What does that mean and what have people put?

    strickers
    strickers

    India reference is where you are planning to stay, first night is OK. UK reference is someone they can go to if they need a reference, I put my Dad down. I don’t think they are particularly scrutinised, possibly more so for a press or charity visa?

    Gagravarr

    Are you going for a business visa or a tourist visa? Who to put for the references differs between the visa types!

    Gary B

    Anybody got any experience of how long it is between the interview and receiving the visa?

    strickers

    Lots of info on TripAdvisor forums, from 3-10 working days from what I can see if you use the DX courier service.

    Gagravarr

    I got a business visa a few weeks ago, appointment in Hounslow on a Tuesday morning, had the passport back by Friday lunchtime

    AFKAE

    Anybody got any experience of how long it is between the interview and receiving the visa?

    I did mine a couple of months ago and it was pretty quick, 3 days I seem to remember.

    strickers
    strickers

    Various consular camps just opened up for the 15th Oct, they’ll go quickly though.

    Janie

    Hello, does anyone know if you have to pay online with the visa application, or do you pay when you visit the centre?

    strickers

    Pay at the centre, debit card only.

    Janie

    Pay at the centre, debit card only.

    Thanks! Have now completed the form. Hopefully the e-visa might be back before my actual appointment, since it won’t be until January.

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