The easiest way to get a visa from India is through the online procedure (e-Tourist Visa) made from our website. With the new online visa system, it doesn’t make much sense to apply the regular tourist visa process at a consulate. There are three types of e-Tourist Visa available for UK citizens.
- One-Month Tourist Visa.
- One-Year Tourist Visa
- Five-Year Tourist Visa
One-Month visa only has the possibility of a single entry. It is valid for two tickets to the country (once in India, you can leave and re-enter only once. However, you do multiple entries for others.
Things to keep in mind about India visas online
The process is so simple that you can do everything at home, but there are some details to consider before starting the process:
- They only work if you enter India through one of the airports, and not if you arrive by land from a neighboring country.
- Although with the e-Tourist Visa you can only enter India by the airport, the departure can be by land.
- The procedure can be done with maximum anticipation of 120 days before your flight and a minimum of 4 days.
- The cost varies depending on the duration of the visa. It also changes according to the time of the year in which you travel.
- The Indian visa for UK citizens allows multiple or double entries to India.
The validity of the visa
In most embassies, the tourist visa you take will be valid for six months. There are single, double and multiple-entry visas, which is what marks the number of times you can enter and leave the country with the same visa. In some cases, even if you ask for a multiple entry visa, they will give you one of two entries, without explanation or the possibility of changing it.
If you apply for this visa, the days of validity begin to run from the moment you get the visa online (printed date), and not since you enter India. Therefore, if you are given a one-month visa on January 1, it will expire on January 31, regardless of when you enter India.
Documents required to apply
- Copy / Scan the personal data page of your passport
- Digital photograph of the applicant facing forward
- A credit, debit card, or PayPal account to complete the payment.
Once you have submitted the application and your Indian visa is approved, you will receive an email with the permission (ETA). Typically, the confirmation takes 1 to 3 days, but if you are anxious, you can check the status on this page by entering your application number and passport. You must print the visa and take it as proof when traveling because Indian Authorities will ask for it upon arrival.
Special permission zones
If you want to travel through the States of Ladakh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Port Blair, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, you will have to process a special permit (“Restricted Area Permit”).
Some areas such as Sikkim have a free procedure that is resolved in the day, and you can do it a few days before or when you cross the state border, where your passport will be sealed. Permits have a limit that is generally 15 days to travel through that area.
You only had to fill out a form and withdraw the permit later. If you plan to travel to any of these areas, find out where you can process it before going.
Recommended vaccines before traveling the country
India is the country with the highest rabies rate in the world. In the cities, you will see a considerable number of sick stray dogs. Therefore, it is recommended that you give yourself this vaccine before traveling. In some cities, such as Varanasi, many monkeys may be infected.
It’s also good that you give yourself a tetanus vaccine, and those of Hepatitis A and B, who probably gave it to you when you were a kid.
Malaria risk is almost everywhere in the country. Although, in Delhi and the north are very low. Unless you travel through rural or jungle areas, the chances of being bitten by the malaria mosquito are very few, but it is equally good that you are prevented. Use repellent (Odomos is the local brand, and it works well), especially in the afternoon and evening.