An electronic visa is a convenient option for the citizens of the United Kingdom planning to visit India. With the availability of a 5-year India tourist e-Visa, UK travelers can enjoy multiple entries and an extended stay.
Please note that a five-year tourist e-Visa is not valid for visiting protected/restricted and cantonment areas in India.
The United Kingdom is among the India e-Visa eligible countries. Therefore, UK nationals can easily apply for an e-Visa or a regular visa.
British travelers holding a diplomatic/official passport or those having international travel documents are not eligible for the e-Visa
Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) with a valid OCI card and a current foreign passport do not need a visa.
Applicants of Pakistani origin with dual British-Pakistan nationality must apply for a regular embassy visa using their Pakistani passport.
UK passport holders planning to visit India over the course of years can apply for a 5-year tourist e-Visa. They need to keep the following conditions in mind:
Purpose of the visit: sightseeing, meeting friends and family, short-term yoga retreats, volunteer work without payment, etc.
Duration: Five years from the date of grant of ETA
Stay: Maximum stay in India during one calendar year should not exceed 180 days
Extension: Visa in non-extendable and non-convertible
Processing Time: It is typically processed within 96 hours. However, applying at least seven days before the scheduled flight is recommended
Cost: GBP 67 (processing fee of 2.5% included)
UK applicants must ensure that the five-year tourist e-visa fee must be paid at least four days before the intended travel date.
The fee for an e-Visa is non-refundable, irrespective of the grant or rejection of the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).
Applicants from the United Kingdom must pay attention to the following:
Updating the 5-year tourist e-Visa fee payment status may take up to 2 hours on the e-Visa portal. Applicants from the UK should not reapply but wait for the payment status to update.
If the fee is deducted, but the status is not updated, applicants should check their payment status online.
UK passport holders planning to make multiple trips to India should consider applying for the India 5-year e-Visa, which offers flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and a longer validity period than the India 1-year e-Visa. However, for those planning only one or two trips to India within a year, the 1-year e-Visa is a simpler and more convenient option.
A 5-year India e-Visa for UK Citizens is ideal for those visitors wishing to explore various regions or travel at different times without the restriction of a shorter visa.
It saves travelers from the repetitive process of reapplying for future visits. It is particularly advantageous for those with tight schedules or last-minute travel plans.