India E-Visa scheme finally comes to UK passport holders
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India E-Visa scheme finally comes to UK passport holders

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Found 21st Aug 2015
If you are like me and love India, but hated their ridiculous and expensive visa system. This is a deal changer! Down from £95 and considerable hassle you can now sort your visa for under £40 in around 4 days.
Obviously if you don't like the sound of the vibrant sub-continent it won't be of interest and I politely request you control your cold finger.
For the rest of us....time to go back.

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About time, it's a wonderful country and in the current climate reasonably safe compared to some (depending upon which part you visit)

Scalding! Top work op!

Excellent find. Good work OP

Very hot! Love India ... Lovely people

Great news. Super hot for me.

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rodman

Why such a poor coutry like India charge £100 for visa?


Punishment for us charging something similar for visas.

Great find, thanks for posting! Put off going back for ages because of the strange visa prices, especially for UK nationals ... Hope they don't change their minds again! Heat added :-D

rodman

Why such a poor coutry like India charge £100 for visa?


As patg2005 says ALL visa prices & conditions are typically reciprocal. India has cut its prices & lifted some its restrictions in a bid to attract more visitors. £100 is a lot of money to the Indians who would like to visit the UK. Like the Chinese, they are going for the Schengen visa as that allows them access to most European countries...
Just checked; UK visa costs £85 to apply and then £324 for one year...
Edited by: "frogman" 22nd Aug 2015

Does the visa only last 30 days though?

Just to be clear, the price of the visa hasn't dropped, that'll still be the same at around £100 but this will be enough for most people, giving you 30 days. This is still very expensive but it's MUCH more convenient than applying for the standard visa - a process I'll be going through at the end of the year as I'll be looking for the full 6 months stay.
It's about time they offered UK passport holders this as other nationalities have had this option for around a year already.
We charge a lot for Indians to enter our country and so their government returns the favour, hence the high prices.

They should allow visa on arrival, it would be so much more convenient

this is a good trend. hope things improve in future with modi government on the helm

What about people of Pakistani descent?
My wife's visa has been in Delhi since March last!

I suggest for those that want to **** of any countries, this is not the forum to do. If u didn't notice, this is HOT DEALS...

Ps: India's middle class is equivalent to the population of Western Europe, and their disposable income is higher also... And they are one of the more peaceful of the major countries of the world.

I remember having to go to the Indian embassy in London about 10 years ago when I went to India. It was a Kafka-esque experience. Queue to get in tthe building, queue to get a ticket, queue to get a stamp,..with the passage of time, it has become something of a fond memory but at the time, it was a bloody hassle. The actual visa stamp was an exotic full page in the passport, quite something to behold at the time for someone used to nowhere further than Majorca.
India is a beautiful country, I would definitely recommend a holiday there to anyone.

Oh please we not here for argument !! Just chill......

about time they were bought in line with visa entry fees from other countries. such a complicated visa entry system and has been weighted against the uk for so long. great news. (still looks a complicated process though from a brief read)
Edited by: "Tidester" 22nd Aug 2015

jumpinoffthbed

Yes because diamonds helped Africa right? India a super power? It doesn't … Yes because diamonds helped Africa right? India a super power? It doesn't even have a sewage system!



​India will become a superpower when ...

1. Everyone pays tax to provide the foundation for infrastructure, health, schooling etc
2. The black economy is removed - no more handing over cash when you buy a house !!
3. Corruption at every level from a poor peasant, police officer to government ministers is eliminated

So in summary, India has the GDP and intellectual capability within its people to be a super power. However with their selfish values and rife corruption it will NEVER be a superpower.

topbloke

​India will become a superpower when ...1. Everyone pays tax to provide t … ​India will become a superpower when ...1. Everyone pays tax to provide the foundation for infrastructure, health, schooling etc2. The black economy is removed - no more handing over cash when you buy a house !!3. Corruption at every level from a poor peasant, police officer to government ministers is eliminated So in summary, India has the GDP and intellectual capability within its people to be a super power. However with their selfish values and rife corruption it will NEVER be a superpower.



​BTW amazing place to visit and heat for the deal !!

Brilliant news. Heat here.

Thanks for the post. I love my India.

Rapes have increased to four an hour and a place to avoid for women. Worth looking into these security protection apps if is still desperate to go and risk it.

bloomberg.com/new…dia

tempt

Rapes have increased to four an hour and a place to avoid for women. … Rapes have increased to four an hour and a place to avoid for women. Worth looking into these security protection apps if is still desperate to go and risk it.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-19/four-rapes-an-hour-spur-personal-protection-apps-in-india



In Britain, the official Crime Survey for England and Wales 2014 estimated that there are 85,000 rapes every year, or one every six minutes. 


Gutted! Recently bought mine for £100 for trip next month.... Great news for future trips though. Cheers OP

I appear to have stumbled across The Daily Mail comments section again, would someone guide me to the exit?

tempt

Rapes have increased to four an hour and a place to avoid for women. … Rapes have increased to four an hour and a place to avoid for women. Worth looking into these security protection apps if is still desperate to go and risk it.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-19/four-rapes-an-hour-spur-personal-protection-apps-in-india

BarmyBulldog

Cold for asking me not to vote cold.

Same.

Much awaited deal. Thanks for sharing.

And guys, every country has its problems and its fair share of good and everyone could go on and on about it.

But lets not forget this is a Deals website and please stick to the point. if you like the deal vote hot, if you dont vote cold but stop commenting childish comments here. Grow up and go have some fun rather yhan criticising any country for that matter.

Indian visas are expensive throughout the western countries. The amount of tourists visiting India is about 23 million a year including business travellers. London alone gets 12 million. Tourist revenue is incredibly important to India , not that you would know given the lamentable way the India tourism dept handles the promotion of that country. A significant amount of tourists are budget travellers , some of whom spend months there. Though 'budget' , those people do spend significant money there, money that is important to the cheap restaurants and tea stalls. The Indian tourist board aspire to have high end travellers visiting their wonderful country. Part of the reason many don't visit is the accurate perception that most people get ill in the first two weeks of their holiday - a statistic published by the Indian government.
India is an 'emerging' economy. It is , by many measures a 'rich' country that unfortunately fails its own people through corruption by its own politicians and civil servants.
The Indian topurist board must make it easier for people to visit India - initiatives like this will help people to discover an extraordinary country and its people

I'm looking to go to India at the end of the year, I've just checked the VFS website and there is no mention of this. I normally pay around £100 per person, where do I apply for this and get this for £39. Thanks

BarmyBulldog

Luckily I was only joking.Or was I?


Poor attempt at saving face.

sam3110

They should allow visa on arrival, it would be so much more convenient


Unless there's a 24-hour queue and/or you're denied entry.

topbloke

​where are you headed this year ?



more priceless quotes from pew41:

"Most of the city is off limits.
I got robbed on the copacabana Boardwalk at 7pm.....so your not safe even in the main tourist areas."

&

"China is horrible."

Original Poster

delboye30

I'm looking to go to India at the end of the year, I've just checked the … I'm looking to go to India at the end of the year, I've just checked the VFS website and there is no mention of this. I normally pay around £100 per person, where do I apply for this and get this for £39. Thanks



indianvisaonline.gov.in/vis…jsp

I was enjoying the comments, until they got deleted. Hot deal nonetheless.

Luckily the OCI card is handy for us, one off fee for free multiple entries to india for life.

Now I just need a cheap Goa deal for November for a single traveler.

For information purposes only, please check out how complicated the UK Government makes it for foreign nationals to visit the UK. Here is the official website, check it out.

gov.uk/vis…ees

There is a myriad of categories and sub- categories to choose and the cheapest visa for example an Indian visitor is Rs.8925 ..... which is a lot more than the £39 quid they charge us. Also not to mention the mandatory interviews you have to attend. This should give some perspective to the situations both ways. we are quite lucky in that visa requirements are usually simple for us to travel abroad.

Lol - Eligibility criteria

Eligibility

International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.
Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.
Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.
Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent's/Spouse's Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.
Not available to International Travel Document Holders.
Not available to those who have a residence or occupation in India.
Not a persona-non-grata to the Government of India.
Not considered an undesirable person.

The last one - hmmmm undesirable person

tempt

Rapes have increased to four an hour and a place to avoid for women. … Rapes have increased to four an hour and a place to avoid for women. Worth looking into these security protection apps if is still desperate to go and risk it.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-19/four-rapes-an-hour-spur-personal-protection-apps-in-india



It may not necessarily be an increase. It may be due to the improved communication more rapes get reported and come in the lime lite than it used to be. On the other hand there may be under reporting in which case the figures will be worse.

Having said that India is a huge country and is generally safe.
Edited by: "AstalaVista" 22nd Aug 2015
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