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General Visa information

All applications are to be completed online. Procedures are as follows:

E visa or Electronic visa: Please note that e-visa is issued for a maximum period of 60 days meant for only Tourist, Business and Medical purposes. Please apply online for e-visa at High Commission does not have any role in issue of E-visas as it is issued directly from New Delhi. Its confirmation or otherwise will come to you in your E-mail within 72hrs. Kindly take a print along while travelling.

Regular visa: Please apply online for regular/other visa at take a print of the application and submit it with prior online appointment at the VFS centre along with visa fee, documentation etc. For detailed information, please see website of VFS

Emergency Visa: Please complete the application online at bring print of the application, application stating emergent reason, photo, passport and fees in cash to the High Commission of India, India House, Aldwych, London WC2B 4NA. Please see detailed information on the website Applicant can also call at 020 76323035 or 07768 765 035.

Visa Fee Structure

A revised visa fee structure for UK nationals would come in effect from February 1, 2017 as per the details tabulated below.

Sr No.

Visa Category

Visa Duration Up to One Year   (Single / Multiple entry)

Visa Duration From One Year Up to Five Years (Multiple entries)

Visa Duration up to Ten Years (Multiple entries) July 18,2017


Tourist Visa

GBP 110

GBP 330



Business Visa

GBP 165

GBP 495

GBP 495


Entry Visa

GBP 110

GBP 330



Conference Visa

(up to 6 months)


GBP 61



Student Visa

(Up to 5 years)


GBP 156



Journalist Visa

(Up to 6 months)

GBP 61




Employment/Project Visa

Up to 6 months

Up to 1 year

Up to 2 Years



 GBP 314

GBP 341

GBP 407




Medical/Escort Visa

GBP 88




Research Visa

Up to 3 years

GBP 156




Transfer of Visa

(All types)

GBP  113




Transit Visa

(Up to 3 months)

GBP 60



Applicants may please note that the above fee structure is exclusive of the Indian Community Welfare Fund fee of GBP 2 and the fee charged by service provider, which would remain applicable over and above the visa fee indicated above. 

The existing visa fee structure for UK nationals with respect to categories of visas other than those tabulated above, remain unchanged.

For any further queries regarding the revised fee structure, our service provider can be approached as per details listed here ( ).

Biometric: It is mandatory for the following category of applicants to undergo Biometric while applying for visa:

Employment visa

Journalist Visa

Research Visa

Student Visa

Visit Visa (applicable for Pakistan nationals only)

Project Visa

Missionary visa

Business visa for five years

Business visa for 10 years

Tourist visa for five years.

Note: The practice of accepting visa applications on handwritten or non-Machine Readable passports is hereby discontinued with immediate effect, except in cases requiring emergency visits to India. However, nationals of Afghanistan, applying on Afghan non-machine readable / handwritten passports are exempted from this requirement till November 24, 2017.

The High Commission of India, London and Consulate General of India, Birmingham and Edinburgh have outsourced their visa services to the external service provider M/S VFS Global. All applicants, other than those seeking Emergency Visas or those holding UN/Diplomatic/Official passports, are required to fill the online visa application form through the authorized website ( ) and lodge their applications with our sole service partner M/S VFS Global Holdings Ltd. For more information please visit High Commission of India and the Consulates will not be responsible for transactions made with any other websites or agents.  The procedure for applicants seeking Emergency Visas or holders of UN/Diplomatic/Official passports is detailed at the bottom of this page.

For visa related information pertaining to Consulate General of India, Birmingham and Edinburgh, please visit link (s) :

Points to Note Before You Apply

When applying for a visa, the validity of Passport should be at least for next 180 days or more. The passport must have at least two blank pages and should not be Mutilated / damaged / tampered  in any manner.

Suppression of facts and information will not only result in delay/ or denial of visa applied for but will also debar the applicant from applying under this system in future.

Visa processing fee once deposited shall not be refunded. Fee should be deposited only after ascertaining all relevant details of the visa, as applicable to the purpose of travel.

Acceptance of visa application does not automatically guarantee grant of a visa.  The visa application may be accepted, modified or refused by the High Commission in its full right. Decision of the High Commission of India, London in the matter shall be final.

Each visa application is processed individually by the High Commission. As a result processing times may vary between applications that appear to be similar. It is common for families and groups who have submitted their applications simultaneously to receive their visas with a few days gap.

Certain visa categories go through a closer examination requiring additional time to process. The High Commission reserves the right to withhold any application submitted for an in-depth examination.

Processing time of applications received from persons of Pakistani origin could take 7-8 weeks or more. Processing time for applications from Pakistani nationals/those holding dual nationality can be substantially longer. All applicants of Pakistani origin who hold dual nationality must apply for an Indian Visa on their Pakistani passport. Those who have either renounced Pakistani nationality or cancelled their Pakistani passport would need to submit documentary proof in this regard.

The practice of appending manual signature and affixing stamp on visa stickers have been dispensed with and the visa stickers now carry ‘ghost’ imaging and other security features.

The duration and number of entries granted to the applicant will be solely at the discretion of the High Commission/Consulates. No claims and correspondences shall be entertained in this regard.

Visa is valid from the date of issue and not from the date of travel.

It is strongly advised that applicants do not make any travel arrangements before obtaining an Indian visa. The High Commission of India cannot, in any circumstances, be held responsible for any application which is not completed in time for your intended date of departure.

Note: The High Commission has not appointed or authorized any other agency or individual agent to render any service on behalf of the High Commission other than M/s. VFS Global ( ) and it shall not be responsible for any transaction made with unauthorized agencies / agents.