India’s High Commission in London announced the reintroduction of electronic visas (e-visas) for travelers from the UK, a move that will be widely welcomed given the massive rush for visas to India in recent months.
India’s High Commissioner for Britain Vikram Doraiswami said the service will be available “immediately” and officials at the High Commission in London confirmed travelers will be able to apply for India e-visas from this week. It said the system upgrade process was underway and the Indian Visa website would soon be ready to accept e-Visa applications.
“The big news today is that we are relaunching e-Visa,” announced Doraiswami in a video posted to Twitter.
“This should allow friends from the UK to travel to India much more easily,” he said.
team @HCI_London is pleased to confirm that the e-Visa facility will again be available for UK nationals traveling to India. The system upgrade is underway and the Visa website will soon be ready to receive applications from friends in the UK. Here is a video on the subject. @MEAIndia pic.twitter.com/E0UdgMOayG— India in the UK (@HCI_London) December 5, 2022
The announcement was immediately greeted with great acclaim, calling it “excellent” and “wonderful” news in response to the Indian High Commissioner’s Twitter announcement. In the UK Parliament, it emerged that e-visas were among the issues discussed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Rishi Sunak during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia last month.
The long-awaited move follows several measures to strengthen India’s visa processing facilities, including a new Indian visa center in central London and the Visa at Your Doorstep (VAYD) service to meet the high post-pandemic demand for travel from the UK to India will.
The new India Visa Application Center (IVAC) in Marylebone is operated by VFS Global, the outsourcing and technology service provider for governments and diplomatic missions, which has also enabled a streamlined process for group tourism or group travel, usually through a travel agency to the same destination using the same flights .
The new center is the third India Visa Center in London, with VFS Global operating a network of 10 IVACs across the UK – in Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Central London, Hounslow, Leicester and Manchester.
“We are always looking for practical solutions to address customer experience challenges. As a responsible service provider that manages impartial and administrative tasks related to visa applications for the governments we work with, we have taken steps together with the High Commissioner of India in London to help visa applicants have a smooth visa application,” said Aditya Arora , COO of VFS Global.
The visa firm said it was able to free up more appointments as London and Birmingham began receiving applications on Saturday and weekday afternoons. Since March this year, VFS Global has also been working with the High Commission of India in London and their consulates across the UK to set up consular weekend camps across the UK.
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