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#EaseofAccess: Britons can use online system for India tourist visas

No more scrambling from one counter to another for British travellers visiting India.

Britain will be included in India’s new electronic visa service beginning 15 August as the country rolls out the system to more than 100 countries.

The e-visa route will allow British nationals flying to India for tourism and recreational purposes to apply and pay for their visa online and carry a printout as proof.

“With this addition, the total count of countries under the scheme will go up to 113. Simultaneously, we are going to add seven more Indian airports as designated airports for entry on e-Tourist Visa from 15th August 2015,” an Indian government statement said.

Besides the major entry points such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, the additional airports offering the e-visa facility will include Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Gaya, Jaipur, Lucknow, Trichy and Varanasi.

According to British government figures, more than 800,000 Britons visit India every year.

The new electronic visa option will be welcomed by tourists, many of whom had expressed concerns over a new online application process introduced earlier this year as part of a renewed contract with the visa outsourcing company VFS in the UK.

Other European countries to be added on to the list of an easier visa experience from next week include Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Monaco, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

E-visa applicants will be expected to apply online a minimum of four days before the date of travel.

To apply, visit www.indianvisaonline.gov.in

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