Please note below the address for the new collection centre in UK for Indian Visa.
India Visa Application Centre c/o Peepul Centre,
L E4 6DP.
This centre is operational only on Friday of each week and closed for rest of the week.
Working Hours: 10:00 am to 02:00 pm Fridays only.
Submission is only once in a week – Every Friday.
Mode of payment: Postal order/ Online payment/Credit/Debit Card
Applicants Are Advised Not To Send Any Postal Applications To This Center. VFS UK Ltd. Will Not Accept Any Liabilities For Loss Of Documents If Sent By Post. All Postal Applications Should Be Sent To India Visa Application Center In Hayes.
Please Note: From 18 February, 2013, IVAC Manchester Application centre will be based on the following address: 18-22 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3AG
Please Note: All applications submitted in person or received by post on or after 17 January 2013 with the incorrect fee will be returned back to the applicants.
"There has been an alarming rate of increase in a new virus called
"Zbot Trojan" which spreads through an email attachment in the form of a PDF
file and steals private information from the infected computer. All the
applicants are advised to open the attachments received from the trustworthy
Re-entry into India within the 2 month restriction for tourist visas
This is for information that restriction of TWO months gap between two visits has been removed by the Government of India from 4th Dec 2012.
New Visa Application Procedure
Please click on the below links for the detailed information on the new visa
application procedure with effect from 23 November.
Please note that with effect from March 14 2011 an additional Consular Charge
of £ 2.00 will be added onto all visa and consular applications. Applicants are
requested to adjust the payments accordingly.
Urgent Business Visa
The Government of India has decided to issue 'Urgent Business Visa' under 'Fast
Track System' to business travellers and business houses to enable them to
travel to India at a short notice. For detailed information please
The validity of the visa
The validity of the visa begins from the date it is issued and not from the
date of your departure mentioned on the application form. This must be kept in
mind before applying and it is strongly advised that no travel
arrangements/confirmations be made before the visa is issued as no refund of
any lost amounts will be possible.
Import of Satellite Phones into India
Use of any kind of satellite telephone in India is permissible only after
obtaining a prior license from Department of Telecommunications (DOT-Government
of India). Persons arriving in India and importing satellite telephones through
baggage are required to declare these on arrival. Satellite phones declared to
Indian customs will be allowed clearance only after production of a license
issued by the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India.
Unauthorized use of satellite phones in India attracts penal provisions of the
Indian Telegraph Act and Indian Wireless Act. Persons found using their
satellite phones without license will be prosecuted and such unauthorized
satellite phones found in their possession will be seized.
Urgent Business Visa Under 'Fast Track System'
"The Government of India has decided to issue 'Urgent Business Visa'
under 'Fast Track System' to business travellers and business
houses to enable them to travel to India at a short notice with effect from
15th March, 2010. Urgent Business Visa is strictly given to those
who are doing business in India such as making sales or establishing contacts
on behalf of a company outside of India or going for urgent business meetings.
Since reference are required to be made to concerned authorities in respect of
Non- UK residents for less than 2 years and Pakistani nationals/Pakistani
origin applicants, this facility of same day Urgent Visa is not available to
them. They may apply in normal course.
Applications would be accepted on all working days (except Saturdays,
Sundays and Indian public holidays) from 0830 to 1100
hours only at the following designated India Visa Application
Centres on First Come, First Served Basis as per the
India Visa Application Centre, London, 142-148 Goswell Road,
India Visa Application Centre Edinburgh, 66 Hanover Buildings, Rose Street,
Edinburgh EH2 2NN
Under this system, 'Urgent Business Visa' will be issued on the same day after 1700 hours subject to eligibility for a normal Business Visa. Fee for urgent application for Business visas will be - Normal prescribed Business Visa fee + £133/- as urgent processing fee for HCI/CGIs + £25/- as VFS Service charges + VAT on £25/- only.
Suppression of facts and information will not only result in denial of visa
applied for but will also debar the applicant from applying under this system
in future. Decision of the Consular Officer in the matter shall be final. Visa
fee once tendered is not refundable."
The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. Holding
Indian passport/acquiring Indian passport/travelling on Indian passport after
acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian
Passport Act, 1967, and attracts penalties.
Under Indian law, Person whose previous nationality was Indian before acquiring
any foreign Nationality, are required to surrender their Indian passports to
the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign
citizenship and obtain a surrender certificate. All applications for
renunciation/surrender of Indian passports are to be made at any of the India
Visa Application Centres in the UK, as per the Jurisdiction.
Fee in GBP
Service Charge in GBP
Total In GBP
Miscellaneous Service fee for surrender of
passport / renunciation of citizenship (for applicants who have
already acquired foreign citizenship till 31.5.2010)
Fee for surrender of passport/ renunciation of
Citizenship (for applicants who acquire foreign citizenship with effect from
In view of these provisions, Persons of Indian Origin, intending to apply for
OCI/PIO Cards, should surrender their Indian passports and then apply for these
services. In case they do not have the Indian passports in their possession for
any reason (loss/misplacement/submission to Home Office long time back, etc.),
they are required to furnish duly notarised affidavit in this regard. If the
Indian passport is still valid but has been misplaced / lost, then Police
report should be submitted additionally (to rule out any misuse).
The Government of India has prescribed imposition of penalty on a graded scale, depending on number of trips made on Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality, for the violation of Passport Rules ranging from a minimum of Rs. 10,000/- (£125 at the current Official Rate of Exchange) to a maximum of Rs. 50,000/- (£625 at the current Official Rate of Exchange).*
*the penalty will be charged as per the amount advised in Pound Sterlings
Introduction of "Tourist Visa-on-Arrival"
In order to facilitate Bonafide foreign tourists who plan their tours at a
short notice, the Government of India has decided to introduce "Tourist
Visa-on-Arrival" for a period of one year with immediate effect for citizen of
five countries viz. Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore.
Citizens of these five countries can get "Tourist Visa-on-Arrival" with a
maximum validity of 30 days with Single Entry facility from the Immigration
Officer at Delhi , Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata only. The said "Tourist
Visa-on-Arrival can neither be extended nor converted to any other kind of visa
during his/her stay in India except in certain exceptional circumstances.
Additionally, Government of India have decided to extend the "Tourist Visa on
Arrival Scheme" also to citizens of Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos,
Myanmar and Indonesia with effect from 1 January 2011 under the existing terms
A Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall be granted to citizens of Finland, Japan,
Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos,
Myanmar and Indonesia:
Whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing,
casual visit to meet friends or relatives etc and no other purpose/activity;
Who does not have a residence or occupation in India ;
Who holds a passport with minimum six months validity and a re-entry permit if
that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant;
Who is a person of assured financial standing (the production of a return
ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in
India may be considered sufficient for this purpose).
Who is not a person-non-grata to the Government of India; UK
Who is not considered an undesirable person and is not the subject of black
list or any warning circular or other restrictive list;
This facility shall not be available to the citizens of above-named countries
if the person or either of his/her parents or grand parents (paternal or
maternal) was born in, and was permanently resident in Pakistan . Such persons
can visit India after obtaining appropriate visa from the Indian Mission/Post
Applicants can obtain the detailed information on “Tourist visa on Arrival”
from High Commission of India, London website by Clicking
Fee for Tourist Visa-on-Arrival
A fee of US$60/- or an equivalent amount in Indian rupees per passenger
(including children) will be charged from each foreigner for the grant of
Tourist Visa-on-Arrival shall be allowed for a maximum of two times in a
calendar year to a foreigner.
In view of the spread of the Swine Influenza A (H1N1) all passengers travelling
to India will be screened at the International Airports in India on their
arrival and required to carry the declaration form (Health Card) at the
Immigration. This may also involve quarantine and even hospitalisation, if
detected, with any symptoms connected with the flu.
Kindly print the Health screening card from the link below, complete and sign
it before travelling to India.