Good news if you’re a regular visitor to India, as a new 5 year visa is now available to residents of the UK.
If your stay is
30 days (now 60 days) or less then you have the cheaper option of the E-visa costing $75 plus small admin fee that can be applied for up to 120 days before your arrival and applied for online here.
Update The E-visa has now been updated and now has a 60 day option. This can be applied for twice in a Calendar year (January – December) and cannot be extended. It also entitles double entry.
The new 5 year visa costs £310 which if used regularly, will save you in the region of £240 over that time period, and also be exempt from any rising costs over the same period.
There is a 180 day limit to this visa, so a quick departure to another country like Nepal or Pakistan for a few days and then a return will be required. If you’re like many visitors who arrive around October to April to escape the winter, then this will definitely make life easier with less hassle each year.
To apply for the 5 year visa/ tourist visa and instructions then visit the official site for VFS Global here.