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How long does it take for a UK citizen to get a visa for India?

Visa processing times can vary and it’s always best to check with the official authorities for the most up-to-date information.

For UK citizens, obtaining a visa for India typically requires an online application process. There are two main types of tourist visas available for UK citizens: e-Tourist Visa (eTV) and Tourist Visa (TV). The eTV is obtained online and is suitable for short-term visits, while the TV is a traditional visa obtained through the Indian embassy or consulate.

The processing time for an e-Tourist Visa is generally shorter than that of a traditional Tourist Visa. It usually takes around 2 to 4 business days to receive an e-Tourist Visa approval. However, it’s always recommended to apply well in advance of your travel dates to allow for any potential delays or additional processing time.

For a traditional Tourist Visa, the processing time can vary. It typically involves submitting an application form, supporting documents, and attending an appointment at the Indian embassy or consulate. The processing time can range from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the embassy or consulate’s workload and individual circumstances.

To get the most accurate and up-to-date information about visa processing times for UK citizens traveling to India, I recommend visiting the official website of the Indian High Commission in the UK or the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ website. These sources will provide the most reliable and current information regarding visa requirements and processing times for UK citizens.

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