The Indian High Commission has outsourced the issuing of visas to V.F Services Ltd (‘VFS’) http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk and visa forms must be completed online. Once this has been done, the application will need to be printed signed and photo attached, you will then be given the option to either make an appointment with VFS to go in person to take your application or you can send it to them by post. Please Note: Applications will not be accepted if they are handwritten.
If you would prefer to use the services of a visa agency, Jewel in the Crown Holidays would like to recommend CIBT who have a fast-track service and tracking facility http://uk.cibt.com/jewelinthecrown CIBT specialise in fast, dependable visa application services with 50 years experience behind them. If you have any queries about the visa application process provided by CIBT please call 0800 218 2064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org CIBT will accept handwritten applications and transfer the information to an online application on your behalf for a small fee, but please allow plenty of time as they will have to return the form to you to sign and return back to CIBT before they can submit the application.
Whichever way you decide to apply for your visa, please ensure that you read all instructions very carefully as the application process and requirements do change on a regular basis.
You will be required to provide a referee in India when applying for your visa, we suggest that you the use the following or alternatively the hotel you are staying in.
Jewel in the Crown Holidays/Sita
NH17 Near Goa Dental College, Also Bambolim, Goa, PIN: 403202, Tel: 0091 832 245 9448.
Also ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after the return of your stay and that it is in a tidy condition with a double blank page. Visa applications can be made up to 3 months before you are due to travel to India. We suggest that you apply at least 6 weeks before you are due to travel as it can take 3-4 weeks to process your visa application. For Media related professionals, Police or Armed Forces or Commercial Pilots a letter from your employer stating your reason for travel will be required. A number of cases have recently been bought to our attention whereby a person of Indian or Pakistani descent despite having a British passport has experienced difficulties and long delays for their visas to be processed by the Indian High Commission.
Please be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa prior to departure, so please check your passport has been validated with the relevant visa.
If you present yourself at check-in for your outbound flight without a valid Indian visa in your passport, you will be denied carriage by the air carrier concerned and not entitled to a refund in such circumstances.
Jewel in the Crown Holidays are not responsible for the process undertaken by the Indian High Commission, V.F Services (UK) or CIBT. The information that we provide is for our customer service only.