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Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Update on tourist visa applications for Nepal and India

India visas
The Indian High Commisson in London has recently updated the procedure for obtaining tourist visas. The decision on whether to grant a visa has been retained by the High Commission, however the application and collection process has been outsourced to VFS Global.

All applications have to be made online at You still have to apply online if you are submitting your application by post or using a visa agency. Walk-in applicants also need to fill out the online form before visiting VFS's office.

It should take 2 to 3 days to process your visa from submission although many people have experienced delays so please allow longer than this. Postal applications might take up to 15 days plus postage time.

We suggest you carefully read the VFS website taking particular care in calculating the fee payable and also the rules for acceptable passport photos in order to avoid further delays.

Nepal visa applications in UK
Nepal has introduced new visa rules effective from July 16. The cost and duration of the multiple entry visas have changed, they are now:

15 days USD$25 or equivalent convertible currency
30 days USD$40 or equivalent convertible currency
90 days USD$100 or equivalent convertible currency

You can apply for your visa at the Nepal Embassy in London before departure or on arrival in Nepal at the airport or at a border crossing.

The visa extension fee for 15 days or less is USD$30 or equivalent convertible currency and fee for more than 15 days is USD$2 per day. A tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a year running from January to December.

Of note it is no longer possible to get a free visa for visits to Nepal for less than three days. Therefore, if you are transiting through Nepal for a Bhutan or Tibet tour then you will have to obtain a multiple entry visa.

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