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Electronic tourist visas for visits to India will become available from Saturday (August 15).
Confirmation of the measure by the High Commission of India was welcomed by adventure travel operator Explore as simplifying the process for UK applicants as visitors can now apply online for a 30-day visa.
At around £40, the e-visa is more than half the cost of the original print version which was £89.44, and the application process has been simplified.
Explore product director, John Telfer, said: “This is absolutely excellent news – I’m sure this change will boost tourism to India amongst UK tourists.
“I am delighted that the High Commission took on board tour operators’ concerns – not only will it be faster and less hassle for travellers to get a visa, it will also be significantly cheaper.”
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