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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya) and Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/ In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Additional links to sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk and http://nathnac.net
Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever occur all year round; and includes such areas as New Delhi. Please contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures and take appropriate precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website. View the travel advice in full here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary.
Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
From 01 April 2017, the length of stay on an e-visa has been increased from 30 days to 60 days with a double entry tourist and business e-visa and triple entry on medical e-visa. Holders of passports endorsed 'British citizen' who meet eligibility criteria can apply for a double entry e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) to enter India at certain designated airports (apply via e-Tourist Visa website).
Visas are required for India.
Please note that from the 15 August 2015, holders of passports endorsed 'British citizen' who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to apply for an e-Tourist Visa (e-tv) to enter India at designated airports. On arrival in India, visitors will be asked to provide Biometric Data and the visa will be issued then. Please visit India's e-Tourist Visa Website.
The Government of India has introduced Biometric Data Collection for Indian Visa applications. With effect from 14 March 2015, all applicants (except for those now eligible and applying for the new British citizen e-visa) will be required to book an appointment online to submit their applications at VFS Application Centres. Applicants will be able to book an appointment on VFS Website www.in.vfsglobal.co.uk at the time of filing online application forms.
Biometric Data collection, including fingerprint data and facial imagery will be a mandatory requirement for all visa applicants. As a result, all visa applicants will need to first apply online and, thereafter, be physically present (mandatorily) at India Visa and Consular Services centres, by appointment, for submission of visa application and biometric data enrolment.
The new online appointment system will be applicable from 2015.
1. All visa, passport, OCI, Consular Services at VFS Application Centres in London (Goswell Road, Paddinton and Hounslow), Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Bradford, Newcastle, Belfast, Cardiff, Bristol, Glasgow and Leicester will be granted on the basis of appointments only.
2. Applicants must book an online appointment for all Services (visa, passport, OCI, and Consular Services) before visiting VFS Application Centres.
3. Only one person/applicant is allowed per appointment. For family applications each applicant will be required to book a separate appointment.
4. Appointments can be booked by visiting after completion of the Online Form via VFS website: www.in.vfsglobal.co.uk
5. All applicants will be required to bring the printout of the appointment letter along with the application form at the time of submission. No applications will be accepted without an appointment after 16th March 2015.
6. All applicants must be at the above VFS Application Centres 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment.
7. No applications will be accepted by post.
The Indian Government have changed the entry requirements for foreign nationals travelling with non-machine readable passports arriving into India. Foreign nationals who arrive at an Indian port holding non-machine readable passports will be denied entry.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk