The UK today launched a new campaign to encourage Indian visitors to apply early for their visas in the quieter, off-peak period of January and February, the British High Commission said.
Visa applicants can expect to get a visa decision more quickly outside the peak period, and benefit from quieter Visa Application Centres and more available appointment slots, the British High Commission said in a statement.
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The initiative was officially announced at the Destination Britain India, currently being held in Pune and hosted by the UK’s national tourism agency Visit Britain.
The three-day tourism trade fair brings together more than 75 travel agents from across India and more than 20 UK travel suppliers for three days of networking and business appointments, the statement said.
Visit Britain Director for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa Sumathi Raman than said: “We want the UK to be a ‘must-go-now’ destination for visitors from India. Making it easy to travel here is an important part of our tourism offer.”
The British High Commission has claimed that it continues to make improvements to its visa service in the country. Last year a new online visit visa application form was introduced in India.
The new form is described as “quicker and more intuitive” and it has been translated into four Indian languages to make it easier for Indian customers to apply.
The eligibility for visitors using the same-day Super Priority Visa and three to five day Priority Visa has been expanded so that now all first time visitors can use the service, regardless of whether they have travelled before.
India will also become the first visa country to benefit from the Registered Traveller Service, as announced by British Prime Minister Theresa May.
The premium service allows approved members, who have undergone advanced security checks, expedite entry at the UK border.