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Important information

  • Official information from the High Commission of India and its respective consulates in Edinburgh and Birmingham regarding Satellite phones

    "The use/operation of any Telegraphic services/devices, including wireless is regulated by the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885. Anyone using any telegraphic devices, including Thuraya / Irridium Satellite phone un-authorised, violates Section 4 of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, and can be penalised under section 20 and 21 of the said Act.

    Any foreigner intending to bring satellite phone into India would have to obtain prior license/permission of Department of Telecommunications and in case of import of a satellite phone as a cargo, a declaration is to be given by the person importing the goods about details of goods. Satellites phones brought in baggage/hand baggage without licence would be detained/confiscated till such time the holder is able to produce a license issued by the Department of Telecommunications.”

  • Time lines/processing times provided for all services are indicative, certain cases may take longer to be processed. Applicants are requested not to make any travel arrangements without having a valid visa/OCI or any other document needed for you to travel.
  • Press Release - Introduction of mandatory biometrics enrolment for specified visa categories with effect from 19 August 2016 – Applicants are requested to make appointments accordingly – Please click here for more details.
  • Important Notice for Travellers: our special Out of office hours’ service launched at selected offices only, no appointments required! Please click here for more details.
  • Longer wait times due to heavy call volumes.

    We are currently experiencing long wait times due to heavy call volumes. Applicants are requested to email their enquires to below email ID’s for the respective service:

  • Prior appointments mandatory to submit applications; except for Urgent Business Visa Applications – which is on First come First Served Basis at selected offices click here for more information
  • All applicants are advised to book their travel plan upon obtaining an appropriate Visa/OCI/Indian Passport or any other document you may need to travel. VFS will not be responsible for any loss for any bookings made in anticipation of obtaining a Visa/OCI/Passport or any other document you may need to travel.
  • Please note Indian visas are valid / issued from date of issue not from Date of Travel.
  • The practice of accepting visa applications on handwritten or non-Machine Readable passports is hereby discontinued with immediate effect, except in cases requiring emergency visits to India. However, nationals of Afghanistan, applying on Afghan non-machine readable / handwritten passports are exempted from this requirement till 24 November 2017.
  • All applicants are requested to check the list of Consular Holidays before visiting the Centre
  • Beware of fraudulent job offers. For more details – click here