The Indian government has changed the rules for obtaining the Indian visa. The aim is to support the tourism industry in the country. Tourists will be able to spend more time in India and discover new attractions, like for instance the filming locations of some of the most famous Bollywood productions. In this article, you will learn about the new visa rules for India and how to apply for an Indian visa. Also, you will discover some of the most iconic movie locations in India.
In order to promote tourism in the country after the Covid pandemic, the Indian government has recently introduced new visa rules to enter the country. These new rules allow for more flexibility and give travelers the opportunity to stay longer in India. In this way, the Indian government intends to support the tourism industry, one of the most damaged sectors after the international isolation due to the coronavirus.
What are the new rules for the Indian visa?
The Covid pandemic had terrible effects on the Indian touristic sector. For many months, it was not possible for tourists to enter the country. In March 2021, India began to open its doors to many countries. However, UK citizens had to wait longer, due partly to political tensions between the two countries. It was only in December 2022 that the e-visa India became available to UK citizens again.
Since then, the Indian government has introduced a series of changes in their visa policy in order to encourage tourism in the country. The new electronic Indian visa allow tourist to stay in India for 30 days (double-entry visa) or for 90 days (multiple-entry visa). The validity period has also been extended (30 days for the 30 day visa and 365 days for the 90 day visa).
Top Bollywood film locations
Now that it is possible to plan a long holiday in India, you might want to include things in your itinerary that otherwise you wouldn’t, like for instance visiting some famous Bollywood film locations. Who knows, you might even get the change to see a film shooting in real life!
The state of Goa has been a splendid backdrop to many Bollywood blockbusters, among which Dil Chahta Hai, where a group of close friends go on a trip to celebrate life and friendship. Goa is not only a famous film location. It is also the land of sun, sea and sand: discover the Chapora and Aguada forts, the many beaches that the region has to offer or go fishing or scuba diving in the pristine waters of the Arabian Sea!
Many Indian films have been shot in the beautiful Kashmir valley: from the iconic Kashmir Ki Kali to more recent films like Fitoor or Haider. Depending on the season, you will be able to admire the valley’s snow-capped mountains or its green, flowery fields and beautiful lakes. You can also visit the ancient city of Old Srinagar, with monuments and buildings of different religions and architectural styles
The city of Mumbai has of course many things to offer, but if you are a Bollywood fan, you cannot miss a visit to the magical Marine Drive. Many movies have had scenes shot in this 3-km long boulevard overlooking the Arabian Sea. Go for a walk along this romantic location and enjoy the beautiful sunset with your loved one.
The town of Munnar, in Kerala, famous for its luxuriant vegetation and the beauty of its tea fields, is one of the most popular destinations in India. Many Bollywood films, like Chennai Express or Nishabd have been shot there. In Munnar you can admire the beautiful, fairy-tale landscape, but also practice sports like trekking, hiking or kayaking.
Can I get a visa for India from UK?
Only since last December can British citizens apply again online for the Indian visa. They must be in possession of a British passport, have a valid e-amil address and meet the Indian visa requirements. The process is quick and easy. You only have to fill in an online form, upload an identity photo and a scan of your passport and submit your application. Your Indian visa will be granted on average in one week, or within 3 working days if you submit an urgent application. You will then have to print your visa and take it with you during your trip.