I am about to apply online for an etourist visa from the U.K. I am visiting India in January for 27 days. I believe once the application is approved I print off the visa and carry with my passport on entry into India.
A friend has worried me by saying I have to visit the High Commision in London to have the visa entered in my passport! Surely that defeats the whole idea of an e visa
You certainly don't have to visit the High Commission in London. It is a straightforward and easy process
Your friend is confused, perhaps because the extension of evisas to UK citizens is pretty new (mid-2015) and he/she is confusing evisas with online forms which you fill in, download and then send or take to the issuing office?
Assuming you are a UK citizen, or meet the citizenship requirements for evisa application, and your evisa application is accepted you certainly don't then need to make a trip to the High Commission to 'have it put into your passport'.
The whole purpose of evisas is not just to make the process easier for applicants but also to make the process easier (by reducing applicant numbers) for issuing offices such as the High Commission in London.
Thank you for confirming my reasoning.
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