UK travellers could soon pay more to enter India as the cost of visas are set to increase
India is known for being an affordable place to travel to with cheap food and accommodation.
Yet one thing that can be a costly addition to a trip is paying for a foreign visa.
It could soon get more expensive for Britons heading there on holiday, as the cost of a visa to the country is set to increase.
It is also to affect the US, Canada and UAE nationals.
The price of a one-year tourist visa for Britons is set to change, from $162 (£127) to $248 (£194).
Yet a one to five-year visa that previously cost $1,484 (£380) will be a whopping £741 (£582), an increase of 65 per cent.
It comes in light of the government wanting to “rationalise the entire fee charges” to sync with other countries according to the Hindustan Times.
However, Israelis suffer the most with the increase as they are to pay $1,714 for a short term visa instead of $1,120.
Indian visas are to go up by 60 per cent, making Britons holiday there much more expensive
The response could be due to the work visa curbs announced by the US and Australia and New Zealand
Some experts suggest the response could be due to the work visa curbs announced by the US and Australia and New Zealand.
S Irudayarajan, a migration studies expert, spoke out about what it all means: “The labour markets abroad are in a constant flux.
“Labour exporting countries such as India needs well thought out measures to address these challenges.”
It comes in light of a recent survey that found Britons spend millions of pounds on visas every year to destinations including India.
Visas can be a complicated process so Britons should read up before applying
Other countries such as Turkey and China were also included in the cost.
Over £60 million is spent a year on foreign visas by British travellers.
Yet anyone heading to India should also check what they need to do when requesting a visa, alongside the price increase.
Having certain things on the visa application form could get the request denied.