The British High Commission on Friday released information to help people who wish to visit the country for London Olympics and Paralympics starting July 27.
"To travel to the UK for the games, and for other tourism purposes, it is necessary to hold a valid UK General Visitor visa. The UK Border Agency endeavours to process visa applications as quickly as possible. It is important that applicants planning to watch the games, but have not already applied for a visa, make their applications now," said Marcus Winsley, director, press and communications, British High Commission, in a press release issued on Friday.
The visa application and appointment at visa application centre need to be made online at: http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/ApplyNow.aspx.
Applicants should ensure that their visa applications were complete and all necessary documents were tagged with the application. Guidance on applying for a UK visitor visa was available in Hindi at: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/visiting/.
Visa applications need to be submitted in person at the nearest visa application centre, where the visa fee would have to be paid and applicants provide their biometric data, comprising finger scans and a photograph.
Applicants who have previously travelled to the UK, or other specified countries, might request for fast track service for more rapid processing of their applications.
Applicants may also opt to use premium lounges and out of hours submission services available in some of the UK's visa application centres. Further information on these options is available at www.vfs-uk-in.com.
The standard visitor visa is for 6 months' duration and multiple entry. Applicants who travel regularly to the UK may wish to consider applying for a visitor visa of a longer duration of 2, 5 or 10 years. Further information in this regard is available at: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/visiting/general/apply/.
Comprehensive information about travelling to the UK as a spectator, accredited athlete, coach, official and media, unaccredited media is available at: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/our-work/olympic-paralympic