India imposes stricter visa requirements for SA travellers

From Monday July 17, all South African travellers will be required to submit biometrics when applying for an Indian visa.

Biometric data, comprising fingerprints and facial image, needs to be submitted in person along with visa applications at any of VFS Global’s three Visa Application Centres in South Africa, located in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

Travellers opting for e-visas can submit their biometrics upon arrival in India. However, VFS has warned that this process could be time-consuming and could potentially lead to long queues at immigration.

“As this process may be time-consuming‚ e-visa applicants can instead enrol biometrics in South Africa itself at the India Visa Application Centres‚ which will ease out the travel process‚” VFS Global said in a statement.

Process to enrol biometrics

Once the online application form is filled, applicants can schedule an appointment at the India Visa Application Centre to enrol biometrics and submit applications.
Applicants can visit the centre at the allotted time and provide their biometrics.
Biometrics data will remain valid for 59 months from the date of enrolment. Once an applicant has enrolled biometrics, he/she will be exempted from enrolling biometrics for the subsequent 59-month period.
The diplomatic mission, however, reserves the right to demand repeat enrolment on a case-to-case basis as part of their process.

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