You must have a valid passport and ensure that it is valid for at least 6 months from your intended return date.
A visa is required to visit Goa and the rest of India. You can download an Indian visa application form from the link below.
Fees are payable to obtain an Indian visa and these are shown on the application form.
Please allow sufficient time to obtain your visa. Postal applications take at least 2 weeks to process. You can apply in person to the Indian Consulates in either London or Birmingham or Edinburgh and in most cases you can obtain a visa the same day.
There are companies who can obtain a visa quickly for you. They will charge a fee for their services which is normally about £30 per person. This fee is on top of the charge made by the Indian Embassy.
We recommend Omnia Visa services in London. You can call them on 0207 837 5803
See their website at www.omniavisas.com/ and they can generally have a visa for you within a week.
Two references are required for your visa application form and they must be contactable addresses in the UK.
For two contactable addresses in India please state your hotel name for the first reference and either the "British Embassy, Mumbai" or the name of your tour operator if known for your second reference.
Please note that no address or telephone number is needed for the Indian references.
Indian Visas can be obtained from the following offices:
High Commission of India
India House, Aldwych, London WC2B 4NA
Queue numbers are issued between 8.30 a.m. and 12.00 noon Mondays to Fridays, except holidays
Consulate General of India, Birmingham
20 Augusta Street, Jewellery Quarter, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 6JL. Tel: 0121 212 2782
Consulate General of India, Edinburgh
17 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BB. Tel: 0131 229 2144
Download an Indian Visa application form here (PDF format).
Discover Goa is not responsible for the process of obtaining a visa and we cannot be held responsible for any delays in obtaining a visa. If you have been unable to obtain a visa and you have already booked your holiday or flight, normal bookings conditions apply and a refund of money paid to us for a holiday or flight may not be possible.
Other travel information
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office produces up to date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Go to www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo