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Biometrics Now Mandatory for India Visa Applicants

Biometrics Now Mandatory for India Visa Applicants

Effective 17 July 2017, India visa applicants will have to enrol biometrics in person while submitting applications at VFS Global centres in South Africa

E-visas holders will need to enroll biometrics at Indian immigration.

From this date, biometric enrolment becomes a mandatory part of the India visa application process, as per a directive from the High Commission of India, Pretoria, South Africa. Biometric data, comprising fingerprints and facial image, can be submitted along with visa applications at any of VFS Global’s three Visa Application Centres in South Africa, located in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

Applicants availing E-visas will be required to enrol biometrics upon landing in India, with the Immigration authorities at the respective Indian airports. As this process may be time-consuming, applicants can instead enrol biometrics in South Africa itself at the India Visa Application Centres mentioned above, which would ease out the travel process.

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