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Saturday, 20 January, 2018, 11 : 00 AM [IST]

UK launches #BEATthepeak campaign to encourage Indians to apply for visa in advance

The UK has launched their annual #BEATthepeak campaign to encourage Indian visitors to make the most of UKVI’s post-dated visa offer, which allows travellers to apply 3 months in advance and date their visa for when they travel.  Visa applicants can benefit from quieter Visa Application Centres and more available appointment slots outside of the peak period.

The post-dated service allows Indian visitors to the UK to start their visa on their intended travel date. For example, those planning to travel in April can apply for their visas in January, whilst keeping the full six month validity for when they intend to travel.

The 2018 BEAT the peak campaign was launched by the British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, and will kick-start a range of activities led by the UK High Commission that aim to engage with the Indian tourist market and encourage them to visit Britain and apply early for their visa to do so.

According to the High Commissioner, “2017 was a record breaking year for the UK-India relationship, with more Indians travelling to the UK than ever before. In the year ending September 2017, well over half a million visas were issued to Indian nationals and visit visas alone were up by 11% year-on-year. That is great news for both our countries. We know hundreds of thousands of Indians will travel again in 2018 – and they can expect a quicker visa process if they apply up to three months early and beat the summer peak in April and May.”

Tricia Warwick, Interim Director for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, VisitBritain, said, “We want the UK to be a ‘must-go-now’ destination for visitors from India. Making it easy to travel here is an important part of our tourism offer.  With our hotels, attractions and shops, all offering great value for Indian visitors right now, it is a great time to come to Britain.”
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