Do British Citizens need a visa for India?

Yes. British passport holders need a visa to visit India. From 1st April 2017, you can apply for an e-visitor from the Indian Government’s e-visitor website.

Do they ask about criminal records?

Yes. As part of the e-visitor application they ask about criminal records. They ask the following questions.

  1. Have you ever been arrested / prosecuted / convicted by Court of Law of any country?
  2. Have you ever been engaged in human trafficking / drug trafficking / child abuse / crimes against women / economic offence / financial fraud?
  3. Have you ever been engaged in cyber crime / terrorist activities / sabotage / espionage / genocide / political killing / other acts of violence?
  4. Have you ever by any means or medium expressed views that justify or glorify terrorist violence or that may encourage others to terrorist acts or other serious criminal acts.

If you answer yes to any of the above questions, you will be asked to provide further details in a box on the form.   You may be required to provide a police certificate with details of your conviction(s).  The visa officer will decide whether to issue you with a visa or not.