India and the UK

Services if you're visiting, studying, working or living in India. Includes information about trading with and doing business in the UK and India.

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Emergency help for British nationals

Get help if you're the victim of crime, you've been arrested, or are affected by a crisis abroad.

  1. British Deputy High Commission Ahmedabad

    The British Deputy High Commission in Ahmedabad represents the UK government in Ahmedabad.

  2. British Deputy High Commission Bengaluru

    The British Deputy High Commission in Bengaluru represents the UK government in Bengaluru.

  3. British Deputy High Commission Chandigarh

    The British Deputy High Commission in Chandigarh represents the UK government in Chandigarh.

  4. British Deputy High Commission Chennai

    The British Deputy High Commission in Chennai represents the UK government in Chennai.

  5. British Deputy High Commission Hyderabad

    The British Deputy High Commission in Hyderabad represents the UK government in Hyderabad.

  6. British Deputy High Commission Kolkata

    The British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata represents the UK government in Kolkata.

  7. British Deputy High Commission Mumbai

    The British Deputy High Commission in Mumbai represents the UK government in Mumbai.

  8. British High Commission New Delhi

    The British High Commission in India maintains and develops relations between the UK and India.

  9. British Nationals Assistance Office Goa

    The British Nationals Assistance Office in Goa represents the UK government in Goa.

  10. Compensation for victims of terrorist attacks abroad

    Compensation for terrorist attacks abroad - eligibility, acts of terrorism covered, application form, helpline

  11. Compensation if you're a victim of crime abroad

    If you're a UK resident and have been injured because of a violent crime abroad, you can usually apply for compensation

  12. Get help if you're a victim of crime abroad

    Contact the nearest British embassy, commission or consulate to get help if you're the victim of crime abroad

  13. Help if you're arrested abroad

    Find out what the Foreign and Commonwealth Office can do to help if you or someone you know is arrested abroad.

  14. India – Prisoner Pack

    Explanation of the legal and prison system to British Nationals

  15. Rape and sexual assault abroad: returning to the UK

    Information for British nationals affected by rape or sexual assault abroad and returning to the UK, including how to access medical treatment and legal advice in the UK.

  16. What to do if you’re affected by a crisis overseas

    Advice for British nationals affected by crises abroad, including terrorist attacks, natural disasters and major political unrest, and information on what help the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) can provide.

Passports and emergency travel documents

Includes how to cancel a lost passport, renew a passport and apply for an emergency travel document.

  1. Apply for or renew a British passport if you're visiting the UK

    You can apply for or renew a British passport while you're visiting the UK - as long as you expect to be in the UK for long enough

  2. Cancel a lost or stolen passport

    What you need to do if your passport has been lost or stolen and you need to travel urgently - emergency travel document and replacement passport.

  3. First time Full Validity passports: Information Note

    We no longer issue a letter to accompany first time Full Validity Passports.

  4. Get an emergency travel document

    Apply for an emergency travel document if you're outside the UK and haven't got a valid British passport - apply online, how to apply, fee, timings

  5. Overseas British passport applications

    Renew, replace or apply for an adult or child British passport if you’re living abroad or working overseas - forms, prices, how long it takes

Travelling to India

Includes travel advice and how to get married abroad.

  1. Driving abroad

    You'll need a Great Britain or Northern Ireland licence to drive abroad and an International Driving Permit in some non-EU countries

  2. Getting married abroad

    Requirements, paperwork and processes for weddings and civil partnerships overseas - registration, restrictions, fees

  3. India travel advice

    Latest travel advice for India including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health

  4. Reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad

    How to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.

  5. Taking a vehicle out of the UK

    Taking your car out of the UK - when VAT is not payable on a car you are exporting, procedures, registration and vehicle tax

Coming to the UK

Get a visa to study, work or visit the UK.

  1. Apply for a Commonwealth visa in India

    Guidance on how to apply for a visa for a Commonwealth country or British overseas territory in India.

  2. Check if you need a UK visa

    You may need a visa to come to the UK to visit, study or work.

  3. Contact UK Visas and Immigration about your application

    How to contact UK visas and immigration (UKVI) from inside and outside the UK.

  4. Get your visa, immigration or citizenship documents back

    Get your documents returned if you've made a UK visa, immigration or citizenship application but need them back urgently

  5. Tuberculosis test for a UK visa: clinics in India

    Where to get tested for tuberculosis (TB) in India for your visa application.

  6. Visa Recommendation Letters: Information Note

    We no longer issue visa recommendation letters to British nationals.

Living in India

Includes how to access healthcare, get a document legalised, lists of lawyers and how to vote abroad.

  1. Get your document legalised

    Use the online service to get a UK document legalised

  2. How to buy property in India

    Practical advice to consider when purchasing a property in India.

  3. India - List of translators and interpreters

    List of translators and interpreters in India.

  4. India travel advice

    Latest travel advice for India including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health

  5. India – List of hospitals

    List of medical facilities in India.

  6. India – List of Lawyers

    List of English speaking lawyers in India

  7. Intellectual property rights in India

    Guidance on how to protect and enforce your intellectual property rights when trading or conducting research in India.

  8. Living in India

    Advice for British people living in India, including information on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.

  9. Support for British nationals abroad: A guide

    This guide highlights some of the main ways you can help yourself stay safe abroad and what help the FCO can provide.

  10. Voting when you’re abroad

    How to vote if you're going to be abroad temporarily on election day, and what to do if you're moving overseas long term

Tax, benefits, pensions and working abroad

Includes how to pay tax, claim State Pension and get tax credits abroad.

  1. Claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad

    Benefits you can claim if you go abroad and countries with social security arrangements with the UK

  2. Moving or retiring abroad

    What you need to know if you move or retire abroad - tax, pensions, voting and contacting your local council

  3. National Insurance if you go abroad

    Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to find out if you need to pay National Insurance when you work abroad

  4. State Pension if you retire abroad

    How to claim State Pension if you're overseas - payment, tax, change of circumstances - contact the International Pension Centre

  5. Tax credits if you leave or move to the UK

    Tax credits if you live abroad, go travelling, are a cross-border worker or subject to immigration control

  6. Tax on foreign income

    Find out whether you need to pay UK tax on foreign income - residence and ‘non-dom’ status, tax returns, claiming relief if you’re taxed twice (including certificates of residence)

  7. Tax on your UK income if you live abroad

    Find out whether you need to pay tax on your UK income while you're living abroad - non-resident landlord scheme, tax returns, claiming relief if you’re taxed twice, personal allowance of tax-free income, form R43

  8. UK Intellectual Property Office in India

    Intellectual property rights in India

  9. Work in another EU country

    UK citizens can work in any European Economic Area country and Switzerland without a work permit - where you can work, your rights, protection for posted workers and National Insurance payments

Birth, death and marriage abroad

Includes how to get married, list of funeral directors and how to register a birth abroad.

  1. Bereavement Information Pack - India

    Information on deaths involving British nationals in India

  2. But It's Not Fair

    A fictional account of different perspectives on forced marriages.

  3. Forced marriage poster in English

    The Forced Marriage Unit offers confidential support and information

  4. Forced marriage poster in English and Bengali

    The Forced Marriage Unit offers confidential support and information

  5. Forced marriage poster in English and French

    The Forced Marriage Unit offers confidential support and information

  6. Forced marriage poster in English and Gujarati

    The Forced Marriage Unit offers confidential support and information

  7. Forced marriage poster in English and Hindi

    The Forced Marriage Unit offers confidential support and information

  8. Forced marriage poster in English and Kurdish

    The Forced Marriage Unit offers confidential support and information

  9. Forced marriage poster in English and Punjabi

    The Forced Marriage Unit offers confidential support and information

  10. Forced marriage poster in English and Somali

    The Forced Marriage Unit offers confidential support and information

  11. Forced marriage poster in English and Swahili

    The Forced Marriage Unit offers confidential support and information

  12. Forced marriage poster in English and Urdu

    The Forced Marriage Unit offers confidential support and information

  13. Forced marriage speaker request form

    How to get the Forced Marriage Unit to attend your conference or run a workshop

  14. Forced marriage speaker request form

    How to get the Forced Marriage Unit to attend your conference or run a workshop

  15. Forced Marriage: a survivors handbook

    Everyone has the right to choose who they marry and when they get married.

  16. Forced marriage: it’s your choice card

    Business-card sized cards with contact details for the Forced Marriage Unit

  17. Forced marriage: it’s your choice leaflet

    Information about forced marriage, case studies, and where to seek help.

  18. Getting married abroad

    Requirements, paperwork and processes for weddings and civil partnerships overseas - registration, restrictions, fees

  19. Handling cases of forced marriage: multi-agency practice guidelines (English)

    A multi-agency response and encourages agencies to cooperate and work together.

  20. Handling cases of forced marriage: multi-agency practice guidelines (Welsh)

    A multi-agency response and encourages agencies to cooperate and work together

  21. India - List of funeral directors

    List of funeral directors in India.

  22. Information for those of Indian ethnic origin

    Clarification of Indian nationality law.

  23. Marriage: Information Note on NOC

    We no longer issue ‘No Objection Certificate’ for marriage registrations.

  24. Register a birth abroad

    Parents must register the birth in the country where the child was born - find out if you can also register the birth in the UK

  25. Surrogacy overseas

    Information for British nationals who are considering entering into surrogacy arrangements in foreign countries.

  26. The right to choose: multi-agency statutory guidance

    An A4-size booklet intended for chief executives, directors and senior managers.

  27. What is a forced marriage?

    A forced marriage is a marriage where one or both people do not consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used

  28. What is forced marriage in the LGBT community?

    A forced marriage is conducted without the valid consent of one or both people, and pressure or abuse is used.

  29. What to do after someone dies

    The steps you must take when someone dies - register a death, report a death with Tell Us Once, coroners, funerals and death abroad

News and events

Find out about the UK government's diplomatic, security and development work in India.

  1. DFID India

    India is a growing global power and a key partner for the UK.

  2. India and the UK

    Updates, news and events from the UK government in India

  3. India-UK relations

    This document gives an overview of the partnership between the UK and India.

  4. Research Councils UK (RCUK) India

    RCUK India works with Indian funding agencies to deliver co-funded research collaborations between the UK and India.

  5. Strengthening the India-UK partnership in education and skills

    The partnership between UK and India cuts across all sectors of the Education sector. This booklet provides a short introduction to the range of our collaboration.

Trade and invest

Includes investing and setting up a business in the UK and doing business in India.

  1. Business investment in the UK: Guidance for overseas businesses

    Guidance on why overseas companies should set up and locate their businesses in the UK. Includes information on UK business investment and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities.

  2. Department for International Trade India

    Department for International Trade (DIT) helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy.

  3. India: trade fact sheet

    Key facts and figures on Indo-British trade and investment.

  4. Overseas Business Risk - India

    Information on how UK companies can control risks when doing business in India.

  5. Set up a business

    What you need to do to start a business: choose a legal structure, see if you need licences and insurance, learn about reliefs and benefits

  6. Trade ties between the UK and India

    UK Trade & Investment advises and helps the UK companies do business in India and Indian companies do business in the UK.

  7. UK Science & Innovation Network in India

    The Science and innovation network engages with the local science & innovation community in support of UK policy overseas and also create strategic relationships.

British embassy or high commission

Includes contact details, opening hours and consular fees and local services.

  1. British Deputy High Commission Ahmedabad

    The British Deputy High Commission in Ahmedabad represents the UK government in Ahmedabad.

  2. British Deputy High Commission Bengaluru

    The British Deputy High Commission in Bengaluru represents the UK government in Bengaluru.

  3. British Deputy High Commission Chandigarh

    The British Deputy High Commission in Chandigarh represents the UK government in Chandigarh.

  4. British Deputy High Commission Chennai

    The British Deputy High Commission in Chennai represents the UK government in Chennai.

  5. British Deputy High Commission Hyderabad

    The British Deputy High Commission in Hyderabad represents the UK government in Hyderabad.

  6. British Deputy High Commission Kolkata

    The British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata represents the UK government in Kolkata.

  7. British Deputy High Commission Mumbai

    The British Deputy High Commission in Mumbai represents the UK government in Mumbai.

  8. British High Commission New Delhi

    The British High Commission in India maintains and develops relations between the UK and India.

  9. British Nationals Assistance Office Goa

    The British Nationals Assistance Office in Goa represents the UK government in Goa.

  10. India – Consular Fees

    Details of Consular Fees

  11. India-Notarial and documentary services guide

    Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British High Commission and Deputy High Commissions in India.

  12. Media monitoring and evaluation services for British High Commission New Delhi

    Identification of media monitoring and evaluation agency to provide servcies to the British High Commission, New Delhi.

  13. Prosperity Fund India Programme

    The core aim of the prosperity fund is to support sustainable economic growth leading to poverty reduction in recipient countries.