One of the by-products of being a British colony was that India got to be a part of the Commonwealth, but that’s where the vanity of it stopped. The UK government has of course considered it to be mandatory to make visa very expensive for Indians to access their country, and as per what I read the visa cost went up thrice over the first half of this year itself. The money United Kingdom asks for a 6-month visa, the United States of American would usually grant a 10-year multiple-visit visa to Indian passport holders.
However, the UK seems to be surely losing the plot and the intent to get more Indian passengers who seem to be going over despite the economic slowdown. In a new, crazy, middle-east kind of move inspired to keep away illegal immigrants, India is on a list of 6 countries where the UK is considering a move to impose a 3,000 Pounds cash bond, which has to be given away to them before arriving, and the amount would be refunded back after exiting the country. And what smacks as a discriminatory move, all the high-risk countries as the UK Border Agency prefers to call them, are only from South Asia or Africa (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Ghana). This is supposedly applicable for those who seek the C visa (tourist category).
Like another blog bangaloreman puts out the numbers, UK got approximately 330,000 Indian visitors last year, and as per the Greater London Authority, they expect to benefit from higher traffic from the Indian community, and then they propose this stupid move.
I’m clearly going to keep off the UK borders on principle if this goes through, and because visa fees and entry barriers are usually based on reciprocity, I sure hope the Indian government would also put up a high bond value for all Brits to enter the country. That is going to be a sweet number, since about 800K Britishers visited India in 2011.
What would you do, guys? Go or no go?