Fingerprinting and the collection of other biometric data from travellers needing visas to visit India has now been deferred. It will also be possible to apply by post, though it is still a better idea to book an appointment and an application centre. The biometric requirement was announced following the outsourcing of the application process to VFS Global. It caused consternation among tour firms operating holidays to India. For full details of the latest application regime go to the VFS Global website.