The cost of tourist visas for UK travellers to India is being doubled from this week.

The fee will rise to £82 plus a service charge of £10.20 for visas valid for up to six months.

Visas carrying a duration of up to two years which allow a maximum stay of 180 days per visit will cost £277 plus the service charge to give a total of £287.20.

The Indian High Commission said the visa fees were being revised from January 17.

“All applications submitted in person or received by post on or after 17 January 2013 with the incorrect fee will be returned back to the applicants,” it warned.

Writing on the Travel Gossip Facebook page travel Agent Lee Harrison warned: “This is going to have such a severe impact when you take in to account taxes on air fares and every other charge.

“Surely it will have an impact on an area that relies on tourism and depends on it, so why are they doing this?”