Indian Tourist Visa Application
So, you‘ve never applied for an Indian tourist Visa, and you’re leaving in less than a month? No worries. Applying for an Indian tourist visa can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. With a little bit of research and preparation you’ll be in and out of the consulate in no time. India is one of the more challenging countries to obtain a visa for but these are the steps:
Step 1: Do a simple google search using key words like “Indian Visa Application”
Step 2: The very first hit that comes up says Indian Visa Application.
Step 3: Select Regular Visa Application and then go through each field filling in all your basic information. If you need to return to finish later they’ll provide you with a temporary application ID. Once you’ve completed the application, thoroughly validate the information before submission because once you hit send you can’t modify it.
*Note: If you plan to leave to visit another country within the duration of your trip to India make sure you select Multiple Entry so that you can get back into the country.
Step 4: Keep track of the application ID generated after submission. (You’ll need this for further communication
Step 5: Once the app is submitted you’ll be prompted to schedule a date and time for an in person appointment at your respective Consulate
Step 6: Make a payment (Online, or in person at scheduled appt). Pricing varies based on the type of Visa. For example, I got a Tourist visa valid for 10 years and it cost about $125 (2015)
Step 7:: You’ll have the option of physically picking up your passport after visa approval or paying roughly $15 to have it FedEx directly to you.
You might be reading this and thinking, “this process seems pretty straight forward to me. What’s the big deal?”.
Well, if you’re me you could’ve just driven two hours to your nearest consulate because you thought It’d be quicker than mailing it. You’ve taken off work, waited for an hour to be seen, only to find out you forgot your passport pictures, and since consulates run just like the DMV, the only offer of sympathy you’ll be getting is “NEXT!”.
The issue with Visa’s isn’t usually with the application itself or the process, it’s that most people don’t have the proper documentation at the time of their scheduled appointments. From that point on it’s a slippery slope downhill.
No matter which country’s visa you’re ever applying for, be sure to read the list of supporting documents. It’s not there for your entertainment. If you’re missing one, you WILL have to come back. You can save yourself a lot of time and headache by making sure you have all the necessary paperwork.
That’s it. Happy Travels!