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1. Posted by jodester74 (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I plan to fly to India from Bangkok without having an onward flight from India to home (plan to purchase my ticket home whilst in India). Can anyone advise if I will have problems applying for a 6 month visa for India in Bangkok without a onward journey flight? I have heard rumours that they require proof of flights etc. Or will it be ok to show I have enough funds to buy my outbound flight?

Any advice GREATLY appreciated!

2. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Hello!!There are certain restrictions, I had to get a visa before arriving into Bangkok as I couldnt prove I had an onward flight...as for the India one Im not too sure..Im in the process of applying for my India visa right now but my circumstances are different to yours. Id say you really need to contact both embassies to find out exactly what visas you need to make sure you get it right!Ive found both the Thai and Indian Embassy here in the UK very helpful so im sure they will be able to give u the answers you need!

3. Posted by jodester74 (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

brill thanks, I will definately speak to the indian embassy before I set off. i'm not actually leaving to go travelling until end of Sept this year and won't actually be reaching Thailand/India until end of 2007.....seems AGES away :( cannot wait tho!

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 10y

I got my India visa in Bangkok through a travel agency and did not show any onward ticket to them. It took 5 working days (i think it cost about 3,000 baht but i can't remember for sure). Cheapest flights from Bkk to India are to Calcutta (shortest flight time too). Air India is a little cheaper than Thai Airways too. I paid 12,900 baht for an open return to Delhi, and Calcutta was a couple of thousand baht cheaper than that.

5. Posted by jodester74 (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I got my India visa in Bangkok through a travel agency and did not show any onward ticket to them. It took 5 working days (i think it cost about 3,000 baht but i can't remember for sure).

was it a 6 month tourist visa you went for? did you get your flight through the travel agency or did you buy it yourself over the net?

6. Posted by islandtrek (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

I’m pretty sure that u will need to show an onwards journey flight, they are quiet stringent with this. When I applied last year for my Indian visa I had to provide:

• Two recent passport size photographs,
• Passport in original (must be valid for a minimum period of six months),
• Flight details/itinerary,
• Prescribed Fee

You can chance it and try for the Indian Visa with a one-way flight, but I would not be surprised if gets rejected.

Indians are quiet strict when it comes to visas, any accommodation that u stay in India (most expensive hotels too cheapest hostels), they require your passport details and visa #.

7. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 10y

Quoting jodester74

I got my India visa in Bangkok through a travel agency and did not show any onward ticket to them. It took 5 working days (i think it cost about 3,000 baht but i can't remember for sure).

was it a 6 month tourist visa you went for? did you get your flight through the travel agency or did you buy it yourself over the net?

It was a 6 month visa i was issued with, and i got the air ticket through a travel agency. I definitely didn't submit any type of air ticket with the visa application, just gave the travel agent my passport and 2 photos. Didn't fill in any forms. Just told them the date i wanted my visa to start from.

8. Posted by AJ Burns (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Hi there

What you could do is purchase a fully refundable ticket before making application, show the confirmation if necessary and cancel the ticket for a full refund once you have your visa. This may be slightly unethical, but not really as you are planning to leave the country anyway. The only problem with this is you will be out of pocket for the return flight for a small period of time and may have to pay a small non-refundable credit card fee (about £5 usually). Hope this helps.

I am just to apply for an Indian Visa myself at the Edinburgh Cosulate. Looking at the application form I see it asks for 'Name, Addresses and Telephone numbers of two referees in UK and in India who could be contacted in case of need.'. Are these necessary for a tourist visa, and, if so, what kind of people do I need as referees (ex-employers, lecturers, next of kin). I do not know anyone in India is this a problem. I want to apply for the Visa as soon as possible (this week) so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards

AJ

9. Posted by weaversgal (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

[quote]I am just to apply for an Indian Visa myself at the Edinburgh Cosulate. Looking at the application form I see it asks for 'Name, Addresses and Telephone numbers of two referees in UK and in India who could be contacted in case of need.'. Are these necessary for a tourist visa, and, if so, what kind of people do I need as referees (ex-employers, lecturers, next of kin). I do not know anyone in India is this a problem. I want to apply for the Visa as soon as possible (this week) so any help would be greatly appreciated.

heya
don't worry about the referees for the visa applications, for the uk ones i put down my grandma and my mum and for india i just put the name of the hotel i was staying in for the first few days, its not a problem and they wont ask you to prove it...

as for needing an onward ticket, i got my visa from birmingham and they never asked for any details of it, i only had a one way flight and went direct to an indian airlines office in delhi to book my flight to bangkok... 232pound for business class! i could have got it loads cheaper but i would have had to wait until the 27th march and i wanted to travel on the 1st but couldnt book it until a week before because we were not sure what we were doing... it was a great flight though... never had seats to big on a plane before!

anyways enjoy india