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India Visa - help needed on when to get it....

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1. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 9y

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Hi there

My boyfriend and I are currently planning our RTW trip starting next June. We are going Westwards so S America first with India being our last stop around April time all being well.

I have read that we need to get our India visa before we go from our local embassy but it is only valid for 6 months so will have expired by the time we get there .

Is it possible to just go to the Indian Embassy of the country we are in a bit closer to the April entry date otherwise I feel we could have a problem on our hands and plans may need to change!

Many thanks for any advice in advace!

Sofe x

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

I haven't had first hand experience from getting an Indian visa whilst overseas, but I read on the embassy website that you can get it at one outside of where you live (or at least that was the case for the one in Sydney). Mine (with an Australian passport) got issued and posted back to me in less than a week, so if you took it in, then you could probably get it done in a couple of days. It did say on the embassy website that it would attract an extra fee on top of the normal application fee.

3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

You have nothing to worry about Sofe.
Going by a post of yours from a couple days ago, it looks like you'll be in Thailand right before you are in India. It couldn't be easier to get an Indian visa in Bangkok. You have two choices -go to the Indian Embassy yourself and apply. I'm not sure how long this takes. Or you can head to a travel agent in Bangkok (Koa San Rd has hundreds) pay a little more, and they will take care of everything for you. Within a couple days you'll have your visa in hand.
If however, Australia is your last stop before India than I"m sure it will be just as easy to get a visa in Sydney.

4. Posted by Mr Gee (Budding Member 91 posts) 9y

Degolasse, do you know of anyone who have actually got there visa's from bangkok? cos it looks as if i'm on the same boat here, to be fair, i didn't know the visa's work like that, it seems completely impractical starting the visa date from the date of issue.

5. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 9y

Excellent thanks for the info btoh of you that is one more thing to take off my list of current worries! Yes Degolasse we will be in Thailand a month or so before we are off to India so if the visa lasts 6 months we will be well within the time from there.

Mr Gee I agree it is a bit of a pain that you can't have everything in place before you leave your home country but if that's the way it is then that's what we'll have to do! I can only suggest researching carefully the visa requirements of all the countries you are visiting before you go so you don't get caught out.. good luck!

Thanks again

6. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

Quoting Mr Gee

Degolasse, do you know of anyone who have actually got there visa's from bangkok? cos it looks as if i'm on the same boat here, to be fair, i didn't know the visa's work like that, it seems completely impractical starting the visa date from the date of issue.

Yeah, I know me. I've gotten visas from travel agents in Bangkok for India, China, Laos, Vietnam, and twice for Cambodia. Its never been a problem and its pretty routine. I have also met many many other travellers who have done the same. Bangkok, and especially Koa San Road, is so filled with travellers coming and going from all these countries that arranging visas is pretty standard procedure for travel agents. And to be sure, every Asian embassy in Bangkok is used to having a steady stream of foreigners coming in to apply for visas.

As for how visas work, every country is different. Some allow you to get them at the border, some you need to get them in advance and they don't start until you arrive, and some start counting down the day you apply for them. India's happens to be the latter, but in all fairness they do give you 6 months whereas most countries will only give you a month or two.

7. Posted by Mr Gee (Budding Member 91 posts) 9y

sweet, that's good to know man. i've been planning my trip for awhile now and everything seems straight forward with exception of the visas! it's doing my head in! it seems that finding the relevant info on the net is almost impossible because the info varies so much, and is often outdated. nevertheless, thanks very much man, you've saved me a headache. if you're wrong though, i'm afraid i'm going to have to kill you, i'm sorry but that's the rules