As I have posted in another thread we are embarking on our RTW trip in April. Our last stop is India for 1 month in March next year but I am slightly confused as to how we apply for our Visa.
From what I have read you can only get a visa valid for 6 months from the date of issue. That would mean we will have to apply in September this year, but at that point we will be in the far East.
Someone told me we may be able to apply for the Visa in Australia (the last stop before India) but the Indian Embassy website advises that you can only apply for a tourist Visa in your country of residence.
I'm just wondering if anyone else has come across this problem and what you did to get around it.
Thanks in advance.
Karl & Fran
I don't know which website you saw, but on the website of Consulate General of India in Sydney, this is what it says:
Visa for Non-Residents: Visas can also be issued to applicants (visitors) who are normally not residents of Australia and hold non- Australian passports. An additional form is to be filled in along with a visa application form. Generally it could take up to 14 working days to process the applications. Applicants under this category are required to pay an additional fee of A$15.00. The fees are required to be paid at the time of lodging application.
One more thing to know is that from 30 January 2008, in Canberra, Indian visa application process has to go through VFS. Visa application in other parts of Australia will also have to go through VFS in stages. The dates of commencement are:
Canberra: 30 Jan 08
Brisbane: 14 Mar 08
Sydney: 21 Feb 08
Perth: 28 Mar 08
Melbourne: 4 Mar 08
Adelaide: 18 April 08
Check out VFS website for more information and updates. http://www.vfs-in-au.net/
The Rule is that you have to apply for a visa from your native country its not really strict my wife is European and she applied for her employment visa to india from singapore besides an employment visa is much more difficult than a tourist visa. I am not sure about australlia it might also depend on the embassy.Normally there are absolutely no issues for a tourist visa .Let me know if you need any more info glad to help
Thanks for the replies, I thought that would be the case as I know lots of people must be in another country when then want to travel to India. I will check the details on the Sydney website given.