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India and Australia Visa's...when should I get them?

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1. Posted by 1t (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

Hi there,

I'm off on a round the world trip starting in January next year and I'm wondering when it would be best to apply for Visa's? I'm totally new to all this so wondered whether there would be a massive waiting time to get them, or whether I should leave it till the last possible moment, as I am under the impression visa's expire and therefore there would be no reason having it whilst I wait around in the U.K until I take the trip!

So, the first place I fly into in January will be South India, which I understand I need a visa for. I won't be working there so just a standard visa is needed. Then, eventaully I'll make it round into Australia after, hopefully, many adventures in various countries along the way and here I would like to have a working visa so as I can top up my travlling funds.

So, if anyone can advise me on when I should start applying for these that would be great!

Thanks in advance

Mark

2. Posted by Lozey (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Hey Mark, im flying to Delhi to travel around India for 2 month in October onto SE Asia then onto Australia to work. Pretty much the same as you. I applied for my working Oz visa thro an agency and its applied electronically within 24 hours. No paperwork. Easy. I got an application online for India. The visa is valid for 6 months from the date it is given not the date of entry. I sent off the application with my passport and it was accepted within a week. Much easier than I expected. I would'nt leave it late tho just incase there is a backlog nearer peak season.

3. Posted by 1t (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

Hey Lozey,

Thanks so much for that, I really appreciate it. I guess I'll leave it for a little bit before I get them then, but yeah I won't leave it too late.

Just out of interest, with regards to taking cash what is your plan? Are you initally taking a load of rupees and travellers cheques, or are you just taking a bank card, or maybe a mixture of both? I've noticed there are cards that you can top up with any sort of currency as you go, but I don't know if they are any good.

4. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

Hi assuming you British passport? For indian visas, We applied online with VFS global sent documents by royal mail special delivery

sent application on 29th July 2008, received stamped documetns back on 2nd July 2008.

5. Posted by Lozey (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Hey Mark sorry about the delayed reply I havent been on here in a while. The reason I got my visa's sorted so early was just so I could'nt back out and had a deadline to be away by. I have under a month before now and cant wait to get going. I looked at buying around the world tickets in advance but decided to just go with the flow. So after India the plan is Bangkok now but that could change depending on recommendations once im on the road so im leaving it open. Initially I will probably take out around 7500 then use my credit card which just arrived to exchange money across there. Im not bothering with travellers cheques. Ill try and send you some info on whats easier when im across when I get a min.

Cheers Loz :)

6. Posted by Lozey (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Quoting Lozey

Initially I will probably take out around 7500

Cheers Loz :)

Just to make you aware that is rupees lol. My total budget dosnt even come close! :(

7. Posted by 1t (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

Lozey!

So you'll be off soon then? Brilliant stuff! Good luck with it all, it's going to be amazing for sure! Thanks again for your help, it is so helpful so I'm really appreciative. I have to say I went to a travel agents on the weekend, who pretty much told me I HAD to get a round the world ticket, as most countries would refuse me entry if I only had a one way. So, I would get a basic RTW ticket which would have main places to fly into and from (Mumbai, Bangkok, Sydney etc etc) and I would just make my own way to these particualr spots. However, it would seem I have been lied to if you can do it the original way...(shake of fist into the air) Damn those travel agents!!

I've been speaking to Embassys and working out Visa plans and pretty much the overal consensus has been to leave it till nearer the time (I go in Jan) and sort it then...hope I haven't been lied to again though!!!

Anyway, once again thank you so much for your help and good luck with the trip. It would be great if you are able to send over details of money wehn you are over there and understand it a bit more, but I realise you will be having LOADS of fun, so no worries if you can't!

Mark

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 7y

Quoting 1t

I'm off on a round the world trip starting in January next year and I'm wondering when it would be best to apply for Visa's? I'm totally new to all this so wondered whether there would be a massive waiting time to get them, or whether I should leave it till the last possible moment, as I am under the impression visa's expire and therefore there would be no reason having it whilst I wait around in the U.K until I take the trip!

For Australia, both the eVisitor (if you don't want to work and will be in the country for less than 3 months) and the Working Holiday Visa (if you're younger than 31, want to work and stay in the country for up to a year) are valid for 12 months from the day that they're granted. The best place to get them is the official immi.gov.au website. Processing time is usually under an hour, except if they pick you out for a random manual check or are experiencing heavy load, then it can take up to a week.

9. Posted by Lozey (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Thanks Mark no problem! To be honest im new to trips of this size and I probably havent done as much research as I should have but most countries require proof of onward travel or just proof of sufficient funds to survive on so you dont get stranded. I mean I have all the essentials sorted, visas, vaccinations, paperwork etc. From my past experience of smaller trips most of the preperation goes out the window once your there so thats why I decided to just book as I go. On the other hand at least you have the RTW ticket and are guarenteed pretty much to made the destinations you plan on going too. I will have to find work for sure by the time I reach Australia as the budget will be a bit stretched.

Cheers Loz

10. Posted by 1t (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

Loz,

Yeah I'm new to these large trips too. I've travelled for shorter times with mates, but never for what could be a couple of years and on my own. It's quality though.

Anyway, I've just been checking out this card called "caxton FX". Its a worldwide card that you top up with sterling but then can use it in any country. So, you can whack say a £1000 on it and then when you use it at an Indian cash point it'll give you rupees, Australian Dollars, etc etc. There are small to no charges on it so it looks quite good. You may or may not want it but thought I'd let you know.

Also, thanks to everyone else who have offered advice on the visas. Much appreciated

Mark