1st India Trip and Visa Question

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1. Posted by benpike20 (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

This is going to be a unique-ish post.

I run a monetized YouTube channel that has over 17m views and 30k subscribers and I've made 10k from it so far.

60% of my viewers are from India, so for a while I was toying with the notion of doing an India trip and shooting vids for my channel there. And besides just my yt channel, from what I've researched India looks like the kind of place that would be incredible to backpack in--a great country for self discovery and spirituality (and also Indian food is fire lol). Call it 60% pleasure/40% business.

So, after being fully vaccinated, last week I pulled the trigger and bought a Covid price $370 ticket from LAX-India on 5/6

Unfortunately, it's looking like the airline semi-scammed me, since they aren't issuing tourist visas at this time. It's good that I did research, or I very easily could have taken the 20 hour flight, and then been told at the airport I had to get the next trip back home!

Now, I'm trying to get a business visa, but this is a big big big big long shot because YT is clearly not a typical business where u have a client in India or something like that and that's why you're visiting. Is there something I'm missing here about being able to get a Visa now?

Also, if I can find a way to get there, it would be fantastic if I could find another backpacker to team up with for a bit.

Pretty weird story overall I admit:):):):):):):):):)

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2521 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

>it's looking like the airline semi-scammed me, since they aren't issuing tourist visas at this time.

Whatever the airline, it's always the passenger's responsibility to ensure he/she has the correct entry documentation for the destination. E-Tourist Visas can last for 1-5 years so it's perfectly possible for existing tourist visa holders to fly to India if they wish. The airline is not at fault for accepting your booking. It would be obvious that you did not have a valid e-Tourist Visa at check-in (just as airlines always know if e.g. a passenger has a valid ESTA to enter the US) and the airline would refuse to carry you. Airlines can be fined for carrying passengers without correct documentation so it's always best to check the visa situation before booking a flight.

>Is there something I'm missing here about being able to get a Visa now?

The FAQs on the official e-visa site make it pretty clear what's required:

>What are the necessary documents required to apply for an e-Business Visa other than the Passport?

Ans - You have to upload the business card along with the details of Indian Firm/Company (which you intend to associate yourself with) for business activities.

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

If you can't find an Indian firm or company to provide you with a business card or letter of invitation I think you'll have to delay your trip until e-Tourist Visas resume.

[ Edit: Edited on 16 Apr 2021, 05:55 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3091 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

"So, after being fully vaccinated, last week I pulled the trigger and bought a Covid price $370 ticket from LAX-India on 5/6......."

FYI.

India is having a big problem with Covid 19 infections. Record infections recorded each day compared to several months ago. (Today, according to link below, new cases +379,459.)

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

In January around 200 deaths per day and now over 3000 per day. Looks like to me, when they were doing fewer tests than the U.S. they recorded fewer daily infections. Now that they have increased testing they are finding more infections.

Perhaps you should consider where you are right now might be safer than being in India next month! (A period of quarantine might be required depending on passport too.)

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/24/india/india-covid-19-record-infections-intl-hnk/index.html

Good luck whatever you decide to do.