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1. Posted by nickl (Budding Member 21 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

Just a quick question regarding Visa's for India; I'm from the UK but currently in Australia, I am travelling to Sri Lanka on the 14th Feb, planning on sticking around for a week or so then hopping across to India for a while.

I haven't applied for my Visa yet, and was wondering if anybody knows if they're easy to get hold of in Sri Lanka? I've found that generally buying visas from a neighbouring country to where you want to go is the fastest, cheapest, and easiest option but don't want to arrive in SL without my India Visa and get caught short.

I can't seem to find anything online specificially about an India/SL Visa link, I was wondering if anyone has experience of this or I should get both my visas sorted before I depart?


2. Posted by Ranjankar1 (Budding Member 50 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nick,

There will be no advantage in applying for India visa in Sri Lanka . Getting visa in a short time may be difficult.

It will be better for you to apply in Australia at the Indian embassy . You also have enough time in Australia to do that .

Sometimes Indian embassies act not so friendly in issuing visas . Sad but true.

All the Best

Ranjan Kar

3. Posted by nickl (Budding Member 21 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ranjan,

Thanks for the advice, Indian visa applications have been outsourced to a company called VFS (an acronym I assume). I can apply online then take my passport and photographs to their office in person (its only a 20 minute walk from my house) so it should be fairly straight forward once the form filling is out of the way, I just didn't know if it was even easier and cheap to get it in SL...

For my trip to China for example, I had a bit of a f**k on getting even a 30 day visa from the embassy in Cambodia; if I'd have popped through Hong Kong I could have gotten a 6 month one from my hotel and it would have been $7USD cheaper... I wasn't sure if SL/India had a similar set up..

I'll get applying now!


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5. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 873 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Check out this forum for up to day info on obtaining a Indian visa in Sri Lanka. India Mike

Looks like its an easy process, takes 5 days. I doubt it will be any cheaper. The only advantage would be that the Indian visa starts running from the day its approved. So if you applied for a 6 month visa in Aus and didn't get to Indian for another 5 months, you'd only have 1 month left on your visa!

6. Posted by nickl (Budding Member 21 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Fantastic, cheers Dodger

I've applied online now (albeit I need to pop along to VFS in Sydney at some point with a printed copy of what I completed online, my fee, and passport photos); think I dodged a bit of a bullet by not waiting until SL... wouldn't want to waste of my trip...

I'm heading over in 5 weeks and only sticking around for a maximum of 6-8 weeks so should have plenty of time even if its granted and issued before the end of the week

Cheers for your help guys