India Visa?

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Dec 28, 2011
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India Visa?

Im going to India next year. Do I really need a visa?

The process seems so confusing.

Is it better to do a e-visa or the whole mail in your passport?

It also asks about India reference? I read the FAQ says to write your hotel? Is that true?
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Dec 2, 2015
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LA LA Land
Yes, you do.

you can do the e-visa or go through their outsourcing agency called BLS. You can visit BLS physically or mail things to them.

Go for a Tourist Visa if you are not a person of Indian origin. If you are a Person of Indian origin you can go either for Tourist Visa or Entry Visa.

Tourist Visa is cheaper, but Entry Visa has less restrictions ( but more expensive )

If you go to BLS physically its a gong show, over there. Do exactly what they ask you to do. Check your list and documents twice, for minor things, they will send you home. Plus arrive 1 hour even before they open as there will already be a lineup there.
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Jun 1, 2008
721 posts
Richmond Hill
How long are you going for? If it's less than 30 days take the visa on arrival option. If not apply for the 6 month multiple entry. If you're going to the Vic Park and Lawrence office, go first thing in the morning.
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Dec 28, 2011
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thanks guys! there for 4 days! im going to do the e-visa
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Sep 6, 2002
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If you are only entering once/exiting once and are staying for less than 30 days go with evisa assuming the airport your flying into is one of the ones listed (most of the major airports are listed)

The line in BOM for visa on arrival is actually shorter than the visa line when I was there.

I just used a random hotel as the local contact.

Approval came in about 3 days. Make sure you carry a print out of the confirmation as the airline may not let you board the flight without it.

Have fun in India, the food is great!
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Oct 5, 2004
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GangStarr wrote:
Have fun in India, the food is great!
It depends on the places you eat. Things like aloo paratha can be delicious at one restaurant and bad in another and apparently prices had nothing to do with it( eg. because of cheaper ingredients).

It's also the only country I"ve been to which I would not recommend to eat on the street. Love street food, but can be dangerous in India.
You also have to watch for things like vegetables and milk products. A lot of people have stomach issues after eating those in India.


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