In this weeks blog post we want to take a break from talking about Los Angeles travel, and focus on something a little more exotic. I’ve always been a huge fan of Indian Culture (especially the food!). In this post I want to explain more about travelling to India and how to obtain the e visa India insists you must have in order to travel there.
All foreign nationals visiting India require a visa that is granted by an agency of the Indian government. There was a time when all the foreign nationals were required to go through the cumbersome process of obtaining a visa through the Indian embassy but the Indian government has now streamlined the process by making available Indian Visa online. There are a number of countries that have been approved by the government to get a double entry electronic visa.
This online Visa allows the visitors to stay in India for a period not exceeding 60 consecutive days. For this Indian Visa online, you will need to fill up an application form on the website of the Indian government. On this application form, you will be required to provide certain details regarding your name, address and other such things in order to apply for the Visa. You are also required to pay a fee for making this Visa application online.
Once you have filled up the application form correctly and provided all the required details, your application will get processed by the relevant arm of the Indian government. If you are approved for the Visa, you will get an email stating the same. You will need to print this email and show it to the immigration authorities when you land in India. It is also important for you to know that only certain airports in the country are designated for processing of online Visa and you need to land at one of these airports in order to make use of your electronic visa.
While you can go straight to the website of the Ministry of Home affairs of India in order to submit the Visa application, you can also make use of services provided by certain companies that streamline the process of online Visa application. These are private companies and not affiliated with the Indian government. The biggest advantage of using these private companies is that they thoroughly check the application and make the required corrections before submitting the application to the relevant agency. They make sure that all the information is provided correctly and they also offer 24 x 7 support.
You also need to realise that the online Visa application process does not make you eligible for guaranteed Visa. Also, making your application through one of the companies offering assistance with the Visa application process does not guarantee approval of your Visa application. However, you can still go through the traditional route of applying for Indian Visa through the embassy in case your online Visa application isn’t approved.