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User currently offlineBHMNONREV From Australia, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 1371 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

Does anyone here know the procedures for obtaining a visa to enter India? I am seriously considering non-revving on AA's new service from DEL-ORD in December and would like to know if a 24hr tourist visa can be obtained at the airport in Delhi, or will I have to visit an Indian Embassy/Consulate and purchase a six-month visa?

All help is appreciated. Thanks...

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User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

AFAIK passengers cannot get a visa upon arrival and must ALWAYS apply for their visa at the Indian consulate/embassy in your country of residence.

User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2516 times:

There wasa proposal to introduce Visa on Arrival for a number of nationals , but was shot down for security reasons.

I am personally against Visa on Arrival- atleast only introduce it for those countries which gives the same facility to indians (which I last heard is about 6 or 7 in the whole world). The list includes Bermuda which however requires tyou to apply for a UK US or Canada transit visa to reach the place as there are no other flights from anywhere else!

[Edited 2005-11-10 20:27:14]

[Edited 2005-11-10 20:27:59]

User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

I'm not sure you'll find the exact answers you want. It doesn't appear that you can get a visa on arrival. The minimum amount of time on a visa is a 15 day transit. Also, be prepared to wait roughly 10 business days from the time they receive your passport until your visa has been processed (however, I've gotten mine significantly sooner than the stipulated 10 business days).

http://www.indianembassy.org/consular/visa_guide.htm



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User currently offlineGopal From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

I do not know if India has a consulate in Kuwait but there is a consulate in Chicago. If there is a consulate in Kuwait, you may be able to apply and obtain the visa the same day. Else you might be able to apply for the visa at the embassy at UAE by post.

User currently offlineBHMNONREV From Australia, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 1371 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

Thanks for all of the responses folks. Much appreciated.

Quoting Gopal (Reply 4):
I do not know if India has a consulate in Kuwait

There is an Indian embassy here in Kuwait City, I was hoping to avoid the whole embassy visit if I could get around it but it looks as if that will be the route I will have to take. I have been told I can get a six-month visa on the spot for KD 18.25 ($65.00 US)..


User currently offlineLH477 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 584 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

Quoting BHMNONREV (Reply 5):
I have been told I can get a six-month visa on the spot for KD 18.25 ($65.00 US)..

It normally doesn't take very long. If you visit the consulate or the embassy, you may be able to get it in the same afternoon. That is the case here in
Toronto. The only time I believe it takes a while is if your birthplace is
Pakistan/Bangladesh and few other countries. A friend who is Canadian passport holder, although born in pakistan had to wait several weeks before
his papers were approved and processed.



Come on you gunners......!!!!!
User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2272 times:

Quoting Xpat (Reply 3):
Also, be prepared to wait roughly 10 business days from the time they receive your passport until your visa has been processed (however, I've gotten mine significantly sooner than the stipulated 10 business days).

= This is not true. In all Indian consulates, I got my passport back with visa later in the afternoon. This has been true in London, Paris, NYC, Chicago, Caracas, and Buenos Aires. Its a suprisingly professional office ... disclaimer is as mentioned unless you're Pakistani, Iraqi, etc.

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 2):
atleast only introduce it for those countries which gives the same facility to indians (which I last heard is about 6 or 7 in the whole world).

= My best friend (Indian) is 27 and has been to 87 countries and is writing a book called "How I Saw The World On An Indian Passport"! Also, there a few countries that want to waive requirements for Indians, but India has said no on security grounds. Discussions are ongoing with Venezuela right now and Brazil for no visa-fee entry ... sort of whats in place with SA, Uruguay, Argentina, etc.

-A.

P.S.: Since you're in Chicago and I have used that consulate here are some tips - go early, take a number, and submit your passport --- go over and hang out in my alma-mater (Univ. of Chicago GSB downtown campus), come back in the PM (around 3pm IIRC) and you're all set.

[Edited 2005-11-11 07:05:05]


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User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

I dont get this? I was granted access into BOM for an overnight to get an SV flight back to the US from BKK with a US passport... I didnt even have any visa to India


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User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 7):
= This is not true. In all Indian consulates, I got my passport back with visa later in the afternoon.

You are correct. I should have clarified with "if you decide to mail in your passport to get a visa then..." Of course you can go personally and drop it off in the morning and pick it up the same afternoon.



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User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 7):
My best friend (Indian) is 27 and has been to 87 countries and is writing a book called "How I Saw The World On An Indian Passport

He/she should also add a footnote "and the trials and tribulations I faced". But may be your firiend is high/powered or has a green card/permanet residency of US/UK which simplifies things a lot. Or best of all be an Airline cabin crew whereby you can get by on the GD even with an Indian passport!

Things have improved with Schengen - of the 87 your friend mentioned I think about 15 (or is it lower than that?) can be covered in one shot (rather Visa) and with even a one year UK student visa I think Switzerland lets us in for a brief visit without a pre approved visa!


User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1369 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1962 times:

Quoting Pomnath (Reply 11):
Actually, the Indian passport is probably amongst the most welcomed passport in many countries now.

You must be dreaming!!!
Even in UK an Indian needs a visa to transit except in cases where the pax is a permanent resident of USA or Canada.... or has a valid visa for US/Canada.

Your statements are only meant to invite some sarcastic comments and insults from non-Indians. So, please write some thing meaningful and stop imagining things as you have been doing with many of your posts.

Also, TKMCE knows exactly what he is writing and has been in the aviation Industry for quite some time.

[Edited 2005-11-12 05:39:38]

User currently offlinePomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

Quoting TRVYYZ (Reply 12):
Even in UK an Indian needs a visa to transit except in cases where the pax is a permanent resident of USA or Canada

UK is pretty much one country in the world. Add USA and Western Europe, even then that's about 10% of the number of countries of the world. And with these countries, let me assure you, the visa requirements are reciprocal.

However, HK-China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE . . . visa on arrival, often gratis.

Many other countries, Indian tourists welcome with open arms with visas easily available, like Slovakia, Czech, Hungary, Central Asia, Africa.

And as an Indian, a least I don't have to go around wearing a t-shirt with the Canadian Maple Leaf or Swiss Red Cross on it to pretend that I am not from UK/USA or some of the other West European countries.

Quoting TRVYYZ (Reply 12):
Also, TKMCE knows exactly what he is writing and has been in the aviation Industry for quite some time.

I know. I think he has been in it too long and bases his messages on what was true about a decade or few ago. There is a name for such Indians.


User currently offlinePomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

Quoting BHMNONREV (Reply 5):

There is an Indian embassy here in Kuwait City, I was hoping to avoid the whole embassy visit if I could get around it but it looks as if that will be the route I will have to take. I have been told I can get a six-month visa on the spot for KD 18.25 ($65.00 US)..

Visa formalities are pretty much reciprocal, so if you are in any way unhappy with how the whole experience pans out, you may consider writing to the US State Department or the I&NS.

Oh, also, not confirmed as yet, but long-stay visitors hoping to seek employment in India may soon have to appear for TOHFL exam (Test Of Hindi as a Foreign Language), along the lines of the TOEFL.


User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1908 times:

Quoting Pomnath (Reply 13):
There is a name for such Indians.

What do we call such Indians? You can PM me if the word is too offensive to be put on the forum.



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User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1369 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Quoting Pomnath (Reply 14):
Oh, also, not confirmed as yet, but long-stay visitors hoping to seek employment in India may soon have to appear for TOHFL exam (Test Of Hindi as a Foreign Language), along the lines of the TOEFL.

Isn't English still an official language of India?
Don't the people of South India have to appear for this Exam?
You should go Tamil Nadu with this Hindiism and would be lucky to come back alive.
I hope TexDravid doen't read it.

Even in my state of Kerala, more people know English compared to Hindi.

I don't see the need for TOHFL when even a lot of Indians don't accept Hindi.

[Edited 2005-11-12 18:35:17]

User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

Any informed traveller from India will know (as TRVYYZ has already ponted out) that what you Pomanth is saying is distortion of the truth, and this applies not to just this thread, but many of your other threads you put your neck in. Also I have been in the industry long enough to be sure of what I write.

Thank you.


User currently offlinePomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1705 times:

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 17):
Any informed traveller from India will know (as TRVYYZ has already ponted out) that what you Pomanth is saying is distortion of the truth, and this applies not to just this thread, but many of your other threads you put your neck in. Also I have been in the industry long enough to be sure of what I write.

Yes, we are aware of your prowess in the industry from the Kerala point of view, sure. But. There is a difference between knowing about how to send Malayalee labour to the Gulf and how to travel as a tourist from the rest of the country.


User currently offlineAseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

Quoting Pomnath (Reply 18):
There is a difference between knowing about how to send Malayalee labour to the Gulf

is it in any way different from sending "kabutar" from villages of Punjab!!  rotfl 
cheers!!
VT-ASJ



ala re ala, VT-ALA ala
User currently offlinePomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1674 times:

Aseem, Malayalee labour to Gulf or Punjab "kabootar" to the West, both are similar. Point I am making is that times have never been easier for the genuine Indian tourist.

As far as the original question from thread starter was concerned, point I am making is that visa requirements are always reciprocal. So if an American citizen has a tough time getting an Indian visa from Kuwait, then an Indian citizen will also have a tough time getting an American visa from Kuwait.

I am fed up of hearing from the likes of TKMCE and assorted colonial sorts floating around on the internet about the "trials and tribulations" faced vis-a-vis travel to / from / in India. There is a lot more than perceptions and briefly, these can be broken down into:-

a) Cost/benefit - where else in the world are trolleys free both ways, where else do trains and taxies (and now flights) cost so little?

b) Reciprocal inefficiencies - geo politics now works on the basis of "you hassle my guys we hassle yours". I will see enough messages about how the Indian Embassy or Air India will put you on hold . . . but have these same people tried to call the US Embassy in India or any of the "international" airlines in Delhi? Some of them don't even place their airport phone numbers for India on the website!!

c) Crooks and tricksters at airports in India - give me a break. Ours, whether in uniform or not, are amateurs compared to some of the artists I have observed in the best of the West.

d) And finally, the visas. Well, we have rules and we have forms and we expect people to abide by them, what is so strange about it?

Please come to India BHMNONREV, as a tourist with an open mind. There might be a lot of us, and some new smells as well as sights and sounds, but at least we shall not fingerprint you and photograph you and make you feel like a criminal and designate you "alien" while between airplane and immigration.


User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5088 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

Quoting Malaysia (Reply 8):
I dont get this? I was granted access into BOM for an overnight to get an SV flight back to the US from BKK with a US passport... I didnt even have any visa to India

= You can transit - you can't leave the airport.

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 10):
He/she should also add a footnote "and the trials and tribulations I faced". But may be your firiend is high/powered or has a green card/permanet residency of US/UK which simplifies things a lot.

= Actually, my friend is none of the above. He does not have a green card or permanent residency. He went to grad school at the University of Chicago for a PhD. in Econ after finishing with a Econ bachelors from Harvard. Right now he works in India for a non-profit on microfinancial sector. I just spoke with him and he mentioned that he gets a Schenegen visa in a day - the weirdest visa for him was from Mexico which took 8 weeks.

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 10):
Things have improved with Schengen - of the 87 your friend mentioned I think about 15 (or is it lower than that?) can be covered in one shot (rather Visa) and with even a one year UK student visa I think Switzerland lets us in for a brief visit without a pre approved visa!

= I just asked him - he has been to 7 Schenegen countries. Most of his travels have been in Asia/Americas - areas he truly loves. I asked him on the Swiss visa - and he said, 1 day application.

Cheers,
A.

PS - Venezuela is one of his favorite countries!



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 21):
he weirdest visa for him was from Mexico which took 8 weeks.

Precisely my point - some consulates it takes days and weeks for an Indian to get a visa. Ho long does it take to get an Indian tourist visa in the embassy at Mexico ?

Quoting Pomnath (Reply 18):
es, we are aware of your prowess in the industry from the Kerala point of view, sure.

All I can say is dont bark too much without knowing what my profile is! I already have exposed a few of your ignorant claims in these forums. However it gets a little tiring after a while to react to your rants... so I am leaving you to enjoy what you think is your ten seconds of glory!


Thank you


User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

funny you should ask this, because this very morning I went to the NYC India consulate to get my visa for my trip over New Year's. The line was utterly ridiculous, so I left, and I will be mailing my passport and application in. However, as everyone else has stated, you must apply from outside of India, you cannot buy a visa in the airport.

User currently offlinePomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 22):
Precisely my point - some consulates it takes days and weeks for an Indian to get a visa. Ho long does it take to get an Indian tourist visa in the embassy at Mexico ?

Reciprocal, be assured.

Quoting TKMCE (Reply 22):
All I can say is dont bark too much without knowing what my profile is! I already have exposed a few of your ignorant claims in these forums.

What have you "exposed"? On the other hand, I have asked you some specific questions on the LHR-BOM-MAA thread by Pe@rson, and you have vanished with your tail between your legs yourself?

TKMCE, it seems you are simply another one of those apologists who makes a living out of arbitraging the inefficiences that used to be such an all pervading part of life in India. Now, with this new India, you are unable to accept realities. Please travel a bit yourself.


User currently offlinePomnath From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 22):
this very morning I went to the NYC India consulate to get my visa for my trip over New Year's. The line was utterly ridiculous, so I left, and I will be mailing my passport and application in

Terribly sorry about the long line and all that, but the procedures and lines are reciprocal, bilateral. I would request you to please contact the US Government to make it easier for tourist visa applicants in India while I follow up with the Indian government?


25 Abrelosojos : = I think this has more to do with the fact that tourism to India is up 46% and the consulate staffing has remained static. Sort of like Indian airpo
26 LH477 : ???? I doubt reciprocity has anything to do with. Simple fact is that the there are many many many people who want to travel to India. You should che
27 Jasepl : Why? I think India should go a step further and eliminate visa requirements entirely for a host of nations. Reciprocity is one thing, reality is quit
28 NYCFlyer : LOL, yes, let's do it! Perhaps. Though on that day it looked like more of a VFR crowd.
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