Applying for an Indian tourist visa in Bangkok

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#16 Mar 20th, 2008, 11:04
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I'm a US citizen, currently on a six months India tourist visa and am planning to soon fly from India to Bangkok to get another 6 months India tourist visa. I'd like to return to India within two weeks.

Can anyone confirm, from their experience, that the outsourcing visa office in Bangkok is not objecting to issuing back-to-back six month India tourist visas?
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#17 Mar 29th, 2008, 15:17
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do they still give 6 months easily or do they give 3?
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Originally Posted by mushika View Post I'm a US citizen, currently on a six months India tourist visa and am planning to soon fly from India to Bangkok to get another 6 months India tourist visa. I'd like to return to India within two weeks.

Can anyone confirm, from their experience, that the outsourcing visa office in Bangkok is not objecting to issuing back-to-back six month India tourist visas?
I doubt they care, but, you should check the website for Indian visas and make sure there is not a maximum amount of time limitation in a year that the Indian gov't. allows one to spend in India on tourist visa.
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Originally Posted by Scandojazzbuff View Post you should check the website for Indian visas and make sure there is not a maximum amount of time limitation in a year that the Indian gov't. allows one to spend in India on tourist visa.
which website would that be?
#20 Mar 31st, 2008, 01:30
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http://www.indianembassy.gov.in/bangkok/visa.htm is the Embassy of India in Bangkok page detailing visa procedures.

There's no info there about limitations that's why I asked for someone who has been through it to relate their experience regarding back-to-back visas.
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Anyone know of any service agents that can expedite the process in less than five days?

....have some family thinking of coming on the spur-of-the-moment now in thailand?
#22 Apr 21st, 2008, 01:52
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Probably 3mths!?

Hi,
Myself and 2 others all with Oz passports, have been doing the tourist visa every 6mth routine, for a while now (since 2000). No problems except for the last year or two. Just last month we did our usual Sri Lanka (Colombo) trip to get another 6mth TV.
The one which was just expiring, we got from our home country Australia.
Like Thailand and now also GB, Oz and lots of other places the same private company is doing the initial processing, in Colombo you go to 433 Galle Rd - VFS Global (website= http://www.vfs-in-lk.com/) which is much calmer, quicker and smoother than it used to be. Then 5 working days later they tell you to go to High Commission for handing in of your passport and getting the visa.
We were told very clearly that from now on if you have just had a 6mth TV from your home country, then ANY commission (other than your own country) can only give you 3mth TV maximum.
From experience I've learnt not to take anything told by these employees at face value or as %100 true, but he did sound very sure. so bottom line you won't rreally know until you do it. But you should be able to get 3mth for sure, and maybe 6mth you never know.
One thing to note - we were told the commission would phone the number we gave VFS on our apps but we didn't want to risk them not calling so just appeared at the commission the morning of the due day and - no worries but we never got the call, even though we had our mobile with us all morning. Maybe the system sussed we were already started being processed that morning, so don't freakout if you don't get call after they tell you, just go wnyway.
Good luck - keep us updated.
Yours sincerely, Dain
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Thanks, daindm, for your helpful information. I, too, have been hearing that 3 months is becoming more common for repetitive Indian tourist visas.

I will update regarding my experience.
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Originally Posted by mushika View Post Thanks, daindm, for your helpful information. I, too, have been hearing that 3 months is becoming more common for repetitive Indian tourist visas.

I will update regarding my experience.
Hey Mushika - how did you get on?

I'm planning on going for my second from BKK soon - I emailed the embassy (prompt, helpful response) and they said it's possible, but because it's a 2nd from them, they'll need to interview me to explain my frequent visits.

I had also been told BKK was giving several back to backs no questions asked. Does someone have recent experience of this, or any tips on interview do's and don'ts?

Any other updates on the unwritten rule of back-to-back limitations without returning to home country?

Has anyone tried KL as an alternative 'fresh' consulate if you wear out your welcome at the other favourites? ;-)
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Sorry I forgot to get back to the forum. Yes, I did get another six months tourist visa for India but, like zerosumgame says, an interview at the consulate was required. My reason for frequent trips to India is that I am retired and want now to thoroughly enjoy what's left for me to experience. (Guess that won't work for young folks.)
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Thumbs down Latest story from Bangkok

A friend went to Bangkok and applied yesterday for a 6 month Tourist visa. He was told that they will only issue a visa to people who have stayed in Thailand a minimum of 2 months. He was told to apply in his own country (UK). He has appealed against the decision and we are awaiting the outcome.

GoanGoan......here & there
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Hi there
I have lived here in Thailand for six years,so when my partner and i applyed for Indian visas this March i got my visa the next day.I did not even go to the visa office,i just signed some documents and my partner applyed for me.
But i have also heard that some non residents are only given a 3 month visa or told to apply in their home country.
Saying that i think it all depends on the mood of the person behind the desk,so if it's a bad day for them you've had it
Goangoangone i hope your friend has a good outcome.
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Originally Posted by Andrew Promchan View Post Hi there
I have lived here in Thailand for six years,so when my partner and i applyed for Indian visas this March i got my visa the next day.I did not even go to the visa office,i just signed some documents and my partner applyed for me.
But i have also heard that some non residents are only given a 3 month visa or told to apply in their home country.
Saying that i think it all depends on the mood of the person behind the desk,so if it's a bad day for them you've had it
Goangoangone i hope your friend has a good outcome.
I am a resident in Thailand and like everyone else I know had to wait 5 days to get my 6 month mulitple entry visa. Are you Thai? Perhaps there are some exceptions toward certain Nationals.

2 days ago, an American friend applied in BKK and has to wait 5 days to get his.

Unfortunately, I have no experience with back to back visas.
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Up until now, the norm has been for residents to get theirs same day and outsiders in 5 working days. I will post on the outcome...................

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Hi Scandojazzbuff
No i'm not Thai,i'm English.
What i'm been told and also read on the Indian visa website for Thailand is that you have to be a resident in Thailand for over three years(have to produce photocopies of all your yearly Thai visas also copies of your Thai work permit),to get your Indian tourist visa the same or next day.
So nonresidents and residents under 3 years have to wait 5 working days to my knowledge.
Hope this helps.
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