Applying for an Indian tourist visa in Bangkok

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#121 Dec 4th, 2010, 14:10
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Originally Posted by martamoo View Post thanks for the replies! one more question...

will I have to leave my passport with them for the 5 or more days while they issue the visa?
Yes, you will have to leave it.
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I had a quick read through this thread and then went to the IVAC-TH website but would just like to check a few things.

I am British and non resident in Thailand on a tourist visa

If I only want a 3 month visa can I get it from the Embassy ? their site says

" With effect from 29th November 2010 onwards, Embassy of India, Bangkok will normally issue Tourist visas for Single Entry valid for 3 months:"

But also on their site it says
"From 16th September 2010 onwards, Embassy of India Bangkok will accept only on-line visa applications through VFS(Global)
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So am I correct in assuming that I have to apply through their agent ?
Is the procedure the same as for a 6 month visa ?

David
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Originally Posted by axact View Post I had a quick read through this thread and then went to the IVAC-TH website but would just like to check a few things.

I am British and non resident in Thailand on a tourist visa

If I only want a 3 month visa can I get it from the Embassy ? their site says

" With effect from 29th November 2010 onwards, Embassy of India, Bangkok will normally issue Tourist visas for Single Entry valid for 3 months:"

But also on their site it says
"From 16th September 2010 onwards, Embassy of India Bangkok will accept only on-line visa applications through VFS(Global)
"

So am I correct in assuming that I have to apply through their agent ?
Is the procedure the same as for a 6 month visa ?

David
You apply online and then bring the printed copy of the application to the visa service. You must do the online application but you need to appear in person in order to get it processed. Same procedure for all.
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Hello, I am a Canadian passport holder who is planning to apply for an Indian Visa in Bangkok.

I am hoping to visit India sometime in the next few months, but I do not know the exact time period when I'll be there, and have not booked a tour or accommodations yet. Will I need to know all this before applying for the Indian Tourist visa?

Also, is there an 'interview process' involved during application? If so, what does the interview entail?
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6 month visa still possible?

I was told today that the rules for obtaining a visa have recently changed and that it is not anymore possible to get a 6 month visa for India in Bangkok. Does anybody have any experience with this in the last month?

I am American applying in Bangkok. I see that I have to first apply online and then show up in person. How much time should I allow from the time of applying online until the time of issuing a visa? I have a ticket to Chennai on January 13.

Any help would be much appreciated to figure out when I need to head to Bangkok.

Thank you!
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In addition to my previous questions, could someone explain the "referee" field on the online application form?
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Originally Posted by martamoo View Post I was told today that the rules for obtaining a visa have recently changed and that it is not anymore possible to get a 6 month visa for India in Bangkok. Does anybody have any experience with this in the last month?

I am American applying in Bangkok. I see that I have to first apply online and then show up in person. How much time should I allow from the time of applying online until the time of issuing a visa? I have a ticket to Chennai on January 13.

Any help would be much appreciated to figure out when I need to head to Bangkok.

Thank you!
I can't confirm whether they will not issue a 6 month visa, just a 3 month. However, the amount of time needed for the actual application is 5 working days starting from the time you show up in the visa application office. If you go on Monday, it's ready on Friday. If you apply online on Monday, simply print it out and go to the visa service. The actual visa will begin the day it is issued.

The referee is an enigma especially if you don't know anyone. Just put the hotel you will stay at. Make it up if you have to. No interview process is given. It is a cookie cutter process. If you need photos, there is a photo service within the visa office. Photocopy service, too. No dal and chappatis, though.
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Having read though this thread, I'm a little concerned, I'm planning to head to India in late Feb to combine watching the cricket world cup and travelling some more of the country. I visited India twice in 2009 when I had a six month visa issued to me in London. I was hoping to spend four months in India this time and the last act of which would be meeting some mates who are coming out for a holiday, so idea dates are a bit inflexible. Has anyone in a similar situation managed to get a six month visa from Bangkok was the process complex?
I'm currently in Australia and the local issuing agents in Brisbane's web site state that they give six month visa's as standard, however if I apply here and was only given three months my plans would be blown apart, equally I was planning on heading to the islands in Thailand but is it safe to assume that the interview for a six month visa in Bangkok will take place on the day I go to the office. Can decide which office offers a better chance of getting a visa to cover my dates. I have a British passport if nationality other than not applying in your home country is a factor.
Any help advice much appreciated.

The fun of a trip to India and assorted shenanigans has begun.
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My experience with obtaining 6 month visa in January 2011:

I went in yesterday with my printed online apliation to the Ivac office. It was a Monday and there were only 3 people in line ahead of me. Because I wanted a 6 month visa and not just the standard 3 I was asked to write a letter to the Indian Embassy including my itinerary. My letter was simple, just a few lines. I was asked to go to the Indian embassy the next day (today) for an interview. There was only 1 person ahead of me and my interview was simple with just a few questions about why I want to go to India, why for 6 months, why I didn't apply for a visa in my home country. He looked at my passport, my application, my letter and told me to come pick up my 6 month visa on Friday. I do not have any previous Indian visas.
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Can anyone tell me please if I can do the online application 2 weeks before I go to the office. Would there be a maximum or minimum period of days allowed?. thanks
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I found out you can apply anytime in advance.
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@Martamoo: I am also American and am trying to get a 6-month visa. I am currently in KL where I received my last Indian visa for 3 months, however the chance I was given of 10% has dropped down to 5-10%. I am considering traveling up to Bangkok to try there and figured I should at least try for a 6-month, given your success. Did they make the appointment for an interview for you at the Ivac office? Would you suggest going straight to the embassy with my letter or first enquiring at the Ivac office?

Anyone else have luck with this process? I am flying to Kathmandu first, but the process sounds painful there as well and I don't want to waste my time in Nepal dealing with my Indian visa.

thanks
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Can you please tell me what did you wrote in this letter? Do you have to have it already with you when you go for the first step op application?
I'm starting applying in a few days in Bkk for a 6 months multiply entry!
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What a bloody mess this thread has become.

Based upon my visit yesterday, I will try to summarise all the information as far as I can see.

Basically the whole IVAC online application thing is a waste of time. If like most travelers you do not wish to fill out a stupendously abstract form with questionable 'references' and other data, have to redo that a number of times because either you forget to write down your reference number or the website times out (stupid 30 minute website session limit), then I would recommend the following as THE EASIEST WAY TO GET AN INDIAN VISA IN BANGKOK:

- Turn up to the Glasshaus Building, Unit 1503, Level 15, Sukhumvit Soi 25 between the hours of 8:30AM and 2PM, Monday to Friday (It's quite near Asok BTS station. Which building is not really obvious when you are there. Walk to the intersection of Sukhumvit and Soi 25, go 50m down the road and enter the business building's doors on your left, at the top of the ramp. Go up any one of the four lifts to level 15. Turn left when you exit the lift.)
- When you enter the visa processing center, on your right is a little corner with a photocopier and some computers. There are some people there who charge 600 baht or so to solve the whole hassle. They will hand you a paper form, which you fill out then give them your passport. They will handle the entire thing (photocopying your passport pages, taking your photographs, filling in the stupid online application, collecting the various printed results together). While they are doing that, grab a ticket for the electronic queue system that governs actual visa applications at the various windows on the other side of the waiting room. Note that the form-filling people are not real staff, so they cannot answer questions about how long a visa you can apply for. Certainly, if you ask anyone in the processing center they will tell you to only apply for a 3 month tourist visa. However, it is possible to apply for more.
- Take a seat and wait for your electronic ticket number to come up
- When you speak to the application processing clerk, they may request additional materials. If you have refused to heed advice, stuck to your guns and requested over a 3 month tourist visa (ie: 6 months, 1 year) then you will need to present a letter in addition to your other materials explaining the reason for your request. The clerk can hand you a pen and paper to write one on the spot. Also in the case that you are applying for over 3 months on a tourist visa (and probably some other special visa cases), you will need to go and interview with consular staff at a separate address on the same or following day (interviews occur 9AM-midday, Monday-Friday, as far as I can tell, so if you come very early to apply for your visa then you may get both steps done in a single day).

I am off to do my interview this morning. I had originally wanted to apply for a one year visa but the application center staff, after some 'no you can only do three months' blanket statements and some politely inquisitive responses, advised me that six was the longest possible. I therefore wrote in my visa letter that I had wanted one year and saw no reason why this should not be possible, detailing my reasons and itinerary. I am hoping that the interview staff can modify my application to one year and approve it, should we get along. Fingers crossed.
Long term traveler, India newbie.
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Oh and on costs: if you have the people in the application center do the whole online form/print/photo/photocopy stuff for you then it adds something like 650 baht to your overall visa costs. Well worth it, in my view, since a whole day of running around and the chance of making mistakes in your application is the only viable alternative for most travelers.
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