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    Paul Spain

    I’ve been having a bit of fun with the online forms, and hoops to jump through getting an Indian visa. The travel agent (and Travcour) suggest avoiding the online e-visa option. The problem is that if I do a traditional visa application I’m unlikely to have my passport back in time for another trip I have coming up prior to my visit to India.

    This is a short business trip, so I’d be applying for the ‘casual business travel’ option rather than a tourist visa.

    Anyone have any experience or recommendations on e visas for India?

    Paul Spain

    A quick update on this – the business e-visa worked out perfectly despite the travel agent and Travour suggesting against it.

    What I did learn from some else is that the e-visa queues upon arrival can be longer than normal border control queues. So on that basis I hightailed it through arrivals to get their quickly. As it happened, on this occasion there was only one person ahead of me and I was the first one out of a large group to pass through customs/border control.


    I used e-visa when I went last year. No problem at all.


    I did find the application process bordered on the ridiculous, requiring all kinds of utterly irrelevant information such as parental names and jobs etc.

    Indeed, I find Visas fairly irrelevant in this day and age. If you just want an excuse to charge me $100, just get me to pay it when I arrive. It’s not as if India could find my Visa details in less than a month if they wanted to – once when I was there, I had to deal with the Police after having cameras stolen and that was mind boggling in terms of the inefficiency.

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