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Post: #31
(27/07/2015, 02:59 PM)Willpower Wrote: Hi
I am considering booking the Spirit of India tour for April 2016. I am aware that there has been a recent problem regarding Indian Visas requiring Biometric data. Can you tell me what the latest information is, as you understand it.
Will Just You be helping in this respect, or is it left entirely up to the individual?

Thank you
Graham Williams

Hi
I'm going on Spirit of India tour October 2015 after filling out an application on line and booking an appointment I then went up to embassy in London to complete visa application. The visa/passport was sent to to me a few days later. I did have to wait a while at embassy it is run like a supermarket deli! Don't be put off!
Hope this is of help.

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Post: #32
Hi Jaya,

When I went to India nearly 2 years ago I needed 2" x 2" photos and got them done at Snappy Snaps. They do passport/ visa photos of all sizes.

I see the Singapore add on with Borneo is fully booked, lucky we booked when we did!

Best wishes

Lynda



Hi Jean

Thanks for the tip. I will find somewhere in Luton where it says 'passport photos here'. I guess if they offer passport photos then they would be familiar with all types of odd requests form different countries. Am planning to go to the town sometime next week.

Jaya
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Post: #33
Hi Lynda

Thanks for your tips about getting the photos. Yes, we are very lucky to book the Borneo trip when we did. It seems to be a very popular trip.

Jaya
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Post: #34
As a postscript I have just had confirmation of my E Visa for India next month. I did the application yesterday & got the response within 24 hours.
I had read somewhere that they wanted you to upload a copy of your passport so had this ready in jpeg format however on the application they asked that this be uploaded as a PDF file no larger than 300KB. I was able to quickly convert the file but I suggest you have this ready at the time of completing your application - although you do seem to be able to store partially completed information and return to it later.
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Post: #35
Hi Ian
Thanks for the information. I presume the required passport page is the one with all the personal details on it. This seems logical, but the web site says 1st page. What was the fee ? I have seen conflicting sums. Did they say how long it would be before the e Visa would be sent to you ?

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Post: #36
Hi Willpower,
My printer here allows me to scan documents so I just put the passport flat at the page(s) with personal details & the one with observations & scanned.
The fee was $60.00 plus a couple of dollars admin (I did not print the page so do not have the exact amount)
The site says that you should expect a response in about 72 hours but I got my confirmation (in an e mail) in less than 24 hours.
The E Visa says I will be subject to a mandatory biometric check on arrival in India. Not an issue. I live on the Isle of Wight & the E Visa is a whole lot easier than possibly having had to treck all the way to London & back to apply in person....
Expect a bit of fun & games as, for example, you will be asked to give all countries visited in the last 10 years. Your answer will then probably be rejected as the box can seemingly only take 100 characters so just knock out a few until you get below 100!
Good luck.
Ian
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Post: #37
I took the easy route and got Just You to sort my visa, very straight forward although I have trouble with not enough space for all the places I have visited in the last 10 years
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Post: #38
Hi

I have now had the photos taken though the guy in the shop was not willing to save it on the memory stick. The shop is part of Timpsons He was willing to put it on one of their CDs at a cost of £4.00. Photos were £12.99. Luckily someone at work was able to scan it as a JPG file for me from their home scanner as my scanner does not do this - only saves in PDF format. The scanners at work operate from the photocopiers and they also only save in PDF format. Hopefully I will have no problems when I submit the application online. Tried to do it today, but it says I can't apply more than 34 days before the trip!!

Sally, unfortunately I do not think you can use the photo booths for this Visa as they are very specific as to what is required, but thanks for letting me know as this information may come in handy one day in the future.

Jaya
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Post: #39
hi everyone, I am off to India on Monday, I did use a Photo Booth in Tesco there was an option to pick 2x2 photos £7. I then also took the lazy way out and JY sorted, saved me taking a day off work. Hope everyone who is going away has a fab time!!!!
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Post: #40
Hi Tracey

Not sure if you will read this message before you go, but just wanted to say have a lovely time in India and do write a review on your return. Thanks for informing that the Tesco photo booth has an option to pick 2x2 photos - this may come in handy in the future.

Jaya
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