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India e-visa
Post: #1
Has anyone successfully obtained the new e-visa and got smoothly through passport control in India? I think you get a certificate to print out to take with you instead of the permanent sticker in the passport.
I noticed on the visa website it says that it's preferable to obtain the visa in the conventional way in order to avoid problems and delays on arrival. This type of e-visa works very well in Sri Lanka but I'm wondering if India hasn't yet got it up and running - big country! Or perhaps it is more for people travelling at short notice? Huh
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Post: #2
Hi

Jaya,a regular contributor to the forum, has recently obtained an Indian evisa and will no doubt reply to your post. I went to Kerala in September and obtained a visa by completing application form online and visiting local visa application centre. Got passport back with visa inserted within five days.

Hope this helps.

Lesley
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Post: #3
Thank you, Lesley. I shall probably do it the old fashioned way!
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Post: #4
Hi

I am off to india in just over 2 weeks, I took the lazy option and JY have arranged my visa, my paperwork is on its way so I'll see what I get and let you know how I get on with passport control.

Tim
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Post: #5
Hi

I go E-Visa. It is easy and a lot cheaper - ca $62. All you have to do is print out the email you receive and take it with you. I think even Just You is getting E-Visas for those who do not choose to get one themselves.

Jaya
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Post: #6
(05/11/2015, 09:59 PM)TimH Wrote: Hi

I am off to india in just over 2 weeks, I took the lazy option and JY have arranged my visa, my paperwork is on its way so I'll see what I get and let you know how I get on with passport control.

Tim

Tim, I'm glad you mentioned eVisa through JY. I'm going through the process now.
The visa department adviced me of receipt of my passport and dispatch of my passport all in one day. But have not received any info regarding my eVisa. Like a reference or anything.
Have you had a letter or something?
Alex
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Post: #7
I thought it might be helpful to share my experience of obtaining the e-visa for India. It's a relatively straightforward process and doesn't take too long if you have all your documents to hand, passport etc, and have saved a copy of your passport as a PDF along with a photo that you can access to upload - just make sure it's the correct size as mine was only marginally smaller but it still wouldn't allow me to upload until I had re-sized to the exact specification. The only other issue I had was the information they required for an address in India so at that point I had to save the form and call Just You for the information - note for Just You: it would be helpful to include this in the information you send to travellers on India holidays. So the cost was much cheaper and the visa was emailed to me within 24 hours. I can't say (yet) how smoothly this will all go once I get there so I will let you know! I'm on the February Spirit of India holiday and can't wait to go!
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Post: #8
As MelG says the application process is fairly straightforward once you have sized everything for uploading.
As for getting into India itself I did this in November arriving in Chennai via Colombo. There was a special desk for e-visas but this was not open as we disembarked so we all trooped over to the normal booths only to be told we were in the wrong queue. Having exited the plane quite briskly I was near the front of the queue but as we were escorted back to the right booth I was now at the back of the queue!! They call you forward one by one and check your passport etc but the fingerprint readers were a real nightmare as (probably due to humidity) they could not get a clean reading despite much wiping of sweaty hands and everyone took several attempts before they got through. This meant a very slow process for those at the back I was in the queue a tad longer than the flight from Colombo) but everyone got through once the authorities got a clean reading. Watch out for the e visa queue and be prepared for it to take time. It will be worth it once you get into the country. I balance this against the inconvenience of perhaps having to apply for a non e visa in person in (say) London. I live on the Isle of Wight so that would involve a whole day plus the cost of travel (and perhaps an overnight).
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Post: #9
Hi Alex, I have just phoned JY to check on my visa as I haven't heard anything either. Good news, it has been granted so India here I come!
I am sure if there was a problem with yours they would have been in touch. They are being sent out with our tickets etc etc.
Jean
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Post: #10
e-visa worked fine, just make sure you look our for the e-visa sign at immigration, its at a different counter, we all queued at the wrong counter first
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