It hurts so much

Written by Donovan September 2, 2016 Category: Asia, India Tags: , , Comments

*** Update: I managed to get my Indian visa after applying a second time!***

Facing a rejection is normal for us, but having a rejection without any reason is outrageous. I am officially hating India and its bureaucracy. In short, my application for the Indian tourist visa was rejected and if I were to reapply again, the visa would only be ready after my flight has taken off. Thus I have to forfeit my flight ticket and give India a miss.
After many years of disinterest in visiting India, I finally mustered the courage to visit India and took the first step to book a flight to Amritsar, a new route from Singapore served by Scoot. For Singapore passport holders, we need a visa to visit India. The Indian embassy outsources the visa application to an agent. I had gone down to the agent in July but was told to return two weeks before my flight to apply. However, due to my busy work schedule, I was only able to go down one week before. There were some errors in my visa form such as not having the postal code and the length of the visa should be “6 months” instead of “2 months”, then why did they put the option there in the first place? So I submitted the form and the result was that it was rejected. Was it because that I plan to visit Pakistan? Was it due to the Zika virus? Was it cos my photo was not handsome enough? There are so many unanswered questions. I wanted to resubmit the form but the website was down this morning, so I guess it’s fate I’m not supposed to go to India.
The person at the agency told me if I were to reapply, the visa would be ready by 7th Sept, but my flight is on the 6th. If I want it to be processed urgently, I would have to pay $100 on top of the visa fee of $55. Is it worth the extra costs? And he told me that the application might not be guaranteed approval. India is so money-faced, why can’t they make it free visa or visa on arrival as we have a lot of Singapore Indians here? I think they randomly reject people who applied the e-visa online so they have to go down to the agent and pay another sum of money. This episode has put off my interest in visiting India. I know of many friends who have visited India without any issues but I’m just the unlucky one. *End of rant*

 
How to apply for Indian E-visa?
Go to this website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

Fill in the form and pay US$25, however your visa might be rejected like mine.
e-Tourist Visa Facility is available for nationals of following countries/territories

Albania, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hongkong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

Alternatively, go down to the approved travel agent and apply. The High Commissioner of India does not handle walk-in applications and only goes through the approved agent BLS.
Visa applicants need to apply at: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/and complete the online application, after carefully going through the instructions listed on the web page.
Take a print out of the duly filled up online form and submit the signed copy at the authorized Indian Visa Application Centre. Location details of IVAC are given below.
A recent passport-size colour photograph (size 2″ x 2″, white background), applicable visa fee in cash, copy of IC and passport are also to be submitted.

 

BLS International Services S Pte Ltd

Unit 30 – 08, International Plaza

10 Anson Road

Singapore 079903

Call Centre Number +6531635611

 

BLS International Services S Pte Ltd

Unit 14 – 02/04/05

Sim Lim Tower

10 JalanBasar

Singapore 208787

Call Centre Number +6531635611 
Submission Timing:

Monday to Friday

Submission of Documents

9:00 AM – 03:45 PM only

Delivery of documents

02:00 PM – 03:45 PM only

 


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