Incredible India, as they call it, makes more than one dream, more than 7 million tourists every year to be more precise. Colors, festivals, spices, meditation, and the famous Taj-Mahal are some of the reasons why many of us take a trip to India. Next, we will explain how to get on your own, the visa for India.
New E-Visa (Electronic Visa) for India
This is a new method that many countries around the world are implementing, which greatly facilitates the visa process. You can do it from home at least 4-5 days before your trip. Basically you have to go to the official website of the Government of India, click on “e-Visa Application”, fill out the form with your information, upload a passport photograph and a PDF copy of our passport that does not “weigh” more than 300kb, pay the fees of $ 48 by card and voila!
Within a maximum period of 72 hours, you will receive an email confirming payment. A few days later, you will receive another email notifying you if your visa has been approved “Guaranteed” or denied and they will give you an ID code. Copy what you will need to print your e-tourist visa for India. Now you will have to go back to the previous link and this time click on “Visa Status”, enter the ID, your passport number, and click on “Print Status”.
India Visa Requirements
The Indian embassy, unlike most, does not grant visas and has a subcontracted company for such a task. So you will have to make your visa application with the company VFS Global. This company has offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Las Palmas. If you are concerned about how long it takes for an Indian visa, you should know that it depends a lot on which office you go to, in Madrid, it takes a minimum of 6 business days, in Barcelona 12 days and in Las Palmas 15 days. You should also know that they can deny your visa without prior notice and without refunding your money, so we recommend not buying airline tickets until you have the visas.
There are many types of visas available depending on the reason for your visit, from work visas to the most common, the tourist one as was our case. It is noteworthy that tourist visas can be requested for a period of 6 months to the 1-year maximum and are multiple entries. However, you cannot be in the country for more than 90 consecutive days within the validity period of your visa.
Apart from having to present all the required documentation, it is essential that you are in Spain at the time of the request. Obviously, if you are away, it will always be easier to go to the Indian embassy of the country where you are.
Apply for the Indian Visa Online by Mail
If you do not live near the VFS Global offices, they have arranged a courier service to send your passport and get the visa, that is, paying for each passport about € 10 and filling in this other form. (Prices in July 2017). You can pay by bank transfer and you have to add 7 days to the total period of visa processing.