How to get a 6
months Visa for India in
This post is for all you disappointed souls out there, who still have to digest the sad news: No more Indian Tourist Visa granted in Thailand! Not even with an agency! Trust me. Its done! At least in 2016. Yeah I know, its really not cool. Gone are the good old days, where we could just conveniently fly to Thailand to renew your Indian Visa. But let us not be stuck in sadness and get the problem solved! Here is what we did:
So if you are staying in Bangkok right now, thinking of ways how to get the 6 months Tourist Visa for India, then do the following:
- Book a train ticket for the over night train to Nong Khai. The train 69 departs at Hualampong Train station at 8 pm and arrives in Nong Khai at 6:45 am in the morning in Bangkok The Air conditioned sleeper costs around 750 Baht, depending if you take upper or lower berth. You can buy the ticket with a travel agent for an additional cost of 50-60 Baht if you don’t want to buy the ticket the train station.
- After getting your Laos Visa on arrival at the Thai/Laos Border, simply jump into a minivan to Vientiane. The drivers wait for you at the border. Once in Vientiane, check into a Guesthouse of you desire and get prepared for your Visa application. Oh,maybe have a coffee first! If you are good you can get it done in one day!
What you will need for a complete Tourist Indian tourist Visa application
- A complete and correctly filled out online application form. Not to be mixed up with the 1 month E-Tourist Visa (eTV). We want a 6 month Tourist Visa for India. Here is the URL to the Indian Goverments Website. Scroll down and click on: APPLY ONLINE. They will guide you through the process. Just make sure to write down your Visa ID which is shown on the top of the page. You will need it for your login later.
- A ticket to and out of India. If you want to go one way, many Tourist agencies will reserve a return flight for you for a small fee. Talk to the travel agent and explain him that you need the flight reservation for your visa. They usually know how to help you out.
- get at least 4 photographs of you taken. The size has to be 2 inch x 2 inch. You can do that while you are in Bangkok too if you are there for some more days. Also get the photograph scanned for the online application.
- bring a passport copy along
- there is a chance that you will be asked for a bank statement. It might be a good idea to bring this as well. We didn’t have one but got asked for it. The guy at the Embassy was very friendly and let us sign a document where we had to confirm, that we have sufficient funds in the bank.
- bring 42 USD in cash with you. Not Laos Kip! If you bring Kip be prepared for a long walk in the heat.The next Exchange Shop is a 20 minutes walk from the Embassy. ( it looks like a grocery store) We looked like we have had a shower when we came back. Bring USD trust me!
Getting to the Indian Embassy in Vientiane
The Embassy of India in Vientiane is located at:
- You can hand in your Visa application in the morning from Monday to Friday between 9am -11am.
- Visa Pick ups are in the afternoon between 4pm-5pm. The process takes 5 working days!
- The Embassy is a bit out of town. You can either take a Tuk Tuk or rent a bicycle for 10000 Kip per day.
- Most Tuk Tuk drivers will kindly wait for you outside of the embassy until you are done and ready to go back.
If you follow all the steps, you shouldn’t have any problems to get your 6 months Tourist Visa for India.
We wish you all the best
for your visa! Let us know
worked out for you? 🙂