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swalker007 | 11:56 Tue 23rd Oct 2007 | Travel
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What's the deal with getting Visas???

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As far as I am aware your India visa should cover you for Goa.
Make sure you get your visa about six weeks before you go just in case of delays.
Mine took three weeks, and of course there is a cost.
The Indian High Commission have withdrawn the facility to apply for visas by post:
http://www.hcilondon.net/postal-applications.h tml

You can use the services of a registered travel agent:
http://www.hcilondon.net/travel-agents.html
or you can apply in person at the High Commission in London (as well as the Consulates in Birmingham or Edinburgh):
http://www.hcilondon.net/visa/obtain-visa.html

Visas must be obtained prior to travel. India does not operate a 'visa on arrival' system.

Chris
you could try getting one away from London, or have someone else get it for you (for a fee)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/main.jhtml?x ml=/travel/2007/10/20/et-nibs-120.xml
we were due to fly on a friday (i believe) last november, the sunday before i started getting things together for my case and reading up on timings etc, only to read that we HAD to have a visa in advance. to cut a long story short we had to dash to london (2hrs by train) queue for hours at embassy to get it in person. i dread to think of the total cost to us of the visa-its about �30 per person for the actual visa.a lesson learnt! i always read ALL the small print now!
getting it yourself in person in London can be a nightmare, firstly check that the day you go is not a public holiday in India because they will be closed.
I have over the years queued almost all day, but this year in May, midweek [Monday is not a good day] I was in and out with my visa in 3 hours much to my amazement.
It is worth paying an agency to do it for you.
Just as well they have stopped the postal visas, I saw an 80yr old man get the run round and he had sent by registered post 6 weeks before and they were so rude and unhelpful and he was flying the next day and they had lost his passport. Friends of mine sent theirs by post and a third passport came back with theirs, they returnred it to the owner but no doubt the embassy would have denied all knowledge, they seem to work in complete chaos there.
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THanks everyone!!!!!!

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