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bishbash
Post subject: Last minute trip to Nagpur, advice please, relatively urgently
PostPosted: 10:20 on 30th Nov 2012

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I know the administrators dont want loads of threads but i have lots of questions and think the best way of gathering the info is to start a thread.

Lost my passport and dilly dallied about getting the new one sorted, sent it off check and send last Saturday and remarkably it arrived yesterday morning. So i am good to go, kindof, having thought i had missed the boat. Seems i can get a return to Mumbai for around £700 leaving on Weds12 and arriving about midnight. Returning on new years day, cos its cheaper. Unfortunately can only see earliest flights to nagpur at about 11am so would miss the first session. That is only fifty quid. If, and it is a big if, my boss lets me have the time off i would like to book the flights this weekend, and then get the visa sorted, should i get the visa sorted first, is it largely a formality? I am sure flight prices will go up the longer i leave it. Do the prices quoted seem reasonable? Was originally 680 but by the time i got to the actual website it was 735.

All being well i will get the first test in and a couple of Limited over games (eng v india or india v pak). How hard are tickets to get in those one dayers out there? One thing is now guaranteed... There will be something to play for at Nagpur.
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kev
Post subject: Re: Last minute trip to Nagpur, advice please, relatively urgently
PostPosted: 13:24 on 30th Nov 2012

Joined: 17:06 on 4th Dec 2008
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Location: Walsall West Midlands
bishbash Wrote:
I know the administrators dont want loads of threads but i have lots of questions and think the best way of gathering the info is to start a thread.

Lost my passport and dilly dallied about getting the new one sorted, sent it off check and send last Saturday and remarkably it arrived yesterday morning. So i am good to go, kindof, having thought i had missed the boat. Seems i can get a return to Mumbai for around £700 leaving on Weds12 and arriving about midnight. Returning on new years day, cos its cheaper. Unfortunately can only see earliest flights to nagpur at about 11am so would miss the first session. That is only fifty quid. If, and it is a big if, my boss lets me have the time off i would like to book the flights this weekend, and then get the visa sorted, should i get the visa sorted first, is it largely a formality? I am sure flight prices will go up the longer i leave it. Do the prices quoted seem reasonable? Was originally 680 but by the time i got to the actual website it was 735.

All being well i will get the first test in and a couple of Limited over games (eng v india or india v pak). How hard are tickets to get in those one dayers out there? One thing is now guaranteed... There will be something to play for at Nagpur.


the visa is generally a formality (unless you have been to Pakistan or are of Pakistani origin) but the problem will be getting it in time. before you book any flights i would go & see an Indian travel agent who does visas & ask them if they can get it done in time. They generally charge @ £20 for their service.
you should be able to get a flight for less than £700 (i'm assuming that is BA direct). when i was booking my flight to Kolkata (which leaves tomorrow :D ) i looked at going to Mumbai first & it was £480 on Emirates via Dubai from Brum. Admittedly you are close to the time now so it may well be more than that but you should still get better than £700 if you shop around.
you dont need to have a visa to book a flight & most people book the flight & then sort the visa later but you are cutting it very fine so i would definetely check that they can sort the visa before you pay for the flight. & as i said use an Indian travel agent rather than trying to sort it with vfs global yourself, the agent will know of any short cuts that can be made.
ask your boss for the time off before doing anything though.. ;)
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Last minute trip to Nagpur, advice please, relatively urgent
PostPosted: 13:14 on 30th Nov 2012

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kev Wrote:

the visa is generally a formality (unless you have been to Pakistan or are of Pakistani origin) but the problem will be getting it in time.


I'm not aware of any problems resulting from simply having been to Pakistan. Admitting to Pakistani origin - even a single grandparent - is another matter.
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kev
Post subject: Re: Last minute trip to Nagpur, advice please, relatively urgently
PostPosted: 14:23 on 30th Nov 2012

Joined: 17:06 on 4th Dec 2008
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Location: Walsall West Midlands
Big Harvey Wrote:
kev Wrote:

the visa is generally a formality (unless you have been to Pakistan or are of Pakistani origin) but the problem will be getting it in time.


I'm not aware of any problems resulting from simply having been to Pakistan. Admitting to Pakistani origin - even a single grandparent - is another matter.


when we went to the World Cup in 2011 I sent off for my visa & Podge's visa at the same time. It took weeks for them to be processed to the point where i was about to take a day off work & go to the visa office in Brum & not leave until i'd got them. When they finally came mine was dated as "approved" a few days after i took the application in whilst Podge's wasnt approved until about 4-5 weeks later. My assumption was that his passport had a Pakistan stamp in it & mine didn't.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Last minute trip to Nagpur, advice please, relatively urgent
PostPosted: 13:55 on 30th Nov 2012

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bishbash Wrote:
Unfortunately can only see earliest flights to nagpur at about 11am so would miss the first session.


As a veteran of having spent the night in Mumbai Airport on the way to Nagpur in order to arrive in time for the start of play, I've had a look and can confirm that Air India still have an early morning flight from Mumbai to Nagpur departing at 0625. JetKonnect (formerly JetLite) also have one at 0645 which will probably be cheaper.

You could also consider going via Delhi instead of Mumbai. The price of your international leg sounds quite expensive. That's probably down to being peak of season and short notice. Do make sure you shop around though.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Last minute trip to Nagpur, advice please, relatively urgent
PostPosted: 14:53 on 30th Nov 2012

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kev Wrote:
Big Harvey Wrote:
kev Wrote:

the visa is generally a formality (unless you have been to Pakistan or are of Pakistani origin) but the problem will be getting it in time.


I'm not aware of any problems resulting from simply having been to Pakistan. Admitting to Pakistani origin - even a single grandparent - is another matter.


when we went to the World Cup in 2011 I sent off for my visa & Podge's visa at the same time. It took weeks for them to be processed to the point where i was about to take a day off work & go to the visa office in Brum & not leave until i'd got them. When they finally came mine was dated as "approved" a few days after i took the application in whilst Podge's wasnt approved until about 4-5 weeks later. My assumption was that his passport had a Pakistan stamp in it & mine didn't.


Could be right, but just as likely that VFS are just a bunch of cowboys who mislaid it. I've got a Pakistan stamp in my passport as have quite a few of us. I've been to India a couple of times since having it, and not had any problems timewise. The aggro I had getting a visa that would allow me to leave India and re-enter from Bangladesh overland was another matter...
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bishbash
Post subject: Re: Last minute trip to Nagpur, advice please, relatively urgently
PostPosted: 18:23 on 30th Nov 2012

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
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Ok thanks for replies. Greatly appreciated. I have now got begrudginly the ok for the time off work from my absolute coont of a boss. So the big thing IS now the visa. If I fill the form in online when can I expect it to come through? What are the fast track options? Can it be done in a week? Can it be done in a day if i travel up to their embassy, which would presumably require another day off work.

I suspect my pay raise is out the window now.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Last minute trip to Nagpur, advice please, relatively urgent
PostPosted: 20:16 on 30th Nov 2012

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bishbash Wrote:
Can it be done in a day if i travel up to their embassy, which would presumably require another day off work.


No sadly.

The quickest option if dealing with VFS directly is to apply in person and then pick it up in person, meaning 2 visits. Obviously that's not exactly convenient for most people, so I'm thinking that following Kev's advice and going through an agent might be your best bet. Obviously make sure the agent knows you want it done quickly. Unfortunately nowadays VFS are very evasive when they talk about processing times. They used to tell you to allow 4-5 days, but they seem to have removed all mention of that that now.
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bishbash
Post subject: Re: Last minute trip to Nagpur, advice please, relatively urgently
PostPosted: 08:25 on 1st Dec 2012

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
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Just seen a website.... Scotts visa, they charge a fifty quid fee, but can apparently get a visa in 48 hours. I can ring them after ten am today? Is there any reason not to trust them? I dont mind paying a bit extra within reason to get it all sorted asap. Are there any common reasons for refusal? I do, for my sins, have a crimnal record from 2005, could that be a problem?
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bishbash
Post subject: Re: Last minute trip to Nagpur, advice please, relatively urgently
PostPosted: 08:35 on 1st Dec 2012

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
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Seems weird the hoops they make you jump through for a visa, reckon it costs them more in lost tourism and expenditure on all the beurocracy than it gains them in fees. Especially from a country like England, how many people are gonna leave England for India to screw money out of the state?
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