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kev
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 14:05 on 7th Jan 2011

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Vegan Barnsley Wrote:
BasingstokePat Wrote:
I was led to believe you need a triple entry visa which lets you back in the country after short trips away rather than the multi entry visa which you can not return for 2 months. I attached an itinerary of my trip with application to prove I needed a triple entry visa . Passport due back next Wednesday so fingers crossed


Dave's visa actually mentions the reason for returning to India from Bangladesh is the cricket world cup, so it does appear that the High Commission understands and that they are allowing exemptions.

Best of luck with yours.


Nervous Dave's application seems to have gone far too smoothly. I have visions of him being holed up in a room at Kolkata airport for 7 hours again like he was en route to Bangladesh.
Mind you my world cup iteniray sees me fly into Kolkata & back home from Dhaka so i may well be joining him :o
I plan to do both visa applications in person so i can explain things such as no return ticket from India!!
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christaff
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 15:43 on 7th Jan 2011

Joined: 13:18 on 29th Oct 2009
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Location: Twickenham
Just got mine from the VFS place in Southall, was reasonably simple. Half hour queue to hand in the form (on Tuesday), half hour queue to pick up my passport (today/Friday). I did get caught out with the photo size but there was a very happy bloke in a photo shop in Southall doing a roaring trade in photos ! (The photobooth wasn't working ...).

As I am only going to India I didn't fill in an itinerary form, just put a hotel name in Goa for the Indian reference.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 23:12 on 7th Jan 2011

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2361
I went along to Wilton St. today.

Absolute mayhem.

Despite having an appointment I waited an hour and a half to be seen. I doubt the building was designed to deal with even a quarter of the number of people who were there. I dread to think what would happen if there was a fire or other emergency in there. The staircases are very narrow, and people would certainly be crushed and trampled.

I was glad I did go along in person though, because despite my best efforts, had I not been there to argue my case, my application would certainly have been rejected. The issue was of course the no re-entry into India within two months rule (I'm planning on doing the Bangladesh game), and their interpretation of what constitutes a detailed itinerary. The rule states that you have to provide a detailed itinerary including ticket bookings if you want to return to India from a neighbouring country within two months, so I duly typed one out, backing it up with all the travel reservations I've made so far, i.e. flight to and from London, a couple of hotel reservations, train bookings, and match ticket bookings. These included an e-mail confirmation from The Asian SR Hotel in Chittagong and a printout of my Chittagong match ticket booking confirmation.

The fact that I was planning to go by train turned out to be a problem, since tickets for the Maitree Express can't be booked until 10 days before departure. They wanted to see either flight bookings or an itinerary written by a travel agent.

"But your website says not to make any confirmed bookings until the visa is issued," I said.

"We will accept an unconfirmed flight bookings or an unconfirmed itinerary written out by a travel agent" she said

"But I've provided you with an itinerary."

"That's not an itinerary, that's just something you've written down."

"Your website says nothing about the itinerary having to be written by a travel agent, and besides what's the difference between something that's unconfirmed written by a travel agent and something that's written down by me? If it's unconfirmed, I can tear it up as soon as I get my visa."

"Once your visa is issued, you are perfectly free to change your arrangements, but I can't approve your application with what you've given me."

I was shunted to the General Information Counter, where there was a queue. Everyone in front of me was sent away empty handed, and things there didn't start promisingly for me either. However I was patient, and spotted a possible chink in the armour when he pointed out the absence of ticket bookings for the Bangladesh leg of my trip.

"But I have got a ticket booking," I pointed out. "A World Cup cricket match ticket booking!"

This was at least enough to persuade him to go and have a word with his boss. He was gone for about 5 or 10 minutes, and when he came back he explained that he was prepared to approve a double entry visa. He wrote "World Cup" on my form next to visa type, highlighted it, and changed the "Multi," which I'd asked for to "Double." I was then shunted to another desk where I was given a receipt for my documents.

Of course, I don't know for sure whether my visa will actually be issued and that they haven't had a change of heart until I go and pick up my passport next week.

So here appears to be the deal: If you can supply either flight bookings in and out of neighbouring countries, or an itinerary made up of quite possibly entirely fictitious rubbish typed for you by a friendly travel agent, then you can get a double, triple, or quadruple entry visa that will enable you to make all the necessary entrances and exits to and from India that you need to for the tournament (as long as you don't go home between visits). They will however only allow you enough re-entries within two months to follow the itinerary you specify. It also appears that World Cup ticket bookings in support of your application can help things along, and that BarmySinghArmy's advice to be patient and polite with the staff at all times can pay dividends.

Who's going to be the first to supply them with an unconfirmed itinerary typed up by that new player in the travel industry, "Wrong-un Tours," I wonder? :twisted:
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 13:22 on 8th Jan 2011

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Really p...ed off with this now. I had hoped to be able to get a multi or double to allow a poss visit to SL, but how is that humanly poss as we do'nt know if we're going there, can't book tickets and certainly can't arrange travel.
The Indians do'nt seem to want to provide any assistance at all, unlike the people when you actually get there.
Perhaps its all our own fault, many Indians will honestly tell you that our two greatest legacies were the railways and the CIVIL SERVICE.
Think I'll end up with the tourist and just hope we stay in India. :( :( :( :( :(
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 15:52 on 8th Jan 2011

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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blueandy1mac Wrote:
Really p...ed off with this now. I had hoped to be able to get a multi or double to allow a poss visit to SL, but how is that humanly poss as we do'nt know if we're going there, can't book tickets and certainly can't arrange travel.
The Indians do'nt seem to want to provide any assistance at all, unlike the people when you actually get there.
Perhaps its all our own fault, many Indians will honestly tell you that our two greatest legacies were the railways and the CIVIL SERVICE.
Think I'll end up with the tourist and just hope we stay in India. :( :( :( :( :(


It's very unlikely that we'll stay in India. Assuming they qualify, India will be playing in the only QF to be held in India, and we won't be playing them, since they're in our group.

It's odds-on that we'll be in one of the Dhaka QF's, and showing evidence of the cheapest return flight there and a hotel booking confirmation ought to get you your double entry Indian visa.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 15:09 on 8th Jan 2011

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
Big Harvey Wrote:
blueandy1mac Wrote:
Really p...ed off with this now. I had hoped to be able to get a multi or double to allow a poss visit to SL, but how is that humanly poss as we do'nt know if we're going there, can't book tickets and certainly can't arrange travel.
The Indians do'nt seem to want to provide any assistance at all, unlike the people when you actually get there.
Perhaps its all our own fault, many Indians will honestly tell you that our two greatest legacies were the railways and the CIVIL SERVICE.
Think I'll end up with the tourist and just hope we stay in India. :( :( :( :( :(


It's very unlikely that we'll stay in India. Assuming they qualify, India will be playing in the only QF to be held in India, and we won't be playing them, since they're in our group.

It's odds-on that we'll be in one of the Dhaka QF's, and showing evidence of the cheapest return flight there and a hotel booking confirmation ought to get you your double entry Indian visa.


Think your probably right Harvey, but I'd stupidly overly expected/wanted ours to be SL and I now accept the odds are against. The flight would still need to be booked to show the itinerary though, and as we're provisionally ending the initial rounds with a few days in Goa, a cheapie to Dhaka is improbable.
Have to give it some serious thought over the weekend.
I assume all qf games are at Mirpur.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 15:25 on 8th Jan 2011

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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blueandy1mac Wrote:
Big Harvey Wrote:
blueandy1mac Wrote:
Really p...ed off with this now. I had hoped to be able to get a multi or double to allow a poss visit to SL, but how is that humanly poss as we do'nt know if we're going there, can't book tickets and certainly can't arrange travel.
The Indians do'nt seem to want to provide any assistance at all, unlike the people when you actually get there.
Perhaps its all our own fault, many Indians will honestly tell you that our two greatest legacies were the railways and the CIVIL SERVICE.
Think I'll end up with the tourist and just hope we stay in India. :( :( :( :( :(


It's very unlikely that we'll stay in India. Assuming they qualify, India will be playing in the only QF to be held in India, and we won't be playing them, since they're in our group.

It's odds-on that we'll be in one of the Dhaka QF's, and showing evidence of the cheapest return flight there and a hotel booking confirmation ought to get you your double entry Indian visa.


Think your probably right Harvey, but I'd stupidly overly expected/wanted ours to be SL and I now accept the odds are against. The flight would still need to be booked to show the itinerary though, and as we're provisionally ending the initial rounds with a few days in Goa, a cheapie to Dhaka is improbable.
Have to give it some serious thought over the weekend.
I assume all qf games are at Mirpur.


Yes, the Dhaka QFs will be in Mirpur.

If you're definitely not up for Dhaka, an alternative would be to go to SL instead of Goa. A Spicejet flight from Chennai to Colombo costs about £35 one way the day after our final group match. If you book your flight back into India for after the Colombo Semi Final, that means there's a fair chance you'll see at least one game involving England, but if not, there are worse places to be than Sri Lanka.
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BasingstokePat
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 18:12 on 11th Jan 2011

Joined: 09:22 on 4th Nov 2010
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Vegan Barnsley Wrote:
BasingstokePat Wrote:
I was led to believe you need a triple entry visa which lets you back in the country after short trips away rather than the multi entry visa which you can not return for 2 months. I attached an itinerary of my trip with application to prove I needed a triple entry visa . Passport due back next Wednesday so fingers crossed


Dave's visa actually mentions the reason for returning to India from Bangladesh is the cricket world cup, so it does appear that the High Commission understands and that they are allowing exemptions.

Best of luck with yours.

Got my passport back today with a triple entry visa in it , it has wrote in it "re entry from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka " Not sure how much they looked at my Itinerary as there is no mention of going to Pakistan in it :shock:
bureaucratic nonsense me thinks .
I used www.passportandvisaservice.co.uk . you follow their links on line , send your stuff to them and they check it before taking it to the Indian authorities , they can do your Bangladesh one as well , saves taking a day off work
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 17:21 on 11th Jan 2011

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Just had a look at that Pat, although we've now done everything apart from hand deliver tomorrow, what exactly do they do for the extra ? The process seems to be exactly as per the normal visa app, apart from paying them as well!!!
Anyway, my main question. How much detail etc did you put in your itinerary. We've booked nowt outside India and wo'nt do 'til we get a visa of some sorts, have you booked externally and provided evidence ?
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BasingstokePat
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 18:54 on 11th Jan 2011

Joined: 09:22 on 4th Nov 2010
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blueandy1mac Wrote:
Just had a look at that Pat, although we've now done everything apart from hand deliver tomorrow, what exactly do they do for the extra ? The process seems to be exactly as per the normal visa app, apart from paying them as well!!!
Anyway, my main question. How much detail etc did you put in your itinerary. We've booked nowt outside India and wo'nt do 'til we get a visa of some sorts, have you booked externally and provided evidence ?

If you know what you are doing and can spare the time there is no advantage , but this time the application of a multiple entry visa is a lot more complicated . On my attached Itinerary I listed dates , flights (times and numbers) , trains (times and numbers) and names of hotels , that's all I provided . I also noted 19 Mar to 4 Apl awaiting venues and dates cricket world cup , pretty vague stuff really
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