Applying for a Visa can be a nightmare, especially if you are an Indian citizen. It so happens that a process that is less familiar to you often turns out to be so. Read on to get a good grip on how it is to apply for a Visa in India. Also find some easy tips on applying for a Visa in some of the most popular destinations!
What is a Visa?
Visa (‘Charta Visa’ in Latin) simply means a paper that has been seen. In theory, Visas are associated with the request for permission to enter a country. Getting a Visa would mean getting a mark or a sticker on your passport which indicates that you will be allowed to enter/exit or stay in a country.
Types of Visa:
Since Visa requirements are primarily related to the concerned country’s permission, their type differs a lot from country to country.
1) Visa prior to travel – Most countries require the Visa to be issued before the date of travel.
2) Visa on Arrival – Visa is granted after reaching the destination and before passing through the immigration. This is distinct from not requiring a visa at all.
3) E-Visa – Visa is stored in a computer and is electronically tied to the passport number; no label, sticker or stamp is placed in the passport before travel.
Do I need a Visa?
Before we proceed with the process of Visa, one important question many may miss out on asking is “Do I need a Visa?”. You won’t always require a Visa. In case of India, there are over 50 countries where you will either not require a Visa or you will get a Visa on Arrival.
The rules related to visa change often. Visa requirements for Indian citizens may change depending on various factors such as:
a) Your country’s relationship with the country you wish to visit
b) Security reasons
c) The economic status of your nation compared to the country you are visiting
It is, therefore, important to make the necessary confirmations with the local national embassy or consulate. As for the general list of requirement you can check if you need a Visa here.
How to Apply for a Visa?
Now that we know ‘Visa’ inside out, we are ready to nail it down. The Visa application process differs from country to country. Click on the country name, that you wish to visit, to know about the Visa application Process:
|SOUTH AMERICA||Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Seychelles, South Africa|
|NORTH AMERICA||Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, United States|
|EUROPE||Austria, Belgium, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands , Norway, Poland ,Portugal, Slovakia ,Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland|
|ASIA||Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand|
|AFRICA||Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa|