Understanding Visa

What is a visa?
Visa stands for Visitor’s Intended Stay Abroad.A visa is required for international travel, and is required for entry to most foreign countries. It is essentially the permission granted by the visited country for entry, for a restricted period.

How do I get a visa for my holiday?
All countries that you wish to visit require advance application for visas. This involves filing your application at the embassy or consulate of the country. Several documents are required to accompany your application. Also the respective consulates may call you for a personal interview, fingerprinting procedures or to furnish additional documentation in select cases.

If a country grants visa on arrival, what are the requirements?
For countries that grant visa on arrival, the following are the key requirements
-> Possession of a valid passport
-> Possession of a valid return/onward air ticket together with necessary visas/permission for entry to the next/destination countries.
-> Possession of sufficient funds (Cash, Credit Cards, Travellers Cheques, confirmed hotel bookings etc).
-> Cash for payment of fee as required & Passport sized Photographs.

What is understood by ‘Validity of a Visa’?
Visa Validity is the total period in which the visa holder can enter the country. If the visa holder fails to enter the country in that period, the visa will lapse.

What are the types of Visa?
Different types of visas are issued depending on the nature of visit. The following are the broad classification, detailed conditions varying by country and visa.
– Immigrant Visa or Permanent Visas
– Non Immigrant Visa or Temporary Visas

What are Non Immigrant Visas?
Non-immigrant visas are issued for a temporary period, after which the holder returns to the home country.
Tourist Visas, Visit Visas, short term visits, business visits etc. are all covered in this category.

Visa Application

What must be kept in mind when applying for a visa?
Most countries require advance application for visas, which can be a time consuming process. This involves filing the application at the embassy or consulate of the country. Several documents are required to accompany your application. Also the respective consulates may call you for a personal interview, fingerprinting procedures or to furnish additional documentation in select cases.

What are the documents that need to be furnished with a visa application?
Documentary Requirements for visas are specific to the countries you intend to travel and may vary. However, the following documents are generally required to be submitted:
->Valid Passport (valid at least for 6 months from the date of travel)
->Completed Application form duly signed
->Photographs as required. Specifications for photographs might be defined by the embassy of the country.
->Covering Letter from passenger stating the purpose and duration of travel.
->Covering letter from the Company stating the purpose and duration of Travel, If traveling on Business,.
->Letter from employer as proof of being a bonafide employee and stating period of leave granted, if traveling on holiday.
->Photo copy of IT Returns / Challans for the last 3 years.
->Photo Copy of Personal Bank Statement for last 3 months
->Proof of Long Terms funds – Property Papers, Fixed Deposit Statements, LIC, NSC, other investments etc.
->Proof of funds to cover journey expenses – Proof of purchase of Foreign Exchange, Photo Copies of International Credit Cards etc.
->Confirmed Return Air Tickets.
->Confirmed Hotel Booking / Tour Confirmation Vouchers.
->Invitation Letter from Foreign Host (If person traveling on Business).
->Copy of Marriage certificate for married women having maiden name mentioned in passport.
->If student traveling during vacations school / college / institution identity card is required.
->If minor traveling with any other person than parents an affidavit/NOC, letter of consent from the parent is required on Rs.20 stamp paper.

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What happens if I don’t send the suggested documents?
If you have not included the documents which are needed, the official will point this out to you. She or he will also ask you if you want to make your application, knowing that you do not have all the documents to support it. It is entirely up to you whether you go ahead with your application or not.

Why do I need to provide documents to support my application?
The immigration law says that it is up to you to satisfy the visa officer that you qualify for a visa, so it is vital that you send the correct documents with your application. If you do not send the documents needed, The centre may refuse your application without interviewing you. Where possible, please send the documents which can be checked. For example, it can be difficult to prove that a mobile phone number belongs to a particular person, whereas it is easier to prove that a landline number belongs to that person.It may not always be possible for you to provide these kinds of documents, but please be aware that it will help make the decision if you can.

What could the status be?
Once a Visa Officer has assessed your application, s/he will make the decision to either issue or refuse your visa; or invite you for an interview. This process is the same, whether you are applying for a settlement visa, or a non-settlement visa. If you are invited for interview, your name will appear on the interview list.

What will happen if my name appears on the list?
You should visit the office where you submitted your visa application, to collect an interview letter.

Passport Requirements

What are the Passport Requirements for International Travel?
To travel internationally, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your proposed date of return and you must have at least one blank page per visa for the visa stamps to be affixed / endorsed.
If your passport is not valid for six months from your proposed date of return, you must get its validity extended or apply for a new passport.
In case you do not have sufficient pages in your passport, you will need to obtain an additional booklet from the Passport Office.

Emigration Clearance

What is ECNR? How can I get an ECNR stamp on my passport?
ECNR (Emigration Clearance Not Required) is an endorsement on your passport, allowing free exit from India to all countries. If you have an ECR (Emigration Clearance Required) endorsement on your passport, you would be required to obtain temporary suspension for the period of your travel from the POE (Protector of Emigrants) office when you travel to certain countries.

Since the list of countries that fall under this category are regularly updated by the Government of India, it is recommended that you reconfirm whether the country you are traveling to, is included in the aforesaid list.

Certain categories of Indian Passport holders including all individuals who have passed SSC, aged below 18 years old, Income-Tax Payees or Residents of certain foreign countries can get the ‘Emigration Clearance Not Required’ endorsement in the passport, by submitting appropriate supporting documents along with the passport application at the passport office.

What is Emigration Clearance? What is POE Stamp?
All Indian passport holders having ECR (Emigration Clearance Required) endorsement require temporary clearance from the POE (Protector of Emigrants) office each time one travels to certain countries.

Failure to obtain the temporary clearance would result in one not being allowed to travel. Emigration clearance must be obtained in advance and is not granted at the airport

What is the procedure for obtaining Temporary Suspension from the POE office?
After obtaining the relevant visa for the country you intend to travel, you need to submit an application in the prescribed form along with a confirmed return air ticket and the appropriate fees, at the POE office. Your passport & air ticket will be stamped and returned back to you immediately.


Maldives Visa Requirements

Visitors entering the Republic of Maldives should fulfill the following requirement for the grant of an entry permit into the country.

* Possession of a valid international travel document issued by the Government of a Sovereign State.
* Possession of a valid return air ticket to a destination where the passenger has permission to enter, together with necessary visas for the onward journey to the next destination.
* Possession of minimum of US$30.00 per person per day or confirmed hotel reservation for the intended period of stay in the Maldives.

Following are exempted from this requirement.

* Diplomats
* UN Personnel
* Approved persons for employment
* Technical and other experts attached to the Government
* Those who have confirm bookings in registered tourist resort/hotels etc.
* Those sponsored by Maldivians

No prior visa is required to enter the Republic of Maldives. Entry permit will be granted to visitors on arrival at designated ports of entry, based on the immigration requirements.

Free 30 days Visa upon arrival for all visitors

Source: http://www.themaldives.com/travel/visa-requirements.html


Visa Updates

Sunday June 27th, 2010 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »
Visa Updates
Thailand
Tourists visiting Thailand between 11th May 2010 and 31st March 2011 are exempt from paying the tourist visa fee.
Croatia
From 1 April 2010 to 31 October 2010, travellers visiting Croatia for tourism purposes do not need a visa if they hold a valid Schengen Residence Permit (not a schengen tourist visa). Holders of a valid Schengen Tourist Visa arriving on cruise ships sailing out of a port in one of the Schengen states also do need a visa for tourism purposes. Indian Nationals holding a valid Schengen Tourist Visa are also exempt from a visa if they are part of a group on an organized trip and in possession of a valid travel health insurance and arriving from the Schengen area.
Jordan
From 19th November 2009, Indians do not need a visa to visit Jordan for tourism purposes. On arrival, they will be given a 2 week entry visa with a “not allowed to work in Jordan” stamp.
Mexico
From the 4th of June 2009, holders of a Permanent Residence Permit issued by the United Kingdom or one of the Schengen States, do not require a visa for a max. stay of 180 days.
France
From the 27th of April 2009, people travelling to France for tourism will have to provide a reservation confirmation issued directly by the hotel clearly stating the visa national’s full names, the dates of check-in and out, the hotel address and contact details. Bookings made via a reservation centre or travel agencies will no longer be accepted. To ensure that visa nationals comply with the legislation in regards to the reality of stay in France, controls will be made prior and after the visa has been granted.
Bahrain
Nationals of India who are attending the Formula One event (and holding proof thereof) to be held between April 24 and 26, 2009, will be able to obtain a visa on arrival for a stay of max. 14 days, free of charge. These visas can only be used between April 12 and April 26, 2009.
Chinese Taipei
From March 18th 2009, Nationals of India are visa exempt, provided holding approval from online registration and valid visa or permanent resident card from a Schengen member state, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom or U.S.A.
Russia
As of 23rd January 2009, all Russian travel visas in UK will be processed by VFS Ltd and are to be submitted there.
Italy
From 16th January 2009, visas for Italy in UK can be applied at its Visa Application Centre on 16 January 2009. This service is available to all nationals residing in the South of England and South of Wales who wish to apply for a Schengen visa only for tourism or business.
Switzerland
Switzerland has joined the Schengen visa scheme on 12th December 2008 and all Indians will need to apply for a schengen visa if visiting Switzerland for tourism purposes. If the applicant already possess a valid schengen visa issued by other schengen country then they can use it to visit Switzerland.
France
From 17th November 2008, applications of visa applicants holding a C-Visit British visa or with a British Residency valid for 6 months or less will not be processed in UK.
Belgium
Due to the high number of applications received by the Belgium Embassy, the Visa Application Centre in London will process only 60 applications per day on a first serve basis.
China
From 1st November 2008, the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre (CVASC) in UK will only accept visa applications from those who have previously arranged an appointment on-line.
Netherlands
From 15th September 2008, applications for a Schengen visa in UK can also be submitted at the Netherlands Visa Application Centre.
Ireland
From 30th June 2008, all visa applicants resident in Great Britain and Northern Ireland must apply for their visa through the online visa application service. Any applications made on old forms; original paper forms or downloaded/ photocopied versions of the new form will be returned with all supporting documents to the applicant, which will delay the application process.

Countries where indians do not need visa

Wednesday June 23rd, 2010 in Visa | Be the first to Comment »

From multiple sources, i got below information.It may help.

TANZANIA Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival.

THAILAND Visa required. Visa can be obtained on arrival (ONLY at Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Phuket, Samui Int’l, Sukhothai, Surat Thani, Utapao airports) for a stay of max. 15 days, provided: – coming for touristic purposes; AND – passport is valid at least 6 months; AND – holding onward/return ticket; AND – holding USD 250.- per person or USD 500.- per family.

TIMOR LESTE Entry Permit can be obtained on arrival for a max. stay of 30 days.

TOGO Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for max. 7 days.

TURKS & CAICOS ISL. Visa not required for a stay of max. 30 days.

TUVALU Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a stay of max. one month.

UGANDA Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival.

VANUATU Visa not required for a max. stay of 30 days.

VIRGIN ISLANDS (BRITISH) Visa not required for a stay of max. 30 days

ALBANIA Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival if holding confirmation from Albanian Ministry of Interior stating that visa will be available on arrival. Confirmation must be obtained before departure to Albania.

AZERBAIJAN Visa required, which can be issued on arrival for a max. stay of 30 days. An invitation is not necessary but it is recommended to hold a document that shows the purpose of the visit. Visa is only valid for the cities listed in the visa.

BAHRAIN If travelling for business purposes visa can be obtained on arrival, but this is subject to Immigration evaluation.

BERMUDA Visa not required. Bermuda Immigration officers will decide on max. period of stay (up to 6 months) depending on reason for travel. Stays exceeding 6 months require application for residency in person.

CAMBODIA Visa required. However, visa can be obtained on arrival, if coming for: – touristic purposes for a stay of max. 1 month. – business purposes for a stay of max. 1 month.

CAMEROON Visa required. Visa on arrival can only be issued to those holding a prior approval from Le Diligue General de L’Immigration.

CANADA Visa required. If entering from the U.S.A. with a used single entry visa, the visitor may re-enter without obtaining a new Canadian visa, provided the I-94 from the U.S.A. and the Canadian port stamps are still valid.

CAPE VERDE ISLANDS Visa not required if: – Passenger was a former national of Cape Verde Isl., incl. wife, husband or children provided holding proof thereof; – travelling as tourist in organized group and holding Certificado Colectivo de Identidade et Viagem (no limit for number of tourists). Individual passengers coming from countries where no diplomatic representation of Cape Verde is established may obtain visa on arrival.

COOK ISLANDS If visit is solely for touristic purposes visa not required for a stay of max. 31 days. If visit is for business purposes (which may include acting for or on behalf of a person/firm established outside Cook Islands) visa required (which can be issued on arrival), for a stay of max. 21 days.

COSTA RICA Visa not required for a stay of 30 days.

CUBA Visa required. If coming for touristic purposes and holding Tourist Card (”Tarjeta del Turista”): visa not required.

DJIBOUTI Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival provided holding return ticket, for a max. stay of 1 month.

DOMINICA Visa not required for stay of max. 21 days.

ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES Visa not required for a max. stay of 1 month.

TANZANIA Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival.

THAILAND Visa required. Visa can be obtained on arrival (ONLY at Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Phuket, Samui Int’l, Sukhothai, Surat Thani, Utapao airports) for a stay of max. 15 days, provided: – coming for touristic purposes; AND – passport is valid at least 6 months; AND – holding onward/return ticket; AND – holding USD 250.- per person or USD 500.- per family.

TIMOR LESTE Entry Permit can be obtained on arrival for a max. stay of 30 days.

TOGO Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for max. 7 days.

UGANDA Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival.

VANUATU Visa not required for a max. stay of 30 days.

BHUTAN Visa not required for a max. stay of 2 weeks, provided permit is issued upon arrival by Immigration Department.

BURUNDI Visa required. However, visa can be obtained on arrival, if no diplomatic representation of Burundi is located in country of origin.

VIRGIN ISLANDS (BRITISH) Visa not required for a stay of max. 30 days

EGYPT Visa required. However, a 14 days visa -free of charge- can be obtained on arrival, if entering Egypt via South Sinai (through Sant Katherine, Sharm El Sheik or Taba airports), provided: – remaining in South Sinai resorts; and – not continuing to any other city in Egypt.

ERITREA Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a stay of max. 1 month (renewable for another 2 months), provided request has been made by sponsor to Eritrea Immigration at least 48 hours before arrival.

ETHIOPIA Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a max. stay of 3 months if attending African Union meetings and holding official letters pertaining to the travel. In some other cases visa can also be obtained if coming for business purposes.

FIJI Visa not required. On arrival a visitor’s permit can be obtained for a stay of max. 4 months.

GEORGIA Visa required. Visa (of various types and length of stays) can be obtained on arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Visa Dept. at the airport. However, one months notice of arrival is required.

GIBRALTAR Visa required. However, if holding: – a multiple entry visa (valid for at least 1 year) to the United Kingdom; OR – a passport endorsed “Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode in the United Kingdom” visa not required.

GRENADA Visa not required for a stay of max. 3 months.

GUAM If arriving directly from U.S. Mainland, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands, no entry documents required due to no immigration control.

GUINEA-BISSAU Visa required. If arriving from a country without representation of Guinea-Bissau, visa applications by letter to be made 14 days prior to arrival to: Comissariado de Estado da Seguranca Nacional e Ordem Publica da Republica da Guinea-Bissau (State Directorate of National Security and Public order of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau). The visa will then be available at the airport of Guinea-Bissau.

HAITI Visa not required for a stay of max. 3 months.

HONG KONG Visa not required for stay of max. 14 days.

TURKS & CAICOS ISL. Visa not required for a stay of max. 30 days.

TUVALU Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a stay of max. one month.

INDONESIA Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a max. stay of 30 days provided: – passport contains at least one unused visa page for the visa-on-arrival sticker, which covers entire passport page; AND – holding ticket and other documents for return/onward journey.

IRAN Visa required. However, it can be issued on arrival provided: – coming for tourist purposes only for a max. stay of 7 days; OR – passenger has been introduced by means of a letter from valid organization or government at least two days prior to arrival, for a max. stay of 72 hours.

ISRAEL Visa required. However, if travelling in a group of 10 or more passengers and holding prior approval from Ministry of Interior visa can be obtained on arrival.

JAMAICA Visa not required, for a max. stay of 14 days.

KAZAKHSTAN Visa required. A visa can be issued on arrival at Almaty/Astana airports (provided pre-arranged and approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan) for both private and business purposes, for a stay of max. one month.

KENYA Visa required. It is possible for a visa for a max. stay of 3 months to be issued on arrival. However, this will cause considerable delay.

KOREA (REPUBLIC) Visa required. However, visa not required for a stay of max. 30 days provided: A. holding visa for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or U.S.A. and travelling to or from these countries; OR B. having visited Korea (Rep.) 4 times within the last 2 years or 10 times or more in total.

KUWAIT Visa required. However, visa can be obtained on arrival if coming for vacation or leisure for a stay of max. 1 month, provided: – having sponsor in Kuwait holding the original visa; and – holding confirmation from transporting airline that visa is available on arrival.

KYRGYZSTAN Visa required. Visa can be issued on arrival for a stay of max. one month when coming from: – countries with Kyrgyzstan representation, provided holding confirmation from Kyrgyzstan authorities; – countries without Kyrgyzstan representation, provided a sponsor can announce the passenger(s) to the authorities.

LEBANON Visa can be obtained on arrival under certain conditions to: – businessmen and other top professionals residing in a GCC member country (see TIRGL/GCC ); OR – businessmen with prior approval from Lebanese Immigration; OR – tourist groups.

LIBERIA Visa required. If arriving from a country without diplomatic representation of Liberia: visa issue on arrival possible if holding telex confirmation from the station manager of delivering airline.

MACAO Visa not required for a stay of max. 30 days.

MADAGASCAR Visa required. A 90 days visa can be obtained on arrival.

MALAYSIA Visa required. However, if coming for touristic purposes, visa can be obtained on arrival, for a max. stay of 30 days.

MALDIVES Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for: 1. a max. stay of 30 days, provided holding: – hotel confirmation; and – sufficient funds to cover stay; and – onward/return ticket for next destination.; OR 2. a stay of more than 30 days, to a max. stay of 90 days, provided passenger has: – a local sponsor, who must inform Immigration at Male at least 1 day prior to passengers arrival; and – onward/return ticket for next destination.

NEPAL Visa not required.

NIUE Visa not required for a stay up to 30 days provided holding: – confirmed return/onward ticket; AND – documents required for return/onward journey; AND – sufficient funds.

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS Visa required. However, if holding U.S. entry visa, visa not required for a max. stay of 30 days, provided U.S. visa: – is valid for 60 days from entry date into CNMI; AND – allows re-entry back into the U.S.A. on departure.

PALAU ISLANDS Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a stay of max. 30 days.

PUERTO RICO If arriving directly from Mainland U.S.A., Alaska, Guam, Hawaii or U.S. Virgin Islands no entry documents required due to no immigration control.

QATAR Visa required. The following visas can be obtained on arrival: – 14 day tourist visa, provided application submitted to airport immigration at least 24 hours before arrival by any of the registered hotels in Doha. Passenger must also hold proof of confirmed hotel reservation and at least USD 1,400.- or any major credit card; OR – 7 day business visa can be issued at Doha airport provided notification received at least 48 hours prior to arrival.

SAMOA Visa not required if holding a visitor’s permit, which can be obtained on arrival for a stay of max. 60 days.

SAO TOME & PRINCIPE Visa required. Visa may only be granted on arrival provided prior arrangements have been made by transporting carrier up to 24 hours prior to flight departure. Max. stay of one month allowed.

SEYCHELLES Visa not required as Visitor’s Permit for 1 month (depends on validity of ticket) will be issued on arrival provided holding: – onward/return ticket or otherwise ticket must be purchased on arrival; AND – sufficient funds (USD 150.- per day) and proof of accommodation during stay.

SIERRA LEONE Visa required. However, visa on arrival is also possible under following conditions: – no diplomatic representation of Sierra Leone at point of origin; AND – sponsor or contact person in Sierra Leone should arrange Landing Permit with the Principal Immigration Officer. Details of such Landing Permit should be given to the Station Manager of transporting airline at least 48 hours prior to arrival.

SRI LANKA Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival for a touristic stay of max. 30 days.

ST. KITTS-NEVIS Visa not required for a stay of max. 3 months.

MAURITIUS Visa not required for a max. stay of 15 days for touristic purposes only.

MICRONESIA Visa not required for a stay of max. 30 days, provided coming for touristic or visitor purposes.

MOLDOVA Visa required, which can be obtained on arrival at Chisinau Airport provided: – arriving from a country without diplomatic representation of Moldova.

MONTSERRAT Visa not required for a max. stay of: – 3 months, provided travelling with passport; – 14 days when travelling with other documents.

MOZAMBIQUE Visa required. However, if coming for touristic or business purposes, visa can be obtained on arrival (at airport only).

ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
Visa not required for a max. stay of 1 month.

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