Process of Obtaining A Schengen Visa

 

If you’re planning a trip to Europe, congrats! You’re about to have the time of your life. However you need to take care of some paperwork before you can embark on your adventure, most importantly your passport and visa.

 

26 countries in Europe allow you to travel with one common visa- the Schengen visa. These countries are 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, and Switzerland

 

You can travel to one or more of these states with a Schengen visa obtained from the embassy of any one of these states.

 

In this article, I will take you through the process of obtaining a Schengen visa for your travel to Europe.

 

Firstly, if you’re travelling to multiple destinations, you need to decide which consulate you will be applying to. Ordinarily, it is advised that you apply to the consulate or embassy of the country in which you will be spending the most time. If this is undecided or the number of days is equal, apply to the country in which you will be landing first.

 

It is advisable to apply for your visa at least three weeks before your trip but no more than 3 months prior. Book an appointment with the VFS office, either online or via a phone call, sufficiently in advance (about a week before you want the appointment)

 

The next leg of the application process can be a little tiresome, but with the following checklist in mind, you should be good to go. Always make sure you have two sets of all the necessary documents- one file containing the originals, and another containing photocopies. Make handwritten checklists of the document list that you find at the end of this blog, and on the VFS website.

 

1. A valid passport – Issued within the last 10 years and with at least 3 months validity after your scheduled return. It must have at least two blank pages.

 

2. Two passport size photos according to the embassy specifications, taken not more than 6 months ago. The photo must be against a light (preferably white) backdrop. The photo must be 35 mm in length and 45 mm in height. Your face must be fully visible, from the bottom of the chin up to the hairline, and the size of the face should be between 32 and 36 mm.

 

3. A No-objection certificate (NOC) from your school or university (for students) or a leave letter from your company- clearly stating your designation and leave dates as well as the date on which you return to work.

 

4. Proof of financial status – Salary slips of the last three month, in order to prove that you can afford the trip. Certificate of proprietorship will suffice if you are self employed.

 

5. Income Tax Return (ITR) form or form 16 ((Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary) for three years. If you do not file an ITR you will need to submit an ITR of the person who is gifting the trip to you.

 

6. Bank statement of the last six months to prove sufficient funds. It is   recommended that you have a minimum of Rs 1.5 lacs per person in your account as closing balance

 

7. Proof of accommodation  for the entire duration of your stay in the Schengen area. If staying with friends or relatives for the whole or part of your trip, please check with VFS for documents required based on the country you are applying to – usually their passport and letter of invitation will suffice, but we strongly recommended checking with VFS before hand.

 

8. Flight tickets both to and from the Schengen area.

 

9. Travel insurance which you can buy online. The travel insurance must be valid for 30 days from your trip start date. Also, the sum insured must be a minimum of Euro 30,000.00 for hospitalization and must cover emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains.

 

10. One copy of your passport’s data page Print the first two pages and last two pages of your passport in an A4 size paper.

 

11. Proof of residence – You are required to apply for your visa in the region in which you have been residing for the 6 months prior to applying for the visa. If it so happens that the region in which you are currently residing, and from which you are applying for your visa is not the same as the address mentioned in your passport, you will have to provide proof of residence in the form of an official document- such as your rent agreement or a utility bill (electricity or water or phone bill)

 

12. Application form – This can be downloaded from the VFS office of the respective country, and must be duly filled.

 

13. Cover Letter A letter addressed to the consulate to which you are applying. It must elaborate upon the following details

Purpose of visit (tourism, visiting friends or family)

Detailed itinerary, If you have a sponsor

Explain your personal relationship with your sponsor and the reason why they will be   sponsoring your trip

If you cannot submit any of the required documents, write about the reasons why you cannot submit and explain alternative documents that you may have submitted

You can also mention the reasons why you will not overstay the visa period (employment, personal assets, etc.), explain your rootedness to the country

 

   14.  VFS appointment letter.

Once you have made an appointment, show up to the VFS office 15 minutes before your appointed time. Ensure you have photocopies and originals of all documents and a printout of your VFS appointment letter. Once you have cleared security, you will be issued a token number. After this, you will have to submit your documents when your token number is called. If your documents are in order, they will give you a receipt to make the payment. The payment desks are in the same area, and you have to pay around Euro 60 per application + VFS service fees ,so ensure you carry a sufficient amount. Payment can be made via cash, card or DD.
Once  you come completed the payment, show your paid receipt at the counter where you submitted documents. You will be issued a tracking number and taken to the biometric room where your fingerprints will be recorded.

This is the complete process at the VFS office. You can track the status of your visa application on the VFS website. Once it has been processed you can collect your passport from the same office. The post document submission process usually takes around 15 days.

 

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—Meenakshi Kumar

An avid traveller who is a voracious reader!

Best Countries for Indians to Explore with Visa on Arrival  

We often desire to explore places around the World but stand back because of the hassle involved in the process of getting a Visa. Well, how about visiting places that provide on arrival visa for Indian citizens? Sounds good, doesn’t it? An Indian Passport is powerful enough to grant you an entry, one just needs tickets to fly.

Destinations today are more accessible to tourists than they were before and with these countries that provide Indians with a Visa on Arrival, either for a small price or for free or even over the internet for that matter, life couldn’t have gotten better. Here are the details of few countries. Just pick yours and get ready to take off!

Nepal

 

Nepal, Home to the birthplace of Buddha and the highest mountain peak in the world, Nepal is a delightfully mysterious country that has always intrigued tourists. Its monasteries, yaks and tales of the abominable Yeti will enchant you all the more.

Visa: Owing to the Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship, Indian citizens do not require a visa to enter Nepal. All they need is a valid Indian passport and other bona fide photo identity issued by the Government of India. Nepal is in fact the most popular visa free country for Indians.

Getting There: Several direct and relatively short flights from major Indian cities fly to Kathmandu. Alternatively, it is possible to travel by train or bus from Delhi/Varanasi or Kolkata. The journey, however, is a lot longer.

Best Time to Visit: September to November.

Places of Interest:  Nepal is nothing short of a pilgrimage especially considering the presence of the Boudhanath and Swayambhunath Stupa and the Pashupatinath Temple. The Durbar Square in Kathmandu stands gracefully despite the extensive damage inflicted upon it by the earthquake of 2015 and deserves a visit. Moreover, the Everest Mountain Flight is another essential apart from the relaxed getaways to Pokhara and Nagarkot.

 

Where to go:

 

Kathmandu:Explore the capital city of Kathmandu that is home to beautiful valleys and sites such as Durbar Square, Swambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, it is actually a place where you find the union of two different religions- Hinduism and Buddhism.

Pokhara:Pokhara has an eye-soothing view, and is well known for Phewa Lake where tourists get an opportunity to boat around the lake embraced in scenic beauty. Pokhara is also the gateway to Annapurna Circuit- a popular trail of the great Himalays.

Nagarkot:Nagarkot is a well- known and beautiful valley popular among the tourists as it has the best spots to view “the top of the world”- Mt. Everest. It is a lifetime opportunity to watch the world’s  most beautiful sunrise and sunsets here.

 

 

Panoramic view of Himalayas from Nepal

 

Bhutan

 

Bhutan–The Land of the Thunder Dragon is as humble as it is mighty. With a stunning landscape coupled with a rich and fascinating culture, Bhutan is the mother of all destinations offering Indians a Visa on Arrival. India’s neighbour provides a great time for those who wish to have an enchanting and inexpensive holiday experience.

Visa: Indian nationals do not need a visa to enter Bhutan. A passport or any other valid identity proof is sufficient.

Best Time to Visit: October to December.

Getting There: Indians can reach Bhutan both by land or air. There are a number of inexpensive direct flights for those who intend to reach early. If you wish to take the road, you have to go via Siliguri to the Jaigaon border and then into Phuentsholing. Permits may be needed for visiting certain places in Bhutan.

Places to visit: Bhutan’s monasteries, especially Tiger’s Nest, are worth all the time in the world. The Punakha and Thimpu Dzong along with The Buddha Dordenma are examples of the strong architectural and religious presence in the kingdom. The icing on the cake is the cuisine which is both rich and healthy.

 

Where to go:

 

Paro: Paro is a beautiful valley of Bhutan, and is a route to reach the major attractions of the country. Through Paro, one can reach the world-famous  Tiger’s Nest Monastery- the most popular and unique  monastery of the country, and other popular attractions such as Rinpung Dzong, Chele La Pass and Haa Valley.

Thimpu: The capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu has the largest population, and is also connected to other beautiful valleys. When in Thimpu, visit Tamchong Lakhang, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Takin Sanctuary- where you can see Bhutan’s National animal.

Punakha: Punakha valley is most famous for the Punakha Dzong situated at the junction of river Pho Chu and Mo Chu. Also there is Chimmi Lakhang- a famous temple, and the longest bridge of Bhutan known as the Suspension Bridge.

The iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery

 

Maldives

 

Maldives grants  Visa on arrival for Indians, and is truly a heaven for beach lovers. With extremely beautiful beaches, resorts, hotels and spas, it is surely an ideal holiday destination.

 

Where to go:

 

Male:The capital city of Maldives, Male has a lively city life along with beautiful beaches and architectures to see. When in Male, roam around the city and visit Islamic Centre, National Museum, Male Friday Mosque, and the renouned Male Fish Market. One can stay in the luxurious private resorts to experience the best of Male.

Hulhumale in Maldives:

Hulhumale is all about turquoise beaches that are breathtakingly beautiful, busy streets and beautiful resorts near the beach where you can feel the sea all day long.

Maafushi in Maldives:

Maafushi is one of the biggest islands of Maldives and can be reached from Male through Villingili Ferry Terminal. Once you reach Maafushi you can visit the popular beaches such as Bikini Beach, Public Beach, Coral Beach and so on, and opt for water sports such as Snorkeling, Scuba Diving.

Maldives and its serenity

 

 

Mauritius

Mauritius doesn’t require any visa for Indian National, and hence you are free to enjoy your trip for as many days as you want. Mauritius is an utterly beautiful island nation that has numerous places for you to visit.

 

Where to go:

 

Port Louis in Mauritius:

Port Louis is the Capital of Mauritius and holds the evidence of its Colonialised History With French and English. Port Louis has popular Forts, Museums, a Central Market  and the secondlargest horce racing course in the world.

West and Southwest Mauritius:

West and Southwest of Mauritius include many attractions such as- Chamarel and Chamarel Waterfall, Black River Georges National Park, Le Morne and Morne Brabant.

North Mauritius:

The North Trip includes- Pamplemousses, Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux.

South and Southeast Mauritius:

South and Southwest have must visits such as- Mahebourg, Gris Gris and Souillac.

Also one can take a Catamaran ride to the Ile Aux Cerfs islands that are indeed heavenly.

Mauritius

Hong Kong

Hong Kong asks no visa for 14 days from  Indian National, and hence you are free to go anywhere you want. Enjoy your trip in this joyous and vibrant land, and get lost among the metropolitan city and its planning that are highly modernized.

 

Where to go:

 

Hong Kong Island:

The central place of the island includes the metropolitan city with many tourist spots. Among the famous spots, VictoriaPeak is the most popular one as it provides a panoramic view of the city along with the most beautiful sunrise and sunsets.

Kowloon in Hong Kong:

 Kowloon is an ancient city of Hong Kong reflecting its history. The Kowloon Walled City is a famous park that reflects the ruins of the civilization along with the blend of Chinese Gardens.

Other Territories in Hong Kong:

Other Territories in Hong Kong include other famous spots such as the Big Buddha, Chi Lin Nunnery, Ten Thousand Buddhas and so on.

Hong Kong

Jordan

For Indians, Jordan provides the visa on arrival. A beautiful country that is all about desserts, Camel rides, and wonders carved out of sandstones. Jordan is an ideal place for people who love History, architectures and safaris.

 

Where to go:

 

Amman in Jordan:

Amman is a beautiful city, and exploring it would be such a delight! This city is popular for its stunning views, Roman Theatre and mesmerizing sunsets to admire from the citadel.

Jerash in Jordon:

Jerash is all about temples, ruins of ancient buildings, plazas, amphitheatres and so on. It is a place holding on to its history.

Petra City in Jordan:

Petra is a world famous site recognized by UNESCO World Heritage, and is included in the Wonders of the World. Petra is one of its kind revealing the excellence of man-made carvings from huge sandstones. Petra has impressive tombs and monasteries that are bound to leave an impression.

Petra in Jordan

Cambodia

Cambodia is a widely famous tourist destination, and has plethora of places for you to visit. Mostly famous for its age-old temples, rice and paddy fields, culture shows and authentic cuisines, Cambodia is an amazing place to visit. The Kingdom of Cambodia is a tryst with the Gods and a heart-breaking historical journey rolled into one. Despite being greatly underdeveloped, it is an alluring country with the nicest people you will ever meet.

Visa: Cambodia is one of the few countries offering visa on arrival for Indians. All you have to do is pay 20 USD as soon as you get there. Your visa will be valid for 3 months and will allow you a 30-day stay in the country. You should also have a valid passport, a recent photograph of yours, a confirmed return ticket and your bank statements.

Getting There: Cambodia has two international airports, the Siem Reap International Airport in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh International Airport in the capital. While it has no national airline carrier, regular flights from Bangkok can take you to the two cities. Moreover, most Indian metropolises have direct flights to Bangkok and you should book your tickets in advance for the best prices.

Best Time to Visit: November to May.

Places of Interest: Discover your spiritual self at the Angkor Wat and Bayon. Explore the world of Lara Croft at the Ta Prohm temple. Pay homage to the victims of perhaps the worst pogrom known to mankind at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek. Cap it all off by getting a taste of luxury at the Royal Palace.

 

Where to go:

 

Phnom Penh in Cambodia:

The capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh (pronounced as NaamPen) resides beside the rivers  Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap. Phnom Penh has numerous historical architectures, and also reflects its history of FrenchColonialism through its buildings.

Siem Reap in Cambodia:

Siem Reap is the gateway to the world famous and one of the oldest temple of the world- AngkorWat. Built during the Khmer Empire, Angkor Wat holds a rich history of its kings and dynasties that are evident even to the modern world.

Sihanoukville in Cambodia:

 Sihanoukville is easy to get through from Siem Reap. This place is all about beautiful, luxurious resorts and less crowded beaches. Its famous beaches include- Victory Beach, Otres Beach, Sokha Beach and so on.

 

 

View of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Bolivia

While visiting Bolivia, the Indian Nationals are provided with Visa on Arrival.  A South American country, Bolivia is a beautiful land comprising of small mountains and of course the largest navigable river of the world- Titicaca. Bolivia is a paradise for food lovers and culture aficionados. Right from its coffee to its indigenous people, its dangerous roads to its many birds and snakes, the country is a thorough roller-coaster ride.

Visa: Indian nationals with an invitation letter from Bolivia can get a Visa on Arrival that is valid for 90 days. The fee could be around 100USD. Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months and a recent photograph is imperative too.

Getting There: Flights from India to the city of La Paz can have up to 3 stops right from London to Miami, Amsterdam to Sao Paulo. Tickets need to be booked a lot in advance and the journey usually is more than 24 hours.

Best Time to Visit: May to October.

Places of Interest: Bolivia is almost synonymous with the breath-taking Salar De Uyuni and rightly so. However, one must not forget that the country also has the majestic Lake Titicaca and Copacabana town. The city of La Paz with its Plaza Murillo, Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, the Witches Market and the cobbled streets of Calle Jaen is quite a draw as well.

 

Where to go:

 

Copacabana in Bolivia:

 Copacabana is a well- visited tourist destination in Bolivia, and the point from where one can admire the grand basin of Titicaca. The town of Copacabana is often crowded and joyful, and has plenty of Cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy along with its chilled evenings.

La Paz in Bolivia:

La Paz is a large city encompassed by the snow-tipped mountains of Altiplano. Explore the city of La Paz that is ideal for drinking, food, beautiful sites, and so on.

Rurrenabaque in Bolivia:

Rurrenabaque is an ideal place from which you can visit the AmazonBasin and won’t have to visit Brazil for setting your Amazon Journey.

Cochabamba in Bolivia:

Is a beautiful city most popular for the Jesus Statue that is the largest in the South America. There are also many museums and other sites to pay visit to. One can simply admire the view of Cochabamba as it is embraced in small mountains.

Sucre in Bolivia:

Constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre is an old city brimming in history and culture. With plethora of colourful buildings and vibrant street life, one must surely wander this city to learn amazing facts that it holds.

 

Copacabana, Bolivia

 

Thailand

Thailand has the facility of Visa on arrival for Indians. It is truly a beautiful country full of rich culture and beauty- both architectural and scenic. Thailand is basically a country on steroids with its glittering high-rises, golden temples, splendid beaches, a thumping nightlife and secret islands. It is an exotic paradise like no other and the number of budget options it has to offer makes it one of the most sought after destinations in the world.

Visa: Thailand grants Indian citizens a Visa on Arrival for a maximum of 15 days. The only prerequisites are a payment of approx 3200/-, a valid passport and confirmed return tickets.

Getting There: Regular direct flights connect Indian cities to Bangkok, the Thai capital. The journey is anything between 2-4 hours and tickets come cheap.

Best Time to Visit: November to April.

Places of Interest: Discover the magnificence of the Golden Buddha and the Grand Palace. Shop till you drop at Chatuchak Weekend Market and have truckloads of fun at Safari World. Dance the night away at the Walking Street in Pattaya and sip a cocktail or two on the beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui. The list of things to do in Thailand never really ends.

 

Where to Go

 

Bangkok in Thailand:

The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is all about vibrant street life and ornate shrines. The Grand Palace of Bangkok is a must visit which is truly majestic and captivating. Also visit the other famous sites such as Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and Wat Arun temples that are an authentic example of Buddhist artistry and architecture.

Pattaya in Thailand:

Pattaya is mostly about beaches as it is situated on the Eastern Gulf Coast. When you visit Pattaya, don’t forget to visit the Truth of Sanctuary temple as it has an unique body carved out of wood.

Phuket in Thailnad:

Phuket has mesmerizing beaches such as Bang Tao Beach  along with small islands, among which Koh Phi Phi and Phang Nga are popular among tourists.

 

Thailand

Sri Lanka

Srilanka, with its delectable cuisine, breath-taking beaches and tea plantations, is one of the most memorable trysts with nature. Its colonial past shines through its estates and ruins and its wonderfully intricate temples tell tales of the past. Sri Lanka is like a soothing balm and will keep you coming back for more.

Visa: Indians need an Electronic Travel Authorisation upon entering Sri Lanka and it is valid for 30 days. The fees must be paid in USD and you need sufficient funds and a return ticket.

Getting There: Several direct, short and inexpensive flights connect Indian cities to Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital.

Best Time to Visit: December to March and May to September. Greatly depends upon regional factors.

Places of interest: Right from some cheap shopping opportunities and bountiful natural beauty to a fascinating architecture that throws light on its heritage, Sri Lanka is a gem for travellers. Explore Adam’s Peak and get in touch with your spiritual side at the Temple of the Tooth. Discover the Citadel of Sigiriya and hike up to the Ella Rock. Immerse yourself in the many museums of Colombo and cosy up with a book amidst the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya.

 

Where to go:

 

Colombo in Sri Lanka:

The capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo has plenty of places popular with tourists among which Gangaramaya Temple, Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, National Museum and Viharamahadevi Park are must visits.

Ella in Sri Lanka:

Ella is a small village situated on the highlands of Sri Lanka, and has Tea Estates, Waterfalls, Mountains and a breathtaking view. The train ride from Kandy to Ella is among the most beautiful and scenic rides of the country.

Kandy in Sri Lanka:

Kandy is mostly popular for its sacred buddhist sites and Kandy Lake. The most popular attraction include the TempleofTooth and the Royal Palace of Kandy.

Sigiriya in Sri Lanka:

Sigiriya is famous for its centuries old Rock Fortress situated at the top of Sigiriya Cliff.

Sri Lanka

Bali

Bali has a facility of Visa on arrival for Indians that is valid for the next 30 days. Bali is all about beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, exotic spas, and old Temples depicting the Indonesian Culture.

 

Where to go:

 

Ubud in Bali:

Ubud is one of the first place one must visit while travelling to Bali. Not only it is the place of temples, paddy fields but also has luxurious resorts and spas. While visiting Ubud, don’t miss out the TegenunganWaterfall, Campuhan Ridge Walk, rafting along Ayung River, and lastly Ubud Market.

Uluwatu in Bali:

An ideal place for beach lovers, Uluwatu is all about beautiful beaches, greenery and Balinese culture. Visit the Uluwatu Beach, Nusa Dua Beach and Garuda Wisnu Kencena National Park to get the best of this place.

Seminyak in Bali:

A tourist friendly spot, Seminyak has crowded beaches where you can drink and relax, some Balinese Temples and Markets. SeminyakBeach is the major attraction of this place along with Petitenget Temple.

Bali

 

Vietnam

If you have your Indian Passport with you, Vietnam provides Visa on arrival.

 

Where to go:

 

Hanoi in Vietnam:

Hanoi is popular for Old Quarter, Ho Chin Minh’s Mausoleum, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda.

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam:

 Ha Long Bay is another popular spot among tourists and can be reached from Hanoi. Ha Long Bay has amazing view, and is ideal for spending the day on a ship and discovering various caves and islets along with some water activities.

Nha Trang in Vietnam:

Nha Trang is all about old pagodas holding the Vietnamese culture for centuries. Among many pagodas, Long Son Pagoda is one of the most popular one.

Ho Chin Minh City in Vietnam:

Ho Chin Minh City is the largest city of Vietnam and has vibrant, busy streets along with many places to visit such as- War Remnants Museum, Former Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Post Office and Ben Tanh Market which has a fame for collective Souvenirs.

Vietnam at night

Seychelles

Seychelles is like a beautiful poetry written on a piece of paper. With its pristine rain-forests and hidden beaches, it is a gift to mankind. An archipelago of 115 islands, it t is easily one of the most soothing destinations in Africa.

Visa:

Seychelles offers a Visitors Permit On Arrival for Indians free of charge for a period of 3 months if you have adequate funds and a return ticket. If you feel like you can’t get enough of the island, you can further extend your stay for a period of 3 months upto a maximum stay of 12 months from the date of issue. You would have to pay around 5000 SCR for the same.

 

How to get there:

There is a non-stop 4 hour long flight from Mumbai to Mahe in Seychelles and you can get a great deal upon booking in advance. Other flights usually go via Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

Best Time to Visit: April to May and October to November.

Places of interest

Seychelles is all about the islands and beaches. Some notable names are Anse Georgette, Anse Lazio, Anse Source D’Argent, Curieuse Island, Coco Island and Petite Anse. The Valle de Mai Nature Reserve along with Morne Blanc collectively add to its charm.

 

Where to go:

 

Mahe in Seychelles:

Mahe is the largest island in Seychelles and is home to the only international airport along with stunning beaches. While staying in Mahe one must explore the capital city of Victoria, along with the popular beaches such as Beau Vallon Beach, Baie Lazare Beach and so on. One must opt for hiking at the Morne Seychellois Natioanl Park.

Praslin in Seychelles:

Praslin is another beautiful island of Seychelles and can be reached by a ferry from Mahe. The major attractions include the Vallede Mai National Park recognised by UNESCO, where you get to the the Coco demer palms– only found in Seychelles and is the world’s largest and heaviest seed. There’s also a popular white sand beach known as AnseLazio.

La Digue in Seychelles:

La Digue is another small island of Seychelles, and can be reached by a short ferry ride from Praslin. La Digue is mostly popular for realxed beaches such as the Grand Anse and many others.

Seychelles

So, no worries about Visas. Pack your bags and fly to your favourite destinations just with your Passports.

—Sampurna Chakrabory

A prolific writer and a travel buff!

VISA Guide to Iran

 

  1. Visa on Arrival:

“As per directive issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indian travelers can now obtain visas on arrival in all 12 international airports in Iran.

Nationals of all countries, except for those from Colombia, Somalia, USA, UK, Canada, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, holding valid ordinary passports and wishing to visit Iran’s mainland, can obtain a 30-day visa upon arrival in international airports.

As per the directive, before leaving India, the visitor should take a tracking code from the Iran Embassy e-visa system on their website and submit the required details . On arrival in Iran,the applicant will need to pay visa fees and get the Visa on arrival.

Iran’s international airports include Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport and airports located in cities of Mashhad, Shiraz, Isfahan, Tabriz, Ahvaz, Kish, Qeshm, Kerman, Uremia, Bandar Abbas and Bushehr.

  1. Visa process from India

The website of BLS Iran Visa Application Center, New Delhi, India  provides information on procedures applicable for Tourist, Student & pilgrimage categories of visas for Iran to the residents of India.

BLS International Services Ltd. has been authorized by the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran, in New Delhi, India to accept visa applications from Indian Nationals residing in India on its behalf.

Now Indian Nationals residing in India can apply for an Iranian visa at the BLS Iran Visa Application Center, New Delhi.

This site provides the applicants with all the information about the visa types and the procedure to apply for an Iranian visa from BLS Iran visa application center.

Tourist visa is issued for foreign nationals who are interested to travel to Iran individually or with a group for the purpose of visiting Iran or their relatives.

Required Documents:-

  1. Original Passport Minimum Validity six months
  2. Approval for the visa from Ministry of Foreign Affair Tehran.( Visa Grant Notice)
  3. Typed Visa Application form completed and signed
  4. Two latest passport size colored photographs with background
  5. Air ticket itinerary

Processing time – 6 to 7 working days.

Visa fee And Service Charges – Rs. 6500/ Passport

BLS Courier charges is Rs.500/

PHOTOGRAPH SPECIFICATIONS

  1. Applicant’s latest (not more than six months old) color photograph
  2. White background
  3. Size 35 X 45 mm

Note: Scanned photographs are not allowed

WHERE TO APPLY

You can reach to them at

Visa Processing Services

BLS International Services ltd.
912, Indraprakash Bldg., Barakhamba Road
Connaught Place, New Delhi

Landmark: Barakhamba Metro Station

Email: infoiranvisa@blsgroup.in
Website: www.blsinternational.com
Phone Number: 011 23716531 / +91-8448790440

Timings for applications Submission: – 10.00 am to 5:00 pm Monday – Friday (Except holidays)

Timings for collections of passports: – 10:00 am to 5.00 pm Monday – Friday (Except holidays)

 

Happy Journey!

 

Please note: Visa requirements keep changing for every country. This findings were the latest at the time of publishing this post.