Traveling and Visas

March 12, 2018Niry Fidelis

Do I need a Visa?Indian Visa

Most of the countries put down their
barriers and do not require entering visa and this obviously made traveling
The procedures for obtaining a visa were once
complicated, time consuming and expensive and many people during the earlier
stages of tourism tended to travel in the visa free countries in order to avoid
some expenses or to avoid wasting time on going to one embassy to another.
Visas were not only an income for a country but especially it was a way to
check previously people’s entrances and

Slowly some
countries adopted some changes in the field of tourism and thanks to these
changes travelling has become at people’s fingertips so people started to travel
often. This travelling often however allowed the nations to recover widely the amount
of visas because the more people enter in a state, the more money circulates in
the country
. On the other side the volumetric calculation couldn’t be done
previously but only upon arrivals and departures so some states started to
issue electronic visas which are done easily online for purely symbolic prices.
In the third world countries, this topic has a slower evolution: some has
started to issue it at the destination airport asking tourist to pay upon
arrival meanwhile some others has abolished the visa to take advantage from
tourism but some other countries are still on the initial stage, means
they still ask too much money to issue an entry permit. India is certainly among  them. For Italian passport holders, a
t this moment there are 3 ways to obtain the Indian

1.     THE WORST: The sticker one with photo for € 98.00. It
takes days or weeks to b released.

2.     THE PRACTICAL: The electronic one given online within
72 hours for € 42.00. Electronic visas are valid for landing in certain cities so before buying the flight ticket you better check out the list with the embassy.

3.     THE EASIEST: The electronic one given by any of the
travel agencies for € 95.00 (more or less). It is same like the number 2 with
the only difference that the travel agency will do all the procedures for you.

 You can’t enter into India without a valid
visa obtained previously so beside the cost of the ticket you must spend extra money for all the visa procedures. As a frequent
traveller to India I see in each of my trip people going back home from the
airport because they were not informed or they didn’t know about this important
detail and they bought the flight tickets without having the proper permission
to enter into India. Why they did so? Because it seemed so normal to do so,
because this is how they used to do for other countries. There is no way to
check-in if you haven’t obtained the regular visa before, in other words you will not be
allowed to fly. Like India there are so many countries that still
require this special permission. So, don’t take it for granted. Each country
has its rules and regulations, you better check the details with the embassy before buying the tickets: research and be
informed. Remember also that the visa application can be rejected for reasons
that they are not required to explain to you or the procedure can take longer than expected. So, never buy the tickets before having your passport
stamped or stickered. It happened to us once in Milan:  due to the concession delay we had to purchase back
our flight tickets. Remember also that some countries are visa free some nations meanwhile they require visa for some other nations. Passports are raked by their total visa free score and it seems that Singapore stands on the top as the Singaporeans can enter into 163 countries without a visa.

Comments (2)

  • Neil Alvin Nicerio

    March 15, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Whew. I agree that VISAs sometimes turns off travelers. There are couple of countries that are very strict with regard to it. Luckily, never was I denied a visa to any country. 🙂

  • Bicolanong Lakwatsero

    March 18, 2018 at 11:21 am

    It's really akways vest to check all the immigration rules and regulations of the country you would want to visit. This would save you from so much hassle and avoid the risk of flying "airport to airport" because you weren't allowed in.

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