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Easy to get an India visa in Armenia or Iran?

Postby 8wheels » Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:12 am

Hello,

Did anyone apply for a visa at the embassy of India in Yerevan in Armenia or somewhere in Iran lately? How long does it usually take to get it? We already have visa for Iran and Pakistan. India is now the only one missing. We would want to get a 6 months multiple entry and have German passports.

We know, you should not tell, that you drive with a car, so what does one do about showing the return flight ticket when applying for the visa? Is there a flight company that will refund all your money when you book a flight with them?

Thanks for sharing any experiences.
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Re: Easy to get an India visa in Armenia or Iran?

Postby steven » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:06 pm

Let us know if you find out elsewhere!
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Re: Easy to get an India visa in Armenia or Iran?

Postby georgestravelsasia » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:14 pm

Went to the embassy in Yerevan this Friday and they said no-no. Only for residents (Georgia or Armenia). Waiting for my man in Tehran to check there before I plan the next move :) Where did you get the pak visa ?
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Re: Easy to get an India visa in Armenia or Iran?

Postby georgestravelsasia » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:18 pm

Got several reports from people who applied for an Indian visa in Tehran. It IS possible as a foreigner but if they never have seen your nationality before it will be difficult/lengthy. I dont think they will ask for a plane ticket, just say you're coming by bus from Pakistan.
I'm going there next week to apply and will post a report and link here.
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Re: Easy to get an India visa in Armenia or Iran?

Postby steven » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:08 pm

Would e-visa be a possibility for you? (sorry not an India expert at all)
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Re: Easy to get an India visa in Armenia or Iran?

Postby georgestravelsasia » Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:52 pm

Just applied for an indian visa in Tehran last week, it is possible (French passport). Here is how it goes.

The embassy outsources the whole application process to a company whose website is indiavisairan.com
BEWARE the advertised opening hours, address, phone number and email are all outdated on the english version of the website.
The correct address is 145 Beheshti street, exactly in front of the Metro Sohrevardi entrance and near the cross with Sohrevardi street.
The application submission time is 8-12, Sundays to Thursdays. I came around 9.30 and if I had come any later my number would have turned out too late. The are lots of people. The whole process is quite lengthy, I came out shortly before 12.

1) Fill in the online application form at indiavisaonline.gov.in and print out.
--> Make sure to give an address in Tehran in "present address", the phone number should be iranian also. I gave my friends address and phone number, I guess hotel/hostel could also work.
--> Make sure to write the full name of your father and mother in the relevant fields, I had written only their last names and had to have the form refilled for an additional fee (100,000 rials or something).
--> If you have visited india before, you will be asked to enter the details of the previous visa. If it is not available to you just write NA in the relevant fields.
2) Print out the form, bring 2 photos (indian format 5*5 cm / 2*2 inches), photocopy of passport (main page, and all stamped and visa pages), your physical passport.
3) I was asked for a return plane ticket but as I said I was travelling by land they said it was not necessary.
3) Additional documents required : if you have visited India before, a photocopy of the previous indian visa and the old passport if it was in a different passport. In my case it was not available because I had to return the old passport to French government when applying for a new one. The agent just asked me to write an introduction letter stating why the old visa was not available and that was it. I still had a photocopy of the main page of the previous passport and also gave that.
In the introduction letter, on agent's recommendation, I also roughly explained my itinerary, why I needed a double entry visa and why I was asking for 6 month. (Indian visas start from date of issue so if you want to have enough time to reach India it's better to ask for a 6 month visa, they dont issue more than 6 month in this embassy as far as I understand, but maybe it depends on your passport). I did not write anything about how I was planning to leave India or where I was going next.
4) Total fee at time of writing : 3,840,000 rials (roughly 92 usd). Turnaround 8 working days. The fee is the same regardless of your passport I think.

Will edit the post when I get the result in 2 days.

Edit: Got 6-month double entry :D
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Re: Easy to get an India visa in Armenia or Iran?

Postby Bansus » Tue Dec 25, 2018 4:09 pm

We have been applying for the Indian Visa in Tehran lately. We went to the travel agency in Sohrevardi street from where we have been sent to another agency after telling them we are German and want to apply for a 6 month Indian Visa. Possibly, there are other Visas issued in Sohrevardi street, we don't know.
Anyway, we were sent to another agency in Amin tower (located in Anahita dead end off Nelson Mandela Street). After arriving there at around 11 someone took care of us (opening hours are 9 to 12.30). We handed in our Visa application form but they found some mistakes and filled it in for us again (for 400.000 Rial each). If you want to avoid this extra cost pay attention to filling in every field in the online form, not only those mandatory (i.e. current and past nationality of the parents - in my case German in both fields). We put double entry into our application form which they told us needs to be multiple - I don't know if they issue single entries as well. Also you will need to hand in two 2*2 inch ID photos. After finishing the application we were sent to a waiting room next door and received a number. It took less than half an hour and we were called to a table separately. Here we needed to hand in copies of all pages of the passport which have a stamp or Visa information, including the picture page. They checked the application form again and took our fingerprints. We paid 53 USD each for the Visa and where told to come back after 8 working days to pick it up.
We came back the day before yesterday at 4 pm as we have been told to pick it up after 4 pm. We were told to sit down and after one our we asked again, they told us they were still waiting for the passports to arrive back from the embassy. Shortly before 6 they finally arrived and we got our Visa as promised.
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