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India's Online VISA Application

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Finally got my India visa after one of the most cumbersome and expensive experiences in my travel experiences.

I've had about five or six India visas in the past several years but it has now become such a pain in the butt that I am thinking this is my last trip to India. Their online application links are mostly dead-links and when I finally found one, I found it was very disfunctional. The site gives one the impression that your application is being saved so you can make changes later but it is not, and consequently making a mistake requires you start over every single time, and their application is the longest I have ever had to complete.

After spending nearly two hours completing my applications the first time, I found a mistake...another two hours later, after restarting the entire application, I found another....and so on. This happened FOUR times! When I took the applications to the embassy, they did not like some of my responses and wanted me to change them - for example, they wanted me to make up (Yes MAKE UP!) a USA address so I could have a permanent address in my old country the USA rather than use my actual permanent address in my current country....They made me go back home and start over....7 hours down the tubes.....

I was fed up - I would have cancelled my trip right then and there had I not already paid for it! Disgusted I hired a VISA agency to take it on for me. They were hesitant as they were phasing out India visas due to so many problems with their consulate and with the online application. For an extra surcharge, they agreed to do it for us - it took them THREE attempts at the online application - and three days to complete it correctly, with small mistakes being the reason they has to start again and again and again....

After returning my passports with the visas in them, they said their company has made an official decision to stop procurring visas for India....

Now noticing all of the visa issues on other threads and my own experiences, which seem to be common, I am wondering if the India government gives a rats ass about their tourism industry? Why are they making it so difficult to get their visas? Are people flocking in to India as illegal aliens or what?

Ok there's my rant!

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