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Obtaining an Indian tourist visa in Sri Lanka

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Obtaining an Indian tourist visa in Sri Lanka

Hello. Just wondering how difficult it might be to obtain an Indian tourist visa while I stay in Sri Lanka. It's a tight squeeze given that I fly in on a weekend and would like to get one right away.

About how long does the process take to get a tourist visa to India with the new company that is being used by the High Commission? 3-5 working days? Any way to get it expedited for a fee?

Any feedback is appreciated!

Best!

Dennis

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Destination Expert
for Sri Lanka
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1. Re: Obtaining an Indian tourist visa in Sri Lanka

Hi Dennis,

3-5 days indeed, Kandy is more efficient than Colombo. Yes they do have urgent options but costs you an arm and leg extra.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

New York, New York...
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2. Re: Obtaining an Indian tourist visa in Sri Lanka

Thanks. Totally willing to pay both arms and legs. Appreciate the info!

New York, New York...
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3. Re: Obtaining an Indian tourist visa in Sri Lanka

Sorry last question. Will I need a reference in Sri Lanka in order to obtain an Indian tourist visa in Sri Lanka?

Fredericia, Denmark
Destination Expert
for Bentota, Beruwala, Sri Lanka
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4. Re: Obtaining an Indian tourist visa in Sri Lanka

no

Hans

New York, New York...
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5. Re: Obtaining an Indian tourist visa in Sri Lanka

Thanks, folks. Hope this is good for an American passport too.

Will post my experience after I apply when I get there.

New York, New York...
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6. Re: Obtaining an Indian tourist visa in Sri Lanka

Hi folks. Just an update. I wasn't able to get a tourist visa for India in Sri Lanka in the time frame that I needed it (three working days). Since this September, the High Commission of India outsourced its visa processing to IVS, which is essentially an intermediary. With a US passport, IVS said they needed at least six working days. No expedited option was available to me.

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