My wife and I recently got a multiple entry tourist Schengen visa from Slovenia in New Delhi. Below is an outline of the process and experience:
Application Centre: VFS at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Delhi
Key Documents needed:
- Filled Application Form
- Hotel Bookings in Schengen Zone (had to have more time in Slovenia than in other countries).
- Flight Bookings (they demanded confirmed paid-for flights)
- Travel Insurance (I bought from ICICI Prudential).
- About Rs. 13,000 (for two people) Application Fee paid in Cash (no credit card accepted) at VFS
We were also visiting Croatia on this trip and intended to use our Slovenia visa for Croatia as well. The VFS officer advised us that if we showed less time in Schengen zone than in Croatia, the visa will get denied.
We had to show that we were entering Slovenia multiple times, in order to get a multiple entry visa.
It took 3-4 working days to process after submitting the documents.
Overall easy process. And Slovenia is a country well worth visiting!
Recently visited Mauritius with my family. All 3 of us on Indian Passports. Had no trouble getting entry with visa on arrival. It was totally worth it!
We have a new traveler in our group now. Our baby girl is 9 months old as of this month. We applied for her Indian Passport in Delhi last week (ITO Passport Seva Kendra). It was a fairly straightforward process. This was under the General Category (not Tatkaal).
Documents that were looked at by the officers:
- Baby’s birth certificate (online black and white printout from South Delhi Municipal Corporation was acceptable).
- Passports of Both Parents (photocopies of first 2 pages and last page were needed)
- Our passports had spouse names endorsed – so that helped simplify things
- Parents’ Aadhaar Cards for Address Proof (our passports had an older address from a different state).
- Annexure D (Declaration of Parent/Guardian for Minor Passports) – make sure when you sign this, the signature matches that on your passport. Available at: http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/pdf/AnnexureD.pdf
- 2 passport sized photographs (on white background) were needed — this was not listed on the passport website, but luckily a friend warned us. They don’t photograph the baby, but use the photos that you take with you.
They did take a fingerprint of the baby, with the ink-pad (not with the scanner machine).
That was it. We were given a fast track number, because baby was less than 4 years old. Our number was called very quickly at each counter, and we were done in less than 1 hour. The passport is apparently in the mail now (6 days after applying).
Police Verification has been initiated on a post-issuance basis. This means that the passport will be issued, and police verification will happen afterwards.
My wife and I were in Transit for 12 hours in Sri Lanka – Colombo airport. There is a separate visa counter before immigration. We simply went there filled their form and gave our passports. Were given a visa on arrival for no cost (I think it was limited to 2 or 3 days stay only).
My wife and I went to the Maldives in November 2017 on Indian Passports. We simply had to fill out the form upon arrival and go to the immigration counter. Very simple process – no cost attached. Was promptly given a tourist visa on arrival. Very easy and straightforward.
Interesting – I had never heard of Tokelau before, though I have seen .tk domain names around the web.
This is the document manager in my speaking. I find it incredibly useful to have scan copies of essential travel documents stored in the cloud when I travel. This way I am not worried about carrying photocopies – and if I lose anything I know I have a copy stored safely.
I usually use the following tools:
– Google Drive
All the following documents are scanned and stored:
– Passport (ID page and Last page)
– Visas for the trip
– Hotel vouchers
– Airline vouchers
– Any other online bookings like Boats, Taxis, Theater Shows etc.
Recommend you start doing the same. In fact there is no real need to print Airline Vouchers and Hotel Vouchers any more. You can directly show these to relevant authorities on your smart-phone or tablet. Both Google Drive and Dropbox have good smartphone and tablet apps, that allow you to store documents offline.
Read more about my Document Management work at my company’s page.