Slovenia – Schengen Visa

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!

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Indian Passport Application for 9 Month Old Baby

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.

Scan Travel Documents when Traveling Abroad

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:
– Dropbox
– 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.