How to apply for a Indian Transit Visa from Bangladesh

Transit! A word that is somewhat not loved by the travelers around the world. What if we didn’t need any Visa to get into a country. A World without borders! Is it possible ? Are we capable of readily shedding our borders to work together as one real society? We can just hope for that. I have been busy and couldn’t write on the blog but i am back now. I will be going to Bhutan on 18th of this month. As this is a budget tour I had to look for all possible options where i could save money.  The first big one that came up was by not Flying and instead going by road. As there is no direct access to Bhutan from Bangladesh, I needed a transit visa of India. Which is a kind of a pain in the ass. I applied from Chittagong and there weren’t any details how to apply for a transit visa. But now as i already applied for the visa and got the visa today I thought of writing in detail how to apply for an Indian transit visa.

Here is Step By Step Process:

First, you need to fill up the online application form and get the document printed.

Link : http://indianvisa-bangladesh.nic.in/visa/

When apply online be careful not to put wrong inputs. Most of the information you need are in your passport.

1

Expected Date of Arrival – the transit visa takes around 1 week to process so give your expected arrival date 10 days later from your application/submission date but not too much difference. Select the Indian Mission in which you want to submit the document. I prefer you select Dhaka as they have better facilities and give more transit visa than others. I applied from Chittagong and i had to stay there 2 complete days just to submit the documents. There is no actual line for transit visa you have to get in the same line as Business Visa. They don’t have much problem letting the business visa submit but they don’t even let you drop when it’s your turn.

2

You just have to wait there not sure whether you will be permitted to submit the documents for visa. We were actually 2 persons who got Indian Transit visa within those 2 days and i was actually thinking of leaving as it’s been almost 4 hours i was waiting for my turn before i got the call from their officer to go inside.

 

Anyway back at it. When filling the form there might be some confusion what to input in some steps. In the section of Visible identification marks write None. If you have national id card enter your national id card no or you can just input the personal no from your passport. Educational qualification will be Higher Secondary if you completed your HSC or Studying after completing HSC. There are a lot of options choose the one according. City of Birth , Nationality , Religion , Passport Number , Place of Issue , Date of Issue , Date of Expiry can be found in your passport. For a place of issue, it’s Dhaka for all the passport but still check to be sure.  For nationality select how did you got your nationality by birth or by naturalization. It means either you father lived in another country he married your mom who is from here or the opposite and you acquired the nationality.

3

Make sure you keep the temporary application id saved. It will help you to change the details later if necessary.

For Any other valid Passport/Identity Certificate(IC) held section input if you have any other valid passport of another country.

Are/were you in a Military/Semi-Military/Police/Security. Organization? If you are then select yes and input the details.

4

Employer Name/business put your employer’s name or company if are doing a job.

Past Occupation – Select what you used to do before.

Previous Nationality: for your father and mothers details even this is optional you have to select it like I did in the screenshot.

Mobile No. : Don’t enter the first 0 when entering your mobile no.

Postal/Zip Code: if you don’t know your postal code find it from here. http://www.bangladeshpost.gov.bd/postcode.asp
9
Duration of Visa (in Months) : Even though it says in months please enter it in days like 30 days or so. Cause when we print this it changes from months to days so if you put 1 month it becomes 1 day. 
Travelling to another Country after India? Click the box and write the name of your country. : here you need to enter the country name where you want to go for example i will go to Bhutan so i entered Bhutan

Port of Arrival in India : Select this as your want it. For travelling to Bhutan you should choose : By Road Changrabandha / Jaygaon. Which is actually the Burimari Border of our.

Port of Exit from India: Select this as your want it. For traveling to Bhutan you should choose: By Road Changrabandha / Jaygaon.

The purpose of Visit: Enter it as you want to like for business enter business I am going for traveling so I entered tourism.

No. of Entries : Select this double for Bhutan as you have to enter twice in India , If you have to enter thrice select Triple. (Say you will go to Bhutan and again back from bhutan and again to nepal then you need triple)

Have you ever visited India before? : If yes enter the details if not just select No.

Last Indian Visa No/Currently valid Indian Visa No. : If you already have a tourist or medial or any other visa of India enter the details of that one. The Visa no should be like VJ or VK00112 something like that.
Reference Name in India : Enter the details of someone you know in India . If you don’t know anyone use the below one :
Mr. Firoz Khan
Hotel Garib Nawaz
9, Chowringhee Lane,
Kolkata-700016
Phone : +91 22175452
Reference Name in Bangladesh : Enter details of someone close to your , your parents or family members details.
Image Upload: Upload one of your recent images.
5
6

Photo Specifications

  • Format – JPEG
  • Size – Minimum 10 KB, Maximum 1 MB
  • The minimum dimensions are 350 pixels (width) x 350 pixels (height).
  • Recent front-facing photograph with a white background to be uploaded by the applicant.

Now enter a hotel name where you might stay if you get the visa. Just google for a hotel in your preferred location. Enter the details of that hotel. You can use Hotel.com or Booking.Com to book a hotel without any headache. Also to get the hotel information from there.

download-3

Now This is the final step : Check if all the details you just entered are correct if not modify and change it . After it’s done go to the next step and save the Permanent Application number.

7

After that we are finished applying you just have to print the form. For transit visa you don’t need appointment date.  Download the form now , print it and attach 1 of your recent passport size photo 2 by 2 size .  Remember, You don’t need e-token for transit visa . Sign below the photo and at the bottom of next page as you signed in your passport .

8

Now just go to the Gulshan Indian Ambassy branch if you selected Dhaka Indian Mission next day to submit the form. If you selected IVAC Chittagong then go the Chittagong branch or others.

Ok to the next and most important step.

What supporting documents you need when applying for a transit visa.

  1. 2 Passport size photo of yours (2 by 2 size) white background.
  2. Minimum of 150 Dollar endorsement receipt or Bank statement of your account or your parents. It’s better and easy to get the endorsement – Just outside any of the Indian mission embassy you can it done by some brokers for 400-500 tk ($200 dollar endorsement) . If you want to do it yourself you have to go to Bank preferably zonal head office and pay the required amount of exchange money and get the endorsement slip. Say for 200 dollar you have to pay BDT 16,000+ and they will give you 200 Dollar note and the slip.
  3. For double entry transit visa you have to show the main copy and photocopy of your Bus Ticket both Leaving and Return Ticket. If you are applying for Bhutan transit visa you can get it from SR SHYAMOLI . From Kollanpur to Shiliguri , Ticket Price : 1500 BDT (AC) . – Contact number : 01716478951 / 01945709907
  4. Photocopy of Your Birth Certificate or National ID card. If possible Both.
  5. Main Copy and Photocopy of Utility Bill (Current Bill, Gas Bill, WASA Bill) – You can get it from your Landlord/homeowner as well.
  6. Photocopy of your passport from Page 1 to The last used visa page of yours.
  7. Photocopy of your reference or parents national id card & business/visiting card.
  8. If you applied as a student – Your Student ID Card Photocopy.
  9. If you applied as a Job holderNOC (No objection certificate) copy from your office – in your office pad preferably.
  10. If you applied as business – Main Copy & Photocopy of your Trade Licence,  Main copy & photocopy of your Visiting Card / Business card,
  11. Check if your passport has a minimum validity of 7 months.
  12. If you have an old passport please attach and submit that as well with your current passport.
  13. The printed copy of your online form.
  14. For bhutan they asked for a hotel reservation confirmation so if you don’t have one already –  (I applied in the chittagong branch where they asked for it , But when my friend applied in Dhaka they didn’t ask for it)

For Hotel Reservation Go to :

download-4

  • Enter your Check-in and Check-out date.
  • Select the reason for traveling.
  • Select how many rooms you need , How many persons adult and children. Then click Search

Now you will see a lot of hotel names and their prices. The price showing is per day price . Select one you might want to stay in.

download-5

So to next page just scroll down a little and you will find the booking option like below image. Select you room no, room type and other details. There you will find a column name Conditions – check for 

  • SEMI-FLEXIBLE, pay when you stay No credit card required to reserve

download-6

So after choosing that click reserve now. And to next page, you will be asked to register on the site. Enter your name as passport, and email address correctly .

download-7

 

Now you will be asked to enter your mastercard or visa card details (no security number needed), Don’t worry you won’t be charged if you don’t stay. (Note : In some hotel they will give you a date before which cancellation is free but after that date you will be charged a amount.) So don’t just reserve look for the details.  After a successful reservation they will email you the reservation confirmation. Print that and submit along with your other documents.

Now if you don’t have a mastercard or visa card , got to : http://www.hotel.bt/  , Select your destination and hotel , price and then from the contact page contact them using the mail and ask them to send you a reservation mail. After they send you print it and submit. 

 

download-10

download-9

download-8

That’s all for now. I hope you get the process of applying a transit visa. The screenshots are for Bhutan Transit visa – so you just have to change few of the details when applying for other country. Most of them will remain same. I will be back with the travel blog of Bhutan after completing my journey. Please keep me in your prayers. Till then take care and good bye.

How to apply for a Thailand Visa Online from Bangladesh [Step By Step]

Hi guys, it’s been a long time since i posted anything. I was fucking busy with my life so didn’t have time to write. But i am back now and will be travelling to Thailand if i get the Visa. If you are from first world country you don’t actually need a visa they offer it on arrival for most of the countries but as a third world country, it’s tough to get visa of other countries. If you don’t know how to apply for a visa then there are a lot of travel agency who will make you feel alien. First, they will make you feel afraid saying it’s tough, you won’t get a visa. You don’t have the necessary documents and bullshit. Then they will say we can get you the visa but it will cost you a lot more. So don’t fall for those agencies, there are a lot of good agency who will help you and treat you like a friend and help you every way possible. But i wanted to apply by myself cause i don’t like to go to an agency and be blind to what they are doing and mostly don’t want to give my passport and other documents to them.

 

Now as you know i am a travel freak can’t live without travelling. This time, i am going to Thailand – the land of everything. There’s a saying that “if you can not find it in Thailand then you will not find it anywhere” . My actual plan was fly to Malaysia first then stay there for 7-9 days and explore everything . Then fly to Thailand and explore the beaches and sights. Then from there go to Cambodia by bus and stay 3 days and explore as many sightseeing as possible. But as i said it’s hard to get a visa if you are from a third world country. So first i went to a travel agency because there is no way to submit your passport for visa to the Malaysian Embassy without listed agencies. They rejected my passport saying you won’t get a visa with this passport as i have never Malaysia or Thailand or any Europe countries. I only went to Darjeeling last year which you already know. Here is my Darjeeling travel blogs if you want to read :

 

So my plan of travelling to Malaysia is gone. So, i asked about Thailand the agency owner said yeah it’s possible but we can not ensure you will get the visa. i came back and did some research on the internet and found that VFS Global accepts the visa and does the processing for Thailand. They also have an office in my City Chittagong. So, i did more research and found out that i can fill up the form online or offline and submit it along with the necessary documents for processing the visa.

Either you can just print the form and fill it up by hand or you can just input the details online and print it then. Though they say, you can apply for the visa online which is basically offline:3

 

So here is the detailed process of applying for the Thailand visa by yourself and get relieved from the hassle of Travel Agency.

 

  1. So go to this link first: http://www.vfsglobal.com/thailand/bangladesh/Online_Visa_Application.html Click as the image shows to fill your form online. download (4)
  2. Now it will take you to the main page where you will have to input details about yourselfdownload (5)
  3. Here the first one Application Centre, If you are from Dhaka then choose Dhaka, or If you are from Chittagong then choose Chittagong and If you are from Sylhet choose Sylhet. Basically the vfs global have three offices in Bangladesh. So if you are from these cities you can submit in your own city which will all be processed in the main office of Dhaka. Now if you are from other cities you can submit in Dhaka. Now input the details as you have in your passport. Everything that is needed here to fill out the boxes can be found in the passport.
  4. Type of Travel Document: Put Passport in the box. Passport number, issued place, date of issue and expiry date everything is in your passport just take a closer look. Issued at Place is confusing – that is the issuing authority which can be found in the passport in my one it’s DIP / Dhaka. After putting the details in the box click next. 

download (6)

5. Now to the next page.

download (7)

6. Choose the visa category if want a tourist visa select tourist visa. Or you can also choose Transit visa if you need transit.

And for the No of Entry requested select single entry. The vfs global staff said they aren’t giving double entry at this moment.

7. Occupation this is a little tricky . Put your present work position here like i entered IT – Internet Marketer and Name of your employer where you work. If you are a student then put student in the present position and enter your university, college, school name in the Name of your employer.

8. The Permanent address as it is in your passport and enter the present address if it’s different from the permanent. Make sure you enter a valid present address so if they need they can reach to you.

download (8)

9. Now Click next to move on to the next page.

download (9)

10. Here first comes minor name what means if anyone underage is going with you.  A person under the age of majority or another age restriction. So if anyone is going put in the details if not then just write Not Available .

11. Now enter when you are going to visit Thailand, You don’t have to put exact date just put a date when you might go.

12. Travelling by – Here put the name of the company which you will be using to fly if you are from Bangladesh then put Regent Airways or if you want to travel via other airways put their name. They offer advance booking of flight without paying the money . They give you 3 days time to pay the money (Don’t worry you don’t have to pay just book a ticket you can always change your flight or book again after getting the visa) . http://www.flyregent.com/  You can also use Thai Airways ( http://www.thaiairways.com/ ) and Jet Airways ( http://www.jetairways.com/en/in/planyourtravel/book-online.aspx ) to book advance ticket without paying.

13. The Flight No or Vessel no will be given to you after booking so enter that .

14. Duration of proposed stay : Enter how many days you will stay there. (e.g, 10 days)

14. Countries for which travel document is valid : Write ALL COUNTRIES EXCEPT ISRAEL

15. Purpose of visit: Write why you want to go tourism , transit , business or other.

16. Proposed Address 1 in Thailand( Specify Hotel Name): Don’t worry just enter a hotel name , there are many hotels around Bankok where you can stay so find one in google and put the details from there.

download (11)

 

Also, you can book a hotel online using Agoda ( http://www.agoda.com/ ).

download (12)

Here 10400 is the postal code. Bangkok is the city.  Again you don’t have to pay to book. Find one hotel that offers free cancellation means you don’t have to pay if you change a hotel or any other reason.

download (10)

 

17. Name of Local Guarantor: Here put in the details of your local guardian or relation who is very close to you. So if something bad happens they can contact him. And this needs to be someone who is not traveling with you. You father, mother or brother will be ok.

18. Name of Thai Guarantor: If you know someone in Thailand than you can put in their details here but before you put his/her details ask her. If you don’t have anyone don’t worry just put Not available write the date and click submit.

You have successfully completed filling your visa application for Thailand.

Now download the pdf from there and print it with the Barcode page.

Now you have submitted the Printer form along with some other documents.

You can download the checklist from here:

http://www.vfsglobal.com/Thailand/Bangladesh/pdf/Tourist_Checklist_280216.pdf

It’s given in detail what you need.

Untitled-1

18. Go to your Bank and take a total of 7 months bank statement. It’s actually 6 months of bank statement.  Make sure you have a minimum bank balance over 60 thousand takas when getting the bank statement it’s better if you have more . I suggest minimum of 1 lac. If you don’t have your own bank account and you will be using your parents or sponsors account then get their bank statement. If within this 6 or 7 month you don’t have any transaction in a particular month you have fill a disclaimer form which will be provided in the VFS global office just talk to them about it.

The Disclaimer form can found here:

http://www.vfsglobal.com/thailand/bangladesh/pdf/Disclaimer_Form.pdf

19. Also, ask them for a Bank solvency document with bank balance. Make sure they print it on their pad with the logo on it. Sponsors or Parents Solvency for student or anyone who don’t have a bank account.

20. Get a NOC – No objection certificate from your Office in the official pad. If you are a student get a NOC from your university, and also your id card photocopy and an application signed by the university authority saying that you are a student in that university. 

13016451_1354244354591541_1208875590_o

21. Print a Visa Forwarding letter and sign it.

13046074_1354244334591543_981324707_n

22. Photocopy the pages from 1 to 6 of your passport in A4 Size.

23. Take the printout confirmation of your Air Ticket Booking which should be sent to you in your email or you have can take a screenshot from the confirmation page. Make sure you book the return ticket as well. It should be same as you put in the main visa application.

download (13)

24. Print the Hotel Booking Confirmation sent to your email. It should be same as you put in the main visa application. (Not necessary but if you have it’s good. )

25. Two passport sized photographs (3.4 by 4.5 cm) sized printed in the lab print glossy paper. Not in the printer or locally. Ask where you take your photos to get it lab print and also borderless an in white background. The photo should be taken within 6 months. 

 

If for some reason you have to modify or change certain details from the form then you can go to the below link and change.

https://www.visaservices.org.in/Thailand-Bangladesh-vaf/vaf/VAFMain.aspx?MODE=RET

You have to enter the reference no to change the details which were given to you on the 2nd page. Or you can find it in the pdf that you downloaded. The name of the pdf is your reference no. Also, you have to download the form again with the Barcode again and print it.

To take the printout go to the below link:

https://www.visaservices.org.in/Thailand-Bangladesh-vaf/vaf/VAFMain.aspx?MODE=VAF

That’s all.  take all the documents with you and go to the VFS Global office. Application Submission: 08:30 – 11:00 (Sunday to Thursday)  Pay the fees 3450 taka BDT. They will check everything and start processing the visa application. The staffs of VFS are very gentle and they will help you every way so don’t hesitate to ask them anything.

download (14)

 

So after submitting the form keep your Mobile number and your local guardians mobile no ON. They will call you from the Royal Thai Embassy office and ask few questions about why are you going there , what is the purpose , where do you live , what do you do , where is your office , where do you study , What is the source of your income and bank balance etc. Don’t afraid just answer the questions. Make sure what you say is correct don’t try to lie or hide something. And let your local guardian know about the details before so he says the same as you when the officer calls.

You can check the status of your visa from here:

http://www.vfsglobal.com/thailand/bangladesh/track_application.html

 

If you want to withdraw your application for the visa you can download the below form and submit.

http://www.vfsglobal.com/thailand/bangladesh/pdf/Withdrawal_Form_040216.pdf

 

I hope this helps, I uploaded some of my documents so you can get some idea what a NOC and forwarding letter should look like. I tried to be as brief as possible so you don’t get any problem filling out.

Will be back with more travel story from the Thailand till then Allah Hafez. Keep me in your prayers.