The Monster: The Indian Visa Application

So it might not be as scary as zombies, but it’s pretty scary.

We’re leaving for our trip a month from tomorrow and we don’t plan on going to India until the end of the summer, but we had to complete our applications before we left. This application has been hanging over our heads as one of the major tasks on our to-do list for weeks. In true Paul and Olivia fashion, we waited until the last minute to start what is potentially the most stressful and convoluted process ever.

We had to submit three separate documents about our personal information, proof of address (which consisted of my parents’ water bill and my birth certificate), a US passport, a copy of the passport, a new passport picture (glued to the first document), a copy of the payment, and a copy of the checklist that explains all of these documents *sigh.*

It took about three hours to complete all of the paperwork online. We then had to pay $15 for new passport photos — we probably could have done this at home but we wanted to make sure they were done correctly. We then had to make copies of all of our documents – some of which we had to dig out of storage. All in all, we spent a week gathering information and paid $170.00 each for the Visa processing, new photo, and shipping both ways.

If you’ve ever completed a Indian Visa Application you’re probably reading this and thinking “HA! I feel your pain, dudes.”

We cannot wait to have that feeling. Hopefully soon we’ll be sitting on an elephant in India; laughing and thinking about how stressful this dang application was.

This morning I sent my application and successfully resisted the urge to jump on the FedEx counter to scream-cry. Paul, however, is waiting to hear back from the folks at Cox & Kings because he has a mistake on his application that he may or may not have to correct before sending it in.

We’ll refrain from giving advice until we know that we got accepted, but we’ll do an update if/when we do.

For those of you currently filling out an application and trying not to pluck your own eyes out: imagine yourself a few months from now, laughing about this moment on a beach in Goa. You can do this.