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Apr 4

Important India eVisa Updates

Great news! Traveling to India is now even easier with the newly implemented eVisa policies. The revised guidelines are effective April 1st:

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:22 PM

Posted in India, Visa

Sep 6

Updated Vietnam Visa-on-Arrival Fee 

Effective immediately, Vietnam has introduced a new one-year multiple-entry visa for USA citizens. This is an updated Vietnam visa-on-arrival fee.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 12:33 PM

Posted in Visa, Vietnam

Feb 19

Vietnam Private Tours and FAQ's

Did you know that Sodha Travel offers private and custom tours to Vietnam? Vietnam is a country that honors the past and celebrates the future. Sharing borders with Cambodia, Laos, and China, the topography varies from coastal plains to mountain ranges. The Vietnamese culture has evolved on the basis of the wet rice civilization, and the local lifestyle is closely related to its village and native lands. The diversity of the 54 ethnic groups is apparent in the many traditional and cultural treasures. More popular destinations include Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Sapa, Da Nang, and the limestone pillars of Ha Long Bay.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 10:31 AM

Posted in Family, Communication, Visa, Adventure, Vietnam

Nov 28

India Visa on Arrival!

We are VERY excited to announce the new India visa on arrival! Effective immediately, tourists can apply for the visa online and receive an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) before traveling to India. This facility is valid for entry through nine designated airports: Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi , Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Trivandrum. No more mailing of passports or completing cryptic application forms!

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:42 AM

Posted in India, Visa

Nov 12

Important UAE Visa Update

Traveling to the United Arab Emirates? The type of visa that you require for entry into the UAE depends on several different factors such as your nationality, the purpose of your planned visit, and its duration.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 03:33 AM

Posted in Visa, Dubai

May 16

Important India Visa Update!

Travelers, the India visa process is changing once again for U.S. citizens! Following complaints against the current provider, all visa and passport related services will now be outsourced to Cox & King Global Service. This is effective from May 21, 2014.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 06:45 AM

Posted in India, Visa

Jun 28

An Important India Visa Update

Attention, travelers! As of July 1, BLS International will be handling the Visa, OCI, PIO and Renunciation services for the Indian government in the United States. Travisa Outsourcing will ensure that passports affected by the transition will be accounted for during the handover. Visa services at the new BLS Atlanta office will initiate on July 18th.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 07:37 AM

Posted in India, Visa

Dec 6

India Visa Update - Permit to Re-enter Restriction Lifted

An important India visa update: Travelers on a Tourist visa were previously required to have a gap of at least two months between two separate visits to India. The restriction has now been lifted except for nationals of China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh. We see this as a positive amendment to the current policy, as previously the travelers would need to present the immigration officer with an exact itinerary and proof of onward travel upon re-entering India within two months of their last visit. As many of our clients include visits to Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, and return to India for their onward flight and/or continuation of travel, this change will result in less paperwork and less time to pass customs and immigration. Travisa Outsourcing will continue to process all visa applications, with the exception of emergency requests.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 06:17 AM

Posted in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Passport, Visa, Sri Lanka

Sep 19

India Visa Updates and Tips

An update regarding the India visa application process: Certain functions and usability are currently disabled while the system is being updated. These include credit card processing, money order instructions, and frequent time-outs. Additionally, the application process for the tourist visa has recently changed. Here are a few tips when applying for the tourist visa:

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 07:38 AM

Posted in India, Passport, Visa

Feb 9

Sri Lanka Visa Update

A reminder to U.S. citizens traveling to Sri Lanka - a visa is now required before arriving in the country. Previously, a traveler was granted a no-cost visa upon arrival, valid for 30 days. Now, U.S. citizens must have either an Electronic Travel Authorization or a visa to enter Sri Lanka. Travelers will require an approval notice from Sri Lanka’s new Electronic Travel Authorization System, passport, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds. The application process is completed online or at a Sri Lanka Embassy or Consulate.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 11:06 AM

Posted in Visa, Sri Lanka

Jan 24

The Value of Group Travel: 5 Elements to Consider Before Booking

These days, if you ask someone why they selected a tour package, destination, or travel operator, one word trumps all others: Value. However, value can mean different things to different travelers. For some, it implies a good deal or considerable savings. For others, the value is in the experience of visiting a new or exotic destination, or fulfilling a lifelong dream. Many travelers excitedly reserve a group tour based on the value of all of the above. The affordable price and enticing inclusions - international airfare, deluxe hotel accommodations, and comprehensive touring - are certainly tempting.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 04:22 AM

Posted in Accommodations, Transportation, Airlines, Packing, Visa, Featured Tours

May 6

Update: India Tourist Visa Regulations

We are pleased to announce that effective immediately, foreign tourists can now re-enter India up to three times after visiting neighboring countries on a tourist visa in a six-month period. The highlights of the revisions are as follows:

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 06:51 AM

Posted in India, Airlines, Visa

Jan 6

India Visa Updates!

Due to the abuse and misuse of the tourist visa, there have been recent changes to the amount of allowable entries into India. There should now be a gap of at least two months between two separate visits to India. A tourist visa is granted to foreigners who do not have a residence or occupation in India and whose sole objective in visiting the country is recreation, tourism, or visiting family and friends. No other activity is permissible and the visa cannot be extended. Also note: the two-month gap is only applicable to tourist visas and not business, employment, student, medical, or other visa categories.

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Posted by Allison Sodha at 10:21 AM

Posted in India, Passport, Visa

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