The Taj Mahal, Kerala, the Himalayas. All of these sights are excellent reasons to visit India. However, prior to May 21, 2014, there was a barrier between landing in India and actually getting to see these destinations: the visa process. Not only is India one of the few countries where you must obtain a visa prior to arrival, the company responsible for granting visas was less than agreeable. Thankfully, since then, Cox and Kings Global Services has made it nearly a painless process.
As a tourist, click on Type of Visa and Fees and decide whether you’d like to obtain your visa in person or through the mail. There are locations in:
- Washington, D.C.
- New York
- San Francisco
If you can make the drive, go. But otherwise choose the Postal/Courier option and mail your passport, application and passport photo to them.
Complete the online application to the best of your ability. Print a copy for your records.
When you ensure your application is correct and then submitted, the website will prompt you to make an appointment. The turnaround time to actually receiving your visa — either by returning to the location or by courier — is between five and 10 business days, so it is important to consider that based on your day of departure.
The visa begins the day it is approved not your anticipated date of departure, and while most tourist visas are for six months, be sure to consider that when applying. The cost for a six-month tourist visa plus courier fees is around $100.
As of November 27, 43 countries are now eligible for visas on arrival. For information on specific countries’ eligibility and how to obtain this new type of visa visit the official ETA website.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.
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