Visa process & application

The intent of this post is to explain you the whole process of procuring a visa so you can apply in an independent manner. The procedure is easy and flexible for the countries I have visited so far. Please be aware of fraudulent deals charging you outrageously.

Russia Visa

Getting Russian visa is easy and the following are the requirements:

  • Colored passport copy (back & front page on A4 size sheet only)
  • Invitation letter
  • Original passport
  • Application form
  • Hotel bookings (Not mandatory)
  • Air tickets (Not mandatory)

Russian visa example given as under:

Let’s talk about how to obtain an Invitation Letter –Keep in mind that you cannot skip this process. Your visa will not be approved until you have an invitation letter.

You can contact your hotel requesting for the invitation letter. However, they generally do not approve. In such a situation there are certain companies associated with tourism boards who can save you. Pay $20 and request them to provide an invitation letter by filling up a form on their site with the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Personal Email ID
  • Places of visit (Moscow- Saint Petersburg)
  • Travel period ( June 15- June 30)
  • Passport number
  • Hotel address of all locations

Invitation letter form example given as under:

Once you fill-up the form and make the payment, someone will acknowledge your request and will deliver the invitation letter in 4 hours. I got my invitation in 30 minutes by email. These websites are safe to use and quite efficient in handling your queries.

Invitation letter example given as under

Invitation letter

I received my invitation letter through

You can try:

Application form:

Official Russian embassy site link:

Visit the site to generate an application ID and start filling up the form. Take a printout of the form which you need while applying through visa centers or embassy. The process is mandatory.

Russian consulate application form example given as under:

Generally, the Russian embassy insists on contacting visa centers such as VFS, but you can also apply directly to them. VFS will have an additional service charge of  Rs.1500 or $18-20 whereas, applying through embassy can save extra bucks for you.

The total cost of visa procurement is Rs. 3700 approx OR $51.64.

Important: Once you arrive at the airport, the immigration officers will issue you an immigration form/card which you must carry all the times while traveling. It is an important document as your passport. Your hotel will verify it and will register your credentials using the immigration form before check-in. Whether you have booked through Airbnb or have hotel reservations, the owner or hotel staff will perform the registration process on your behalf.

Malaysia Visa

You can apply for your visa directly through their official site:

For tourists:

ENTRI Note: This visa is easy to procure which has the extension of 15 days. You can get your visa approved in less than 4 hours. Apply for visa online Malaysia ENTRI Visa

ENTRI note example given as under:

ENTRI note

Now, take a printout of the ENTRI note and carry with your documents listed below:

Documents which you are required to present at Malaysian immigration counters- For ENTRI Only:

  •   Passport with validity of at least 6 months
  • Latest passport size photo
  • Confirmed return flight ticket
  • Proof of accommodation

Stamping would be done on your passport at the Malaysia airport. Example given as under:

Please note:

  • All ENTRI Note travelers returning from Malaysia may take a direct flight back to India OR via Singapore, Thailand or Brunei OR to any country if traveling via air.
  • Travelers are only permitted to depart from India flights to Malaysia or via Singapore, Thailand or Brunei.
    Travelers are only permitted to depart from India flights to Malaysia or via Singapore, Thailand or Brunei.
    Travelers are only permitted to depart from India flights to Malaysia or via Singapore, Thailand or Brunei.

Evisa- for 15 days or a longer stay, apply for E-visa. Malaysia E-Visa

  • Recent passport-sized studio photo. 
  • Passport front page.
  • confirmed Return flight booking.
  • Birth certificate for minor applicants. 
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Other documentation depending on the applicant’s country

The visa is approved within 48 hours.

Thailand visa

It is advised to apply for the visa in the month of March- April as Thailand celebrates the Chakri day on April 06 of every year, and during this period visa fees would be waived-off. I planned my trip in the month of April and applied through a visa consultancy firm, surprisingly, I did not pay any visa cost except a service charge.

For applying for the visa in your country, you are required to fill the visa form along with mandatory ID proofs:

  • Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months with two opposite blank pages.
  • Visa Application Form completely filled in and signed by the applicant.
  • Checklist signed by the applicant.
  • Two recent photographs of the applicants per the specification.
  • Visa fees.
  • Evidence of permanent residence in India/abroad (non-Indian passport holder).

Consulate Application form Thailand. Example given as under:

Thailand sticker visa example given as under:

Sticker visa applied through VFS Thailand

You can also choose visa on arrival when you land at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok. You could see long queues. The immigration staff is polite and friendly. Visa Cost: 2000 THB

7. Apply for visa online:

  1. Thailand E-Visa:  Until the 31st of October 2019, the government of the Kingdom of Thailand is waiving the additional 2,000 Baht payment when entering to Thailand with an E-Visa.

2. VFS Thailand (Choose your country and locate the nearest visa application center.

3. Thai Embassy (You can also apply directly)

The Procedure for Visa on Arrival in Thailand

  •   Airline Boarding Pass.
  • A passport that is valid for at least 6 months following your departure date with at least 2 remaining unused pages for any necessary entry and exit stamps that may be issued.
  • A completed visa application form available at Immigration checkpoints in Thailand.
  • One recent photograph of 4 x 6 centimeters head shot not older than 6 month.
  • A confirmed airline ticket showing the departure from Thailand within 15 days of the date of entry. Land exit from Thailand will disqualify you for Visa on Arrival.
  • A completed Arrival-Departure card, which the airline staff will distribute before landing in Thailand.
  • The travelers will need to carry 20,000 THB or 500 USD in cash per person as a proof of means of living in Thailand.
  • Visa on Arrival application fee of 2,000 Baht.- Until the 31st of October 2019, the government of the Kingdom of Thailand is waiving the additional 2,000 Baht payment when entering to Thailand with an E-Visa.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s