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How To Get The Indian Visa in Sri Lanka

Obtaining Indian Tourist Visa in Sri Lanka

Given that Sri Lanka is so close to India, you might as well want to hop on the plane and fly from Colombo to India.

But before you do that, you will need a Visa. It can be done electronically but since you are in Colombo, you can get it done personally.

Although the Indian High Commission is located in the center of Colombo they do not process visa applications there! You have to go to IVS Indian Visa Center in Colombo 4.

Address: 129 Philip Gunewardena Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

How To Get The Indian Tourist Visa in Colombo

It is fairly simple. You can get it done in 1 week, here is how:

1. You have to fill in the application forms* (you will need copy of passports, and passport photos)

2. Hand them in at the Indian Visa Center (IVS)

3. Go back 1 week later to drop the passport

4. Collect passport with the visa on next day

*Important: You can get all the application forms done in 10 minutes if you go to the agency located just across the street from the IVS. They will do all forms for you, ID photos and photocopies as well for 300 RS and they guarantee that your application will be accepted. It is easy to find them, as there are agents standing right outside the IVS and show you the way to their office.

Read more about Sri Lanka here.

Buying Camera and Photography Gadgets in Vietnam

I was skeptical about buying camera equipment for in South East Asia because of the big price difference. The DSLR’s are 800-1000$ cheaper if you buy them here.

– Are they fake? Are they used but cleaned?

These are just few of the many other questions I had. I was doing researches on the net for two months, reading personal blogs, Flickr discussions. Also I spent lots of time on Tripadvisor and Thorn Tree but I haven’t found a good answer anywhere.

When I was in Hanoi and googled ‘Canon shops‘ a few links popped up. One was from the official store with the price 3100$+ for Canon 5D Mark III and the other like DIGIworld had the approx. 2400$ price. I went there the next morning, like a tourist that is just asking questions with no intention of buying, to see why there is such a big difference in the prices.

The first place was DIGIworld, clean and modern shop with lots of photo equipments. They were pretty helpful and answered all the questions I asked.

The price difference is because:

  1. The not official stores are not paying “VAT”
  2. The products are smuggled from other countries like Cambodia or Laos where the taxes are low.

I went to a few other smaller photo shops further down the road, but the people working there had poor English and not very helpful, but from what I understood 90% of them were saying the same thing as in DIGIworld.

I ended up buying a GoPro 4 and a Canon 5D MK III for 2900$ in DIGIworld and they are perfectly fine, I had no problems with them.

DIGIworld is located on 6 Hàng Bài street, 500m after the lake, south of the Old Ha Noi quarter.