India Update: Visas and Shots

So, as you may or may not know, I am going WAYYYY out of my comfort zone in order to visit my boyfriend’s parents and friends in India. As I have only ever been in english speaking countries, this is a lot for me, and I would like to say that I’m completely excited and not in the least bit nervous….but that’s just not true. I am incredibly nervous. Because of my anxiety, I am terrified to get back on a 24 hour flight. I’m terrified to change planes in another country. I’m terrified to meet my boyfriend’s family who may not understand what I’m saying like my own family does, and I’m terrified about being a minority when I’ve always been in the majority my entire life.

All this aside, I am excited about this opportunity too. I’m excited to experience a culture so beautiful, rich, and very different from my own. I’m excited to take this next step with my boyfriend and his family, and I’m excited about getting to see parts of the world I never in a million years thought I would.

Anyway, on to more practical things….

For the first time I have to get a visa to enter another country. I’ve heard from others that having an American passport is like owning a golden ticket because, for a lot of countries, including New Zealand, you can basically just walk into the country without having to go through an application process. Unfortunately, India isn’t one of those countries you can just walk into. I spent all last night trying to make sure I completed my visa application the correct way and feeling that split second of panic about the possibility of not being let into the country due to something wrong on my application. (Honestly, I had no idea traveling was such a process!!)

For the application, you have to upload a picture of yourself similar to what you would get for a passport application. You also have to scan parts of your passport and fill out a fairly short application stating your reasons for traveling and other information they may need on you before allowing you into their country. Hopefully I’ll get it approved sometime soon.

India also has diseases that are not so common in the US, such as malaria and dengue fever which are carried by mosquitoes. Because of that, I went ahead and made an appointment with the travel clinic at my college to make sure I was safe health-wise before I jumped across the pond. I was sad to hear that I needed two shots (I HATE shots!) which I got. One of those is still hurting pretty bad while I type this.Ā  :/ I also found out about some preventative measures I could take for the mosquitoes.

I’ll be taking a preventative for malaria before, during, and after my visit just to be safe. There’s also this bug spray that you can buy which repels mosquitoes from your clothes and belongings, but apparently you can’t get it on your bare skin and have to wait until it completely dries before you can touch it or bring it inside….so I won’t be using that. It kind of scared me lol. I’m just going to try my luck with some safer mosquito repellants.

Basically that’s about it for not regarding India. I just have to wait until my visa gets accepted and then start packing closer to the time I have to leave!


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3 thoughts on “India Update: Visas and Shots

  1. Hi there. Exciting times ahead. šŸ™‚ I’ve not been to India but I can imagine it must be fascinating, and I look forward to your upcoming posts. It is interesting for you to experience the visa merry go round because getting into America is hardly straightforward from abroad (and is quite expensive)…it feels like profiteering when you have to pay a separate “tax” just to visit a place on top of all of the other travel costs. Still, if you want to go somewhere, you pay the advertised price and jump through the required hoops I suppose. šŸ˜„

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    1. Right! Exactly! I’m the first person in my family to go abroad (not many people travel the world where I’m from), and I had no idea there was so much involved. I just thought you got a passport, booked a plane ticket, and walked in the country. I’ve found it really interesting experiencing all of this for the first time. It kind of opens your eyes.

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      1. Who said the pioneering spirit was dead! Awesome. Travel broadens the mind for sure, being exposed to different cultures makes you think in new ways I think – mostly good. Ever since I moved to NZ, it has made me see the UK in a less ignorant light…I guess when you live somewhere all your life, you see everything as “normal” even when it actually isn’t. šŸ˜„ Enjoy!

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