Casa Susegad is often asked the same questions, and other issues are freely discussed around the dining table. This page is an attempt to give the most up to date and accurate answers to the questions most frequently asked.
India has recently begun the process of allowing passport-holders of certain countries to obtain an e-Tourist Visa (eTV) at certain airports, including Goa, Mumbai and Delhi, upon arrival in India. And it is considerably cheaper (60 US dollars, so less than 40 UK Pounds or 55 Euros) than a standard Tourist Visa.
It now covers just about all potential Casa Susegad guests from outside India – as long as a trip is for “recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or a casual business visit” and lasts no longer than 30 days, starting from the date of arrival in India.
The process entails entering basic details online and paying for an ‘Electronic Travel Authorisation’, delivered by email in a couple of days. The visa itself is entered into a traveller’s passport at one of the authorised airports (including Goa).
Passport holders of the following 113 countries are currently eligible: Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, China, China- SAR Hongkong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela and Vietnam.
So the UK, most European countries (sorry Italy!), the US and Canada are all now on the list!
The Indian Government has recently (2015) stated that they want to extend this to a total of 150 countries in a phased manner, so we will add to the list when we can.
More details (and eTV application) at this Indian Government webpage.
During February and March 2015 in the UK, there has been a mixture of press releases followed by press and travel reactions, followed by clarifications, resulting in a lot of confusion. At the time of writing, this is the current position…
Biometric data collection has not been introduced in the UK and postal (or family/nominee in person with a letter of authorisation) applications are still being allowed. This is the link to the latest press release from the Indian High Commission.
This section will be updated as more news is published.
You can be absolutely certain that NO website has details of our availability!
Some websites (MakeMyTrip/Tripadvisor, Ixigo, ClearTrip) falsely claim that they know – don’t believe them! – and then try to give you other, less suitable, alternatives to stay. These are the bad guys!
Other major agents (iescape, MyIndianStay, AirBnB etc) and some specialist websites (LifeIsOutside, HighOnTravel, itsagreengreenworld.com etc) do have a trading relationship with Casa Susegad, but they always email and ask whether the Casa has availability first before taking a booking from you. These are the good guys!
Traditionally, Casa Susegad has requested that you pay deposits etc by a standard bank transfer. This is, of course, not cheap, has hidden fees, causes many unforeseen headaches and takes time and a tedious visit to your bank. Sometimes this is the only solution though.
Recently, more and more of the Casa’s guests have been successfully using a new service called Transferwise, as backed by Richard Branson. It aims to undermine the complacent banking sector by making cross-border money transfers a lot cheaper, a lot faster and a lot more transparent; and, of course, you can do all of this from your laptop by linking your bank account or debit card to your Transferwise account. Seems to be a no-brainer! The only problem is that some countries (including the USA, Canada, Australia etc) have not allowed Transferwise in through the door yet, so this is mainly a Euro-centric solution for now. This is changing in the US at the moment so watch this space!
Once you are staying at Casa Susegad then cash is always welcomed! There is a cashpoint in the village and others only a short distance away.