I was wondering who would use a 3rd party visa service to obtain a tourist visa? I'll expand a little... 2 weeks ago I booked a weeks holiday for myself and my youngest daughter Naomi to Tenerife. However an hour or so after I booked (lastminute.com) a tour operator rang me and said that the holiday I had booked was unavailable - It did say subject to availability! I was offered an alternative one to Goa for 2 weeks from the 8th December for the same price and even 2 free passes to the exectutive lounge at Manchester airport. I made a rash decision and said yes. I found out last week that I would require a visa from the Indian embassy and they take 3-4 weeks to process because it is peak travel in December to India. My option was to travel to Birmingham but I would have to arrive there at about 5am and queue up until the embassy opened at 8,30am. I decided that would be difficult so I looked on the internet and found a couple of agencies that collect visas for you. I was a bit scared of sending my passports but I decided it was my only option. I sent them on Tuesday and today I recieved my passports back complete with visas, but the waiting was horrible and stressfull.