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beners
Post subject: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 14:05 on 1st Jan 2011

Joined: 20:01 on 23rd Nov 2010
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am in india and dont no if you all no that you can leave india to go to sri lanja if we get to and are drawn in a match over ther but you canot get back in to india as there needs to be 8 weeks in between visits min visa requirment for next visit
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: world cup india visas
PostPosted: 14:44 on 1st Jan 2011

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2361
beners Wrote:
am in india and dont no if you all no that you can leave india to go to sri lanja if we get to and are drawn in a match over ther but you canot get back in to india as there needs to be 8 weeks in between visits min visa requirment for next visit


This rule was in place when we toured Bangladesh, and yet those who went to Bangladesh via India reported no problems re-entering India from Bangladesh. That's because there are exceptions to the rule.

It is a source of slight concern though, so you should definitely ensure that you're aware of it when you apply for your Indian visa. In particular you should ensure your visa covers you for as many entries as you may need to make.

Here is the wording of the rule, taken from the website of the agency to which the Indian High Commission has outsourced its visa applications. Note particularly the last sentence, which I have highlighted in bold:

"This is for information that there should be a gap of at least 2 months between two visits to India on a Tourist Visa. This stipulation of two months gap does not apply on any other type of visa, i.e. Business (B) or Entry (X) types of visas. It also does not apply to PIO and OCI card holders.

In case of requirement to visit India within 2 months, permission should be sought from the High Commission of India, London or the Indian Consulates at Birmingham and Edinburgh directly without going through the outsourcing agency VFS Global (UK) Ltd. Applicant may fill up application from, one photograph, application stating reason for re-entry within two months with supporting documents/travel itinerary etc and a fee of £7/-. Where permission is accorded in such cases, registration with the local FRRO/FRO would be required within 14 days of arrival in India. Request form can be downloaded through the website:

http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/images/Tourist Visa Re-entry request form.pdf

Processing time of the request will be 3-4 working days. However, those applying for fresh Tourist Visas, who after initial entry into India plan to visit another country and re-enter India before finally exiting, could be permitted more than one entry, as the case may, be subject to their submission of a detailed itinerary and supporting documents along with application form."

http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/news.html

The following information on the subject appears on the UK's FCO website:

"Unless visiting neighbouring countries (see paragraph below), tourists leaving India will receive a stamp in their passports indicating that they may not re-enter India for two months, regardless of their length of stay prior to departure. Tourists wishing to return to India before the two month period has passed will now have to visit the Indian High Commission or Consulate in the country to which they travelled or are resident and present their case for re-entry.

The authorities in all Indian Immigration Check Posts have, however, been authorised to allow tourists to make two or three entries, based on production of an itinerary and documentation (ticket bookings) substantiating the need for tourism related travel to neighbouring countries. For further information read the FAQs published by the MHA: http://www.mha.nic.in/pdfs/FAQ-TVisa170510.pdf "

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-liv ... ania/india
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wickets
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 05:10 on 2nd Jan 2011

Joined: 22:49 on 30th Apr 2008
Posts: 1026
Location: Swindon
Well that's cleared that up then Big H!
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BarmySinghArmy
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 10:46 on 2nd Jan 2011

Joined: 07:45 on 9th Jun 2008
Posts: 109
As long as you submit a itinerary and explain to the High Commission/Vfs Global you should be ok when re-entering back into India. The only problem I can see arising is if some people who travel to India for the group games then return back home may decide to fly back to India for the semi or final (if we reach that stage!).

Indian High Comissions or Visa agents aren't the easiest to deal with, I advise people to be very patient! Normally the procedure of getting a tourist visa is hassle free but since Vfs Global took over the visa issuing process it has got worse, from my own experience of travelling yearly to India I think that Vfs Global are only after the money, that's why they introduced higher charges, the rule where you can't re-enter the country within 2 months of your departure is pointless too.

I myself have decided to apply for a 15 year visa which I'm eligible to do so because of my fathers birth in India, the long term visa allows you to enter the country as many times as you want.

A special one off World Cup visa is probably too much to ask for but I just wish the ICC would use some common sense and issue a statement for all fans wishing to travel to the World Cup stating your visa for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka would allow you to travel between the countries for the purpose of watching games. Even Uefa allowed the 2008 Champions League match ticket to be used as a visa for travelling Man Utd and Chelsea supporters going to Moscow, which saved me the hassle of finding a Russian mail order bride to gain entry into the country! :lol:
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JV1977
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 00:26 on 4th Jan 2011

Joined: 01:35 on 26th Apr 2008
Posts: 27
Slightly different topic to the 2 months rule, but can anyone find where you can see the fees payable for tourist visas on the VFS website?

It does say on there that they are revising the fee in light of VAT increases (how charitable) but I don't know if its me being thick but I can't find a schedule of fees anywhere.

cheers

JV
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 23:58 on 3rd Jan 2011

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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JV1977 Wrote:
Slightly different topic to the 2 months rule, but can anyone find where you can see the fees payable for tourist visas on the VFS website?

It does say on there that they are revising the fee in light of VAT increases (how charitable) but I don't know if its me being thick but I can't find a schedule of fees anywhere.


http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/visafees.html
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JV1977
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 21:20 on 4th Jan 2011

Joined: 01:35 on 26th Apr 2008
Posts: 27
Thanks for that link harvey. Good to see the vat increase hasn't yielded too much of a difference!
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Vegan Barnsley
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 23:49 on 6th Jan 2011

Joined: 01:51 on 21st Dec 2008
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Nervous Dave has received his passport back with a multiple-entry visa. Just provide a detailed itinerary stating you are going for the World Cup with entry and exit dates and no problem. Well that's the theory anyway.
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BasingstokePat
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 11:34 on 7th Jan 2011

Joined: 09:22 on 4th Nov 2010
Posts: 47
Vegan Barnsley Wrote:
Nervous Dave has received his passport back with a multiple-entry visa. Just provide a detailed itinerary stating you are going for the World Cup with entry and exit dates and no problem. Well that's the theory anyway.

I was led to believe you need a triple entry visa which lets you back in the country after short trips away rather than the multi entry visa which you can not return for 2 months . I attached an itinerary of my trip with application to prove I needed a triple entry visa . Passport due back next Wednesday so fingers crossed
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Vegan Barnsley
Post subject: Re: World Cup India Visas [Important!]
PostPosted: 13:22 on 7th Jan 2011

Joined: 01:51 on 21st Dec 2008
Posts: 459
BasingstokePat Wrote:
I was led to believe you need a triple entry visa which lets you back in the country after short trips away rather than the multi entry visa which you can not return for 2 months. I attached an itinerary of my trip with application to prove I needed a triple entry visa . Passport due back next Wednesday so fingers crossed


Dave's visa actually mentions the reason for returning to India from Bangladesh is the cricket world cup, so it does appear that the High Commission understands and that they are allowing exemptions.

Best of luck with yours.
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