Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 24, 2012 9:04 PM Last Post By: johnney
Oct 24, 2012 6:39 PM
Visa questionHi there
I plan on applying for a 6 month multiple entry visa for India in Australia and also asking for a re-entry permit. I'll be visiting the Andaman Islands, then going to Sri Lanka for a month, then going to northern India for a month.
As the visa is valid for 6 months from the date it is issued, does this mean that I need to exit India for the final time within 6 months from the date my visa was issued? If not, do I need to enter India the second time after Sri Lanka within 6 months from the date my visa was issued?
Thanks for any help! I emailed the consulate but they haven't answered...
Oct 24, 2012 6:55 PM
You will need to exit India within 6 months of issue.
A re-entry permit is nit required for tourism visits to neighbouring countries. A double-entry visa is needed.
Those with experience will be along soon...
Oct 24, 2012 7:52 PM
2It's not 6-months as such. It is a 180 day visa. And yes, you must be through the immigration counter before the counter ticks over to day 181. If you overstay 1 day, life can be made very unpleasant for you.
I'd be recommending that you include a planned itinerary showing that you will be going to SL & the Andamans, and spell out to the person you give your application to, that you want a multiple entry visa.
There have been some people who wind up with single /double entry visas, which can cause some issues for a journey to the region.
Oct 24, 2012 8:49 PM
36 months it is from day of issue of the visa, not the day you pick it up even, with a date of expiry on the new style visa. Don't mention the Andermans as its irrelevant and hence confusing. Make sure you apply for a double entry giving Sri Lanka with a simple itinerary. 2 month rule doesn't apply.
Oct 24, 2012 8:58 PM
4Thanks for the replies. I suspected as much. The consulate previously advised me to apply for multiple entry and supply an itinerary. Unfortunately as I have to exit India on the 180th day from the visa issue date it means that I won't have much time for my trip to northern India. I'll be going to Myanmar and Nepal for the three months before India. Would it be better to wait and get a multiple entry visa in Nepal? About 15 years ago I applied for an Indian visa in Kathmandu but they would only issue a three month visa.
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