Great news on the India re-entry rule !
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jul 9, 2013 9:16 AM Last Post By: hawkeye76
Dec 6, 2012 10:40 AM
Great news on the India re-entry rule !Hi,
I just got some great news on the no-re-entry visa rule for India. To quote to FCO:
"The Indian government has relaxed the rules on re-entering the country whilst on a tourist visa. The previous rule of no re-entry on the same visa for two months after leaving India no longer applies to foreign nationals coming to India except in case of nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh origins and Stateless persons."
That certainly makes things a lot easier for tourists who want to do side trips to other countries whilst visiting India!
Dec 6, 2012 11:13 AM
Yeah great news about the nonsensical 2 month rule. But is it true about a new rule to take its place....
No more than 6 months in India in one calendar year. Doesn't Nepal have that already ? It would fit in perfectly with the new " only rich short term tourists now please" attitude of the Indian govt. making it impossible for outsiders to try and live in India regardless of money.
Dec 6, 2012 11:18 AM
2The maximum in Nepal is 5 months, 150 days to be exact, in a year.
Dec 6, 2012 11:40 AM
3I haven't heard of that new rule, but a 180 days per year rule is quite common. The idea is that if you stay longer than 6 months you are actually resident in the country and as such taxable and thus need to register, have a residence permit etc.
To be honest - even though India is a huge country with lost to see - I think it's rather difficult to image staying there for that amount of time unless you'd actually stay in one place for an extended time-span whilst supplementing your income with the odd-job here and there - and I guess that puts you beyond the category of a bona-fide tourist.
Comparing India's 180 days to most countries' 90 day rule - I guess we have to be fair and accept that there has to be a limit somewhere.
Dec 6, 2012 11:47 AM
The thing about all these rules and restrictions is that they are just plain bad for business. Bad for the tourist business that is and so self defeating. The stated aim is to increase tourist revenue. Almost all the people I meet in India staying long term spend the same amount of money to live on than the short term backpackers and travellers. Very few westerners are working and wouldnt waste thier hours for such low incomes.They will in fact spend more because they stay longer and that money comes directly from outside so is very beneficial for the Indian economy.
With so many more tourists in places like Thailand they need to do everything they can to get people in.
Dec 6, 2012 6:02 PM
Dec 7, 2012 2:02 PM
6Great news! After travelling to India and Nepal during several trips and for three to six month each visit I have never worked and I've funded my trips with retirement/investment income as many older travellers do. The two month rule effectively stopped me returning to India and also Nepal consulate's attitude and visa application process regarding issuing Indian visas to non-residents was another reason I ceased travelling to the sub continent. I'm planning to return and appreciate your post george5.
Dec 8, 2012 11:15 AM
7@#1: the article in the Times of India - announcing the abolition of this ridiculous 2 months gap rule - doesn't mention a 'no more than 6 months per calendar year' rule, don't know from where you got this info.
@OP (post #3): no, not true, at least not in India. Most of the time I live in India, and as long as I don't exceed my 6 months valid visa, I can apply for another one within a week, same year, without having to register, pay taxes (wish this was true, paying taxes in India instead of Holland...taxes in Holland are sky high..:-) ), let alone have a residence permit (which, in India, is almost impossible to get).
And the implementation of this new rule?: just checked the website of the Indian embassy in Holland. They still mention this 2 months gap rule...ah well, we'll see what happens, chalta hai...
Dec 8, 2012 12:47 PM
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Jul 9, 2013 9:16 AM
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