Indian Tourist Visa - expiry and exit ticket 8 day difference
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Oct 25, 2012 12:43 AM Last Post By: Zif
Oct 17, 2012 9:33 PM
Indian Tourist Visa - expiry and exit ticket 8 day differenceHi,
My Partner and my self are planning too spend 6 month in India starting 10/11/2012 heading too China on the 23/04/2013 with Airasia (flight already booked).
We got out India Visa back today and they state visa expiration on the 15/04/2013.
There is an 8 day difference in the date of departure and date of expiration of our visa.
We have rang the Indian Consulate General in Melbourne, they wherent very helpful.
is 8 days over staying a visa a big deal?? does anyone know if we can apply for an extension??
We have connecting flights with Airasia, flighting via Kuala Lumpur! we thought we could pay the extra too arrive in Malaysia 8 days earlier and still catch our connecting flight to China.
Any advice would be appreciated!!
Thanks in Advance
Oct 17, 2012 10:57 PM
1Yes it can be a very big deal. One person here wrote about a case where it was a couple of hours over and the individual was put in detention and later deported. The norm should be a fine and a daily charge (I use to know the amounts). But, it can be arbitrary whim. I also heard of a couple of cases where a short overstay was ignored or missed. So do you feel lucky kid?
Extensions are for emergency purposes only. Sometimes a very charming person manages one anyway from the FRRO. Most times it appears that they get a rude discussion before being sent packing. You could try unavailabilty of flights as an excuse, be humble in asking..
Oct 18, 2012 12:08 AM
Oct 18, 2012 12:22 AM
3We have connecting flights with Airasia, flighting via Kuala Lumpur! we thought we could pay the extra too arrive in Malaysia 8 days earlier and still catch our connecting flight to China.
Really good, low stress plan. Besides KL and maybe popping up to Penang or where ever is a fun option. The food is terrific!!!
Oct 18, 2012 2:00 AM
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Oct 19, 2012 4:38 PM
9It looks like you got six months from the date your visa was processed. So you can also apply for a new visa anytime after 23 October, asking for the "old" visa to be cancelled.
You'll have to compare the cost and hassle of getting a new visa with the cost and hassle of changing your flights on AirAsia.
Note that since things can happen, including airline delays or cancelled flights, it's not a good idea to cut your plans too close, so try to leave some leeway and not plan a departure on the day, or the day before, your visa expires. I believe that deep in this branch there's a post from a traveller who had endless problems when he tried to leave Calcutta on a just-expired visa.
Oct 21, 2012 4:37 PM
Oct 21, 2012 10:51 PM
Oct 22, 2012 11:00 AM
I am in a bit of a fix. I hope someone can help me with experience based advice.
I am currently in Delhi. My UK issued British passport is almost full - I have one blank page left. All along my overland trip from London to Singapore I've planned to renew my pasport in India. (I looked into it before leaving home and the process seemed robust and navigable).
The snag is that having had my Indian tourist VISA issued in London in May (when I left home) I now only have 3 weeks left (the VISA commenced from the date of Issue). It will take 4-5 weeks to receive my new British passport - something I admit I should have realised would be a problem. I cannot continue my onward journey without a new passport, but I have insufficient time left on my VISA to stay in India to collect my new passport. The ideal soultion would be to get a 3 week extension to my current tourist VISA.
If I do submit my passport to the UK High Commission for processing I am completely unclear how I will manage in India in the meantime - without a passport or VISA train travel and hotel check-in will not be possible. I have scoured the High Commission website, but could not find any relevant advice - temporary travel documents only seem to be available when a passport has been lost or stolen, which mine has not.
I identified this apparent lacuna way back in August and emailed the address advised on the UK High Commission website. Unfortunately, despite persisting I did not receive an intelligible response that answered my query. Hence, I went to the UK High Commission in Delhi today. I am sorry to have to report that I was completely stonewalled at the entry gate and failed even to get to speak to a member of the consular staff. Later, after calling the Consular Department and being rebuffed ("please refer to our website") 4 or 5 times I finally got to speak to a reluctant member of staff. Even so, neither she nor her colleagues have yet been able to advise me how I can remain in India whilst they have my passport.
In parallel, I have also pursued an extension to my Indian tourist VISA. Indeed, I have visited the FRRO office in Delhi. The officials there refused point blank to extend my VISA, despite my attempts to explain and plead - my circumstances do not constitute an "emergency". Ultimately, thier advice was for me to return to the UK to obtain a new passport and VISA - a very expensive, time consuming and, frankly, nuclear option that I would be extremely loath to undertake for obvious reasons.
So, in sum, my problems are two-fold:
1. How can I travel and check-in to hotels in India once I submit my passport to the UK High Commission. (Photocopies will not suffice).
2. Short of lying and saying my passport has been stolen, how can I persuade the FRRO to allow me to stay long enough to get my new passport?
Grateful to anyone who can help with this. I feel as if I am caught in a catch-22 from which there is no easy escape.
Oct 22, 2012 11:14 AM
13Well catch 22 is typical of your own embassy.
But since when have passports taken 5 weeks. Since they advertised in the Times of India they were doing a good job. India will not extend visas and never have. Suggest you continue to your next destination and ask politely.
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