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#16 Jan 13th, 2013, 07:28
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Registration Required within 14 days of Arrival in India for Visas valid longer than 180 days
That will certainly confuse a lot of people, including the cops. Your visa is really only valid 180 days, though the term is longer.

The cops really don't want everyone with a long-term tourist visa showing up on every visit. Too many other things they have to deal with, including you reporting when you wish to leave the country.
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Originally Posted by clanger View Post Thats what I find a little confusing as the visa certificate says 'STAY DURING EACH VISIT NOT TO EXCEED 180 DAYS'...
and yet my Visa period is for a year and below the above is printed; 'Registration Required within 14 days of Arrival in India for Visas valid longer than 180 days'.
All you need to worry about is that each entry into India is for no longer than 180 days during the life of the visa.

I have made 3 visits on one 12 month visa, all for short lengths of time.
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#18 Jan 13th, 2013, 14:24
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Originally Posted by Outlooker View Post That will certainly confuse a lot of people, including the cops. Your visa is really only valid 180 days, though the term is longer.
Talking about confusing people.......................

Your 12 month tourist visa is not ONLY VALID for 180 days, it is valid for 365/6 days from date of issue, but for STAYS NOT EXCEEDING 180 days.
#19 Jan 13th, 2013, 15:05
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Yes. this has caused confusion for years - particularly for Americans with 10-year visas.
The consensus is that it means 'visas valid for [a stay of] more than 180 days'

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#20 Jan 13th, 2013, 15:49
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Originally Posted by a_f_d View Post Yes. this has caused confusion for years - particularly for Americans with 10-year visas.
The consensus is that it means 'visas valid for [a stay of] more than 180 days'

AndyD 8-)
Thanks for the clarification.

On this advice I will not waste time trying to register on arrival.

I suspected that immigration control registration was actually only required for a visitor staying longer than 180 days but the wording on the visa muddies the waters.
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Lucky you got your visa before the price increase!!!

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#22 Jan 14th, 2013, 14:22
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I know. Lucky, lucky. lucky b......d

The new price is almost the cost of a flight. The price hike is huge. This may have an impact on voluntary groups.

Maybe I should stay a little longer and make the most if it. I had planned for three months in India sandwiched with visits to Sti Lanka and Nepal. A little extra 'meditation' time in the Northern foothills would be really very good. I will have to see how the money goes. My cycle ride raises money for charity but entirely self funded in terms of the travel costs and am a shoestring budget.

Staying on subject I hope that 5 year visas become more easily available for regular travellers to India as they now are more attractive than the 1 year now from an economic point of view.
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Excuse typos...I cannot see how to edit my post and am on my mobile.
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Encouraging stuff. I've only ever had the 6 month T Visa. On my first trip I actually applied (and paid for, I might add) for a 1 year T Visa but they only issued a 6 month multiple entry. I wonder if this was due to my not providing a covering letter and itinerary?

Probably a stupid question but what sort of info did those successful applicants include in their covering letters and itineraries? Also, do you think there's any value in lodging it in person as opposed to postal?
#25 Jan 29th, 2013, 12:09
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Originally Posted by TonyC View Post Encouraging stuff. I've only ever had the 6 month T Visa. On my first trip I actually applied (and paid for, I might add) for a 1 year T Visa but they only issued a 6 month multiple entry. I wonder if this was due to my not providing a covering letter and itinerary?

Probably a stupid question but what sort of info did those successful applicants include in their covering letters and itineraries? Also, do you think there's any value in lodging it in person as opposed to postal?
I have applied for mine by post.

I attached a covering letter just explained that I was going to India on these dates and that I planned to go on these dates later in the year and would they condsider granting me a 12 month visa. As simple as that.
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Be interesting to see what's needed for 2-year and 5-year visas.

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Originally Posted by TonyC View Post Probably a stupid question but what sort of info did those successful applicants include in their covering letters and itineraries? Also, do you think there's any value in lodging it in person as opposed to postal?
I provided a letter of introduction with information relating to my qualification/work and overseas medical charity sponsorship. In addition I detailed dates of travel and back up preparations (I am doing a big bike ride). The letter was accompanied by an itinerary which detailed dates, duration of stay and purpose of visit. I submitted my application in person and it seemed like a fairly routine matter. I suspect the nature and purpose of my visit was a factor in being granted the full year.

Ps writing this from E. coast of Sri Lanka having completed first 400 miles. A long way to go!
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Good luck Clanger, keep us posted.
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Originally Posted by johnny five View Post Good luck Clanger, keep us posted.
Back in the UK now.

Completed around 6,500km on my Surly LHT bicycle. It performed really well. A couple of punctures and a slightly buckled rear wheel but was able to fix without issue.

Absolutely loved Sri Lanka and pretty much covered most of the island aside from Galle and Kandy. January is a good month to visit and the weather was excellent. I will be going back. It is a special and quite spiritual place.

I cycled from Majnu Ka Tilla in Delhi to Kathmandu via West Nepal.
I cannot say I was exactly enamoured with places on my route through Northern India to Mahendranager and would not recommend it.
But Nepal...superb. The people are wonderful. Tansen, Pokhara and the Kathmandu Valley are amazing. I took three weeks rest in Kathmandu and explored the valley. I saw in the Nepali New Year (2070) in style.
With record breaking temperatures in the Ganges Plains I dropped my plan to cycle back to Delhi via Varanasi and Lucknow. I flew to Srinagar via a stopover at Delhi.
I planned to cycle from Srinagar to Leh and the road had opened early in April. However major snowfall closed the road to Kargil so I cycled South into Punjab via Jammu. It was hot in Pathankot!
I found some respite from the heat in Macleod Ganj and then worked my way via Bir to Mandy. From there I went up to Manali and... rather guiltily, popped my bicycle on top of a minibus to Leh.
I loved Leh. Ladakh is an extraordinary place. I cycled back along the Leh-Manali road. It was an incredible cycle ride through breathtaking scenery and at altitudes exceeding 5000 metres. I camped with yak, goat and horse herdsmen.

Personal highlights of my tour were riding my fully laden steel bike up to the Kathmandu rim and doing the Leh-Manali road. Sri Lanka is diverse and has everything. If I had to choose one moment from there; maybe riding past a bull elephant in Yala Park at night...
Low points were all in India; robbed twice (opportunists) and stabbed in the leg by a burglar that found his way into my room at 2am in the morning. He left without anything but freaked me out a bit!
Although my trip only scratched the surface of the Indian Subcontinent I would like to return to Sri Lanka, Nepal and Ladakh with family.
The only part of my original itinerary that I did not complete was to visit Kerala. It was not practical from my POV without a ferry from Sri Lanka. But Kerala has been left for another time.

Pictures and the bigger story at http://paulsbikeride.wordpress.com
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Thank you Paul for coming back on here an giving us a brief summary of your trip and a link to your blog for more detail.......... you make it sound so easy.

My nephew cycled across the USA las year and made that sound easy too.

Interesting to read your views on central India/ Sri Lanka, mine are the same but its not fashionable on here to express them it seems.

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