Carry old visa with new passport?

#1 Oct 25th, 2005, 03:32
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Has anyone ever carried their old passport (with valid visa) and new passport (instead of transfering the current visa to the new passport)?

The consulate website says you can do this and save the $25 transfer fee...but will we run into any trouble with our entry if we do this?

I'm not sure if we want to mail our passport to the consulate and risk losing it in the mail, or just go ahead and carry two passports on our trip.

Has anyone done this recently with no problems? Thanks.
#2 Oct 25th, 2005, 03:41
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It's a perfectly common practice. Enjoy your trip.
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No problem at all!!! Just don't forget to get the old passport along with the new one wherever you travel otherwise it could mean instant deportation from India on the very next flight back to your originating country!!! No need to transfer the visa as it will simply cost you more money and the probability of losing the new passport as well!!! Just don't do as my aunt did on her trip from the USA to Mumbai recently, yes, you guessed it right, she forgot to bring the old passport and luckily had it delivered to her by her maid at the last minute before the plane departed from New York!!!

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scan a copy of passport and visa and keep image somehwere online you can access it anywhere, just in case
#5 Oct 25th, 2005, 09:21
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Yep

My neighbor did this so it works..
#6 Oct 25th, 2005, 09:58
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Originally Posted by bijapuri scan a copy of passport and visa and keep image somehwere online you can access it anywhere, just in case
Where 'on line' would you suggest?
#7 Oct 25th, 2005, 13:48
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Where 'on line' would you suggest?
haven't used it myself, but you can apparently create an online travel vault at lonely planet for this express purpose (well, according to my 2003 india LP):

http://www.ekno.lonelyplanet.com
#8 Nov 7th, 2005, 01:17
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OKAY....I'm totally fed up! The NY consulate e-mailed me saying that I HAVE to get it transferred! What's up with that? I'm sick of getting conflicing info esp. since their website specifically says you can do it!

Has the law changed? I can't find anything on the internet about it...I've heard from so many people taking two passports and everything was fine...

We don't know if we should just take a chance and hope it all is okay...we certainly DON"T want to mail it out at this point b/c if it does get lost we don't have time to get a new passport.

Has anyone does this (not gotten it transferred and taken both passports) RECENTLY (last couple of months)??

Thanks!!
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Welcome to arbitrary and often wrong bureaucracy. You will see a lot more in India..
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I am in a similar situation. I will be traveling with a new passport and an old passport that has the Indian visa. apperantly the old passport will be stamped as not to be used, but the visa is valid.

I think you might have to go to your country passport office and they will stamp your passport as not to be used, but they will allow you to keep it and use the Indian visa, but you have to carry your new passport.
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Ah the Indian consulates.

About a month back I needed to get a power of attorney and a few affadavits legalised at a consulate. I contacted consulates in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh and each one had different requirements.

I had to visit the consulate 3 times to get my work done as each time I went the counter staff came up with a new requirement.
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Originally Posted by Aussie 5 Where 'on line' would you suggest?
the easiest would be in your email account. just send a mail to your own address with the scans as attachment
#13 Apr 11th, 2010, 06:53
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Traveled twice within a year to Bombay with an expired passport (with valid Indian visa) and a valid passport. Had no hassles at all.
#14 Apr 11th, 2010, 07:23
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I've travelled for years with my old passport (with a valid visa) along with the new one, with no issues, --- no questions asked. Seems like a standard practice (as it should be).
#15 Apr 11th, 2010, 22:40
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Suggest you have the visa transferred

India changes its visa requirements often with immediate implementation (two month rule, changes in foreigners buying sim cards, etc) due to terrorism. So it might be a bit risky to travel with a visa in an expired passport. You could easily get the one guy at immigration not very familiar with the rules.

You might want to give the Chicago office of Travisa, which handles India visas, a call (312-346-2367) to see what they say in the matter. If you can use the expired passport, get it in writing noting the dates you will be in India

www.travisaindia.com
chicago@travisaoutsourcing.com

If you have to transfer the visa, and you don't want to mail your passport, you can make an appointment and apply in person and it takes one day (usually). The Travisa website has the information.


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