How long can I stay in India?

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My Indian Tourist Visa expires on Nov 4.
Does it mean if I travel to India then I must exit on Nov 4 or Nov 3? Or does it mean that as long as I enter India before Nov 4, I can still stay for a while?

I am asking this because the tourist Visa for US allows you to enter the country before the expiration date of the visa and you can stay another 3-6 months.

Could someone with experience clarify this?

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Originally Posted by yjlspace View Post My Indian Tourist Visa expires on Nov 4.
Does it mean if I travel to India then I must exit on Nov 4 or Nov 3? Or does it mean that as long as I enter India before Nov 4, I can still stay for a while?

I am asking this because the tourist Visa for US allows you to enter the country before the expiration date of the visa and you can stay another 3-6 months.

Could someone with experience clarify this?

Thanks

J.
You have to leave the country (clear immigration) before midnight on the day it expires. November 4

You cannot stay any longer than the expiration date on the visa. The visa starts on the day it is issued not on the day you enter India.

The U.S. visa allows you to enter the country before it expires but you don't have to. Some people get visas too early & the visa expires before they can even go to India, then you have to apply for a new visa.

If you are a U.S. citizen you can apply for a 10 year tourist visa and then you can stay for up to 180 days. Then you must leave for 2 months. You can come back and then you can start 180 days again. You cannot stay continuously for 10 years (or 5 or 1 -- all different tourist visas, you get to apply for whichever one you want.)

What kind do you have? 6 mos, 1 yr., 5 yr., 10 yr.?
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Thanks CamelGirl! So it should be okay if I book a flight that leaves India at, for example, 10PM on Nov 4, right?

I am not US citizen and only got a 3 month visa probably because my passport is going to expire in June 2011.
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Originally Posted by yjlspace View Post Thanks CamelGirl! So it should be okay if I book a flight that leaves India at, for example, 10PM on Nov 4, right?

I am not US citizen and only got a 3 month visa probably because my passport is going to expire in June 2011.
Correct, though you might not want to cut it that close.

You likely got a 3-month visa partly because you applied outside your home country ( I assume you applied in the US). Depending on your citizenship (and the arrangements between your home country and India) you may qualify for a longer-term visa if applying from home.
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Originally Posted by curtdfw View Post Correct, though you might not want to cut it that close.
It gets oft-discussed here yes, and I haven't found the answers all that conclusive.

It would indeed seem logical to assume, and this is what most will attest to, though if out of direct experience is often not so clear, that you're allowed to be in the country until the last minute of that date of expiry though. (Some take it as far as discussing what if I make it through immigration before that, then board my plane after. Yes, technically possible, one supposes. If it would make me feel very comfortable is another thing.)

Given the choice, I'd similarly say if your visa expires on the 4th, why not get out of there on the 3rd, if it makes no great difference to you. It would again simply make me feel more at ease. Others may of course do as they please.

(The question typically gets brought up by those seemingly planning to be there for around the full 180 days anyway. So that one day is really gonna kill your world trip experience, hm?

I don't know if this exists in English, but in Dutch we have a saying "To get the lid on the nose." It stems from the days when a tin or similar beer mug would have a lid on it; so if you were as greedy to want the very last sip and in a hurry, you'd likely get the lid on your nose. It means of course those who want it all may come to regret it.

This of course doesn't pertain to the poster here, so kindly ignore it.)
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Mach - CamelGirl's post is perfectly correct and clear.

If OP leaves on a flight that departs at 10 p.m. she will have to have cleared emigration at least at a very minimum one hour prior to the flight departure, and will be in transit area well before midnight of expiry date.
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I agree, Aishah. But don't always understand why people would want to cut it as close if they can avoid it (and it often seems many who are prone to ask easily could).

This isn't some cat-and-mouse game you're playing. But, as noted, let everyone suit themselves.
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Thinking of my recent experience whereby I missed the train because of floods in Delhi, you do have a point. One would be in a pickle if this happened and you couldn't make the airport in time because of some unforeseen circumstance.

On that particular night, all traffic including road to airport was at a standstill/snail pace for several hours and I didn't arrive back to where I had been staying until 1.30 a.m. the next day. I wonder if emigration have some contingency allowance if this was the time you arrived at the airport due to unforeseen disaster... I very much doubt it. On that night I think many people would have missed trains and planes.
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Hm, well, yes, but this is really an even broader issue (than at what time should I be leaving the country precisely, immigration-wise): It's why I never tire of saying try to make the last leg to your exit point out of the country so that if your transport falls through for whatever reason, you can still make it there by some alternative means. And including the time needed to arrange and actually take that transport.

(So it follows that planning to make it from say Kolkata to Delhi in the morning to catch an evening flight may not be the wisest of moves. Allow for a day or two at that exit point, folks, there's nothing wrong with some final unwinding to say goodbye to the place and some last-minute souvenir hunting and stuff anyway.)

I try to stick to this wherever I am (Spanish buses can get funny, and public transport of all kinds breaks down in The Netherlands where I live, with notorious frequency even), but it would certainly hold up in a country like India.

And it obviously doesn't pertain just to immigration issues, depending on the deal you have you'll likely have missed (and lost) your whole flight, and will have to arrange a new one from scratch.

But if in this scenario you had been counting on getting out of the country last-minute, you'd be doubly up doodoo creek no doubt, yes. If anything it would no doubt lead to a whole lotta hassle that you hadn't been looking forward to, with plenty of running around and groveling all the way. At best.
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Originally Posted by Aishah View Post Thinking of my recent experience whereby I missed the train because of floods in Delhi, you do have a point. One would be in a pickle if this happened and you couldn't make the airport in time because of some unforeseen circumstance.
Put it this way... If it was Germany, I'd be happy to advise someone that they could safely book a flight leaving at one minute before midnight on the date of their visa expiry.

Having experienced the "efficiency" of the Indian roads etc., unless I was staying very close to the airport the night before, I'd want to give myself at least 24 hours leeway.

While the Indian authorities did not make everyone who missed flights because of the volcanic ash cloud spend several days at the MHA and FRRO getting visa extensions / exit permits, less dramatic events would not broker much sympathy or cutting of red tape.
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Having experienced the "efficiency" of the Indian roads etc., unless I was staying very close to the airport the night before, I'd want to give myself at least 24 hours leeway.
That's going a bit far! Vast numbers of people set out for Indian airports, every day, and reach them in time to book in for their flights.

Many of us probably allow two hours for a one-hour journey. Those that miss are probably those that allow half an hour, and think that checking in three hours before departure means checking in fifteen minutes before.

Of course... if their itinerary includes catching a train from the other end of the country the day before your flight and then getting a cab from the station to the airport --- that would be nothing short of daft!
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post Put it this way... If it was Germany, I'd be happy to advise someone that they could safely book a flight leaving at one minute before midnight on the date of their visa expiry.
Not even in Germany! And you can't rely that much on German Railways anymore. "Paragons of Punctuality" is a long-running myth about Germans and Germany. Things here can be as slattern as anywhere else.

Some people feel they haven't got the whole bang out of their buck if they don't make use of their visa till the very last moment. There are others who move into a hotel close to the airport the day before their flight leaves. Humans come in all shapes and sizes.
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post unless I was staying very close to the airport the night before, I'd want to give myself at least 24 hours leeway.
That's going a bit far! Vast numbers of people set out for Indian airports, every day, and reach them in time to book in for their flights.
Oh dear, I made it sound as if I was recommending that people stay within walking distance of the airport on their last night!

When I say "very close" I meant close that if I was flying out of Delhi, I'd want to be somewhere back in Delhi or at last no further than Agra the night before my flight.

We had a very worrisome drive back from Mussoorie to Delhi, fortunately with a day spare before my flight, but after getting caught up in a bandh and the most apalling traffic (at one point the car literally did not move for FOUR HOURS) the drive ended up taking about 18 hours - there's no way I'd risk that drive just before my flight home!

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How disappointing. I last travelled on German trains about ten years ago and the punctuality and real time information was incredible compared to the delights of British Rail or whatever our shameful excuse for a transport system was called at that time.
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the drive ended up taking about 18 hours - there's no way I'd risk that drive just before my flight home!
Nor me! In fact, I am very conservative in my planning

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