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Hi to all IM members,
just wondering...whats the procedure for the forigners at the airport when they land,cause it will be my first time in India in december and little bit worried.
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As long as you have a valid visa for India, and that your passport is not in danger of expiring whilst you are there, you will have no more problems than any one else! Have a great trip - we'll be thinking of you
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thanx Shanti,but whats the procedure at the airport and ussually how long it lasts...
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Coming in to India is usually a little less hassle-laden than leaving India. Normally you will sail through, only perhaps being stopped directly before exiting the airport when you might be asked to put your baggage up on a table for searching through. Other than that - I have never had any problems.

Leaving India is another thing. Always allow plenty of time as check-in and security, pasport control and more security take a very long time.

The procedure in Indian Airports really is not much different than anywhere else except the lack of proper queuing makes for fragile tempers sometimes. Security obvously is a main concern anywhere in the world now, so check-in takes longer than it did 5 years ago!!
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Didn't find India entrance too stressful, just a hard look at the picture to see if that is really you.

-Hint, if you only have carry on baggage they wave you on past customs, don't know what that would be like.

-watch out for the rabble of taxi drivers out side in front, have a taxi lined up one way or another before you get to them.

-get the guys at the cash changing counter to give you some bills smaller than 100 rupees for taxi's and tip, no business in India has change for less than 100 RS, especially in the middle of the night.
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Originally Posted by marzoryy thanx Shanti,but whats the procedure at the airport and ussually how long it lasts...
When the cabin crew opens the door, you have to pay them

then when you stand in customs & immigration, they shake you down for $$

then when you take your luggage, you gotta pay in $$ to allow someone to give it you.

& when you finish all of that, you pay $$ just to be relieved of the hassle of going through an Indian Airport.

IT's all normal. OK?


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And you have to send Digital Drifter $$ for that post!

You have to fill in a form on the plane, stand in a long queue, they look at your passport, look at you, take the form, read the passport details on a machine, enter what you put on the form, stamp various bits of paper and the passport and wave you on. Like all officials, they like to look a bit intimidating but don't' worry. Same in reverse when you leave.

I've never had any trouble arriving or leaving, but Shanthi has done it more often than I have.

Now, if you have an Indian passport then they delight in finding ways of proving that they are entitled to inconvenience you

It is much, much easier and quicker than being a non-Brit arriving at Heathrow where there are long and slow queues that barely move with rude people at the end of them. Why anyone would come here a second time beats me!
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I can tell you when I landed in Chennai a month ago at around midnight, the longest time I spent was waiting for my luggage. Everything else was no big deal at all.
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thank you all..felling much better
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Originally Posted by Digital Drifter When the cabin crew opens the door, you have to pay them

then when you stand in customs & immigration, they shake you down for $$

then when you take your luggage, you gotta pay in $$ to allow someone to give it you.

& when you finish all of that, you pay $$ just to be relieved of the hassle of going through an Indian Airport.

IT's all normal. OK?


Well! I aint never heard the likes of any of this before DD !! What airports did YOU travel through to be asked to pay for all these services. I have NEVER been asked for a penny for anything like you've suggested at any of the 9 airports I've travelled through in India....NEVER!!!!!!!! DO tell your story!
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Originally Posted by shanthi Well! I aint never heard the likes of any of this before DD !! What airports did YOU travel through to be asked to pay for all these services. I have NEVER been asked for a penny for anything like you've suggested at any of the 9 airports I've travelled through in India....NEVER!!!!!!!! DO tell your story!
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Not a bad day for a joke DD - I guess it's my middle-aged-menopausal-mentality - you know what they say about "women of a certain age"!!
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just to add toto some of the details posted by the other IMers

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whats the procedure at the airport
just follow the others.

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and ussually how long it lasts..
from 1-2hrs, depending on how much "technical difficulty" they are having.
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I was told by an Indian businessman that, once upon a time, the following was common at Mumbai...

Foreign visitors had to hand in their passport at one window and collect it at another window. The man at the second window denied all knowledge of it! Sometimes a donation could induce the searchers to be successful.
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Originally Posted by yogagal60510 I can tell you when I landed in Chennai a month ago at around midnight, the longest time I spent was waiting for my luggage. Everything else was no big deal at all.
an update:

since I returned from Chennai just yesterday afternoon, I can tell you that getting out of India was a breeze, no problems whatsoever. It may have depended on the time I left -- about 1:30 am Saturday morning -- but it was exceedingly easy, no problems with immigration at all, no problems with passport, visa, anything.....

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