Visa for Nzer going to India-Nepal-India.. Please Help!

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Kia Ora,

My name is Grace, I;m form NZ. I hope that the thread I am about to post is not going to annoy anyone and I apologise in advance if it does! .. I think this info may be contained with in other posts but I just can't get my head around everything and was hoping someone wouldn;t mind to post to me directly..

Ok so here's my situation: I have booked a trip to India form aug 7 - Jan 24. I arrive in Delhi and then have a flight booked to Leh after three days. I planned to stay there for about a month doing some volunteer work and then take my time to travel to Rishikesh and spent a month or two there doing yoga etc and then on to Rajasthan, Varanasi etc and eventually meet my partner in Chennai on Dec 19 to travel south india ( he is a teacher and flying over for the school holls.), and fly out of Bangalore. I wanted to have a relaxed trip and just be open without a dead set itinerary .. BUT it turns out my travel agent gave me misguided advice and upon applying for my visa I have been advised I can only go to India for max 90 days and then have to leave for 2 months.!

So now I am thinking to go to Leh and Rishikesh for aprox two and then go to nepal(fly/train? I have no idea) for aprox two months and then meet my partner in the north and travel Rajasthan/Agra/Varnasi together for three weeks and then fly to Kerala for last week and half, eventually flying out of Bangalore.

Is ther anybody out there who can tell mee if this will work? In terms of Visas? .. I'm worried I won;t be able to get bck into India after Nepal and then my partner will have come all the way from NZ and we will be separated.. Also will it work in terms of Itinerary ( or should I post that somewhere else)

Sorry I;ve written a bit of a Bhagavad Gita! .. This is my first trip to India and has been my dream for nearly ten years ..

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks. Grace
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Are you sure that you can only stay 90 days?

Tourist Visa on Arrival for New Zealanders Visiting India:

The Indian government has introduced “Tourist Visa-on-Arrival” for a period of one year for citizens of five countries, including New Zealand, from 1 January 2010.
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Originally Posted by Shivani Skydancer View Post Are you sure that you can only stay 90 days?

Tourist Visa on Arrival for New Zealanders Visiting India:

The Indian government has introduced “Tourist Visa-on-Arrival” for a period of one year for citizens of five countries, including New Zealand, from 1 January 2010.
Visa on arrival is only good for 30 days.
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I took that information from the New Zealand Embassy website http://www.nzembassy.com/india

Wonder why they state it there, if it is in fact, not correct!
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Originally Posted by Shivani Skydancer View Post I took that information from the New Zealand Embassy website http://www.nzembassy.com/india

Wonder why they state it there, if it is in fact, not correct!
From the source -

http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/visa_on_arrival.htm

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A Tourist Visa-on-Arrival will be valid for entry and stay into India within the period of its validity subject to conditions specified. The Immigration officer may grant single entry Tourist Visa-on-Arrival up to 30 days to nationals of

Finland, Japan, Luxemburg, New Zealand or Singapore
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Hi Shivani,
Yes I can def only stay 90 days .. I talked to the indian High commissioner himself and he was very clear!... I had been told that you can pay 25 dollars extra and writ a letter requesting an exception but he def didn;t seem very open to that..

Can anyone give me more info in regards to how the visa will work travelling india-nepal-india as explained above?? ..Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Shivani Skydancer View Post The Indian government has introduced “Tourist Visa-on-Arrival” for a period of one year for citizens of five countries, including New Zealand, from 1 January 2010.
To be read like this: T.V. on arrival valid for 30 days, available only during 2010 (i.e. for one year).
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Originally Posted by gaia11 View Post I had been told that you can pay 25 dollars extra and writ a letter requesting an exception but he def didn;t seem very open to that..
Once you have had your 90 days, you can only return before two months if there is an emergency situation. See details in the official Tourist Visa FAQ in my sigline which explains everything clearly.

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Can anyone give me more info in regards to how the visa will work travelling india-nepal-india as explained above?? ..Thanks.
Someone of your nationality can only spend up to 90 days at a time in India. After that time, you will then have to leave India; it does not matter where you go.

After two months have passed, you may now enter India again on a tourist visa without any difficulty.

Of course, if your Indian tourist visa has expired while you were out of India, you would need to apply for a new one. If you're thinking of applying for a new visa in Nepal see the "Kathmandu" sticky thread on here.

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Thanks, Wildhorse, for explaining about that. Now I see, what they mean. How unfair, that NZers can just stay 90 days at a time...why on Earth are there so many variations on the visa theme? Aussies can stay 6 months, but can't get a visa on arrival, UK and German citizens can get a one year visa, US ten years...

In the end, by restricting certain people to leaving much sooner than they intended, India is loosing big. Imagine how many tourist dollars are slipping away! I don't get it!! So much of India's economy depends on tourism.
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Originally Posted by Shivani Skydancer View Post In the end, by restricting certain people to leaving much sooner than they intended, India is loosing big. Imagine how many tourist dollars are slipping away! I don't get it!! So much of India's economy depends on tourism.
How much is on tourist dollar ? Totally various accounts say that tourism accounts to between 2 to 5.9 % I do not know what % of it is from Inbound tourists.
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Originally Posted by Shivani Skydancer View Post In the end, by restricting certain people to leaving much sooner than they intended, India is loosing big. Imagine how many tourist dollars are slipping away!
People who have time to travel for several months are usually people on a tight budget. The real big spenders are usually those who work all year and travel for just a few weeks; and in those few weeks they usually spend a multitude of what the others spend in several months.
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Originally Posted by Shivani Skydancer View Post So much of India's economy depends on tourism.
Not really. Contrary to what many believe, India's share in world tourism is negligible. Last I heard it was closer to 1% .

India gets roughly 6 million foreign tourists every year. A big percentage of these are NRI's visiting their families, they aren't really tourists and so their contributions into the tourist coffer isn't a great deal.

Compare this with Thailand which sees closer to 15 million tourists every year.
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Originally Posted by LilBoy BigTown View Post ...Compare this with Thailand which sees closer to 15 million tourists every year.
I wonder how many go there for massage and such things.

My impression is that if rich tourists from developed countries go to an underdeveloped country like India, it involves mainly sex, drugs, booze and other hedonistic pleasures. That way India is lucky.
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Even people on a tight budget have to sleep at a budget hotel and have to eat... every meal means extra income for small businesses. IN fact, the poorer Indians are the ones benefitting most from the poorer travellers, They are the ones eating at dhabas, sleeping in small family run guesthouses!

Despite what all of you are saying, many tourist dollars that could be spent are slipping out of the country. In Mcleodganj alone, where I stay, the great majority of small businesses depend on tourism. They have noted a decline, and are attributing it to people staying for shorter times, forced out to places like Nepal or Thailand. I was on an extremely tight budget, but even so, I'm sure my local grocer benefitted from my stay. I would have spent thousands of rupees over the six months there. It does add up to quite a considerable amount and it goes straight to the people that need it most - the working class locals!
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Kia Ora Haylo,

Thank you for replying to my post. I just got off the phone to the India High commisioner and he informed me that even if I get a one year tourist visa to India I can only travel for a complete total of 90 days .. So if I did the india/nepal/india plan that I was considering I could only be in india before and after Nepal for a total of 90 days .. not 90 days either side of the nepal trip as I understood.. Do you know about this or any way around it? ...
Thanks
Grace

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