Foreign Tourist Quota (FTQ) - A Basic Guide

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#106 Sep 26th, 2015, 17:03
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We managed to get tickets on the FTQ via Jaipur City train station, for Hospet Junction to Madgaon. I've not seen comprehensive instructions how to do this from Jaipur, so I'll submit here.

The tourist information centre is on platform 1, from there a police officer/solider took us to a building just outside the main entrance to the station, but still within the station complex, with booking hall/reservation call written above the entrance, in both Hindi and English.

This was well guarded and a legitimate booking hall. We were directed to the first desk, for foreign tourists, senior citizens, freedom fighters and VIPs. From there we followed instructions, filled out a form, and booked our train on the FTQ.

Please note, if you haven't the number and name of the train you wish to book, you will be directed from the first desk to the fourth, general enquirers, to gather information, thereby enabling you to fill out the form. Once the form is complete, you will be directed back to the first desk.

Also, desks are listed in the 600s. Not 1 to 2. There aren't six hindered desks! Just head for the first desk as you enter the building and you'll be fine!

I hope this helps!
#107 Oct 16th, 2015, 08:55
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I am an NRI. On august 2015 i went for booking through ftq in chennai central and the booking clerk told me that i am not eligible for this and only OCI's are eligible. Is it true?
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International Tourist Bureaus issue reserved tickets to the Foreign Tourists and NRIs holding valid passport against payment in US dollars, Pounds, Sterling,Euros and indian Rupees. These Bureaus also sell Indrail passes which are issued to foreign tourists / NRIs on production of valid passport and valid visa.Indrail pass entitles the pass holder to travel as he likes over the entire Indian Railways with out any route restriction within the period of validity of IRP. Indrail pass however, does not guaranty reserved accommodation.
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For FTQ booking, is it necessary for all passengers to be present in person at the counter to book the tickets, or one can book for other passenger also provided all the passports are presented.
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Originally Posted by ashukla View Post For FTQ booking, is it necessary for all passengers to be present in person at the counter to book the tickets, or one can book for other passenger also provided all the passports are presented.
One person (or their agent) can make the booking.
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I had a quick scan of the earlier posts but it seemed uncertain in practice.

Can a foreigner on a business visa use FTQ?

Does anyone have any experience of doing it successfully? Or was anyone refused?
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They don't look at your visa type, just evidence of your foreign residence (and you used to have to pay in foreign currency by cash or card, but I see from Aarosh's post above that they now accept rupees). I have availed of it on an Entry (X) Visa
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You have to be resident outside India. I have used it when I still had an Indian passport. I had to show my encashment certificate
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post I have used it when I still had an Indian passport. I had to show my encashment certificate
This was when IG was PM

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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post I have availed of it on an Entry (X) Visa
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Originally Posted by JuliaF View Post I had a quick scan of the earlier posts but it seemed uncertain in practice.

Can a foreigner on a business visa use FTQ?

Does anyone have any experience of doing it successfully? Or was anyone refused?
It is a crapshoot. Contrary to what a poster last year posted (from Chennai about OCI being eligible), I was not allowed, once at NDLS.

The Ticket Clerk said, the OCI have lifetime validity, and he has no way of determining if I'd stay here ad infinitum. Valid argument, however he suggested I go to another counter and get a Tatkal as there was 100% chance to get my choice.
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Originally Posted by JuliaF View Post I had a quick scan of the earlier posts but it seemed uncertain in practice.

Can a foreigner on a business visa use FTQ?

Does anyone have any experience of doing it successfully? Or was anyone refused?
For anyone else wondering, I'm on a tourist visa and my 2 companions are on work. I was able to get a tourist quota ticket no problem today in Secunderabad, but they will have to go back for tatkal. From what I can tell, it seems to be totally up in the air if they look at your visa or not. I've heard of people going to the smaller station in Nampally and no one noticing, but that's my experience from today.
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I still have my Indian passport and was able to book FTQ tickets from New Delhi office (Platform 1/Paharganj side).
The evidence they are looking for is residence outside India. The entry and exit stamp on the passport, greencard and encashment of dollar were sufficient proof to convince him to give me the tickets.

I think they should have no issues with a foreign passport on a business/visitor visa (though OCI argument above makes me think that such a person might run in roadblock and may be dependent on the individual at the FTQ office).
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Are FTQ tickets subject to "dynamic" pricing?
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As far as I know they are not subject to dynamic pricing.
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Foreign Tourist Quota (FTQ) - A Basic Guide

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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post As far as I know they are not subject to dynamic pricing.


Just got a ticket on the Rajdhani Exp today from the foreign tourist counter at Churchgate.

Dynamic pricing applies to FTQ tickets. I was charged over 5K for a ticket normally priced around 3.8K(?).


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IRCTC website indicates the fare for 1A in Rajdhani is Rs 4755/-, for 2A is Rs 2870/- and 3A is Rs 2085/-
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