Is it really "No foreigners accepted" or "No commission paid"?

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Hello,

As in India it is unfortunately common that various people lie in order to maximise their own gain, I wonder if this was also one of such events or a genuine explaination:

In Jaipur station we were approached by tout who suggested to lead us to hotel. Some of us agreed (we knew he is doing it for commission but it was late and some wanted just a „quick hotel“).

However, the „guide“ lead us quite far missing some hotels, claiming that they „do not have a C-Form and could not accept foreigners“.

When we found a hotel, we were charged a „C-form tax“ in addition to price (300 ruppees tax) – something we haven‘t had to pay in any other hotel. By the way, in all other hotels it would be hotelliers that fill out the form, while in that particular hotel we had to do that ourselves.

So, I wonder:

*Are there really hotels that don‘t have C-forms, or was that an euphemism for hotels that don‘t pay commission?

*Is there really any C-form tax anywhere, or was that also an euphemism for commission?
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Originally Posted by Reost View Post Hello,

As in India it is unfortunately common that various people lie in order to maximise their own gain,

Hmmm, I hope you don't mind me saying this... but it seems that worrying that every interaction you have might be the start of a scam might not be the best way to enjoy trips to India...
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Originally Posted by Rasika View Post Hmmm, I hope you don't mind me saying this... but it seems that worrying that every interaction you have might be the start of a scam might not be the best way to enjoy trips to India...
You are right I think. It's very unfortunate that high amount of scamming and lies directed at me in the first days in India made me extremely defensive, and I believe I may mistook some genuine interactions as scams (and that's why I am asking here now, after my trip).
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No there is no C form-tax. But, a hotel for the price of Starbuck Coffee !!! Really, Rs 300.
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No there is no C form-tax. But, a hotel for the price of Starbuck Coffee !!! Really, Rs 300.
Total price was 1000 Rs. As they put it, 700 Rs price and 300 Rs C-form tax .
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The page at http://boi.gov.in/sites/default/file...Doc-Reg-12.pdf refers to the C form, which is available at http://boi.gov.in/content/form-c, but I don't really feel like read all that. I suppose that if there is paperwork that has to be filled, and we are talking about a small, cheap hotel, it might make sense for them to recover their cost/hassle...

I know it doesn't feel nice to know one has been taken advantage of. On the other hand, if I am in a new country where I don't know the language, I know I will make some bad decisions and maybe spend more than the shoestring budget I would expect to spend after reading Lonely Planet, etc. On the other hand, I also know I will receive some lovely hospitality from some of the people on the street who I end up interacting with.
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Yes, it's true. Some hotels don't want to bother with the paperwork and so aren't interested in foreign guests. One hotel finally accepted me as a guest, but only if I agreed to fill out the paperwork myself.

I've also been turned away by large hotels, but I suspected it was because of Diwali time, so perhaps they wanted to save the rooms for nationals. It wasn't explained to me in that way, though. They just said, "No foreigners."
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Jaipur is a place where is is no dearth of hotels in any direction you look. Any map will show you a large number of hotels near the station. If you still go with a tout then expect a commission scenario. I would not call that a scam.

There is no c form tax but not all hotels will want the hassle associated with it.

And diwali is a very busy time to travel. Many hotels - specially the good ones with a low price will be booked in advance.


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