Have you had trouble getting into India recently?

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Have you had trouble getting into India recently? If so, what were the circumstances?

Lately on this forum I've seen a few posts about people being denied entry into India. I can't tell if its just a few anecdotes or if India might be tightening up visa use. It could be useful to have these experiences in one thread.

I have a ten year tourist visa and visit India often. If it looks like things are changing around tourist visa use, I'd like to know ahead of time to adjust my plans.

It goes without saying that the Indian visa doesn't entitle us to anything and we are here at the grace of the government. But knowing about a policy change early is much better than finding out when trying to enter India.
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I entered India last October on my 5 year visa. The entry was no different to previous visits.
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Anyone else had difficulties entering India?

I'm not sure if the lack of replies means no one is having difficulties or perhaps the forum isn't getting as many visitors.

I had one difficult time leaving India a year back. I was asked a lot of questions about what I'm doing when I visit and am I working in India. But so far no problems entering. But I did speak to a long term traveler who was denied an Indian visa for the first time.
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As I mentioned here before, leaving last year I was asked where I had stayed the last couple of nights since the hotel didn't show up on his screen, though previous nights' hotels did. Never had this happen before.
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Try tripadvisor might get answer there.
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Originally Posted by Chrisspeaks View Post Anyone else had difficulties entering India?

I'm not sure if the lack of replies means no one is having difficulties or perhaps the forum isn't getting as many visitors.

I had one difficult time leaving India a year back. I was asked a lot of questions about what I'm doing when I visit and am I working in India. But so far no problems entering. But I did speak to a long term traveler who was denied an Indian visa for the first time.
I guess you were/are expecting certain affirmation of your biases ?

Given your past posts on this forum, on exploiting the limits of tourist visa, it may just be possible that you are in IVFRT ?

People who in the past got away with visa runs, are now being flagged in IVFRT !
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Originally Posted by zif View Post As I mentioned here before, leaving last year I was asked where I had stayed the last couple of nights since the hotel didn't show up on his screen, though previous nights' hotels did. Never had this happen before.
Interesting. During some visits to India I've stayed the entire time with relatives (and I'm pretty sure they didn't file a Form C or even knew what it was) and I've never been asked a question about where I stayed, neither on leaving nor on re-entry. (I have an OCI, not a tourist visa, so that may make a difference.)

Anyway, for the OP, in my experience amongst several friends and many work colleagues traveling to India I haven't heard of anyone having any problem entering India on valid tourist or business visas recently, both the long-term stamped kind and the e-visas. I do know two persons who were denied entry and sent back on the next plane out for not having the old passports with visa stamps in them (where they traveled with just their newer passports) but that's entirely to be expected and not any kind of "tightening up". (Although I think in the past there might have been some such "missing visa" cases where some folks were admitted to the country for a few days under exigent circumstances such as family emergencies.)
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This was in late Spring, 2018. I assume it's related to the roll-out of that new know-all see-all computer system to keep track of foreigners. So past experience may be no guide to the future. Indeed, I took it as a bit of a forewarning.

Note that many hotels now seem to file Form Cs online, so the information shows up in the system immediately.
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I am not sure the guesthouse filed a form or not, I like to pay cash and they seem to like me doing so. I also stay with relatives and I know that was not reported. I have had zero problems arriving or departing over 3 decades. I won't insult the gods by predicting the future..
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Originally Posted by Bandicoot View Post Interesting. During some visits to India I've stayed the entire time with relatives (and I'm pretty sure they didn't file a Form C or even knew what it was) and I've never been asked a question about where I stayed, neither on leaving nor on re-entry. (I have an OCI, not a tourist visa, so that may make a difference.)
Big difference. OCIs are not required to register at all.

I don't know if mainstream hotels fill the form anyway... But my guess is rust they don't need to. Nor for people registered with FRRO.
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Have you had trouble getting into India recently?

There is still a big confusion within hotels regarding OCI. OCI should be the only ID you should need to checkin but hotels donít know how to deal with OCI and still demand passport to. Complete a C form. I am not talking about small hotels. Even Hyatt and ITC properties demanded a passport along with an OCI. I donít think correct requirements have filtered down to hotels from MHA.
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Originally Posted by Govindpuri View Post There is still a big confusion within hotels regarding OCI. OCI should be the only ID you should need to checkin but hotels donít know how to deal with OCI and still demand passport to. Complete a C form. I am not talking about small hotels. Even Hyatt and ITC properties demanded a passport along with an OCI. I donít think correct requirements have filtered down to hotels from MHA.
I agree. I always have to show my passport along with my OCI in all the major hotels.

Giving OCI alone would be much safer in India as data protection rules do not exist and there is always possibility of your passport details being misused.

But if there is any consolation, even Marriott had a major data breach which was revealed recently.
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So far as I can gather, the obligation to file Form C is the host's, not the traveler's. So while you might be questioned if your stay didn't produce a proper series of Form Cs, I'm not sure you'd be in serious hot water yourself.

If you want to host travellers yourself, Airbnb walks you through the Form C process:

https://www.airbnb.ca/help/article/1...or-india-hosts

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