Living in India on a regular tourist visa

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#91 Feb 10th, 2019, 02:19
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I was just wondering if you've had any issues with things once you've arrived e.g. if you're renting accommodation, does it have to be all in his name, do you have issues with things like phones, bank accounts etc? We're also planning on staying somewhere much smaller where there are unlikely to be many other foreigners so slightly concerned about attracting more attention and questions about visa status etc. Does anyone have any thought on this?
I thought it would be the opposite. Forens don't attempt rent control and I hear, may pay more. However, my rental experience was limited to families, hostels, staff quarters, and a village hut..
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It is hard to give accurate advice, as you are trying to live in India on a visa which is just for tourists occasional visits...

I assume you know that even with a "5 year visa", you still need to leave the country every so often? At one time, this was every 180 days, but I have heard that for some tourist visas, the length of stay before leaving again is only 90 days.

Getting a phone number for yourself should not be a problem, I was able to use my first hotel as an address.

Not sure about a bank account, maybe a bit strange to the bank that a tourist would need an Indian bank account?

Smaller places in India tend to be more conservative/traditional when it comes to marriage. Maybe wear a cheap ring on your third finger, folk should not need to ask any awkward questions then.

Good luck, please come back and tell us how you get on!

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I'll sum up my thoughts in the form of an answer to OandR's points...
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post It is hard to give accurate advice, as you are trying to live in India on a visa which is just for tourists occasional visits...
It's only a year or thereabouts. Many people visit India for five or six months... so this is occasional, albeit longish, visits
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I assume you know that even with a "5 year visa", you still need to leave the country every so often? At one time, this was every 180 days, but I have heard that for some tourist visas, the length of stay before leaving again is only 90 days.
Yes, maximum length of stay as per visa terms. And whereas it may be possible, it might not be politic to walk across a border and walk straight back again!
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Not sure about a bank account, maybe a bit strange to the bank that a tourist would need an Indian bank account?
Maybe legally possible to open a bank account with a tourist visa, but many banks will not want that custom. I could not open a bank account here until I officially became resident. And it is probably not necessary anyway. Foreign debit/credit cards will work here, although the price of everything will be increased by those foreign-transaction fees.
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Smaller places in India tend to be more conservative/traditional when it comes to marriage. Maybe wear a cheap ring on your third finger, folk should not need to ask any awkward questions then.
This is a good point indeed, especially in the smaller places.
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Thanks, these are really helpful comments. Yes I'm aware I'd need to leave the country, hopefully every 180 days which should be fine as will come home to visit at least once and would also like to visit Nepal during the stay. 90 days would be more challenging! Yes I think we'll definitely say that we're married for ease - feels a little uncomfortable lying, but difficult explaining otherwise. I guess bank account isn't much of a big deal as would probably have to pay to transfer my money in so paying foreign card fees etc may not make much difference - might just look into the cheapest account for withdrawals. Good to hear the phone thing is unlikely to be much of an issue as I did have some trouble on a previous trip but guess might just depend on where you go. Mostly just worried about attracting more attention being in a smaller place if people ask why I'm staying there a lot of the time on a tourist visa. Having said that I do plan to do a lot of travelling while I'm there and we have lots of friends and family hoping to use our visit as a chance to plan a trip so I think I'll end up pulled into lots of travels which is exciting too and hopefully will make me more of a 'tourist'!

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I think most Indian folk assume all foreigners are simply tourists. The average Indian is not going to be too aware of what a visa is, so don't worry about that aspect too much.

All foreigners seem to objects of interest in a small Indian town, but that is normal, it does not reflect on the length of time you should stay in one place, just accept any interest as routine.

Just say "my husband is working here and I am looking after him" that is what would be expected.

Good luck!

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Living in India on a regular tourist visa

Or... My husband is working here so I am taking the opportunity to be a tourist!
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Thanks, you've all put my mind at ease! Can't wait to get over there now.

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