Are tickets valid, if booked by Indian friend from his account w IRCTC?

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My Indian friend is willing to book tickets for me from his IRCTC account (since I cannot pay my SMS fee with foreign CC in the registration process on IRCTC, but this is a different issue).

Now his doubt is whether there might be any problem later for me with the TC, if he sees that the ticket was paid for from an Indian account, and that Indian person is not traveling with me.
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Who is the name listed on the ticket.?
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The TC would not be able to know from which account the ticket was paid from.

One of the passengers needs to have a valid photo id proof. It would be better if all the travelers have one.
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We've yet to use the tickets but tickets were booked from a shared IRTCTC acount they had been useing since collage. Unfortunately the it was a busy month on that account and the quota used used up, so an new account was created for an additional leg of the journey. Seems to me whoever used the shares IRCTC account paid from their own method.

One leg asked for my passport number and the other didn't. I think just due to some check box being clicked on or not. We made sure that my name was spelled correctly to match my passport, as they made sure to match their spelling to their IDs. I find the Indian phonetic spellings of my name kind of amuseing.
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post Who is the name listed on the ticket.?
My name.

Is passport number and remark as foreign tourist needed? Or only on Foreign Tourist Quota which would not apply here.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post The TC would not be able to know from which account the ticket was paid from.

One of the passengers needs to have a valid photo id proof. It would be better if all the travelers have one.
Thanks aarosh. That makes sense.
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Are tickets valid, if booked by Indian friend from his account w IRCTC?

I have only made one booking for a foreigner in the past several years... Me! I seem to remember that I had to give my passport number, so I guess it must ask for nationality and require that information.

More often I book for Mrs N as her son moved to a different city. Don't have to give her passport number!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I have only made one booking for a foreigner in the past several years... Me! I seem to remember that I had to give my passport number, so I guess it must ask for nationality and require that information.

More often I book for Mrs N as her son moved to a different city. Don't have to give her passport number!
Not sure what that means, except that the system somehow recognizes what nationality a booked passenger is ... or you are already registered in your account as a Farang??
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When I booked a general quota ticket at the counter in person, I was asked to show my passport.

I believe this is general practice to have to provide some form of I.D.

If your friend books a ticket in your name, then your passport will be fine for ID.

I seem to recall that the website asks what form of photo id you will provide, from pull down menu, but does not ask for the number.

Don't worry, I am sure you will be fine!

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I just looked on one of my old e-tickets and there is nothing about my passport number anywhere on the form.

This is printed on the e-ticket:

1. You can travel on e-ticket sent on SMS or take a Virtual Reservation Message (VRM) along with any one of the prescribed ID in original.
Please do not print the ERS unless extremely necessary. This Ticket will be valid with an ID proof in original. Please carry original identity
proof. If found traveling without original ID proof, passenger will be treated as without ticket and charged as per extent Railway Rules.
2. Valid IDs to be presented during train journey by one of the passenger booked on an e-ticket :- Voter Identity Card / Passport / PAN Card
/ Driving License / Photo ID card issued by Central / State Govt / Public Sector Undertakings of State / Central Government ,District
Administrations , Muncipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations which are having serial number / Student Identity Card with photograph
issued by recognized School or College for their students / Nationalized Bank Passbook with photograph /Credit Cards issued by Banks
with laminated photograph/Unique Identification Card "Aadhaar".

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Are tickets valid, if booked by Indian friend from his account w IRCTC?

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Originally Posted by atala View Post Not sure what that means, except that the system somehow recognizes what nationality a booked passenger is ... or you are already registered in your account as a Farang??
I'm just registered as me. Maybe I'll try a booking but not take it through to payment... And report back on what the system asks me. Although we have enough train experts here!

Not sure... This might be a change with the new system. Before, I could give driving licence etc for id.

Anyway, when I traveled in April, TTEs did not require passport. I almost took my car registration card out of my purse instead of DL. TTE seemed to think even that would do.

In the past, of they bothered at all, some TTEs were just curious that a foreigner gave Indian licence as id
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My friend is worried that I could have problems when the ticket collector sees that my ticket was booked and paid for by an Indian, which he can tell from the fact that it was originally an SMS ticket from which I get a print-out at some station. I think he is just over-conscientious trying to avoid any problems for me.

His main query is if an Indian can book a ticket for a foreigner, with whom he himself is not traveling.

Personally I don't see any problem, but there might be one if a TC could construe some malintent.
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I don't see any problem. The website asks for the passengers name, it does not automatically assume the ticket is for the account holder.
Your name on ticket, your name on photo i.d. No worries...

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Originally Posted by atala View Post His main query is if an Indian can book a ticket for a foreigner, with whom he himself is not traveling.

Personally I don't see any problem ...
No problem. Even a foreigner can book for an Indian, with whom he is not travelling, as I have mentioned doing above.

If the Indian in the equation does this a lot, he might end up being suspected of being an agent, which might get him into trouble. No idea how irctc pretends to spot suspicious behaviour. I lost my first irctc account without doing anything at all suspicious.
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Originally Posted by atala View Post My friend is worried that I could have problems when the ticket collector sees that my ticket was booked and paid for by an Indian, which he can tell from the fact that it was originally an SMS ticket from which I get a print-out at some station. I think he is just over-conscientious trying to avoid any problems for me.

His main query is if an Indian can book a ticket for a foreigner, with whom he himself is not traveling.

Personally I don't see any problem, but there might be one if a TC could construe some malintent.
There is absolutely no problem with booking tickets for other passengers*, foreign or not. I have done this for numerous foreign friends without any issues.

As long as the ID being carried matches the name on the ticket examiner's chart no ticket checker will care about the nitty-gritties of which account the ticket was booked from etc.

*Unless this is being done by a travel agent and the tickets sold at a profit though a personal (non-agent) IRCTC ID.

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