Foreign Tourist Quota (FTQ) - A Basic Guide

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#46 May 16th, 2013, 12:43
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Originally Posted by sash561 View Post Thanks Dave, Could anyone please clarify if Secunderabad Railway Station is at "Nampally"
Secunderabad Railway Station is in Secunderabad. The one in Nampally is Hyderabad Deccan.

I was at Nampally a day before to catch a train, but at an unearthly hour, so could not check if FTQ is available there. Till then the one at Secunderabad is the one to go to.
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x-type visa expiring before FTQ train travel

This weekend I will try to book a FTQ ticket at NDLS. Does one have to have a tourist visa (mine is x-type) to qualify for FTQ? Also, I can foresee this getting a bit complicated as my visa will expire before the train that I am booking (I am getting it extended next week). I do however have a return ticket... Anyone have ANY experience in this?
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Ah. I hadn't realised that you weren't on a tourist visa when I suggested FTQ as a solution to your problem. Some people say that they have not had a problem with a non-tourist visa and others say that it has been a problem. You could try at no real cost but your time but there is no guarantee of success.
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Yes, well will hope for the best and try it out!
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Hello!

I am from Bangladesh. If I want to buy FTQ tickets of Delhi to Udhampur, Udampur to Delhi and Delhi to Kolkata, can I buy all these from Kolkata Fairly Place International Tourist Counter? Or I have to buy the tickets from respective stations only?

Please guide me. Thanks in advance.
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Assuming that FTQ berths are still available you can buy all the tickets that you require at Fairlie Place.
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Not sure if this is an obvious thing, but today tried to get a FTQ ticket at New Delhi station and they wouldn't issue it because I've been here longer than 6 months (that seemed to be the reason and not that I hold an x-entry as opposed to tourist visa, although I suppose tourist visas only have a 6 month validity anyway!)
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FTQ: if you are resident here, you cannot be a T even though you are an F, so I suppose that, indeed, you don't qualify.

I never knew that they checked though. I'd thought that maybe, if one day, I needed to use, I would be able to to. So now I know I can't.
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Kokan Kanya Express 1AC/2AC availability

Hello all,

I am travelling to India for the first time and I am trying to understand this multi-class and multiple-quotas booking system

Generally I want to travel one-way from Mumbai CST to Goa (Thivim or Karmali) in about three weeks. I will be travelling in a group of 4 people and we would generally like to get the best/highest class ticket available (1AC or 2AC). We are all coming to India on single-entry tourists visas.

As for the 1AC I have seen and read that the availability is very limited. For the day we would like to travel, the waitlist is already at #7 for 1AC berths. There is also no FT quota or tatkal available for this class of travel.

For 2AC there is 8 tickets in FT quota and 14 tickets in tatkal quota available according to indiarailinfo website. Here I have some quoestions to more experienced travellers with Indian railway booking system

As far as I understand, there is no possbility to booking foreign quota tickets online. Do you think they will be available to book when we come to tourist office at CST/VT or Churchgate just two days before departure? Or it is better (higher probability) to book tickets from tatkal quota? It would be great if we could travel all together in one cabin or at least in pairs. Do you think that this is possible with FT/tatkal quota bookings?

Thanks in advance for all your tips!
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Welcome to Indiamike.

It would be helpful if you were to give the train number of the one you are looking at and the date of travel. There are quite a lot of trains from CST to Goa. FTQ tickets cannot be bought on line. Please read the first post of this thread to understand how to book them.

Usually the berths allocated for FTQ are located together so if you are successful in booking this way you should be seated in proximity to each other.

As regards Tatkal I suggest that you post your query on this thread http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...ly-t56727/791/. See the top of the page there for the info needed.
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Dave, thanks for your reply. I gave the name of the particular train in the post title - the Konkan Kanya Express, which goes overnight to Goa.

It is good to hear that FTQ berths are allocated together. I have seen to different infos on FTQ tickets sale availability. This topic says they go on sale together with General quota, while other website says there are available only two days in advance before the train leaves. Which information is true then? If they go on sale 60 days before the departure, what is the probability that they will be available to book just two days in advance?
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The information in the first post of this thread is currently correct. FTQ tickets go on sale at the same time as General Quota. For most trains this means 60 days. Where did you read the dud information about 2 days?

It is impossible to forecast whether or not FTQ tickets will remain available for a specific date. This shows the current situation for the next few weeks as currently showing on Indiarailinfo.

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It doesn't look too bad but look at 27/9 and 5/10. It could look totally different tomorrow.

Train numbers are better than names as there is less chance of confusion.
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Originally Posted by Poolek View Post It is good to hear that FTQ berths are allocated together. I have seen to different infos on FTQ tickets sale availability. This topic says they go on sale together with General quota, while other website says there are available only two days in advance before the train leaves. Which information is true then? If they go on sale 60 days before the departure, what is the probability that they will be available to book just two days in advance?
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FTQ tickets go on sale with general quota tickets, ie 60 days in advance. You are probably confusing FTQ tickets with tatkal tickets here, the latter being sold only a day before the train leaves.

Konkan Kanya has eight berths in 2A and four berths in 3A for the foreign tourist quota, so I think you should be okay - you might have to be flexible by one or two days though.

The day train (Mandovi Express) has availability in 1A for quite a few dates in October if you want to travel by the highest class. It is a slow day journey but the route is scenic and train is well known for the wide variety of food available on board.
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Thanks guys. Now I have the last question - can be the FT tickets booked by a third person? We have a friend currently living in Mumbai, but she won't be travelling with us to Goa. It is then possible that she book the tickets for us, by presenting a scan of our passports and/or visa page in the ticket office at CST or Churchgate?
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I doubt it. I haven't used either of the Mumbai offices but in Kolkata there was a very prominent notice to say that photocopies were not accepted.
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