New rules - show passport for general quota tickets?

#1 Feb 24th, 2018, 03:20
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I cannot book tickets online at the moment because my IRCTC account is not working.

So a friend in India tried to buy a ticket for me, general quota, as he had done numerous times before - last time in October 2017.

A few days ago he was told that he could not buy a ticket for a foreigner unless he presented the foreigner's passport! The passport no. did not suffice. He was refused the ticket. That was at Howrah station, Kolkata.


Has anybody had the same problem? Or heard about these 'new rules'?
#2 Feb 24th, 2018, 13:30
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Never heard of it. Sounds like another case of petty official ego-tripping. Seems to happen a lot in Calcutta.
#3 Feb 24th, 2018, 14:30
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There is no rule like this. I have bought numerous tickets for foreign friends of mine in the past few weeks in Bangalore and no such requirement exists. Try another booking office, perhaps?
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Because of recent changes, some booking offices are a little confused. I believe the confusion is because a passport is required to book "foreign tourist quota" at the station? General quota should not require this, as far as I know.

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I have asked Raj from Trainticketplease; he still buys tickets for foreigners without a problem (General Quota and Tatkal). He has many positive reviews on Tripadvisor.
#6 Feb 24th, 2018, 17:37
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One possibility is that the OP wants a ticket to Dhaka. There are very strict rules for the international train from Kolkata to Dhaka, and yes, you have to show the actual passport. However, the OP said Howrah, but that booking is not done at Howrah station as far as I know.
#7 Feb 26th, 2018, 04:45
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No, I don't want to go to Dhaka. I wanted a 'normal' ticket for a route in Northern India on which I have travelled several times before.


It is unfortunately not so unusual in India that 'officials' make up rules as they go along.

Last year a friend of mine went to the bank to cash a cheque as he had done a zillion times before. It was a branch of the bank where he has his account. The clerk refused to cash his cheque for some bizarre reason which I don't remember now, so I had to help my friend out. Never before and never since did my friend have any problem in any other branch of that bank in any other city in India.

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