Tips to Avoid the Indian Tourist Visa 2-Month Gap

Important Note: After November 2012, the government of India has removed the two-month gap rule for the tourists coming from the countries; Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, and Bangladesh).

India is the major attraction of tourists, therefore Indian Tourism ministry is consistently improving its visa policies hence for all countries the two-month gap between two visits has removed. But there are few countries that still need to follow the two-month gap rule, So, if your case is the same and you are looking for ways to deal with it, we are here offering you some effective ways to get rid of this limitation.

A re-entry permit is your savior: If you need to return to India on an urgent basis, you can apply for the Re-entry permit within two months. However, re-entry permit can only be availed in the unavoidable emergencies, such as the ailment or death of the family member or relative. The situation needs to be justified with the proper documentation. However, this permit is not provided for Business activities/Employment or study purposes. The re-entry permit can only be applied at any Indian visa processing center. In a few exceptional cases, the permit can be given to non-emergency cases, depending upon the requirements. Also, the applicant needs to register within 14 days at the FRRO (Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office). In order to get any information related to this permit, the applicant needs to contact the Ministry of Home Affairs or the authority from where the original visa was issued.

Visiting neighboring countries: If you are visiting the neighboring country of India such as Nepal, Thailand, or Sri Lanka, submitting the documents of travel and return ticket to your home country can help you visit India before two months. For such travels, no re-entry permit is required as the Immigration officer has the power to offer up to three entries to an applicant, depending upon the need of the situation. In some cases, on providing the proof of itinerary, the traveler gets the stamp on the visa that is meant to waive off the two-month gap. Getting a stamp depends upon the country you are coming from.

The Indian government is making consistent efforts to simplify the process of visa application and attract more and more tourists towards India. Therefore, the Indian tourism ministry has introduced Indian e-visa that makes possible to apply and avail visa right at your home, as the entire process is done online. The e-tourist visa can be applied to explore the beautiful culture and history of India. But, the stay period cannot exceed the limit of 90 days to180 depending upon the country you are coming from. The best thing about e-visa India is that it can be applied as many times as it is required to visit the country hence if you are planning a shorter stay, e-visa is a better choice.

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