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1. Posted by 09nathan (Budding Member 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I was in india during the covid period and inadvertently overstayed the extended gratis visa period that was allowed by the Indian government. When applying for a exit permit I happily paid the fine due to my mistake and left within the allotted time period given.

I was told this wouldn't effect future visa applications to India, but have heard reports from several people who also overstayed that they have had issues gaining new visas.

Before I make and pay for a new visa application I wanted to know if anyone can enlighten me with information regarding this matter?

2. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 366 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Where are you resident and what nationality. UK has "upset" India (politically) and to get a tourist visa you have to attend an interview at one of their centres and appointments are generally booked-up for 2 months. They only allow booking up to 2 months so appointments are "difficult" and when more are released they get booked quickly.

Ian

3. Posted by 09nathan (Budding Member 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hi Ian,

Thanks for your response. UK, india relations have thankfully grown over the past month with e-visa now being reopend, meaning you no longer have to make applications at one of the many visa centers located across the UK.
Enabling applications to be made online like pre pandemic.

My previous stay in India was purely for tourisum and my future planned visit is for the same.

4. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 366 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Quoting 09nathan

Hi Ian,

Thanks for your response. UK, india relations have thankfully grown over the past month with e-visa now being reopend, meaning you no longer have to make applications at one of the many visa centers located across the UK.
Enabling applications to be made online like pre pandemic.

My previous stay in India was purely for tourisum and my future planned visit is for the same.

Thanks for correcting me. A few months back I'd been kind of planning travelling to India but elsewhere others mentioned the then visa issues so I checked and regularly tried to book appointment then gave-up thinking maybe head elsewhere (e.g SE Asia) travel and when ready local Indian colsulates might be easier than those in UK.

Good also because looks like they do a 365 day e-visa (border run every 90 days) - at least my impression from a brief check. 30 days nowhere near enough to see much of the country.

Ian

5. Posted by 09nathan (Budding Member 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

My understanding is that if you're from the UK you are allowed upto 180 days stay during each visit. There are many different statements online 30, 60, 90 day stay periods, but after speaking with a visa agent I have been assured UK citizens can still benefit from 180 days, which is great as india has so much to see.

Sadly the visa agent couldn't give me the information required regarding my original post. Fingers crossed someone out there has the answers...

6. Posted by Eric Sankt (Inactive 5 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

where is the most beautiful place in India? tell me plzz
I will come next week with my friends