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Comment by Anil on October 8, 2010 at 11:38am
Nayaz: The rule is still in place. You being a PIO with a foreign passport does not make the notion that this rule is scrapped. There is no update on The IATA database that a gate-agent checks is what determines if you are allowed to board or not. Many foreign passport holders have been denied boarding @ LHR,KTM,CMB that I know of in the recent past. The only rule relaxed is the one month gap between expiry of one T visa and applying for another. To recap - Only foreign passport holders with Tourist visa have the 2 month gap between visits. PIO/OCI and other visa categories are exempt. There is a very exhaustive FAQs on the Ministry of Home Affairs website which addresses all questions pertaining to current visa regulations.

Foreign passport holders who intend to use India as a base for tourism to neighboring countries have to apply in advance for an exemption to the two month rule.
Comment by Tripatini on October 8, 2010 at 11:28am
New today on the Tripatini blog: a look at the Himalayan hill station of Ranikhet.
Comment by Nayaz Noor on October 8, 2010 at 11:26am
Max - the problem really is corruption at the top.. in every sphere of the Indians' life. World class events come once in a decade or in 2 decades. So the Indian psyche is - here's an opportunity to make money out of it.... be it the politician, contractor etc. It is a shame.... and as you rightly mention, India does have much to offer. Although it seems that they have rectified the basic issues of the tracks, housing etc. India has a demographic advantage but is not capitalizing on it the right way and i fear that it is going to get worse...

What happens after the games will give us an indication.....
Comment by Nayaz Noor on October 8, 2010 at 11:19am
Anil: The past few occasions i have been traveling out of India, none of the immigration authorities have asked me any questions. Even though i don't present my PIO card in the first instance.

If any foreigner has a legitimate reason and an itinerary that matches their intentions, it should not be a problem.

They used to stamp passports almost 8-9months ago that one could not return to India for 2months. I did not see any foreigners passport being stamped, at least when i traveled this year. And i did about half a dozen trips out of India and was actually curious about this rule...
Comment by Anil on October 8, 2010 at 10:55am
Nayaz: Do you have any definitive source on the 2-month rule ? Is it on the MHA website ?
Comment by Max Pesling on October 8, 2010 at 10:53am
Hi Mariellen! Yes, and I've also been reading about how everyone is appalled at how the housing, the running tracks, and so forth are a shambles. It's too bad -- India has so much to offer, but apparently is not ready for prime time in sporting events, at least.
Comment by Mariellen Ward on October 8, 2010 at 10:45am
Not being part of the Commonwealth, the Americans on this list may not know that the Commonwealth Games are taking place in Delhi right now. The city has spent years building infrastructure projects (such as a metro and new airports) and sprucing things up for the Games. I was there Jan-Apr, earlier this year, and the entire city seemed to be under construction! I'm looking forward to going back this winter and seeing everything finished. I also would like to see the list of 17 monuments they have restored.
Comment by Nayaz Noor on October 8, 2010 at 10:20am
commenting on the 2-month rule, as far as i know it has been scrapped....
Comment by Anil on October 8, 2010 at 10:05am
Ed, which are these historical monuments ? I have a good sense of the architecture of the city; If there is something missing, I plan to be in DEL end of the month, I will definitely go take a look.
Comment by Ed Wetschler on October 8, 2010 at 9:24am
17 historical monuments have been restored in Delhi and, from what I read, many visitors to the city are going to see them. But these are not the internationally known, A-List monuments. Have you seen these newly restored sites, and which are definitely worth visiting?



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