foreigners having a visa for stay in India for 180 days or more
will have to get themselves registered with the concerned registration
officer within a period of 14 days from the date of their first
arrival in the country. Though, a decision to this effect was
taken by the Government of India (GOI) some time back, there was
some confusion about its applicability in the travel trade.
the earlier Government decision, the office of Director General
Civil Aviation has issued a letter to the travel associations
urging travel agents and tour operators to see that travellers
visiting the country, using their services are informed about
this clause. It may be recalled that some time back Gol, waived
the requirement or registration of foreigners coming to India
except for nationals of Pakistan and Afghanistan, for whom separate
rules of registration were made applicable . however, the order
failed to clarify that registration waiver was not available for
all foreigners having visa for stay in India for over 180 days.
This lead to confusion as overseas, visits, even for longer duration,
remained unregistered with the concerned authorities leading to
penal action being initiated against few visitors.
per the government order, non-registration with the registration
officer within the stipulated period or overstay in India beyond
the period of visa will entail a penal fee of US$ 30 (or equivalent
amount in Indian rupees) from the concerned foreign national.
The order further states that panel fees will be charged without
prejudice to any other action that the authorities may decide
to take against the offender under the provisions of the Foreigners
government has framed separate registration rules for nationals
of Pakistan and Afghanistan citing security reasons. Though, the
guidelines for the nationals of these two countries has changed
frequently in the past few years, from 1999 registration was made
mandatory for them irrespective of their stay in India.