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Lets reiterate You had a problem with your current passport People were not accepting (or at least easily) other means of identification It seems you were just let go on that occasion because people had "better things to do". Even if by all laws your current passport (or other documents provided) should work, you already know that this didn't impress ...


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As one simple but quantifiable example, two of the conditions for a country to qualify for the US's Visa Waiver Program are: Their Adjusted Visa Refusal Rate must be below 3%, and The country must provide visa-free access to US citizens. India fails on both counts: The AVRR for Indian citizens in 2013 was 18.7%, 6x higher than required. This is worse ...


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I know your question is totally based on the Schengen area of Europe, and its controls; however, I read an answer to a different question and it included a synopsis of a FAQ on the U.S. Department of State website, which I will add here as well. Do I need to take a new photo if I recently dyed my hair a new color or grew a beard? New photos are only ...


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Being an Indian myself I can understand the frustration of having to apply for a visa for almost every country that you travel to. This Wikipedia article gives a fairly up-to-date information about the visa requirements for Indian citizens. As you can see, most countries that do not require an Indian passport holder to get a visa are in Asia and Africa. I ...


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I believe the answer is immigration, immigration and immigration (real or perceived). In Europe at least, visa requirements and enforcement measures are motivated mostly by the risk that the people in question would try to enter the country and stay there illegally (and of course all the political posturing around that risk). It could be argued that ...


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People do change in time, this is a fact an no one can do anything about it unless you really stick to a strict life style. Considering that, you have two options: An expensive quick solution: Renew your passport, even if it is not expired. I am sure I have seen passport renewal forms with a checkbox saying "due to change in looks" or something like that. ...


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You are probably running into several acts and regulations here, both of the issuing and the visiting country, each with vague and legalese description of what to do and what not to do. The most relevant legal text is in this particular case probably the Norwegian alien regulation (Utlendingsforskriften), which in ยง 4-12 states that when entering or leaving ...


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The biggest factor will be if the two airlines have an interline agreement, which will determine if you can check your baggage through to your final destination. It would be wise to check with your originating airline to find out who they have agreements with (often listed in the baggage info section of their website) before buying your HK ticket. If they ...


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I think the opposite is also known to happen (i.e. people getting through with another person's passport based on a vague similarity). Photos just aren't very reliable. It's difficult to judge without seeing your picture but I would therefore expect that with full documentation (especially a UK residence permit, even without biometrics!) most border guards ...


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Get your passport renewed as soon as possible. It's a cheap option compared with being denied boarding of a flight or entry to a country. Since it expires in less than a year, you were probably going to want to renew soon anyway, as some countries need 6 months of validity. In the meantime I would recommend carrying several pieces of photo ID with you, ...


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It did get confirmed indeed. That happened only at the time of chart preparation, not one minute before that. I also asked the TTE about this and he confirmed that empty tatkal seats, if any, get allotted to RAC and wait listed passengers.


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It's a combination of a lot of things, but the 2 most important are: 1: Lack of reciprocal agreements India has had visa barriers against foriegn visitors for a long time, stemming from a time when it didn't particularly want tourists. The national government was highly ioslationist/protectionist and only started taking down trade barriers in the 1990s ...


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TL;DR: If you have < $1000 - < $2000 worth of money, use a travel card (you can easily get one from Axis Bank) otherwise use a wire transfer for either your Bank Account or from a Forex Service. I happen to have a BoA account as well, so I do this quite often. In India, in order to transfer money to the US, you have three options, Use your local ...


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For me the time is of importance - the whole tourist industry is based on this. There are three ways I think of India when 'partitioning' it: The first would be by the parts that are affected by the monsoon season (there are two main ones in India) and according to the time of your visit. The next "division" I would make would be: Northwest, Northeast, ...


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Your mileage may vary, and it certainly is a grey zone, but I'd just tick "No". Since you were an Indian citizen, you've technically never visited India before, you've only been a resident there. The visa application is asking whether Mr Damryfbfnetsi, citizen of the USA, has ever visited India before. Since you have not visited as an American, the answer ...


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India is vast and not possible to complete everything. And every corner in India has its own culture.Its a very diverse country and so its called "Unity in Diversity!" You might need years to just experience it. But if you have limited time this should help] 1) Southern India - Land in Mumbai enjoy couple of days here (Ajanta and Ellora Caves don't forget) ...


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Could it be that is boils down to the size of a countries population. If you check the visa requirements of Chinese citizens, you'll see the same pattern. Both China and India account for almost 40% of the worlds population. ABrazilian is more free in his/her movements. The third country in terms in size is the United States with "only" a quarter of the ...


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Albeit obscure, this was the only information I was able to find on your issue, Manali-Kaza: When this 210 km route is open, there are two daily ordinary buses leaving from Manali Bus Stand to Kaza at 5.00 AM and 5.30 AM. These buses are run by Himachal Roadways and fare is approximately INR 200. The bus passes through Rohtang Pass, Batal, Kunzum Pass, ...


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To say that you have never 'visited' India before because you were a citizen (and so not technically visiting) is asking to be misunderstood, and doesn't convey the information the form is looking for. A much better approach is: Answer 'yes' to "Have you visited india before" Where it asks about the visa write "Resided in India as a citizen"


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I have driven several times from Bangalore to Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry. I never needed a permit to enter any of these states. My Uttar Pradesh license and Karnataka registration worked even when it was checked at border check posts. Having said that, I guess the rules are different if you book a self-drive rental vehicle. In which case, it ...


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I really don't understand the need. If you have an unlocked phone, getting a SIM card is almost as easy as buying groceries. I do it every time I go there. Typically the pre-paid SIM card costs Rs 15($0.25) and can be used in a couple of hours after being bought. Also costs are quite low at about Rs 1.2($0.02) per minute. Service providers usually vary ...



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