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URGENT: Emergency travel to India w/ OCI and short-expiry passport

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For travel to India - requirement of time remaining on your foreign passport

For those neeing new visa: At least 6 months remaining before the expiry of foreign passport (and two blank pages)
For those already having visa or OCI card: passport should be valid through your stay

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Old Mar 2, 19, 11:57 pm
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URGENT: Emergency travel to India w/ OCI and short-expiry passport

Urgent request for advice--

Spouse had a death in the family and needs to travel USA-India ASAP.
She has OCI card, but her US passport expires in 2 months (we thought it was expiring next year).

Since rules require 6 months of validity, what are our options?

We're planning on being at the Washington DC consulate first thing Monday morning to see what can be done.

Any thoughts/advice are welcome.
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Old Mar 3, 19, 4:31 am
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the consulate does have the ability to issue emergency travel documentation so i wouldn't be surprised if they have the ability to waive the 6 month rule as well....i guess you have no choice but to see what they say....
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also, monday is a national holiday here so before going i would make sure the consulate is open on that day....
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And the emergency after-hours consulate number has a full mailbox, so no way of contacting to get any info till they open on Tuesday.

What are the chances Etihad (or other airline) would allow boarding with only 2 month's remaining validity, slim-to-none, I assume?
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Old Mar 3, 19, 7:12 am
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You're in DC. Why waste time heading to the embassy on an iffy chance.

Go the life or death emergency route and get a new passport.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/emergencies.html
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You're in DC. Why waste time heading to the embassy on an iffy chance.

Go the life or death emergency route and get a new passport.

https://travel.state.gov/content/tra...ergencies.html
We're looking at that option. We're not in DC, but about 3.5 hours away.

Earliest we could possibly get a new passport is Monday. The problem is that OCI won't be valid with new passport since she just turned 50 last year so OCI would need to be reissued.

If they allow getting a visa in the new passport, the earliest for that would theoretically be Tuesday, assuming they would even issue a visa for someone that's already an OCI holder.

Can't stay in DC for 2 days, have child and pets to deal with, so looking at 7-hour roundtrips both days.

At this point, barring getting any official info, plan is to be in DC first thing Tuesday AM to the consulate, hope for the best, and fly out that evening.

Anyone have the TIMATIC info that specifically states entry requirements that 6-month validity is needed for OCI holders, as opposed to just having a valid passport? The only reference to 6 months is on the mea.gov.in website in OCI FAQ's.
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TIMATIC access can be had without cost through a number of portals. One is at the link. there are details, including transit and stopover which may affect what is required, so will leave it to you to fill in the blanks:

https://www.united.com/web/en-US/app...aspx?i=TIMATIC
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Appears the key issue is that neither EK nor EY will accept less than 6 months validity, regardless of the country entry requirements. Now thinking about going to the DC passport office Monday morning as a walk-in (if they even accept them?) and taking the evening flight out. Then airline shouldn't have any issue (appears they only care that passport is valid for the travel dates), and hopefully Indian immigration won't have a problem with the brand new passport and non-updated OCI card. She'll also carry her existing expiring passport.
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Given that this really is a family emergency, this is one where she could call the 24/7 hotline and actually be on the list for Monday AM. In any event, so long as she has a paper print out of her e-ticket receipt (not just the itinerary) showing a Monday PM departure, she should have her new passport by late morning / early afternoon. Just don't schedule anything else so that you are free to stand / sit in line.

One can complete and then print all of the necessary forms wherever you are and also likely obtain passport photos as well (don't skimp, you really don't need administrative hassles). Double and triple check all the forms so that there are no glitches and be at the Passport Office early.

Either carrier will also want to see her valid visa (which is substituted by an OCI card).
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Originally Posted by Maxwell Smart View Post
Appears the key issue is that neither EK nor EY will accept less than 6 months validity, regardless of the country entry requirements. Now thinking about going to the DC passport office Monday morning as a walk-in (if they even accept them?) and taking the evening flight out. Then airline shouldn't have any issue (appears they only care that passport is valid for the travel dates), and hopefully Indian immigration won't have a problem with the brand new passport and non-updated OCI card. She'll also carry her existing expiring passport.
I did this last time I went to India (had new passport without updated OCI card when I should have had one) and Indian immigration in BOM didn't say anything nor request the old passport. I think many of us on this forum and anecdotal evidence from family/friends suggest you should be fine regarding Indian immigration.
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Given that this really is a family emergency, this is one where she could call the 24/7 hotline and actually be on the list for Monday AM. In any event, so long as she has a paper print out of her e-ticket receipt (not just the itinerary) showing a Monday PM departure, she should have her new passport by late morning / early afternoon. Just don't schedule anything else so that you are free to stand / sit in line.

One can complete and then print all of the necessary forms wherever you are and also likely obtain passport photos as well (don't skimp, you really don't need administrative hassles). Double and triple check all the forms so that there are no glitches and be at the Passport Office early.

Either carrier will also want to see her valid visa (which is substituted by an OCI card).
No human on the 24/7 line, just automated appointment processing with Mar 7 as the first open slot. Regardless, we're leaving early in the AM to be at the office at least an hour before they open. Have printed out all the forms, had pp pictures taken, so should be all set. Then head to the Dulles area and await the evening departure on EY.
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I did this last time I went to India (had new passport without updated OCI card when I should have had one) and Indian immigration in BOM didn't say anything nor request the old passport. I think many of us on this forum and anecdotal evidence from family/friends suggest you should be fine regarding Indian immigration.
This is what we're counting on.
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Not sure how you book flights without the new passport number, unless the airline allows a free change when you get a new passport.
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No human on the 24/7 line, just automated appointment processing with Mar 7 as the first open slot. Regardless, we're leaving early in the AM to be at the office at least an hour before they open. Have printed out all the forms, had pp pictures taken, so should be all set. Then head to the Dulles area and await the evening departure on EY.
You don't need to be there an hour beforehand (at US Passport Office on 19th Street NW). There is very unlikely to be a queue at 0800. Be there a few mins before the office opens. There are usually three lines before 1000 ... "appointment", "walk-in" and "need help" or similar. Obviously don't stand in "appointment".
One of the staff at the table/desk, will check your paperwork and give you a number depending on your application type.
Make sure you have all the paperwork
Go through security. Go to appropriate window and wait for number to be called. Should be pretty quick at that hour.

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Old Mar 4, 19, 11:57 pm
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Get a new passport and fly. The OCI doesn't need to be updated. The OCI number is used as visa number and everyone is happy. The Indian consulate in DC cannot help.
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