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Old Jul 8, 19, 11:20 am
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PIO is getting scrapped I believe.
Initially I was going to get a new passport and then Evisa but it was way too close, Iíve emailed the BOI India and asked them if itís ok if they reply no then Iíll be begging the passport office here to get me a new passport on the same day lol

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Old Jul 8, 19, 12:51 pm
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Did you make an appointment for the fast track 1 week service and then plead or just turn up there?
Made an appointment for premium same day service or whatever it is called. Get an appointment slot in the morning and passport was ready in afternoon for collection.
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Old Jul 8, 19, 1:08 pm
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Made an appointment for premium same day service or whatever it is called. Get an appointment slot in the morning and passport was ready in afternoon for collection.
This will be my first adult passport so hoping Iím still eligible to get it the same day as apparently in most cases you get interviewed for your first adult passport?
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Old Jul 8, 19, 1:10 pm
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This will be my first adult passport so hoping I’m still eligible to get it the same day as apparently in most cases you get interviewed for your first adult passport?
Ah sorry I didn't realise it was your first passport. Mine wasn't a first, couldn't possibly comment on first passport
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Old Jul 8, 19, 1:29 pm
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Ah sorry I didn't realise it was your first passport. Mine wasn't a first, couldn't possibly comment on first passport
I donít mind if they let me get another child passport but I doubt it guess Iíll have to call them
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Old Jul 8, 19, 5:46 pm
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If you are under 20 or above 50 you have to renew the OCI aswell when renewing the passport (unfortunately I fall into this category).

Technically that is the case, however, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest this particular rule is not enforced at all. It's doubtful that they would deny you entry to India based solely on a violation of this particular rule, but of course everyone has to assess for themselves how comfortable they are with any level of such risk.

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Also it was interesting to hear when I called the high commission of India today they said that even normally itís best to renew the OCI booklet when renewing the passport as some airlines are refusing travel with a new passport but OCI associated with old passport.
I've never heard of this. The TIMATIC information for an OCI very clearly states that the OCI is sufficient with the new passport and without the old one, and airlines should be going by that. Did they happen to mention which airlines??
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Old Jul 9, 19, 2:18 am
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Technically that is the case, however, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest this particular rule is not enforced at all. It's doubtful that they would deny you entry to India based solely on a violation of this particular rule, but of course everyone has to assess for themselves how comfortable they are with any level of such risk.



I've never heard of this. The TIMATIC information for an OCI very clearly states that the OCI is sufficient with the new passport and without the old one, and airlines should be going by that. Did they happen to mention which airlines??

He did not name any airlines, the only thing he added was itís £24 to renew the OCI booklet (which is decently priced in my opinion)
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Old Jul 9, 19, 3:17 am
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So let me get this straight: you have a indian entry or exit stamp in the observation page of your passport (child, which is issued to persons 16 or under) which is otherwise valid and has enough space. You have an OCI card booklet. You are planning to travel to India in the very near future.

There is nothing to be worried about in the above. The Indian autorities no longer loook intensely at any passport counting stamps or location. The passport and OCI is scanned and they wait for the computer to say something. During this wait they look for a spot to stamp your entry/exit.

Don't get a new passport or OCI card because there is a faint stamp on the observation page.
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Old Jul 9, 19, 3:47 am
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So let me get this straight: you have a indian entry or exit stamp in the observation page of your passport (child, which is issued to persons 16 or under) which is otherwise valid and has enough space. You have an OCI card booklet. You are planning to travel to India in the very near future.

There is nothing to be worried about in the above. The Indian autorities no longer loook intensely at any passport counting stamps or location. The passport and OCI is scanned and they wait for the computer to say something. During this wait they look for a spot to stamp your entry/exit.

Don't get a new passport or OCI card because there is a faint stamp on the observation page.
Yep lol thatís all of it in a nutshell thank you! This forum has been very helpful
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Old Jul 10, 19, 5:28 am
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I'm guessing the ink rubbed of your stamped BP and onto the passport observation page. It's a common annoyance because their ink doesn't dry for a solid 15 minutes and I no longer hold my BP in my passport because of this.
I spend the next 5 mins blowing on the stamps to dry the ink out faster. I have had the same problem with Schengen entry / exit stamps as the inks rubs off on the facing page many times - many immigration officers think it is another stamp and refuse to utilise that space.
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Old Jul 10, 19, 6:00 am
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A bit off topic but has anyone actually managed to get their special meal request on AI? Flown countless times with them and always got told they never received the request even though itís on my ticket
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Old Jul 10, 19, 7:37 am
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Immigration is something focus first on passport don't take any chance.
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Old Jul 10, 19, 7:56 am
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I spend the next 5 mins blowing on the stamps to dry the ink out faster. I have had the same problem with Schengen entry / exit stamps as the inks rubs off on the facing page many times - many immigration officers think it is another stamp and refuse to utilise that space.
I have a blotting paper (stolen from my kids school notebook) in my passport for that purpose.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 2:42 am
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I have a blotting paper (stolen from my kids school notebook) in my passport for that purpose.
that's a good idea....need to get me one of those....
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