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Old Jul 7, 19, 12:37 am
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Iím flying to India very soon and as I was about to do the API on my ticket I realised that there are immigration stamps on my observation page (done by Indian immigration) the passport in question is a UK passport. I do not have enough time to replace the passport as we are only offered 1 week fast track . My question is has anyone experienced this, and what is the likelihood I will be refused check in (I know it canít be said for sure just looking for a general opinion). Also if anyone knows the contact details of Indian Immigration officers at Delhi that would be great. Thanks a lot.
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Old Jul 7, 19, 5:33 am
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Indian immigration always looks for a spot somewhere in you passport to stamp. If there is space left on the observation page you'll be fine. They have stamped my passport there. The immigration office contact details can found here https://boi.gov.in/
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Old Jul 7, 19, 6:11 am
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I thought OP’s issue was that the observations page was “mutilated” not that OP was running out of pages in the passport.

I don’t think it will be a problem. More so if it was “mutilated” by Indian immigration themselves.

To get OP's & others feedback on this subject, there are many European countries now that are not accepting Indian passports with handwritten "observations page". Obviously while it must be far far easier to travel through Europe with a UK passport - have you ever faced (or heard of) this before?

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Old Jul 7, 19, 8:02 am
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Thanks for your replies. Indian immigration put those docs ok and other boarding pass stamps on my observation page somehow (although they are very faint so look accidental but can be seen). Itís on some of my face but can still be seen clearly, should be ok right? Just hoping they donít say anything about it at Heathrow. Also Iíve never heard of that, thatíd be weird if they refused handwritten observation pages.
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Old Jul 7, 19, 8:08 am
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No worries if its in your passport and you have a visa you are good to go. Past visits don't bother them that much anyway. Or is this an evisa that has been stamped in your passport for multiple visits?

Re observation page: in EU passports its almost obsolete as any significant change forces a resissue of the passport anyway.
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Old Jul 7, 19, 8:28 am
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OCI holder here got tired of getting an Indian visa every year lol OCI is much better value. Does anyone know what the blank pages in the OCI booklet are actually for? Whenever I go they just look at the first page for .5 seconds and say ok
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Old Jul 8, 19, 2:13 am
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Hi,
Iím flying to India very soon and as I was about to do the API on my ticket I realised that there are immigration stamps on my observation page (done by Indian immigration) the passport in question is a UK passport. I do not have enough time to replace the passport as we are only offered 1 week fast track . My question is has anyone experienced this, and what is the likelihood I will be refused check in (I know it canít be said for sure just looking for a general opinion). Also if anyone knows the contact details of Indian Immigration officers at Delhi that would be great. Thanks a lot.
Are you based in the UK ? If so, have you called the passport advice line ? I know there is a same day service though usually reserved for expired passports or passports expiring soon.
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Old Jul 8, 19, 3:11 am
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Are you based in the UK ? If so, have you called the passport advice line ? I know there is a same day service though usually reserved for expired passports or passports expiring soon.
Thank you for your reply! Yep called them and they said I can only be offered one week (although Iíve heard if you beg they do it the same day) but go into the office and show them the passport theyíll be able to advise you further. Went to the office they told me they didnít even realise it until I pointed it out so itís up to me if I want to take the risk. The issue doesnít even stop with getting a new passport because Iíll need a renewed OCI which I wonít get in time either.
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Old Jul 8, 19, 4:06 am
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Thank you for your reply! Yep called them and they said I can only be offered one week (although Iíve heard if you beg they do it the same day) but go into the office and show them the passport theyíll be able to advise you further. Went to the office they told me they didnít even realise it until I pointed it out so itís up to me if I want to take the risk. The issue doesnít even stop with getting a new passport because Iíll need a renewed OCI which I wonít get in time either.
Ah ok - I'm not aware about OCI process. But I have managed to get a new passport same day because I pleaded with them as I only had one spare page remaining and was about to embark on a multi-country trip with each of the country insisting on stamping the passport.
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Old Jul 8, 19, 4:15 am
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Ah ok - I'm not aware about OCI process. But I have managed to get a new passport same day because I pleaded with them as I only had one spare page remaining and was about to embark on a multi-country trip with each of the country insisting on stamping the passport.
Did you make an appointment for the fast track 1 week service and then plead or just turn up there?
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You don't need to renew the OCI if you have a new passport, just bringing along the old passport is enough: URGENT: Emergency travel to India w/ OCI and short-expiry passport
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Old Jul 8, 19, 5:32 am
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You don't need to renew the OCI if you have a new passport, just bringing along the old passport is enough: URGENT: Emergency travel to India w/ OCI and short-expiry passport
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). 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.
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Nope see the other thread.
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Old Jul 8, 19, 10:49 am
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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). 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 have 2 uncles who are over 50 & did not renew their oci when they renewed their passport....they just bring along their old passport as well & have never had a problem....
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Old Jul 8, 19, 10:57 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.

Doubt it's an issue.

OCI is being scrapped isn't it? Or is it PIO? One is, and being merged with the other. By the way now you can get a 1-year eVisa online, takes 10 mins to fill out.
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