Anyone who re-enters India on a Tourist Visa within the 2 month gap must register at a Foreigner's Regional Registration Office (FRRO) or Foreigner's Registration Office (FRO) within 14 days. Although the process appears to be easy, don't expect it to be orderly or straight forward. Indian government offices are crowded and operate slowly. In addition, different branches often ask for different documents (this is particularly the case with FROs). Also note that FROs are smaller and not as well equipped as FRROs, so it may take longer to register there.
Time Required: Varies. Allow a day, depending on the location.
- Locate your nearest FRRO or FRO. Addresses of FRROs in major Indian cities can be found in the "Contact Us" tab of the Indian Bureau of Immigration website.
- Arrive at the office as early as possible. Activity may cease for an hour at lunch time (1 p.m. or 1.30 p.m.).
- Obtain required forms, fill them out, and get them photocopied (there will usually be a photocopier nearby).
- Submit your paperwork (forms and documents).
- Receive documents back with official stamp and signature.
What You Need
- Passport and photocopy of passport.
- Photocopy of visa.
- Photocopy of immigration stamp.
- Photocopy of re-entry permit (where applicable).
- 6 passport sized photos.
- "C Registration Form" from your hotel indicating your dates of stay there.