March 25, 2010 @ 5:41 pm
If you are on a Tourist Visa or Business Visa then you do not have to register with the local FRRO as these Visa’s are for just 6 months. However, if you are on a Visa that lasts for more than 6 months you need to register with the FRRO otherwise you will not be allowed to leave the country.
As a foreigner leaving India, you must go through the immigration where an official will check your passport and Visa. If you are on an Employment Visa or any other visa which is valid for more than 6 months you will be asked for your Residence Permit, an A4 sized piece of paper that has an official stamp from the Immigration office to say that you registered.
Even if you are on a multiple entry Employment visa and staying for less than 6 months you will need to register and have the Residence Permit in order to exit the country.
If you failed to register with the FRRO you will be turned away at the airport and asked to register. You can get a same day Exit Visa and pay a fine – although there is not any details on how much the fine is, it will be approximately Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.
If you are turned away, you will not only have to pay the fine but also the additional plane ticket cost, so don’t put off registering with the local FRRO office.