Foreigners Guide


FOREIGNER'S REGISTRATION OFFICER (FRO)

The Powers of FRO Kochi City Police Office has been divested and at present the Registration of foreigners are being done at the FRRO Office at CIAL, Nedumbassery, Ernakulam.

Telephone Number of FRO : 91-484-2611277

RULES AND REGULATIONS APPLICABLE TO FOREIGNER'S WHO WISH TO STAY IN INDIA AS A TOURIST

Tourist means a foreigner having no residence or occupation in India and whose stay in India does not ordinarily exceed 6 months (180 days). He is visiting India only for recreation and sight seeing.

Every tourist who enters India must hold a tourist visa issued by the Indian missions abroad. The Indian missions abroad will issue visas for the tourist for 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and 5 years.

I. VALIDITY OF THE TOURIST VISA

The validity of the tourist visa comes into effect from the date of issue. Duration of stay will be limited as per the special endorsement in the Visa or up to the validity of Visa.

II. REGISTRATION OF THE VISA

Every foreigner who arrives in India on the strength of a tourist visa having duration of more than 180 days (6 months) andwants to stay continuously more than 180 days   should register his/her visa with the nearest foreigner's registration officer concerned within 6 months of replica cartier arrival to India. In Kerala Superintendent of Police or Commissioners of Police are acting as the foreigner's Registration Officer (in some other states District Collector is acting as the Foreigners Registration Officer). After necessary verification the Foreigner's Registration Officer will issue the registration certificate and residential permit to the foreigner

III. EXTENSION OF VISA

Tourist visas are non-extendable. Therefore the tourist (foreigner) should leave India on or before the expiry of the validity of the visa. However in emergent situations the FRO can grant an extension of 14 days.

IV. CONVERSION OF THE VISA

The foreigners, who come to India on the strength of a tourist visa are not eligible to convert the tourist visa into any other type of visas, and are not eligible to engage any other activities other than tourism.

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V. OVER STAY

The foreign tourists who have been over staying in India are liable to be prosecuted.

VI. DEPARTURE FROM INDIA

If the registration documents issued by the Foreigner's Registration Officer to the foreigner are valid, he/she can leave India simply on production of the confirmed ticket to the port authorities concerned (after surrendering the registration document to the port).

VII. STUDY OF YOGA OR MEDITATION

Several foreigners are coming to India with tourist visa’s will usually seek admission for studying yoga and meditation. But as per the prevailing norms they should hold proper student visa for studying yoga meditation etc. And their venue of study should be clearly recorded on the side of the visa stamp. (The institution should be an authorised one). More over change of institution is also not permitted.

VIII. LOSS OF PASSPORT

If the passport of the foreigner is irrecoverably lost he should report the same to the nearest police station, and obtain a copy of the First Information Report (FIR) in the case of theft or a certificate if it is lost otherwise. The foreigners should obtain new passport/emergency certificate from their missions in India. Before leaving India the foreigner should get a stay permit from the concerned FRO / FRROs.

IX. SHIFTING OF RESIDENCE

At the time of lodging an application for registration of visa the foreigner should furnish his address in India and which is known as his registered address. Whenever the foreigner shifts his residence he should intimate the same to Foreigner's Registration Officer and also intimate the same to the Foreigner's Registration Officer of his new residence. Based on the enquiry report his registration documents will be forwarded to the new Foreigner's Registration Officer.

X. REPORTING OF OCCUPATION OF HOUSES

If a foreign tourist is occupying houses on rental basis the house owner is obliged to report the details to the police authorities concerned within 24 hours of occupation. The foreigner should ensure that house owner has intimated the same to police authorities.

All foreigners who are visiting Kochi City are requested to abide by the above rules and regulations positively and violations of above conditions and overstay will be treated as an offence and will be punished as per the relevant rules prevailing in India.

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