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I’m looking into heading to India during the summer for an indeterminate length of time and am wondering if anyone has any advice on freelancing in India and what to do about visa requirements. As far as I understand I can stay there on a tourist visa for up to 6 months (I’ve heard some people just leave the country every six months and renew their visas). I also saw an option for a journalist visa, but it seems this visa doesn’t actually allow you to work as a journalist, which I’m confused by. What do other people do?

by Casey Atkins at 2012-12-24 17:40:52 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I think you should ask an Indian embassy in your country first before asking here or listen to what others tell and do.
Indian visas were easy in the past but now they got very strict and often change regulations…so do check at the embassy first.

by Tom Van Cakenberghe | 25 Dec 2012 00:12 | Kathmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→
Hi, I recently came back from India. I was there on a tourist visa and had no problems working. However i didn’t do any work at ministries or with officials, no one ever asked me for my visa. Same thing for Nepal. for Swedish citizens we have to leave india for two months before we can apply for another visa.

by Lucas Pernin | 25 Dec 2012 15:12 | istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
I understand, but I wouldn’t go so lightly about it Lucas. India is not the place where you want to be in any troubles for whatever reason, ‘cos when you are you are neck deep in the shit. The same for ’friendly’ Nepal btw.

by Tom Van Cakenberghe | 26 Dec 2012 20:12 | Kathmandu, Nepal | | Report spam→
Fair enough! But if one is not investigating issues that the gov’ deem pertinent for their attention there is no real reason to worry. Saying that one should always try and not drag attention to ones work when in the field. In the case of Kashmir most likely if the gov does not like what one is doing you get deported. this of course does not apply to high-risk situations.

by Lucas Pernin | 27 Dec 2012 01:12 | istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
They can google, and in my experience, they do. If you published anything while working there on a tourist visa, expect not to get another visa.

by Daniel Etter | 27 Dec 2012 11:12 | Erbil, Iraq | | Report spam→
Never had issues IN India, no one ever asked to see my visa. 99% of officials do not know. But the people in charge of visa know and they have seem to gotten more and more suspicious. Not only concerning journos, but with visa in general.

by Daniel Etter | 27 Dec 2012 11:12 | Erbil, Iraq | | Report spam→
I got turistic visa in the Kabul Embassy, that had written, “No Journalistic Work allowed”, that made things a bit complicated. But still, was in Kabul.. So, would say it depends of the Consulate and field situations you get yourself into…

by carlos palma | 30 Dec 2012 22:12 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
This just in … | http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/travel/india-bans-journalistic-activities-on-tourist-visa/article4265555.ece

by Poul Madsen | 04 Jan 2013 17:01 | Aarhus, Denmark | | Report spam→
Happy New Year .!
With reference to lights takers , i come to know about your feature plan to travel India, it’s my pleasure to introduce my self that i am based at Jaipur-Rajasthan.
i work as cultural anthropologist, independent documentary film and folk culture and theater educator, beside i also work as fixer ,translator and coordinate research projects in Rajasthan-India.
Kindly feel free for any advice regarding Rajasthan-India.

by yusuf khurram | 11 Jan 2013 15:01 | jaipur, India | | Report spam→
Thanks for the replies everyone! They were quite helpful

by Casey Atkins | 11 Jan 2013 15:01 | Boston, MA, United States | | Report spam→

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