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Use of Thuraya/Irridium Satellite phones is banned in India. Unauthorised use of such phones will lead of confiscation of the same and will attract prosecution as per relevant laws governing use of satellite phones in India. Visitors are advised not to carry/use satellite phones during their visit to India.
Ấn Độ cấm sử dụng điện thoại vệ tinh Thuraya/Irridium. Người sử dụng trái phép loại điện thoại này sẽ bị tịch thu điện thoại và khởi tố theo luật pháp liên quan đến việc sử dụng điện thoại vệ tinh tại Ấn Độ. Vì vậy, du khách khi đến thăm Ấn Độ không nên mang theo hay sử dụng điện thoại vệ tinh.
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OCI & PIO
Important Notice: “It is hereby reiterated that the deadline for conversion of hand-written PIO to OCI card has been set for December 31, 2017 by Government of India. It is also reiterated that no further extension of the deadline would be accepted. Any request for conversion of PIO card to OCI card after the expiry of the current deadline will attract a fee of $ 275.  It is also hereby informed that hand-written PIO card holders travelling to India will be refused entry (with effect from October/November 2018) at the Indian immigration counters and sent back ”
 
 
(i) Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) scheme
The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously.  Based on the recommendation of the High Level Committee on Indian Diaspora, the Government of India has however decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI), which is a long-term multiple entry visa with additional benefits.  The Parliament of India approved the relevant bill in this connection in August 2005.  Persons of Indian origin (PIOs) of certain category who migrated from India and acquired citizenship of a foreign country other than Pakistan and Bangladesh, are eligible for grant of OCI.
Persons registered as Overseas Citizens of India will not have the right of voting, election to Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha/Legislative Assembly/Council, constitutional posts such as President, Vice-President, Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc. Registered OCI shall be entitled to the following benefits:
  1. Multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa to visit and work in India;
  2. Exemption from reporting to police authorities for any length of stay in India; and
  3. Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties
  4. A person registered as OCI is eligible to apply for grant of Indian citizenship under Section 5(1)(g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 if he/she has been registered as OCI for five years and has been residing in India for one year, out of the five years before making the application.
  5. For getting one registered under the OCI Scheme, one has to apply to the Indian Mission/Post in the country of citizenship of the applicant, on a form prescribed for the purpose.
  6. The registration fee is US$ 275 for each applicant. In case of PIO card holder, the fee is US$ 25.  An amount of US$ 250 shall be refunded if the registration is refused.
  7. For more details about the OCI Scheme, please visit the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs at  http://moia.gov.in/

(ii) PIO Card
PIO cards are not issued anymore. Those eligible may please apply for OCI cards.