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Indian multiple entry visa

Can anybody tell me the current situation reguarding Indian multiple entry visas. I am off there for three months and hope to go to Sri Lanka for a couple of weeks during that visit, from what I gather you have to leave India 15 days after re-entry on a multiple entry but information is a little vague and what is on here about a year old so anybody's recent experence would be useful.
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Don't know if this is the latest position but this is what it says on my last multiple entry tourist visa (exp Aug 2010)

There should be a gap of at least 2 months between 2 visits to the country on a Tourist Visa. In case of requirement to visit the country within 2 months, permission should be sought from the Head of Mission concerned indicating the specific reasons for another visit within a short period. In all such cases, registration would be required within 14 days of arrival.

Someone else may have more up-to-date info, as the info on visas is different for everyone I have.
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Hi,

Both times I applied (at VFS in London) in the last two years I had to write a letter to the High Commissioner of India to accompany my application saying that I would like a visa which allowed me to visit Nepal/Bhutan/Bangladesh (as appropriate) for a few days each. In both cases I had to invent some itinerary for my visits. In the one case they sent me over the road to a travel agents for an "official" itinerary -- bizarrely involving flights despite me being on a motorbike -- to supplement the application. A £10 scam.

When they grant you this your visa is stamped "RE-ENTRY FROM BANGLADESH, NEPAL, BHUTAN" (as appropriate). This "re-entry" allows you to side-step the two months nonsense.

In neither case were the dates for the other countries mentioned on the visa, it was a blanket re-entry allowance.

I was stymied in the first case because I put down a request to visit Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh but then they noticed I'd be coming from Pakistan which meant four entries into India which was, apparently, one too many. Go figure.

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