Foreigner registration is a mandatory requirement by the Government of India under which all foreign nationals excluding overseas citizens of India visiting India on a long term visa more than days are required to register themselves with a Registration Officer within 14 days of arriving in India. Pakistani nationals visiting India are required to register within 24 hours of arrival regardless of the duration of their stay. Foreign nationals must report in-person to the nearest Registration Officer in their jurisdiction. Persons suffering from medical issues may be exempt from appearing in-person for registration. Foreign nationals are issued a residential permit at the time of registration. The permit has a validity matching the period of stay specified in the visa.
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These information pages can help you get started in learning about some of the laws and registration requirements that may apply to you. These pages include summaries of some of the rules that may apply to you, and contain links to government resources that you may find helpful. Please understand that these information pages are not comprehensive, and are not legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you, we encourage you to contact your local FRRO office or consult a local lawyer.
Any person hosting a foreign guest for monetary consideration in India, even for a few hours, should submit C-Forms. The submission of C-Forms and maintenance of guest registers stems from the Foreigners Act and Registration of Foreigners Rules, These requirements extend across India, and apply to all persons who accommodate foreign guests for monetary consideration, including hotels, guest houses, lodging houses etc.
The C-Form mechanism helps the authorities locate and track foreigners in India to enhance security and safety. Failure to comply with reporting requirements could result in fines and imprisonment of up to 5 years. Prior to doing so however, hosts will need to first complete the FRRO registration process.
Such hosts may simply submit their address proof to activate registration. C-Forms should be submitted twice for each foreign guest, once when they check-in and once when they check-out. C-Forms must be submitted within 24 hours of a foreign guest check-in. While there is currently no explicit timing for submission of the C-Form upon check-out, you may wish to submit within 24hrs of check-out. If a guest plans to check out within a few hours of check-in, then C-Forms should be submitted as soon as they check-in.
Should a C-Form be submitted for every single foreign guest even if they arrive as one group with a group leader? One C-Form must be submitted for each individual foreign guest, even if they are travelling in a group.
Generally, hosts will only need to complete the online submission of C-Forms although it is advised that they keep printed copies of C-Forms for their record. However, some local FRRO offices may demand that hosts submit physical copies of each C-Form, purely for their administrative convenience. In this case, hosts may submit the C-Forms personally or delegate someone else to do so on their behalf. Typically, hosts are not required to submit additional information to the local police.
Where hosts are unable to complete the online submission of C-Forms whether due to connectivity issues or otherwise, they may submit the physical form to the local FRRO see question What if the host loses internet connectivity and is unable to submit the C-Form online? If the host does not have have internet connectivity, the host should call up and inform the FRRO office or the local SP. Lack of internet connectivity is not an acceptable excuse for failing to report a foreign guest when alternative reporting options exist.
Are there any additional reporting requirements when hosting a Pakistani national? Yes, in addition to C-Form submission for foreign guests, hosts are required to maintain separate registers for Indians and foreigners with details of every guest, now referred to as Form B formerly Form F. You can see a sample template here , which outlines the information required.
The Form B register has to be maintained irrespective of the nature of accommodation, and shown to the relevant government officer when requested. The register is a hand-written record of host and guest information. In the event there is any issue with the C-form submissions, the register helps the host and FRRO to track guests. It is a permanent, hand-written document and should have the signatures of each guest and the host.
Parents can sign on behalf of minor guests. How should hosts inform guests about the documents required for C-Form submission? There is no fixed way to do this. Mentioning this in advance as part of the House Rules or in early interactions with the guests before they start their trip will make for a smoother process. Hosts should be prepared to assist foreign guests to understand FRRO registration requirements that apply to the guest. For this, hosts should at least try to have a basic understanding of the visa rules.
Hosts may refer to pages on visa exemptions and e-visas to learn about basic visa rules that apply to foreign guests. Airbnb is not responsible for the reliability or correctness of the information contained in any links to third party sites including any links to legislation and regulations. Airbnb has no control over the conduct of hosts and disclaims all liability. Failure of hosts to satisfy their responsibilities may result in suspension of activity or removal from the Airbnb website.
COVID update. To find cancellation and refund options, select a reservation from the Trips page. Our extenuating circumstances policy only applies to certain reservations. If your check-in date is after July 15, check back here on June 15, for an update. Go to your trips. Learn more. How does a host submit C-Forms? Supporting documents required for individual houses: a Two copies of the duly signed registration form printed from the website; b Utility bills in the name of the host; b Property tax receipt issued by local authorities; c Sale deed or rent agreement in the name of the host; and d Such other documents as may be requested by the local FRRO Office.
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