Facilities for Foreign Nationals and NRIs under Foreign Tourists Quota (FTQ)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
QUESTION NO 130
ANSWERED ON 15.12.2017
Facilities for foreign nationals and NRIs under FTQ
130 Smt. Vijila Sathyananth
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state :-
(a) whether zonal railways have been advised to sensitise travelling ticket examiners on the validity of passports and visas that are mandatory documents required for travel by foreigners and NRIs, if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether it is a fact that tickets cannot be booked by travel agents under Foreign Tourists Quota (FTQ); and
(c) whether it is also a fact that if the party seeking accommodation requires more berths than what is earmarked under the FTQ, the remaining passengers would be registered and provided confirmed accommodation on the opening day of reservation of general quota, if so, the details thereof?
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MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN)
(a): Instructions have been issued to Zonal Railways to educate ticket checking staff about the broad features of this scheme including checking of passport with valid visa, bonafide tourist certificate in case of passengers of Nepal/Bhutan, categories of passengers who can avail this facility, etc.
(b): Yes, Sir.
(c): Yes, Sir. It has been stipulated in the scheme that in case the party seeking berth is more than the available foreign tourist quota, the confirmed accommodation will be provided up to the limit of foreign tourist quota and the remaining passengers will be registered and provided confirmed accommodation on the opening day of reservation. However, with a view to ensuring compaction, berths/seats can be booked in this quota upto 365 days in advance and seat/berth is provided only at the time of opening of reservation as per Advance Reservation Period (ARP) subject to availability. However, fare for all such berths/seats is charged 50% extra of the base fare.