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India to ease customs clearance for expatriates travelling with gold

Indian expatriates worldwide may soon be able to take more gold into their home country without paying customs duty, according to reports. India’s Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) is working on a new set of guidelines to ensure trouble-free customs clearances for those carrying jewellery for personal use. Various options such as paying duty through cards or online are being considered. Essentially, this would mean that based on valuation of jewellery, duty could be paid on entry and refunded when the person returns. This would ensure that even if such jewellery is brought in and not taken back, customs duty would have been paid. Non-resident Indians visiting India loaded with jewellery to attend a wedding or function and citizens going overseas carrying gold for similar occasions would also benefit from these new rules. Free allowance for gold Under Indian Customs rules, Non-Resident Indians must declare gold bullion and gold jewellery exceeding…

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No public gathering for Indian PM’s Qatar visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Qatar visit will not have a large-scale public gathering, sources close to the Indian Embassy have confirmed. According to the latest available information, Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day trip en route to US, will meet with the Qatar rulers as well as prominent leaders and representatives of the Indian community in Qatar. However he would not be attending a large-scale public gathering as he had done in Dubai last year. Even on his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, Modi did not have a public gathering. Disappointment for Indian community The news will be huge disappointment for a large number of Indian expatriates who are looking forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit. The Dubai gathering held at Dubai Cricket Stadium was attended by around 50,000 Indians and was watched live all over the world. According to sources, this information was revealed by Indian Ambassador…

NRI Guides
Guide : What to do if your baggage is lost at an Indian airport

Losing or misplacing a bag leaves one with a bad taste at the end of a journey. It robs you of the excitement when one is getting back home to family with goodies. According to the data released by regulator DGCA, missed baggage continues to be among the top three complaints of fliers in India. In fact, mishandled baggage is one of the biggest issues with the aviation industry worldwide, costing a whopping $2.3 billion in 2015. This guide explains what you should do if your baggage is lost during travel or at the airport. Baggage lost at departure airport In spite of all the technological advancements, airlines are still handled by humans and mistakes do happen. Your baggage might have been sent on a wrong flight or may have been left out at the departure airport. There might also be other reasons like a loose packing, wrong label or a suspicious item. If you cannot…

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Qatar Guide : How to add or delete spouse name in Indian passport

This guide explains the advantages and procedure to be followed to add or delete spouse (husband or wife) name in Indian passport. Advantages of adding spouse name Adding your spouse name to your passport is not a legal requirement. The marriage certificate is good enough document in most cases. However in some case, this will be great help, such as : While applying for your children’s passport As per Indian Passports website, if either parent of a minor holds a valid passport with spouse name endorsed, passport will be issued to the minor without any police verification. If parent(s) hold a valid passport, but spouse name is not endorsed, then they must get the spouse name added in their passport. If father is abroad, then a sworn affidavit attested by the Indian mission along with attested photocopy of passport needs to be submitted OR Annexure G can be submitted by mother. While…

Qatar Guides
2018 Guide: How to renew Indian Passport for minor children in Qatar

This guide explains the process to renew Indian Passport for minors (children below 18 years) while in Doha Qatar. Also contains list of documents required and other related information. Minor : Applicants less than 18 years of age are considered as minor for issuance of passport. 1. Does my child need a separate passport or can be added to parent’s passport? As per amended procedures, a minor should have a separate passport, as endorsement of child’s name in parent’s passports is not allowed anymore. This measure has been introduced in the wake of the practice, increasingly being followed by major foreign diplomatic missions, by granting visas to minor children only if they are in possession of separate passports. 2. What is the validity of a minor’s passport? Unlike adults (whose passport is valid for 10 years), passport validity for minors is only 5 years from the date of issue or…

Qatar
Indian Embassy in Qatar to be shifted to West Bay area

Indian embassy in Qatar is expected to be shifted from its present location in the Old Hilal area to the West Bay area soon, Gulf Times has reported citing sources. The report did not give the exact date of relocation, but hinted that the mission will be shifted to the new premise near the West Bay Petrol Station in Onaiza sometime in the middle of this month. Requirement for better facilities During July 2015, the embassy had published newspaper advertisement that it is looking for a large and modern premises with better facilities. The prime requirement was for a large and modern building with nearby parking for nearly 100 cars and inside parking for 10 cars. Other specifications include compound with garden, large reception area after main entrance and large hall with separate entrance for visitors to Consular and Labour Sections. Sufficient office space, conference room as well as restrooms in public…

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Smart cards to facilitate expatriate travel between GCC nations

Citizens and expatriates in GCC may soon be able travel between the six member countries with just electronic identity cards, instead of passports and visa. They will be able to use smart cards issued by their own countries to pass through electronic gates at GCC airports. Plan to be presented at GCC meeting A senior official in Kuwait has proposed the plan to allow citizens and expatriates residing in GCC countries to travel between the GCC member-nations using a smart card, Arab Times has reported. Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs in the Interior Ministry Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah confirmed the project will be presented in the upcoming meeting of GCC Interior Ministers for deliberation. Linking smart card databases The logic behind the idea is that every GCC country has an e-gate system and countries that has issued smart ID cards to residents can be linked together by sharing the residents’ database. Earlier,…

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Expatriates in Saudi Arabia may be taxed on money sent home

Expatriates in Saudi Arabia may be soon asked to pay a government tax on money they send back home, a move that could be followed by other GCC countries. The Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, known as the Shoura Council, is expected to have a discussion this Sunday on the proposal to impose taxes on expatriate remittances, Saudi-based Arab News has reported. The proposal from the Shoura’s finance committee had been drafted by member Hossam Al-Anqari, according to a report in another local publication. This comes in the wake of discussion in all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on this issue. Earlier there were reports that some GCC countries like Oman and UAE are actively considering taxes on expatriate remittances. A Gulf-wide value-added tax (VAT) could be in place soon after the six countries adopted a draft framework. UAE has already announced 5% value added tax from 2018 and other GCC countries are expected…

NRI Guides
Guide : 10 things to do if your Indian passport is lost

Your passport is your most important proof of identity and should be handled with care. The thought of losing your passport can be terrifying for many, especially as expatriates or while travelling in a foreign country. It may seem like it’s the end of the world, but it’s really not. More often, the situation is nothing as exotic, but it can be very stressful nonetheless. Here are 10 steps to handle the unfortunate situation : 1. Keep a backup plan ready Well, this is something you should do before you lose the passport. In fact you should do these NOW, if you haven’t done yet : Keep backup photocopies of your passport. Scan the passport and mail the file to yourself, so that you have them handy in case of a crisis. Also it is a good method to have your phone number & contact details attached to the passport. You can paste / staple a small piece…

Qatar
Everything you need to know about Qatar International Food Festival 2016

The seventh edition of Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) is being held at the Museum of Islamic Art Park on Doha’s Corniche, Katara and The Pearl-Qatar from March 22 to 28, 2016. The annual event, organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Qatar Airways, showcases a wide range of restaurant and café experiences, offering great value and authentic flavours, and catering to various communities. Qatar International Food Festival was a huge success in the previous years, attracting thousands of visitors. The festival offers an opportunity for everyone to taste different cuisines, including five-star dishes at affordable prices. Apart from tasting great food, visitors can also enjoy a wide range of entertainment activities that will take place at venue. Entry: Entry to all the three venues is FREE and open to all. Opening Hours: MIA Park March 23 – 28: 1:00 PM – 10:30 PM Katara Weekdays: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM Weekends: 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM…

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