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Yay! I am so glad it worked out. Have a great time!
Thanks for the help man! I will!
๐Ÿ›ฌ jdrrxcwspvdy just arrived in ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Goa, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ rgkbyglw just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Hyderabad, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ fbsohervm just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Bengaluru, #india
Hi folks, is there someone here who has a contact number of an attorney who is well-versed with The Citizenship Act, 1955 .. We cant take our daughter( 2 year old to a German-indian couple) abroad from India because a provision was not clearly mentioned for dual citizenship for minors in that act.. If we write to FRRO in different cities, each FRRO is giving a different answer.. So, we need legal counsel on this issue urgently
๐Ÿ›ฌ zrkscimqfqy just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Bengaluru, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ jgmuvkndkqt just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Kochi, #india
Planning on spending sometime in Sikkim sometime next month. Will be a workation. Duration is flexible (1-2 months).

Seeking suggestions for mostly stay and places to explore (more of an itinerary), but most importantly seeking information on network/4g/wifi availability so that remote work is possible.
Jio etc. 4G is best option โ€” you will be hard pressed to find good accoms, cafe that are suited for work outside Gangtok
I lived at BookMan's BnB for some time in Gangtok โ€” it's incredible. Great place to work from and hangout at the cafe/library even if you don't live there
Limboo homestay in Yuksom and Hotel Garuda in Pelling were also both great experiences โ€” Great view of the Kanchenjunga from the latter
๐Ÿ›ฌ ajeggqtplv just arrived in ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Goa, #india
Thanks, I guess it would be a good idea to spend the weekdays (4days for me) in Gangtok to work, then spend weekends roaming around and coming back. I have Airtel, will pick up Jio as well.
this is great info
๐Ÿ›ฌ mcnrergfiyx just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Bengaluru, #india
Anyone has been to both Koh Phangan and Goa? How would you compare the two?
I am traveling to Shillong on workation and checking any folks currently there in shillong about the weather and rains
๐Ÿ›ฌ yofxdafhk just arrived in Leh, #india
Hmm, worked in both - many common features as both are tropical areas and lot of greens/beautiful beaches in both

Infra wise - koh pahngan was better few years back, but now goa is becoming quire good, epic wifi zones, many new coworking/coliving spaces, growing rapidly

Economically, both quite similar, but goa can be cheaper if you want to make it

Kohub / koh lanta was epic back then too , now focussing on nomadgao in goa for work times
Hey I have a lay over in Bengaluru airport, I donโ€™t need visa if itโ€™s just layover between flights of the same airline , right?
If it's less than 24 hours, usually you won't need one
it is, cool, thanks
As long as you don't leave the secured area, you're good.
๐Ÿ›ฌ rdfduiwmrbukcwbul just arrived in Lonavla, #india
Can anyone suggest a nice beach in Kerala, where it's good to work from, with a few bars/restaurants and a little bit of foreigners/digital nomads crowd?
Varkala beach. Went there just before pandemic, and it had international crowd, surfing, some bars and restaurants, and I was working from my guesthouse, internet was fine.
Hi, is anyone here applying or have already completed Portugal D7 visa process? Need to ask a few India specific questions.
I am also looking for information on the same..
mmoevuccu I signed up but then dropped out. I did not want to change my tax residency. Maybe you can share your questions and anyone with answers can jump in?
hyevjpjdnbn which country are you currently a tax resident of? Because I saw that Portugal Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) tax is just around 20%.. Way less than what you would be paying in India ( if you are Indian tax resident)
qoeslqfyjwnmmha yes I know that. I am happy to keep tax residency in India till I figure out if I want to actually move somewhere else.
Yes. There can be some confusing or conflicting information about residency in Portugal. To start with, do not equate NHR with the immigration status. NHR is a tax residency. D7 visa (or many others) allow to get entry into Portugal as a temporary resident. You can be a tax resident of another jurisdiction, while maintaining your "immigration" resident status in Portugal. Just FYI.
BTW, if any nomads are in Goa, or planning to be here, I am going to be here until the end of September. Lovely monsoon weather. If anyone wants to meet, message me. I'm in north Goa. Around Siolim.
thanks, yeah I talked to a lawyer and got the same info.
can you suggest a temporary place in Goa you know of, which has a good/high-speed internet connection? the purpose is to stay there while we look for a more permanent place
Airbnb is your best bet. You can check with the host on their internet setup. I have fiber Wi-Fi where I am. Around Siolim. Pretty solid. But you'll may want to be closer to Panjim.
Ah dang, was just there for last 3 weeks, have fun โ€” indeed, very good weather in monsoon!
jykzkwtbz worked out of nomadgao in anjuna/assagao and have been doing so for last 2-3 years, epic internet , power backup and great community events

Enjoyed a couple nice pool parties recently, thanks to them
Hi, has anyone here setup an LLC or C Corp in US to register their freelance works? I would like to know the tax implications and such as an Indian... Currently I am in India, but planning to start my Nomad journey outside India.. My clients will be US based, and thus I am confused whether I should setup an LLC in US, or a One Person Company in India.. I know in India I am going to be taxed completely for my whole income.. I was hoping if I register in US, I could get benefits like many stripe, and other financial technologies. However I am confused regarding the tax implication I will have if I set up LLC in US. (thinking of registering the company via Strip Atlas)
thanks bdmjvtuo checking them out now
I am not sure about this but I was reading something related to this some time ago. If you register your company overseas and show that you are a salaried employee of that company then you will be taxed on the salary in India. Again, not sure though maybe you can explore something on this line as well
Do you need a PCR test to enter India?
If you are fully vaccinated you donโ€™t. If you are not - you do.
What does it mean to be fully vaccinated? 3 doses? How old the 3rd dose should be?
2 doses I believe. I donโ€™t think thereโ€™s any limitation on how old it should be. I made a trip to India last month and it was quite chill - I just had to fill the AirSuvidha form and nobody asked any questions at immigration. Only the airline checked my vaccination certificate while entering and leaving.
I have 2 doses, the last being done in July 2021. Do you think it's enough?
I think it should be enough. They do mention the list of countries where this rule is applicable but that list is 135 countries so shouldnโ€™t be a problem.
Ok, thanks
Hello! If anyone is in Delhi and is interested in meeting up tomorrow (Sunday 28-Aug) please lmk! First time here so trying to get out for some site-seeing before work meetings take over to Monday ๐Ÿ˜„
I found out that Greece is the only EU country not in the list. Very strange!

Unfortunately I was vaccinated in Greece, so it looks like I have to do a PCR test instead
๐Ÿ›ฌ lhsrbautvl just arrived in ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Goa, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ uhriqadxqvafu just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Delhi, #india
Anyone have a lead on a good motorbike rental service in Mumbai? Ideally I'd want to rent for a month, pick up in Mumbai and drop off in Kerala. Are one-way rentals a thing?

(I'm googling as well, but would like some anecdotal suggestions from this community!)
๐Ÿ›ฌ joquzcrhi just arrived in ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Goa, #india
I dont know if you can rent a bike in mumbai and drop off in kerala... (I'm a native of Kerala).. Usually what people do is rent a bike from Mumbai, ride it to Kerala, and then either ride it back, and parcel it back via train... You might have to ask the dealer if they would collect the bike from the railway station too... And parceling the bike is a bit of work too..
LOL if you deal with Indian roads on a motorbike make some Youtube content or something. That is a crazy ride. Just buy something and sell when you get to Kochi or wherever you go in Kerala.
ureegqxcxqzsn as I have rode bike in US, and does it daily in India, let me tell you something, where Americans go for offroad experience and adventure, is just equivalent to what Indians ride dailyโ€ฆ ๐Ÿคฃ
haha itโ€™s just driving to the market for them lol
What would be a good first country to visit? I'm planning to go for at least a month. I Would prefer something in europe, but other places works as well.
Very dependent on visa right now. You can go to popular nomad destinations in South-east Asia, like Canggu or Chiang Mai. Easy visa and comfortable for first time nomads.
Thank you U02RGQRV882. Do you have any recommendations for europe?
I don't think this question has an objective answer. Depends on what you want to achieve. If I had a month, I would probably do an eastern European tour but it's probably not the best โ€œfirst countryโ€ to do.

You could do Central Europe - travel in and out from France (visa is easy for Indians, I just applied and got mine in a week) then do Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Amsterdam and back.
๐Ÿ›ฌ pachmkhxqr just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Mumbai, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ fhupyfadt just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Mumbai, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ fohzvwi just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Bengaluru, #india
I'm in Serbia, visa free. And I would do Albania is a really good option if it's your first European country.
๐Ÿ›ฌ pbwivnrksevb just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Bengaluru, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ rpwsjhrlroagwt just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Delhi, #india
I arrived in Delhi 4 days ago, my first time in India. I have literally been everywhere in Asia, but I am finding India (at least Delhi) extremely challenging. Everyone seems ready to scam you in one way or another. Very difficult to find trustworthy people.
I only survive on my trips there because I had a soft landing with in-country friends (who showed me the ropes), and I put my cynical New Yorker hat on when approached by anyone or looking to make a purchase (AKA "do your own damn research"). That being said, once you get your "Spidey sense" calibrated, India is a wonderful place. Delhi is not representative of all of India, just like New York is not representative of the whole US. Good luck!
Hey Danieleโ€ฆ Its pretty upsetting you are facing scammers in India, I will love to be of help in any manner possible. However, please be assured its not the reflection of entire country :)
๐Ÿ›ฌ uokhgjavsvkt just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Chennai, #india
โ€œHello, sir, sir, hello, sirโ€ฆโ€ It never ends. Get out of Delhi. Mumbai has less of an issue if you are in the nicer neighborhoods. Kerala in general is laid back and less irritating, especially if you go to the non foreign-tourist citiesโ€ฆNorthern cities also nice in Sikkim, Darjeeling, Ladakh. Hyderabad ok too.
yup Delhi has a lot of scammers. Even Indians get scammed in Delhi. Unfortunately, being a capital city it is creating a bad representation. But rest of India is awesome

If you want to have a good experience in India then try visiting any tourist places in West, South or North East of India. Like Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Sikkim etc

Few places in North like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan. Apart from these I would say avoid traveling or just get put a post in #india channel to get suggestions of places you are planning to visit and we will recommend you accordingly.
In October I will be visiting the Buddha places in Bihar, including Kushinagar and Bodh Gaya. Has anyone been there. Is it safe?
No its not much safer tbh. have a local guide with you if possible
Kushinagar is a very small place you can visit all of the things in 4 hours so a day visit should be enough, A lot of Chinese tourist visit there so it is a heavy tourist destination. IMO it shouldnโ€™t be a problem you can probably keep a 2-3 day stay at the max and you should be fine.
qhdnlfafs I'm a native of Kerala, but currently residing in Bangalore... If you need any help, just ping me.. I have travelled across south India, Delhi, Agra, Chandigarh, Srinagar, etc... Even as an Indian, I hate Delhi and its atmosphere.. You were unlucky by starting off with a bad experience..
If you need a city experience, best places are Mumbai or Bangalore..
MY TRAVELLING REVIEW OF DELHI
I chose Delhi (the capital of India) as the first city of my India/Nepal trip. I must admit it has been a very challenging experience, despite having travelled for years almost anywhere in South and East Asia.
Everyone seems to agree that Delhi is the hardest place to travel in India. So, I am aware that it represents India only partially. I will continue my trip to other places in India after a short time in Nepal.
As a traveller, I felt overwhelmed when I realized that the hotel ratings system is completely unreliable. Anywhere in the world I have travelled, I never had any bad surprise when I booked via Booking.Com|Booking.Com a hotel with a rating greater than 8/10. In Delhi I had initially booked a hotel with 8.2 (for 25 USD, which is not cheap in India) and I ended up in a room with stained walls and sheets, and even bed bugs.
Someone I met, who works in the tourism industry, confirmed me that every hotel in Delhi fakes reviews in order to get better ratings and attract more customers. On Booking.Com|Booking.Com, which allows reviews only by people who have successfully booked the room, hotels setup fake bookings for assigning the best ratings to the reviews. They still pay the commission fee to Booking.Com|Booking.Com, as the fee amount they pay is way smaller than the revenue they get by attracting more customers. In Delhi there are many people who earn a living by writing fake reviews. It's the key marketing activity for hotels in Delhi. Booking.Com|Booking.Com seems incapable of tackling the problem, as it's extended to all hotels in Delhi. The only way to find decent accomodations in Delhi is to rely on local travel agencies, which are the only ones fully aware of the real quality of the hotels. But be aware that many are scammers!
Another huge issue I found is booking train tickets, which are the best way for travelling in India from a city to another. I tried to book for trips happening in 2 weeks time, but all the tickets are already booked way before. I found out that travel agencies network together to book a big amount of the most demanded routes, for then reselling them up to 5 times the original price (even though is still less than what you would pay in Europe for similar trips). That was the only way I was able to book some of my train tickets.
The tourism industry in India (at least in Delhi) seems to be very flawed. Backpacking (i.e. travelling last-minute) in India is not comparable to anywhere in South-East Asia. For the time being, in India is essential to rely on trusted travel agencies or local contacts, unless you decide to carefully plan everything with months in advance, which is something that doesn't belong to the backpacking culture.
One of the disappointing thing is that there are many people who are ready to scam you. In the end, it's not about the money, but about the uncaring attitude of the people who work in the tourism industry, who take any chance to maximize their profit. It's about greed, but most importantly about a lack of ethic and maturity in the tourist sector. Places like Thailand or Bali have taken off because people who work in tourism have realized that without trustworthiness they will quickly go out of business. In India (at least in Delhi), trustworthiness doesn't seem to play a role in tourism. The money is made mostly by scammers and cheaters.
It's important to say that this seems to apply only to the tourism sector, because most people you meet are otherwise very genuine and friendly.
For getting around the city, Uber is proving to be a valuable tool, as you are able to avoid being scammed on the price of transportation. Uber works really well and the pricing is great. I spent 3 USD for a 1 hour trip, stuck in the traffic. Eventually I gave the driver 5 USD, which he thanked me like he won the lottery!
I will try to update about the hospitality culture in the other parts of India, when I will return from Nepal. At the moment, Nepal seems like a different world from Delhi. Booking.Com|Booking.Com reviews are fully reliable and hotel staff is very caring and trustworthy.
My 2 cents I have traveled all over India, North to Southโ€ฆI am usually not a snob about hotels, but it is the only country in the world where I recommend that travelers stay in trusted Western/global brands like Hyatt, Hilton, etc. instead of anything local (Taj) or boutique. You have to pay over $100 a night to get the bare minimum of comfort in India. Itโ€™s a shame, but itโ€™s what I have learned in 10+ years of traveling there. This is why people flock to Thailand.

I am in Nepal right now and it is much easier than India, in my opinion. Itโ€™s still chaotic and dusty, but the Airbnb I am in is as nice as anything I have stayed in Thailand or France and the tourism infrastructure is more professional and less creepy/scammy. I usually donโ€™t stay at lower-end places, but friends have told me they are quite decent for the money.
The most inconvinient thing about India is the inability to use foreign cards (Visa/MasterCard/Interac) for flights, trains and many other reservations. Really bad, like I had to go to the airport and buy a ticket with cash INR. This is bad tourism. I don't care about the fight with black/grey money... I just want to make my payments like the ENTIRE rest of the WORLD. So stupid.
Absolutely, even a bigger problem for NRI folks , they need to open a new NRE/NRO accounts and then use that only - no cards work - major problem indeed!
Also considering like half the worldโ€™s fintech software is being built out of Bangalore now..
govt regulations do run a few decades behind private corps here ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ
you can't use Visa/MasterCard cards for trains/flights? thatโ€™s news to me.

I remember using it sometime ago but can't check now as my card expired
Wow that is news to me as well. I didnโ€™t knew international VISA cards donโ€™t work in India ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
does anyone know if india follows the fallback to citizenship rule?
use OCI , if you give up indian passport, most folks just use OCI, and they can even get an aadhaar card, just no voting rights
but without OCI, does india follow the fallback rule?
I know some local vendors dont enable transaction for international cards since they have to pay a premium for that in their card swiping machine, but I dont believe online payment of flights and trains are not possible.. Although I cannot verify this since I have an Indian CC, but my relative who came from US (with international card) did booked his domestic flight and train by himself. I dont know the exact details on how he did it though..
any neighborhood recommendations for Bangalore and what sites to use to find a place to stay for 1-3 weeks?
anybody know if India is currently issuing 1-year tourist visas? It's available on the e-visa application form but not clear if they're actually issuing them or not.
Ya, I don't think that is accurate at all. I was in Delhi, Kerala, and Goa and had no problem using my credit card. If your card isn't working, that probably just requires a call to the bank. Since many card theft happens out of India, banks are suspicious of any transactions originating from India and will block transactions.
I was stuck there during the lockdown, I would of starved if my credit card didn't work because I had to order food delivery.
Yes, I got one. And one of my friends too.
Agoda, booking, goibibo, makemytrip, cleartrip are all good and reliable sites to book your travel, accommodation etc
I live in Bangalore.. If you are looking for a good place with access to metro, I'd recommend Indira Nagar (where I live). Its a bit expensive than others, but I like it here.. If you are looking for party atmosphere, Indira Nagar and Kormangala are the best in Bangalore ( Jayanagar is also another spot thats coming up recently)... But it all depends on what you want to do while you are here..
Note Traffic in Bangalore is the worst.. Like half an hour for 2 km stretch during peak hours.
You can book in booking, or airbnb... Even an easy search on google map will give you ample results..
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