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Emails  Can anyone withhold my passport?  Only passport authority is empowered under the passport act to impound a passport. It is unlawful for anyone except the authorities to take unjustified or unconsented possession or custody of another person’s passport. Your travel agent holding your passport to get a visa for you is a justified and lawful situation. Your loanshark holding it as a loan collateral isn’t, even if you consent. The passport issued to you is functionally your legal personal property. If anyone has taken possession of your passport (expired or not) without your consent or approval, it will almost always be an unlawful matter.   URL
Emails  Can I not come directly to the Embassy to apply for visa, passport or consular services?  No. For the ease of applicants, we first seek email application. Once the applicant hears our response post pre-procssing, asking them to come to the Embassy, then only the applicant must come to the Embassy with all the relevant original documents. Complete procedure that is very simplified is at URL.   URL
Interactions  Leveraging low interest rate for Euro funding, why does Exim Bank of India not offer Lines of Credit (LoC) or Buyer’s Credit in Euros?  We are aware that there is a strong demand for the Buyers Credit in Euros, especially in the Western African/Francophone region as the local currency is pegged to Euro. Additionally, currently Euribor is found to be much more attractive as compared to USD Libor.

However, challenges faced are as under: The facility provided under Buyer’s Credit program is usually long term in nature (approx. 12-15 years). The Bank too needs to raise resources from Overseas Markets and access to funds in EUROS is available only for shorter tenors (1-5 years). There is no active market for longer tenor funds in Euros.

That said, EURO funding can be explored under pure supply contracts, wherein the tenor is also usually 5-7 years and the where the borrower is agreeable to bear any cost arising from unforeseen circumstances (e.g. negative carrying cost, maintaining DSRA etc.) 
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visa, passport  1. I have note verbale to facilitate my visa. Can I directly come to the Embassy and everything (including guidance, form filling, visa waiver) etc will be facilitated?

2. I have all the documents. Can I come to the Embassy to fill the form? 
No.

You need to meticulously follow the guidelines as at URL in the next column lest you waste time and energy in coming all the way to the Embassy prematurely.

Special mention is to be made in respect of application forms: All categories of applicants, without any exception, need to fill online forms first. Arriving at the Embassy without this would lead to waste of precious time and resources of the applicant.

Gratis visa is admissible only in respect of diplomatic / official passport holders and only for official visits.

The request for gratis visa, if applicable, has to be explicitly included in the Note Verbale.

EVISA: Please note that India extends E-Visa (Electronic Visa) facility to the nationals of all the countries of our accreditation (Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Cabo Verde). The E-Visa is avialable for all categories of visist including tourism, business, conference, entry, medical, employment, student, etc. Those needing to pay fee may use the available online channels whether of their own or with the help of an acquaintance / friend.

The URL for e-Visa is http://www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/ 
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Visa  Can I not get my visa online?  Yes you can.

In fact, applicants would save a lot of hassle in coming all the way to the Embassy in case they use the eVisa facility.

India extends E-Visa (Electronic Visa) facility to the nationals of all the countries of our accreditation (Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau) and Cabo Verde. The E-Visa is avialable for all categories of visist including tourism, business, conference, entry, medical, employment, student, etc. Those needing to pay fee may use the available online channels whether of their own or with the help of an acquaintance / friend. 
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1004  Culture  I sent my youtube link / photo / essay for contest entry, however it has not been uploaded. Why?  You must make sure you send your entries only using your registered email address.

To register your email address, if not done already, please use the URL in the next column. 
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1007  Covid-19  What are the advisories from Government of India?  Please see URL.   URL
1008  Covid-19-The Gambia  Gambia Covid-19 related information  One could visit Ministry of Health Gambia website at the URL.   URL
1009  Covid-19  Corona related spyware  There are reports about suspicious malware. These are typically .exe attachments. Broad cyber discipline must be followed and the bottomline is do not open an attachment from an unknown source.The United Kingdom, Spain, France, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Belgium
and Portugal. 
 
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1011  Covid-19  Emergency helpline numbers for Indian nationals, from Embassy of India in Dakar, Senegal (also concurrently accredited to Guinea Bissau, Cabo Verde, The Gambia)  All the helpline contacts are given below. It would be suggested one sends self-contained WhatsApp message to the numbers given below (viz +221 776 393 010, +221 775 295 091; +221 773 687 114; best would be that those needing emergency assistance make a WhatsApp group using these numbers and send a self contained message there. If they do not get a response in time, they can call any of the numbers to alert about the message)

Mr. G V Srinivas
Ambassador
amb.dakar@mea.gov.in
Mobile/ Whatsapp: +221 776 393 010

Mr. Rajesh Khanna
Attache (CPV)
cons.dakar@mea.gov.in
Mob / Whatsapp: +221 775 295 091; +221 773 687 114

(above are also listed in red at the URL in the next column) 
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1012  Covid-19  Is there any compilation of URLs pertaining to important information on COVID  Please see the link in the next column.   URL
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1015  Visa Senegal  Do Indians need visa to visit Senegal?  As per the information on the website of Embassy of Senegal in India (please see URL in next column), Indian citizens who hold valid Indian passports can travel and stay to Senegal without visa for 90 days (three months).   URL
1016  Covid-19 vaccine  I have taken the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. When is the 2nd dose of vaccine (e.g. Astrazeneca) be available?  Please check with the local authorities: if in India, with the Indian authoriteis; if abroad, then with the local authorities of the country you are residing in.   
1017  Passport renewal  My passport is going to expire within 2 weeks and I have already applied for the renewal of my passport approx a month ago. What will happen if my passport expires before I get the new passport?  To avoid this situation, one must apply for renewal in time. If holding an expired passport, while new passport is yet to be received, applicant can inform the facts appropriately to whoever may be asking.   
1018  Passport for minor  In case passport application is for minor, can the Guardian sign below the photo? Or the signature field under the photo must be left blank?  The minor's left thumb impression or signature must be affixed at the field under the photograph.