Friday, April 23, 2010

FRRO - Not as Scary as One Imagines

Noddy's passport has been printed, exit visa issued and we are ready for departure. We will fly Qantas out of Mumbai this Sunday the 25th April and arrive into Sydney early Monday morning. The tasks at hand always seem more manageable after a good nights sleep wouldn't you agree? Having yesterday afternoon at our hotel was just what our bodies needed and we awoke today refreshed for the FRRO! Now, up to this point in finalising everything for Noah's trip home we have been cool customers. Very relaxed and nothing daunted us. The FRRO or Foreigner Regional Registration Office in Mumbai however was the only aspect we were concerned with. Horror stories from other parents who have been there in the past had us believe it would be awful...really awful. The truth is that it is not. It's fine and there is nothing to concern yourself with provided you are prepared. Our driver met us at our hotel at 7.30am for the drive back to South Mumbai to collect Noah's passport. We arrived at 8.55am and were out and on our way to the FRRO by 9.10am. You could do what needs to be done there by yourself but it makes life more pleasant to have somebody there to guide you as we did. One and a half hours was all it took from the moment we entered the FRRO at 10am to the moment we left holding Noah's exit visa.

How fantastic is that!

8 comments:

  1. I agree that things are always better after a good night's sleep (I'm sure especially when you are a new and tired parent). Thank you for posting all of this good information - the process of getting a baby out of India and home is the thing we worry about the most, so i'm glad it has went so smoothly for you. I'm sure we'll be reviewing these posts again when we are at this point :)

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  2. I'm glad everything is taken care of and you can take your lil one home! I love the blog btw.

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  3. Super fantastic! Now, you can just relax until Sunday. Nice!

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  4. Yay...safe traveling tomorrow and can't wait to catch up when you're home xoxox

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  5. PS what a perfect little passport shot ;)

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  6. That is a really, really cute passport photo. Especially when it means the whole citizenship rigmarole is done!

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  7. Hey boys! You should be home by now. Tim and I were in Sydney yesterday and we saw you in the paper. What a great memento for Noah! You both looked so happy.

    Please send us some more photos soon and welcome home.

    xxx

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  8. Brilliant news! You made the Age newspaper too. Local celebutants!
    Welcome home,
    kt

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