In India there is something called Form C, which you are (apparently)
supposed to fill out every time you have a foreigner visits. See, for
This is quite the reporting burden, imo (they even require a passport
photo), but it seems this is something that hotels in India actually
do, as far as I can tell.
However, I’m not sure if Airbnb type renters are required to submit
these forms. I did a Google search in Airbnb India for Form C and
found almost nothing - one listing in Delhi and three in Goa mentioned
submitting it. There are (probably) thousands of Airbnb listings in
India. If a host was submitting such forms, I would expect that fact
to be prominently mentioned on his Airbnb page. So, the question is:
why, if it is required, are not far more people mentioning it?
An Airbnb community group page, namely Hosting in India Airbnb
Group, mentions it a few times.
The information requested is quite invasive - see for example
http://goatourism.gov.in/images/c-form%20goa%20-%20ppt.pdf for a much
more detailed look at the online version, or just google “form c for
foreigners in india” or similar.
The PDF form probably represents an earlier version of the form.
Currently, the form to be filled in is online, and they don’t give
access to it till you register, so I haven’t seen it yet, but it is
probably similar to the presentation at goatourism.gov.in.
I have two concerns:
That having to give all this information to a stranger will freak
potential guests out. Personally, I wouldn’t be too happy with it
myself. I’ve certainly never had to fill out any such form in any
hotel I’ve stayed in.
That the government will use this information as an excuse to
harass me and/or my guests. The Bombay police and the BMC (the
municipal corporation that run the city) are not nice people.
I’m imagining them turning up and asking lots of questions about my
rental, and pestering my guests with questions about themselves.
Possibly demanding that I fill up additional forms. That sort of
It’s not a bad thing to have information about one’s guests. But this
kind of thing is a bit over the top.
So, if any Indian Airbnb hosts happen to read this post, I’d
appreciate it if they could let me know if they submit C forms for
their foreign guests, and if so, whether:
a) They have had negative reactions from their guests.
b) Did any government officials bother them after they registered and
filled up the form?
For obvious reasons, I’m most interested in responses from Bombay.
Comments from non-Indians are welcome.