Visas, Health, Precautions, Currency, Credit Cards, Time
travellers to India must possess a valid passport. It is
advisable to carry your passport on your person all the
while in India for possible identification requirements.
Citizens of Nepal and Bhutan can travel without passport
but they have to carry some special permits.
1. Each passport should be accompanied
by the completed application form and three passport photographs.
2. There should be at least three
clear pages on the passport before the visa is issued.
3. When applying for the visa
at the Indian Embassy/High Commission, payment should be
made in cash or postal order (cheques are normally not accepted)
and a stamped self addressed envelope should be included.
One month should be allowed for postal applications.
4. Certain parts of India (mainly
in the North East) are "restricted areas" and
require special permits.
5. Personal applications may
be made to the Indian Embassy/High Commission.
are required by all visitors except those from Bhutan and
Nepal. All foreign tourists to India must possess a valid
visas. Visas are not issued on arrival. the cost of Visa
is US$ 30 for up to six months. US$ 50 for up to one year
and US$ 100 for more than one year. Contact the Indian embassy
or consulate in your country for issuing of visas. A tourist
visa is valid for three to six months. Tourist visas allow
multiple entry to simplify visits to neighbouring countries.
You will be required to fill in a disembarkation card on
your way to India which will have to be submitted at the
Immigration counters at the entry airport. Visas are available
for the following durations:-
3 month visa
6 month visa
1 year visa
5 year visa
coming to India on tourist visas for 180 days or a shorter
period are not requird to register themselves with any authority.
They can move about freely in the country, except to the
restricted/protected areas and prohibited areas.
Nationals of Bangladesh are exempt from registration for
up to six months. If their stay exceeds six months, they
have to register themselves. Family passports issued by
other governments are recognized without any discrimination.
a rule, no extension of stay is granted on a Tourist Visa.
Tourist visas are available for a maximum period of 180
days. No charges are levied for visa extension within the
maximum period of 180 days. Identical passport photographs
However, in the case of an extension beyond 180 days, which
is allowed only in exceptional cases, an extension fee which
varies from country to country is charged. In case a foreign
tourist has obtained extension beyond three months of stay
in India, he will have to surrender his Certificate of Registration
and residential Permit before leaving India. For extension
to your tourist visa in Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai and chennai,
The FRRO in any of the cities mentioned above.
In state capitals and district headquarters submit your
The Home Department in the state capital or as applicable.
The Police Commissioner's office. or,
The Senior Superintendent of Police. or,
The Superintendent of Police.
treatment in India is comparatively inexpensive, though
India has a pool of some of the best doctors in the world.
Most hotels have a doctor on call.
Allergies, Temperature Variations.
Cold-relief tablets, Vitamin-C tablets and Nasal
decongestant solution and anti-allergic medicines
in your medical kit. (Local brands- Coldarin for
Cold/Cough, Celin (Vitamin C tablet)
Temperature Variations, Cough etc.
Paracetamol, do not stress yourself too much. Eat
proper and light food.
be due to adulterated food or excessive intake of
spicy and rich taste food items.
according to your appetite. Eat lightly. carry Oral
Rehydration solution (Electral- Local brand of ORS).
hot climate and lack of hygiene.
Cream and vapour based mosquito repellents while
sleeping. (Local brands of repellents- All Out,
Mortein, Odomos, Mos free).
to harsh climatic conditions in some areas. Excessive
sun rays. Excessive cold conditions in Himalayan
sunscream in summers. Wear light colored full bodied
clothes. bath daily with an antiseptic soap.
travel on hot summer days.
plenty of fresh fruit fluids like lemon juice. Consult
doctor in case of sun stroke.
Minor Accidents etc.
an antiseptic lotion, cream etc. Do take Anti Tetanus
injection in case of injury due to rusted iron.
contact with local prostitutes.
sex during travel or use a safe and effective condom
Strong sunshine, heat, digestive upsets and insect bites
can spoil one’s trip, so it is a good idea to take a few
1. Avoid eating ice creams sold
by roadside vendors, undercooked meat, unpeel able fruit
or vegetable, drinking tap water or having unbolted drinks
or even ice in drinks outside the hotel.
2. Carry a kit containing sunscreens
and other lotions for protection from the sun, insect repellants
and sting relief creams, water sterilising tablets and medicines
for possible stomach upsets or indigestion.
3. Be careful about mosquitoes
when outside in the evenings - use an insect repellant,
socks and a long sleeves shirt are good deterrents.
- Rupee (Re.) Rs. 1 = 100 Paise
Coins are in denominations of 25,
Paise and 1,2,and
Notes are in denominations of 10,
500 and 1000
Exchange Rate: US $ 1 = Rs. 44 approx There are no restrictions
on the importation of foreign currency by tourists, provided
a Declaration Form is completed on arrival. The import and
export of the Rupee is, however, prohibited and may not
be spent in Duty Free Shops or on board aircrafts. Receipts
of all currency must be kept, as it may be reconverted on
It is advisable to carry money in the form of travellers’
cheques preferably in US Dollars as it is widely recognised
and accepted. Changing money through unauthorised persons
is illegal as well as risky in respect of receiving counterfeit
Most hotels, restaurants and some shops accept major credit
cards such as (1) American Express, (2) Diners Club (3)
Visa and (4) Mastercard.
GMT + 5 hours and 30 minutes.
government and commercial offices are open on alternate
- 18:00 hrs
- 17:30 hrs
- 13:00 hrs
(most large stores)
- 20:00 hrs
- 14:00 hrs
- 12:00 hrs