To enter India all travelers require a passport valid for at least 180 days and at least..Travel Health
Recommended vaccinations for travel to India are Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Malaria..Local Currency
The official currency for India is the Rupee. Notes are in denominations of Rs1,000, 500..Weather
The weather is hot throughout the year in India with variations in each region. The..Local Customs
The people of India are friendly and helpful and are generally happy to assist tourists..Languages
The main language in India is Hindi with about 40% of the population speaking it. English..Transport Options
The International Airports for India are: Chjatrapati Shivaji International Airport in..Travel Tips
Major airports, train stations, popular restaurants and tourist sites are common areas..Local Food
India offers a wonderful range of culinary diversity. There are varying degrees of spices..Local Timezones
India Standard Time is 5.5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+5.5). India does not..Dutyfree Limits
The following goods may be imported into India without incurring customs duty: 200..
To enter India all travelers require a passport valid for at least 180 days and at least two empty pages as well as a visa. There are restricted areas throughout the country that require special permits and government authorization. When applying for your visa you will need to also apply for a permit if you plan to enter these restricted areas. Ensure application forms are filled in carefully otherwise they may be rejected and to apply again will only be allowed after a three month period.
It is important to have the correct visa when entering the country. The different visas available include a tourist visa (six months), a business visa (6 months, one year or more, multiple entries) or a student visa (up to 5 years). All Indian visas are valid from the day it is issued, not the date of entry and there is a minimum two month gap period between consecutive tourist visas. If you overstay your visa you will incur heavy fines and be prevented from leaving the country until the fines have been paid.
All visitors to India are required to fill out a D (Disembarkation) Card and E (Embarkation) Cards at arrival and departure respectively. Also ensure that your passport is correctly stamped before leaving the immigration counter both on arrival and departure. Failure to do so may delay your departure or cause problems when applying to re-enter the country.
There is no departure tax for travel to India.
As entry requirements may change from time to time it is strongly advised that you check with the department of foreign affairs or your local consulate or embassy for the current requirements.
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