Q: Do I need a visa on my Passport to visit India?

All visitors to India require a Visa which MUST be obtained before arrival in the country, Except -Singapore, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Japan, Finland, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar. These countries eligible for “On Arrival Visa”

For rest of countries the usual visa is valid for 6 months from the time of issue and is good for multiple entries to the country. Visas are issued by all Indian embassies and consulates and can take up to 2 weeks to process. You must hold a valid passport to enter India. Your passport must have two blank pages for your visa and must be valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of your visa application. The guidelines regarding passport validity on arrival in India are unclear. We therefore advise you to ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of entry into India.

A wise precaution is to carry a photocopy of your passport in case of loss or theft. If your travel document is lost or stolen notify the police immediately and obtain a police report. A replacement passport can only be applied for at New Delhi. However, Mumbai, Chennai, Goa and Kolkata can issue an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) in dire emergencies. Straightforward applications are normally issued within 20 working days.

Q: What is the best time to visit India?

The best time to visit tropical South India is during the winter months, but even then there are some distinct regional variations. The peak season is from December to February when the climate is at its most pleasant – Kerala is less humid at this time, it is dry and daytime temperatures range from 22 to 30′C. Temperatures and humidity start to build from late March. The monsoon rains fall from May to October in Kerala and on the east coast of Tamil Nadu they extend through to November which is the wettest month.

Q: What vaccinations are recommended to visit India?

You should Contact your GP around eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the ‘National Travel Health Network and Centre’. Most doctors recommend vaccination against the following:

  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis
  • Meningitis
  • Malaria

The majority of visitors return home having suffered no problems at all. The most common complaint is an upset tummy caused by a change in diet.

Q: Can I take my existing medication to India?

Medicines may be taken to India so long as you carry with you a bona fide doctor’s prescription for them. Narcotic drugs are illegal in India. There is a minimum sentence of six months for possession of small amounts deemed for personal consumption only. A 10-year sentence for possession of other amounts applies.

Q: What is a Child Fare?

This is the level of fare that is applicable to children aged between 2 to 11 on the date of departure. Hence a booking made before a child’s 12th birthday for departure on or after this day will no longer be eligible for the child fares. In most cases, children are usually charged a percentage of the applicable adult fare.

Q: What is Infant Fare?

Infants normally pay 10 percent of the adult fare is applicable to children below the age of 2 years, who do not occupy a seat.
If a seat is required for the infant, the corresponding child fare will apply.

Q: should I need travel Insurance for India?

We recommend you obtain good personal travel insurance. Please contact us for advice on which policy suits your requirements. Generally we recommend you have a policy that covers medical, hospital, loss of baggage, personal money, delay and cancellation. A wise precaution is to carry a photocopy of your policy alongside your passport copy.

Q: How much & what currency should be?

It is upon you how much want to carry with you.US Dollars, Euros and British Sterling are the best currency to take with you.
Traveler’s cheques in these currencies are also widely accepted.
In most of the major cities Visa, Master-card and American Express will be accepted.
If you require any additional information that is not covered by the above please contact us and one of our travel advisors will be happy to answer your questions.

What type of clothes is required to be worn at religious places and in general anywhere in India?

During summer months, light woolens and during winters, warm clothing is a must. As India is a warm and humid (coastal region)
Country, light colour lose fitting long garments would do well. While visiting temples and mosques, one should have preferably shoulders and head covered with a scarf or handkerchief as well as legs fully covered, especially in case of ladies. One is usually expected to enter without footwear inside a temple. At places, non-Hindus may not be permitted at the sanctum Santorum of temples.

Of course one can even try Indian outfits (like Qurta - Pyjama, Salwar Qurta, etc) which are cotton a clothes, being very comfortable wears. While visiting the wildlife sanctuaries, one should wear only beige, khaki, white or camouflaging clothes (not the bright coloured ones). At beach destination like Goa, easily you could use beachwear, shorts, etc.

Q: Is smoking allowed in India?

Now all public places in India are declared non smoking zones, hence you must look for proper place which is meant for smoking. If found smoking just about anywhere, one could be fined for that.

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