Citizens of all countries, except Nepal and Bhutan, require a valid national passport or valid travel documents and a valid visa granted by Indian Missions abroad for entering India. Nepalese or Bhutanese citizens need no passport or visa but should possess suitable documents for their identification when proceeding from their respective countries.
There are many vital conditions and specifications related to Indian Visa.
(a) Residential permit is issued to children up to 16 years old if their stay exceeds 180 days.
(b) HIV report is mandatory for foreign tourists who have been or are planning to stay in India for more than 1 year.
(c) Foreign tourists must present their papers personally.
(d) Journalist Visa is extended by External Affairs Ministry, Akbar Bhavan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-21
(e) Rates of visa fee keep changing and can be found from respective Indian embassies. In order to extend visa contact: a) FRRO, Hans Bhawan, Tilak Bridge, New Delhi-1; 9:30 am-1:30pm/2pm-4pm, weekend closed.
(f) Ministry of Home Affairs- Foreign Affairs Division, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi-3; weekdays, 10am-noon.
Valid yellow fever certificate is mandatory for all persons (including infants) who have been in Africa or South America or Papua New Guinea in the last six days. Validity of certificate is 10 days after vaccination. If you are not having a valid certificate, you would be quarantined for maximum six days. Inoculation centres-International Airport (Tuesday, Thursday, 2pm-4pm); Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (Wednesday, Saturday, 11am-1pm); International Inoculations Centre, Shivaji Stadium, Connaught Place, (Wednesday, Friday, 2pm-4pm) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Alipur Road, (Monday, Friday, 10am-noon).
Customs Formalities and Regulations
Visitors are generally required to make an oral baggage declaration in respect of baggage and foreign currency in their possession. They are also required to obtain the Currency Declaration Form from the Customs. They should fill in the Disembarkation Card handed over to them by the airline during the course of the flight.
There are two channels for Customs clearance:
for passengers not in possession of any dutiable articles or unaccompanied bag-gage.
For passengers with dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage or high value articles to be entered on the TBRE (Tourist Baggage Re-Export) Form.
If the visa, for stay in India is for more than 180 days, a Registration Certificate and Residential Permit should be obtained from the nearest Foreigners' Registration Office within 15 days of arrival. All persons including Indian nationals are required to fill in a Disembarkation, required for registration. The foreigners registered at Foreigners Registration Office are required to report change of their addresses.
Foreigners Regional Registration Office
All 4 metros viz Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata have regional offices and in addition, the Superintendents of Police in all Districts Headquarters function as Foreigners' Registration Officers.
Departure from India
All persons, except nationals of Nepal and Bhutan, leaving by air, road or rail have to fill in an Embarkation Card at the time of departure.
Foreign Travel Tax (FTT)
Passengers embarking on journeys to any place outside India from a Customs airport/seaport will have to pay an amount (defined by the Government of India and changed by the government) on journeys to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Every foreigner who is about to depart finally from India shall surrender his Certificate of Registration either to the Registration Officer of the place where he is registered or of the place from where he intends to depart or to the Immigration Officer at the Port/Check post of exit from India.
Income Tax Clearance Certificate
You will need this at the time of departure if your stay in India exceeds 120 days. The certificate is issued by the Foreign Section of the Income-Tax Office (ITO), Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi-2 .Observe the instructions under currency Regulations and Changing Money to facilitate its issue.
The Rupee (Re/ INR) is divided into 100 paise. There are coins of 50 paise and Rs. 1,2, 5 and 10 as well as notes of Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000.
You are not allowed to bring Indian currency into India. You can, however, bring in an unlimited amount of foreign currency in either cash or in travellers' cheques. However, anything in excess of US $ 10,000 must be declared on arrival. You can change money with authorized money changers (at the airport, most banks, hotels and certain large establishments) and insist on receipt as it will help you to reconvert the unspent money into the original foreign currency at the time of departure.
Dinners Club, Mastercard, American Express and Visa are widely accepted credit cards by large establishments, including, hotels, shops, airlines etc.
Most shops, banks, post offices and big business establishments usually open at 10 am. However banks close for business at 2 pm and post offices at 5 pm. Shops of course are open till 8 pm, six days a week. Government offices work from 10 am to 6 pm, 05 days a week Monday through Friday.
India is 5-1/2 hours ahead of GMT, 4-1/2 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and 10 ? hours ahead of American Eastern Standard Time.
Local, inter-state and international calls can be made with ease in any part of India STD/ISD call booths with direct interstate and international dialing, freely available and well signposted. Speed post and courier services are also available. It is a well developed system of courier services where packets can be sent to any part of the world. Beside this, there is the government's own speed post service which is linked to several parts of the world and is cheaper than the private services. The speed post service is available at various post offices, the major ones being the Gole Post Office, Eastern Court, near Connaught Place and the post office on Parliament Street, again close to Connaught Place.
Foreign air rates are Rs. 11 minimum; for a post card it is Rs. 6. All postage snould be bought only from post offices as only they are authorized to sell such items.
Basically India has four seasons in a year- summer, autumn, monsoons and winter. However, India is so vast that the climatic conditions in the far north have little relation to those in the extreme south.
It is very easy to get by with English. Many Indians speak English and most shopkeepers have a working knowledge.
Practical and comfortable clothes are appropriate. Because of the variety of climates, choose garments which can be layered. For female travelers, wearing covered Indian clothing is perhaps the best way to disappear in the crowd but otherwise avoid exposed shoulders, short skirts/pants and sleeveless blouses. Preferably wear loose clothing.
In many towns and especially near tourist areas, begging is an organized profession. Each gang works an area and the child receiving the alms may not keep more than a small percentage while the organizer takes a large cut, if you decide to give it to a beggar, one rupee is enough. Fruit, biscuits other eatables from home are also appropriate gifts for a child beggar but be discreet, otherwise a crowd will form. There are numerous good charities working throughout India and hotel staff will be able to advise if you wish to give to a reputable charity.
Apart from the extensive domestic air and railway networks, India has a vast road network. Chauffer driven cars can be hired easily through Indian travel agents, self driven car hire is rather limited. Some cities have well-developed public transport networks. In Delhi, the quality of the public service varies from area to area and is supplemented by private buses operating on numbered routes. Mumbai, Delhi and some other cities have metered taxis and auto-rickshaws. In many towns the taxis and auto rickshaws are unmetered, so negotiate the rates before the journey. In some town bicycles can be hired. They are an ideal way of exploring such places as Srinagar, Mysore and Khajuraho. Each state has its own road transport system but the service varies widely. Buses in South India tend to be of a better standard, but Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir all operate 'deluxe' services in the north. The overnight bus service on many routes is a convenient and cost effective alternative to trains.
India is a shoppers' paradise and offers a bewitching array of the rich diversity of handicrafts, textiles, carpets, leather, gems and jewellery, to name a few. When shopping in India, always compare the prices before actually purchasing any item. Deal with reputable establishments to avoid duplication. Most shops open at 10 am and close at 8 pm. State Emporia timings are 10 am to 6 pm.
There are Duty-Free shops at the airport both in the arrival and departure lounges.
Restrictions Pertaining to Exports
The government of India is concerned about the conservation of its endangered and rare fauna. Keeping this in mind, export of all wild animals indigenous to the country and articles made from such listed animals and their parts like skins, pelts, furs, ivory, rhino, horns, trophies etc., have been banned. There are restrictions in the export of antiquities and art objects more than 100 years old. In case of doubt consult the Director General, Antiquities, Archaeological Survey of India, Janpath, New Delhi-1. It is advisable to obtain a certificate of proof. The visitor can take back all articles brought in by him. In addition, he can take out the following articles purchased in India.
(i) Souvenirs (including Indian silk, wool, handicrafts etc.) without any limit.
(ii) Gold jewellery and silverware up to Rs. 1, 00,000 in value (and in excess of Rs. 1,00,000 after obtaining a Reserve Bank of India permit)
(iii) Other jewellery and precious stones of large value. These should be appraised by customs in advance of travel, i.e. by the Customs Appraiser at the airport. For these items an RBI permit should be obtained in advance and thereafter declared to customs.
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