• Passports &
All foreign nationals require visa to enter
India. However, there are some relaxation
for Bhutanese and Nepalese nationals.
Details and types of visa and the fee may be
obtained from the Indian Embassy.
Tourist visas are issued for one month, six
months or five years. Please consult your
nearest Indian government mission to find
out the latest details, fees etc. Tourist
visas can be extended by three months at the
foreigner's registration office in New
Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai, or with
the Superintendent of Police at any District
Headquarters. Four passport size photographs
are needed for obtaining a visa.
If stay in the country
exceeds 180 days, then tourists are required
to get a tax clearance certificate,
available at the foreigner's section of the
income tax department in every major city.
It is also advisable to keep bank receipts
to show that the money has been changed
Special permits may be
required additionally with the visa to visit
certain areas of the country. Areas such as
parts of Sikkim and the Northeast frontier
states, northeast of Himachal Pradesh near
the Tibetan border, are out of bounds for
foreign nationals. For special permissions,
please write to the Ministry of Home Affairs
at least four weeks in advance of your
Restricted & Protected Areas
of the country need special permits before
they can be visited. The States of Arunachal
Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland have been
designated as protected areas and foreigners
cannot enter these areas without special
permits. These permits are issued by the
Under Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs,
Foreigners Division, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan
Market, New Delhi at least 4 weeks before
the date of the expected visit.
Certain areas of Sikkim have
been declared as restricted areas.
Individual tourists are permitted to visit
Gangtok, Rumtek, Phodang, Zongri and
Pemayangtse. The duration of stay has been
raised from 7 to 15 days. Permits can be
issued by all Indian Missions abroad, all
FRRO's, Immigration Officers at Airports at
Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai and New Delhi.
Manipur has also been opened to foreign
tourists and permits can be issued by all
Missions abroad, all FRRO's, Home
Commissioner, Imphal. The duration of stay
has been raised from 3 to 5 days.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands:
Individual foreign tourists can visit Port
Blair Municipal Area, Havelock Island, Long
Island, Neil Island, Mayabunder, Diglipur,
Rangat, where a night halt is allowed and
Jolly Buoy, South Cinque, Red Skin, Mount
Harriet, Madhuban where only day visits are
allowed. Prior permit is necessary.
Lakshadweep Islands: Only
Bangaram and Subeli Islands are open to
foreign tourists. Permits are required,
obtainable from the Lakshadweep
Administration, Wellington Island, Harbour
Regulation, Diseases & Accidents
important cause of illness of travelers in
India is food and waterborne diseases.
Viruses, bacteria, or parasites can cause
diarrhea. Infections may cause simple
diarrhea and vomiting, fever, or in extreme
cases, liver damage (hepatitis).
Malaria is a preventable
infection that can create trouble if left
untreated. One can prevent infection by
taking prescribed anti-malarial drugs and
protecting against mosquito bites. Malaria
risk in this region exists in some urban and
rural areas, depending on the elevation.
If someone is visiting the
mountainous region of the Himalayas, he/she
should ascend gradually to allow time for
the body to adjust to the high altitude,
which can cause insomnia, headaches, nausea,
and altitude sickness. In addition, one
should use sun-block rated at least 15 SPF,
because the risk of sunburn is greater at