What is Better, OCI Card or Indian Tourist Visa, for Foreign-born Minors or Foreign Citizens of Indian Origin?

OCI Card or Indian tourist visa – what is better? Which one is easier to obtain, OCI card or Indian visa, for foreign-born minors of Indian origin? What are the advantages of an OCI card and the disadvantages of an Indian tourist visa? What will help me with hassle-free multiple entries to India, a 5/10-year-old Indian visa or a life-long OCI card? Indian Diaspora hits Google, Facebook, and visa-related forums with such queries before the time is ripe to search online for best deals for flights to India from USA .

Both OCI Card and Indian tourist visa have their own pros and cons . If you don’t have either one, you can obtain a tourist visa faster than an OCI card for emergency travel to India. However, OCI cardholders were allowed to enter India, whereas the tourist visa (both electronic and paper) was banned and tourist visa holders were restricted from traveling to India during the pandemic. Inarguably, the OCI Card is given preference to the tourist visa in the event of international travel restrictions .

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20 thoughts on “ what is better, oci card or indian tourist visa, for foreign-born minors or foreign citizens of indian origin ”.

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I have an OCI card but recently had to have a new passport as mine had expired . Can i stil travel with my OCI card to India showing my old passport with it.

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Hi Lionel! You can until December 31, 2022.

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My child passport is getting expired in 2027. I am thinking to apply for OCI card but will I have to reapply for OCI card once her passport gets renewed? Because in that case, I will just go with getting 5 years tourist visa.

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no need to renew the OCI mam. Just you have to upload the new passport online..


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I am a British Citizen of Indian Origin. Do I need to have an OCI Card to inherit or own property in India ?

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Hi im a indian passport holder and married to a pakistani ,I delivered 2 kids here in portugal recently my both kids got passport now im planning to travel to india along with my kids as my mother passed away 4 months ago and kids dnt have oci card and they r not registered with indian embassy as well, its a big confusion for me where do I have to start and which dept as ,I have to travel by Jan 15th please guide me if any one can

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I’m planning to apply for OCI card for the first time. I have a tourist visa already. Can I travel to India during the time OCI card application is in progress on my tourist visa?

Hi Hari! You can travel to India using a valid tourist visa as well.

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I dont want to apply for an OCI yet because its expensive for me at this point. I am considering a quick evisa for india instead. While I was completing the evisa form, there is a strange question regarding if you had been to India and what is your visa reference no on previous visit.

How can you complete the online tourist visa application when the question is if you had visited india before – which is of course a yes answer but then it asks you to provide the visa application number. Anyone had this issue before? How did you get past it ? Many thanks

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If I travel to india on tourist visa and while my stay if I get my OCI, can I stay longer and exit India on OCI based?

Hi Ashwin! In our knowledge, you can. You may have to inform the local authority. The Indian Embassy or consulate will better guide you.

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Hello, I am a German citizen with an OCI card. However, my passport was recently renewed and I need to get my OCI reissued as well. There is now an emergency in India however, that I need to return urgently for. I got a one-year evisa approved very recently for India. Can I travel with the evisa to India and then get my OCI card reissued after I land in India?

Hi Yash! In our knowledge, you can travel with the e-visa and enter India.

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What is best between e-visa and OCI? How long can we stay in India with e-visa?

Hi Pradeep! Whether it is a regular paper tourist visa or e-visa, US citizens can stay a maximum of 180 days in one calendar year.

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I am a US citizen with OCI currently in the US and I am planning to take my US citizen baby to India on tourist evisa as my husband is currently in India (he’s Indian citizen) and it will be difficult to apply for the baby’s entry visa or OCI without him here in the US to sign the applications and provide his notarized documents. I was planning to apply for the baby’s OCI in India. But then on the OCI website it says “Foreign nationals cannot apply for OCI in India while on Tourist Visa, Missionary Visa and Mountaineering Visa.” Does that mean I won’t be able to apply for the baby’s OCI in India, even though one parent is Indian citizen and other parent is OCI? We are re-locating to India permanently.

Hi MJ! We have little idea of your scenario. In our knowledge, parents/a parent of a minor US citizen can apply for an OCI Card in India. We recommend that you contact the Indian Embassy or a consulate in the US for the correct and complete information.

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I have Oci but my name changed on my new USA passport. My new passport was issued 2 years back but I did not realize that OCI needs to be reissued. I now need to travel to India urgently. Can I get E Visa and go? Renew the OCi card after I am back. If yes, what do I enter in the field for Previous Visa type and number when filing for EVisa

Hi Asheth! You can apply for an e-tourist visa to India. However, we have little knowledge of your scenario.

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What about biometric collection?

Used to be that paper visas required issued in the US required no biometrics, but I believe OCI cards now do.

Considering the problems with biometrics and the way the GOI uses them, anything which avoids biometrics is better.

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The best ways to fly to India with points and miles

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India is a top destination for many travelers. You can occasionally find flight deals to India, especially if you are patient and have flexible travel dates. If you find a good flight deal, you may want to use a credit card travel portal to book your flights .

Otherwise, you may want to redeem points and miles for flights to India . This guide will discuss some of the top airline loyalty programs to use when booking award flights between the U.S. and India.

Whether you are booking paid flights or award flights, remember to consider booking positioning flights in the U.S. and India. Doing so may unlock more award options or better pricing. Let's get started.

Related: Best credit cards for airport lounge access

ANA Mileage Club

If you're looking to book a round-trip award, booking with ANA Mileage Club may be a good option. ANA is a member of the Star Alliance but also partners with some airlines outside Star Alliance, including Etihad Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

You can redeem ANA miles to fly round-trip between North America and Asia (which includes India) at the following rates:

  • Economy : 55,000 to 70,000 miles on ANA-operated flights; 80,000 miles on partners.
  • Premium economy : 84,000 to 99,000 miles on ANA-operated flights; not available on partners.
  • Business : 100,000 to 115,000 miles on ANA-operated flights; 136,000 miles on partners.
  • First : 195,000 to 210,000 miles on ANA-operated flights; 240,000 miles on partners.

You'll still pay these rates even if you fly one-way. So you'll only want to consider ANA Mileage Club if you plan to book a round-trip award.

For example, here's an economy round-trip award operated by Singapore Airlines that you can book for 80,000 ANA miles plus 84.30 Singapore Dollars (about $64):

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However, taxes and fees are a lot higher on ANA-operated awards. Here's a premium economy round-trip award operated by ANA that you can book for 94,000 ANA miles plus 817.90 Singapore dollars (about $618):

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If you need to earn ANA miles to book your award, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio or Marriott Bonvoy points at a 3:1 ratio (with 5,000 bonus miles for every 60,000 points transferred).

Related: Quick Points: Book mixed-cabin awards with ANA Mileage Club to stretch your miles

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is another option for flights between the U.S. and India.

You can redeem for flights on Virgin Atlantic, although the taxes and fees are often too high for this to make sense. For example, consider the following off-peak awards from New York to Mumbai via London:

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The award costs jump higher for Virgin Atlantic-operated awards on peak dates, though. Combined with the high taxes and fees, these awards won't appeal to most travelers.

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You can also redeem Virgin points according to off-peak and peak zone-based charts for long-haul flights operated by Air France and KLM. Here's the pricing you should see for one-way awards between the U.S. and India operated by Air France or KLM:

  • Economy : 28,000 points off-peak to/from eastern U.S., 38,000 points peak to/from eastern U.S., 31,000 points off-peak to/from central or western U.S. and 41,000 points peak to/from central or western U.S.
  • Premium economy (only on Air France): 56,000 points off-peak to/from the eastern U.S., 76,000 points peak to/from the eastern U.S., 62,000 points off-peak to/from central or western U.S. and 72,000 points peak to/from central or western U.S.
  • Business : 110,000 points off-peak to/from eastern U.S., 120,000 points peak to/from eastern U.S., 122,500 points off-peak to/from central or western U.S. and 132,500 points peak to/from central or western U.S.

But in practice, the rates you'll see for awards operated by Air France and KLM on the Flying Club website may not match the award chart rates. For example, these awards operated by Air France and KLM cost 27,000 points (1,000 points less than we'd expect).

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If you want to earn Virgin points , you can leverage the following transferable currencies:

  • American Express Membership Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio.
  • Citi ThankYou Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio (if you have the Citi Premier® Card (see rates and fees ) or the Citi Prestige® Card , which is no longer open to new applicants).
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio.
  • Bilt Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio.
  • Marriott Bonvoy points at a 3:1 ratio (with 5,000 bonus points for every 60,000 points transferred).
  • Capital One miles at a 1:1 ratio (to Virgin Red ).

The information for the Citi Prestige has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: When and how to book Delta awards with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Flying Blue

The Flying Blue program is another option for award flights between the U.S. and India. One-way awards between the U.S. and India start at 35,000 miles in economy, 65,000 miles in premium economy and 95,000 miles in business.

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For example, we could book the one-way KLM-operated economy award that costs 27,000 Virgin points plus $219 (see the previous section) for 35,000 Flying Blue miles plus $125.

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Finding business class awards at the starting rate of 95,000 miles can be challenging. But you can easily check award pricing by cabin around your desired travel dates by looking at the bar above the results. Unfortunately, as you'll see in the one-way business class award example below, the taxes and fees are rather high on business class awards.

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If you want to earn Flying Blue miles , you can transfer any of the following transferable currencies:

  • Capital One miles at a 1:1 ratio.
  • Citi ThankYou Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio (if you have the Citi Premier Card or the Citi Prestige Card ).
  • Marriott Bonvoy points at a 3:1 ratio (with 5,000 bonus miles for every 60,000 points transferred).
  • Bilt Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio to either Air France or KLM (both of which use Flying Blue as their loyalty program).

Related: This month's Flying Blue Promo Rewards

Air Canada Aeroplan

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Air Canada Aeroplan award prices follow region-based award charts . The U.S. is in the North America region and India is in the Atlantic region. However, most one-way awards between the U.S. and India have a distance of 6,001 to 8,000 miles and hence are priced as follows:

  • Economy : 55,000 to 80,000 points for Air Canada-operated flights; 55,000 points for partner-operated flights.
  • Premium economy : 70,000 to 100,000 points for Air Canada-operated flights; not offered on partner-operated flights.
  • Business : 85,000 to 200,000 points for Air Canada-operated flights; 90,000 points for partner-operated flights.
  • First : 120,000 to 225,000 points on Air Canada-operated flights; 130,000 points on partner-operated flights.

However, if you combine Air Canada-operated flights with flights operated by partner airlines, you may see different pricing.

Aeroplan's rates are higher than what you'll find with other programs, especially once you consider the partner booking fee.

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But, if you want to add in a stopover or have inflexible travel dates, you may find that the Aeroplan program is best for your trip to India. I had little trouble finding partner awards pricing as expected from major cities in the U.S. to major cities in India.

If you need to earn Aeroplan points for an award, you could use the Aeroplan® Credit Card . However, if you need points more urgently, you could leverage the following transferable currencies:

Related: Complete guide to Aeroplan's stopover and routing rules

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles can be a good way to book Star Alliance awards between the U.S. and India. You can book round-trip promotional awards on Turkish Airlines or its partners between the U.S. and India at the following rates:

  • Economy : 68,000 miles.
  • Business : 105,000 miles.
  • First : 154,000 miles.

You can also book a one-way promotional award for half the cost in miles of a round-trip award. There's plenty of economy award availability on Turkish Airlines-operated flights from the U.S. to India for 34,000 miles plus $128.80 one-way.

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You can also find some availability on Star Alliance partners. For example, here's a one-way business class award on an Air India-operated flight from New York to Delhi for 52,500 miles plus $277.90.

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If you want to earn Turkish miles to book an award, you can transfer Capital One miles at a 1:1 ratio, Citi ThankYou Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio (if you have the Citi Premier Card or the Citi Prestige Card ), Bilt Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio and Marriott Bonvoy points at a 3:1 ratio (with 5,000 bonus miles for every 60,000 points transferred).

Related: 10 things to know about flying Turkish Airlines

Avianca LifeMiles

Avianca LifeMiles is another option you could use if you want to fly Star Alliance airlines between the U.S. and India.

You'll usually find one-way Star Alliance awards between the U.S. and India for 47,000 miles in economy, 90,000 miles in business and 120,000 miles in first.

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But one interesting part of the Avianca LifeMiles program is how it prices mixed cabin awards. For example, you could pay just 3,330 miles more to fly Air India business class instead of economy class from Hong Kong to Delhi on the following award.

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If you want to earn Avianca LifeMiles, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio, Capital One miles at a 1:1 ratio, Citi ThankYou Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio (if you have the Citi Premier Card or the Citi Prestige Card ) and Marriott Bonvoy points at a 3:1 ratio.

Related: Can't find award availability with Avianca LifeMiles? Don't give up until you try this trick

United MileagePlus

United MileagePlus offers reasonably priced economy awards between the U.S. and India on most dates. On most dates, you'll find one-way economy awards for 46,800 miles plus modest taxes and fees. For example, here's a calendar view of economy awards from Austin, Texas, to Delhi:

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You'll likely end up on Air India if you're looking for the least-expensive one-stop routing:

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But keep an eye out for other Star Alliance carriers, such as LOT Polish:

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United MileagePlus awards between the U.S. and India are often expensive in premium cabins. So unless you have a lot of United miles , you'll likely want to utilize other programs if you want to fly in premium cabins. Here's an example of some of the least expensive business and first class awards I found between New York and Delhi:

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If you want to earn United miles , you have multiple options. For example, you can use a United credit card or transfer rewards from Chase Ultimate Rewards at a 1:1 ratio, Marriott Bonvoy at a 3:1.1 ratio (with 5,500 bonus miles for every 60,000 points transferred) and Bilt Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.

Related: 6 things you need to know about United Airlines MileagePlus

Alaska Mileage Plan

Alaska Mileage Plan provides some nice options between the U.S. and India. Based on Alaska's new simplified award chart , you'd expect to see one-way awards starting at the following rates between the U.S. and India:

  • Economy : 42,500 miles
  • Premium economy : 55,000 miles.
  • Business : 65,000 miles.
  • First : 80,000 miles.

But in practice, you may find less-expensive awards when you search on Alaska's website. For example, here's a Japan Airlines-operated economy award from Seattle to Bangalore for 35,000 miles plus $31.

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And here's a Japan Airlines-operated business award from New York to Delhi for 60,000 miles plus $30.

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Alaska Mileage Plan may be very appealing if you want to build a stopover into your one-way award. For example, you can book the same Japan Airlines itinerary shown above with about a week stopover in Tokyo for the same number of miles and just slightly higher taxes and fees.

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The primary downside of redeeming Alaska miles is the difficulty you may face in earning Alaska miles . That said, you can earn miles through Alaska credit cards , the Alaska Mileage Plan shopping portal and by transferring rewards from Marriott Bonvoy at a 3:1 ratio (with 5,000 bonus miles for every 60,000 points transferred).

Related: Maximizing redemptions with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

American AAdvantage

Finally, American Airlines AAdvantage provides some good options between the U.S. and India. You can fly one-way awards that involve American's partners between the U.S. and India at the following rates:

  • Economy : 40,000 miles.
  • Premium economy : 62,500 miles.
  • Business : 70,000 miles.
  • First : 115,000 miles.

You'll usually see reasonable taxes and fees if you avoid British Airways-operated flights. Also, American's large network within the U.S. makes it easy to connect within the U.S. at the start or end of your award.

It's relatively easy to find economy awards involving American's partners for 40,000 miles each way. For example, here's a one-way economy award on Qatar Airways-operated flights from Los Angeles to Bengaluru for 40,000 miles plus $41.80:

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And here's a one-way business class award on Finnair-operated flights from Dallas to Mumbai for 70,000 miles plus $12.30:

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The biggest downside of American Airlines AAdvantage awards is that it can be difficult to earn American miles . But you can earn miles through American Airlines credit cards , Bask Bank and the AAdvantage shopping portal . Plus, you can transfer rewards to AAdvantage from Bilt Rewards at a 1:1 ratio and Marriott Bonvoy at a 3:1 ratio.

Related: Maximizing redemptions with American Airlines AAdvantage

Bottom line

This guide discussed various ways to redeem points and miles for flights to India. The best program for you will depend on various factors, including award availability, what points and miles you currently have and how you want to fly.

Booking flights is just the start of your trip planning. Luckily, you can also redeem hotel points in India — and there are some excellent properties to consider. For example, Hyatt's Alila Fort Bishangarh near Jaipur is spectacular. You can stay at the world's only Category 1 Park Hyatt in Chennai . And the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Agra offers views of the Taj Mahal from its roof-top infinity pool.

If you don't want to plan what to do in India once you book your flights, Elsewhere (owned by TPG's sister brand, Lonely Planet) may be able to plan the perfect trip for you.

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India Vs Sri Lanka

India Vs Sri Lanka: How to Choose the Right Destination For You

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India and Sri Lanka have both successfully managed to capture the interest of travellers from across the globe in search of unique cultural experiences and delicious local cuisine. If you’re still in planning mode tossing up between India Vs Sri Lanka, we’re here to help you make the right decision.

Read on to find out where you should visit this year.

What kind of traveller is India suited for?

To describe India in one word would be “incredible,” – but that doesn’t mean that it is suited for everyone. We’re not going to say that first-time travellers should steer away from India, but we need to mention that some of the experiences can be more intense than those in the more tourist-friendly destinations in nearby Asia including Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia.

With over a billion people living in India, the population density is high, most cities are incredibly busy with people and traffic and it is easy to become overwhelmed. That being said, that experience of being overwhelmed is different for everyone, so as long as you’re prepared to battle the crowds to jump on an overnight train in a small town where almost no one speaks English, then go for it!

A trip to India can be completely life-changing (in a good way), and there are many incredible lessons you will learn during your travels that you won’t find elsewhere. If you’re ready to take on the incredible adventure of India, we can almost guarantee you won’t regret it.

See Also: Choosing Between Northern India vs Southern India

India Vs Sri Lanka

There’s so much to take in when you arrive in India – the the sights, the sounds, the smells – but what stood out for us the most was the hospitality at some of the hotels and resorts where we stayed. Indians truly believe that when a guest arrives in your home, he/she should be treated like GOD! We were blown away by the level of attention to detail, and we left with the impression that the Indian people are a very generous, humble and jovial bunch. The most important advice we have for anyone traveling to India is to plan their trip in advance. That’s where O’Harani comes in! Our one-of-a-kind experiences and knowledgeable guides enable us to create the perfect, customized itinerary curated specifically for each traveler, based upon his/her likes/dislikes and travel patterns. Having a game plan and a solid itinerary are key to having a phenomenal journey in royal, regal, resplendent India. – Patrick & Jitin, O’Harani

Should I travel solo in India?

There are some destinations where you can be fairly relaxed about leaving your bag out of reach or walking around late at night without checking over your shoulder. India is not that type of place. There is no doubt that travellers can easily travel through India solo, but you do need to make sure extra precautions are taken.

To answer the question, yes, India is safe to travel solo however it depends on your comfort levels when moving through busy cities where your language is not readily available. Small precautions such a taking note of local emergency numbers, carrying a portable charger, buying a local sim-card and avoiding unfamiliar neighbourhoods can help you to stay safe in India. If you’re still set on travelling solo, go for it! Just make sure to keep reading and do your research beforehand.

See Also: 10 Things You Shouldn’t Do While Travelling Solo in India

If your travel buddies don’t share the same passion and excitement about visiting India, you might want to think about joining a small group tour. Most group tours will include a tour guide (otherwise known as your walking, talking Wikipedia guidebook of knowledge!) so you can learn more about India and forget about navigating tricky situations solo. Also, meeting like-minded travellers is always a win-win!

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How do I get around India?

It goes without saying, that India is a HUGE country. But, you can easily get from A to B via a number of transport modes. If you’re travelling independently, most travellers will find that local transport is fairly easy to navigate, through might not always be time-effective.

With the exception of air travel, it’s worth noting that most services operate on “India time,” meaning the bus/train/taxi/tuk-tuk will often arrive whenever it wants at whatever time.

  • Domestic flights: Travel by air is a great option if you are short on time when in India and is often inexpensive.
  • Car: The most popular choice would be to enlist the help of a private driver to travel between cities, and it is advised to avoid hiring a car or embarking on the self-drive option.
  • Bus: The most cost-effective mode of transport is to travel by bus. Buses will always make toilet and snack stops along the way.
  • Train: Take your pick from a sleeper cabin or an upright passenger seat. A train journey can be long, but some of the views from your seat will be the most beautiful.

What is the food like in India?  

Indian food in India is simply out of this world. Aside from being incredibly cheap, Indian food is a haven for vegetarians. Each dish is not as spicy as you might expect, but be careful – if you order a spicy dish, it’s going to be seriously hot.

See Also: Frequently Asked Questions About Travelling to India, Answered by Indians

Top experiences in India

Take savasana art the beaches of goa.

Take time away from the frenzied cities of India and enjoy time in Goa at the beaches of Anjuna, Palolem and Patnem and practice a few yoga sessions with local masters.

Travel on an overnight train 

Note: this experience, while being mostly entertaining, is not for those who enjoy creature comforts.

Throw colourful powder at Holi Festival 

As one of the most notable festivals in the world, make the most of your chance to throw colourful powder in the air to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Head south to explore Kerala 

Make time to explore this famous area that holds significant value and cultural importance.

Explore out the Taj Mahal 

Built in the 17th century, this marble mausoleum exists as one of the many architectural icons of India.  

The first time I had ventured to India was 9 years ago with my family. I instantly fell in love with the vibrant colors, contrasting culture and of course the humble people I interacted with. The culture, people, and the way society works is beyond fascinating and is by far one of the most eccentrically beautiful destinations this world has to offer. My most important piece of advice when traveling to India is pack light and keep an open mind. Embrace the sounds, the contrasts in culture, try the food and relax. With so much hustle and bustle many people can get overwhelmed, but I would really recommend to talk to people, get to know them and simply explore. – Perri, Where is Per

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India is my motherland and I love exploring this magnificent country. As of now I have covered only places in South India as India is a huge country. I am slowly and surely going to enjoy exploring the entire country with time. Now that I am traveling abroad, I miss my country’s spontaneity. Sure, everything moves slow in India, but you can do anything at anytime. Reservations are not that important, you can spontaneously do anything you like, go any place you want. I would advice travelers to India to avoid tourist traps like Goa and the Golden Triangle. These spots are overcrowded and overrated in my humble opinion and are heavily exploited by the tourism industry. India is much more than Taj Mahal or Goa. There are tons of incredible places all over the country like Meghalaya, Lakshadweep. – Priyadarshini, Glorious Sunrise

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India Vs Sri Lanka

What kind of traveller is Sri Lanka suited for?

If you haven’t been to Sri Lanka, then you should. Simple as that. As for the type of traveller that Sri Lanka is most suited for? Everyone.

From families to couples or solo travellers and everyone in between, Sri Lanka is an unexpected surprise that will not disappoint. Filled with friendly faces, charming towns and luscious landscapes, many travellers seem to overlook this undiscovered country.

Located just a hop, skip and a jump away from the well-travelled grounds of neighbouring India and wider southeast Asia, Sri Lanka is the up-and-coming destinations suited to all types of travellers.   

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Sri Lanka has so much to offer the intrepid traveller – from ancient civilisations, incredible wildlife, tea plantations, a stunning coastline and delicious cuisine. For me, I adore the quiet serenity and beauty of the old tea estates. Staying in one of the old planters bungalows is something really special. It’s a place to unwind, contemplate, relax and enjoy homestyle Sri Lankan cuisine. The temperature is cooler than the coast so is perfect for strolling around the plantations. Before booking a trip to Sri Lanka be aware that much of the coastline is not suitable for swimming because of the strong currents, there are a few exceptions, namely Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna areas where there are protective reefs but follow the advice of the locals if you are unsure.  -Torie, Chill and Mint

Should I travel solo in Sri Lanka?   

Planning on travelling solo in Sri Lanka? Go for it, and don’t hold back! As a predominantly Buddhist country, it is a safe and welcoming destination for solo travellers.

See Also: 18 Bucket List Adventures You Need to Experience in 2018

How do I get around Sri Lanka?   

Whether you’re travelling solo or about to join a group tour, there are a few modes of transport that you can make the most of while exploring Sri Lanka.

  • Bus: Possibly the most popular form of transport in Sri Lanka, fares are inexpensive which makes bus travel one of the best ways to get around.
  • Flights: Domestic flights are available however they are not always the most affordable way to travel. If you plan in advance then flights will be fine however if you’re planning on booking a last minute trip, don’t bet on being able to book a flight on arrival on a whim.
  • Three-wheelers: Known in other parts of Asia as tuk-tuks, these vehicles can be found almost everywhere in Sri Lanka and are a popular way to get around.
  • Taxi: Only some are metered however in most cases, the fare will be very reasonable and travel by taxi is incredibly convenient for most travellers. In Colombo, Uber is a popular mode of transport.
  • Car: Over recent years self-drive car hire has risen in Sri Lanka, however, this is only recommended for the more confident drivers or someone who is able to navigate complicated roads.

India Vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka for us had everything…from the nature to the wildlife and the beautiful beaches. We were originally supposed to visit Sri Lanka for three weeks but extended our stay to three months! It was so easy to adapt. The transport system was efficient, the people were super friendly and the food is something that we often find ourselves craving! We became dhal and sambol addicts! Embrace the experience! Sri Lanka is an under rated country that doesn’t get half as much exposure as it should do! The people speak amazing English, the local transport, buses especially, are some of the most efficient we’ve experienced and the island on the whole is full of natural beauty. – Charlie & Lauren, Wanderers & Warriors

What is the food like in Sri Lanka?  

If you’re yet to experience the beauty of Sri Lankan cuisine – then you’re missing out on a food experience like no other. With that being said, the best place to sample Sri Lankan cuisine, is of course, in Sri Lanka. Some of the best dishes you need to try include:

  • Appa (otherwise known as a Hopper ) 
  • wambatu moju

For an in-depth guide for where to find the best food experiences in Sri Lanka, you can find out food guide by clicking right here for more information (you won’t regret it).

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Top experiences in Sri Lanka

Feast on a hopper.

While the name might sound strange, an encounter with a hopper will be just the start of your food journey in Sri Lanka.

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Explore the Dambulla Cave Temple

Head underground and set your sights on 150 stunning Buddha statues and religious artworks hidden in a cave filled with mystery.

Cycle to the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya

Remnants of a once mighty palace can be found here, along with impressive gardens and out-of-this-world scenery.

See Also: Why You Should Take a Cycling Trip in Sri Lanka

India Vs Sri Lanka

The thing we have enjoyed most about visiting Sri Lanka is undoubtedly the nature. We have seen beaches that are postcard-worthy, spectacular sunsets and rolling hills of emerald green palm trees. The wildlife is abundant and we have seen wild dolphins, humpback whales, blue whales, peacocks, cheeky monkeys (throwing mango stones at us from a telephone wire!) and swam with turtles. We are really looking forward to visiting elephants in the national park, going on a river tour to see crocodiles and hopefully spotting a leopard while we are here. Make sure you move around a bit. The beaches are so pretty and the sunsets so gorgeous that it would be easy to bunk down in one coastal resort and not see the rest of the island. There are ancient temples, majestic mountains and endless tea plantations to explore so grab a backpack and a tuk-tuk and get out there! As a bonus piece of advice I would say to bring a portable Wifi hotspot and portable charger as power cuts are frequent and good Wifi is rare. – Hannah, Adventure Travel Family

Trek through Yala National Park

For the animal lovers, this is where you need to go to spot abundant wildlife.

Ride along the Nine Arch Bridge in Sri Lanka

Take a ride on the iconic Nine Arch bridge and roll past lush jungles views.

My favorite thing about Sri Lanka is the diversity of the country. Every area is relatively close to each other, but you can experience everything from Mountainous terrains to safaris, to lush jungles, and stunning beaches. Southern Sri Lanka would be my personal favorite area. The beaches are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and are covered with lush tropical palm trees. Book your transfers with a reliable source. You will likely need to take a taxi to get around to many areas. You can hire a taxi service in advance and communicate on whats app to make sure you have a safe, reliable, and fairly priced transfer from one area to the next. There are not many highways in Sri Lanka so be prepared for some the drives to be a little longer than you would expect! – Jessica, Choosing Chia

See Also: 18 Most Affordable Places to Travel for Under $18 a Day

Comment below and tell us where you will visit next. Will it be India or Sri Lanka? 

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Gemma is a travel-lover from Melbourne. When she's not surrounded by the great outdoors, Gemma can be found spending her time with family and friends or planning her next trip overseas.

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Travel Advisory June 23, 2023

India - level 2: exercise increased caution.

Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism.

Do not travel to:

  • The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest .
  • Within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict .

Country Summary : Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations.

Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and government facilities.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in rural areas from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these areas.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to India.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined India has a moderate level of COVID-19.  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

If you decide to travel to India:

  • Do not travel alone, particularly if you are a woman. Visit our website for Women Travelers .
  • Review your personal security plans and remain alert to your surroundings.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter .
  • Review the  Country Security Report for India.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist .

Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Terrorist attacks and violent civil unrest are possible in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Avoid all travel to this state (with the exception of visits to the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh). Sporadic violence occurs particularly along the Line of Control (LOC) separating India and Pakistan, and in tourist destinations in the Kashmir Valley: Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam. The Indian government prohibits foreign tourists from visiting certain areas along the LOC.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas .

India-Pakistan Border – Level 4: Do Not Travel

India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border. The only official India-Pakistan border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the state of Punjab between Attari, India, and Wagah, Pakistan. The border crossing is usually open but confirm the current status of the border crossing prior to commencing travel. A Pakistani visa is required to enter Pakistan. Only U.S. citizens residing in India may apply for a Pakistani visa in India. Otherwise apply for a Pakistani visa in your country of residence before traveling to India.

Northeastern States – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Incidents of violence by ethnic insurgent groups, including bombings of buses, trains, rail lines, and markets, occur occasionally in the northeast.

U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are prohibited from traveling to the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur without special authorization from the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata.

Central and East India – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Maoist extremist groups, or “Naxalites,” are active in a large swath of India from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal, particularly in rural parts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and on the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha. The Naxalites have conducted frequent terrorist attacks on local police, paramilitary forces, and government officials.

Due to the fluid nature of the threat, all U.S. government travelers to states with Naxalite activity must receive special authorization from the U.S. consulate responsible for the area to be visited. U.S. officials traveling only to the capital cities in these states do not need prior authorization.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas . 

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Must be valid for six months beyond date of visa application to obtain a visa.

Two pages required.

Yes. Travelers must enter in either on a paper visa, valid for 10 years for U.S. citizens, or an e-tourist visa.

Required for yellow fever if the traveler is arriving from an infected area; others are suggested.

The possession of satellite phones is prohibited in India; Currency in excess of USD $5,000 must be declared. Please check with the Indian Embassy in Washington if you are planning to carry a large amount of currency into India.

Check local law for reporting requirements for exiting with large quantities of foreign currency and Indian rupees.

Embassies and Consulates

U.s. embassy new delhi.

Shantipath, Chanakyapuri New Delhi - 110021 India Telephone: +(91) (11) 2419-8000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) (11) 2419-8000 Fax: +(91) (11) 2419-0017 [email protected]

The U.S. Embassy, New Delhi   serves American citizens in the Indian states of  Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh, the union territories of Chandigarh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, and the country of Bhutan.

U.S. Consulate General Mumbai (Bombay) C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex Bandra East, Mumbai 400051 India Telephone: +(91) (22) 2672-4000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) (22) 2672-4000 If you are calling from within India, but outside Mumbai, first dial 022. Fax: 91-(0)22-2672-4786 [email protected]

The Consulate General in Mumbai provides consular services for the states of Goa, Gujarat, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra, and the union territory of Diu and Daman, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

U.S. Consulate General Kolkata (Calcutta) 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani Kolkata - 700 071, West Bengal, India Telephone: +(91) (33) 3984-2400 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) 99030 42956 or +(91) (33) 3984-2400 then dial "0" Fax: +(91) (33) 2282-2335

The United States Consulate General in Kolkata provides consular services for the states of Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Tripura and Assam. [email protected]

U.S. Consulate General Chennai (Madras) 220 Anna Salai at Gemini Circle Chennai, India 600006 Telephone: +(91) (44) 2857-4000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (0) 44-2857-4000. Ask for American Citizen Services.(Within India, but outside Chennai, first dial 044. From the United States, first dial 011-(91) (44) ) Fax: +(91) (044) 2811-2020

The Consulate General in Chennai provides consular services for the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Pondicherry and Lakshwadeep Islands. [email protected]

U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad Survey No. 115/1, Financial District, Nanakramguda Hyderabad, Telangana, 500032 Phone: 040 6932 8000

The Consulate General in Hyderabad provides services to the U.S. citizens in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Odisha. [email protected]

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

All U.S. citizens need a valid passport as well as a valid Indian visa or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, to enter and exit India for any purpose. Travelers without valid documents or the correct type of visa may be denied entry into India. Indian visa regulations and instructions change frequently, often with little advance notice. Travelers are urged to check the  website of the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C.  before any travel to India to review the most current information. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in India cannot assist you if you arrive without proper documentation.

U.S. citizens seeking to enter India solely for tourist purposes for stays of less than 60 days may apply for an eVisa at least four days prior to their arrival. Please visit the  Indian government's website for electronic travel authorization for additional information and to submit an application.  

U.S. citizens seeking to enter India as a tourist for longer than 60 days or for any other purpose must apply for a visa from an Indian embassy or consulate. The Government of India has appointed VFS Global to assist with visa services to individuals in the United States. Applicants may apply for Indian visas through the application link https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind/apply-visa .

Diplomatic and Official visa applications are accepted directly at the Indian Embassy and Consulates. All U.S. government employees traveling on official orders, including military personnel, must obtain country clearance for travel to India. Once you have received your visa, check it carefully to ensure that the type of visa and number of entries is appropriate for your travel plans.

Keep copies of your U.S. passport data page, as well as the pages containing the Indian visa and Indian immigration stamps with you at all times. Consider downloading these documents to your mobile phone in case of emergency. If your passport is lost or stolen, copies will help you apply for a replacement passport and an exit visa from the Indian government. Replacing a lost visa, which is required in order to exit the country, may take four or five business days.   

U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin or descent are subject to administrative processing and should expect additional delays when applying for Indian visas.

Foreign citizens who visit India to  study, do research, work, or act as missionaries,  as well as all travelers and residents planning to stay more than 180 days,  are required to register their visit or residency within 14 days of arrival with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO)  closest to where they will be staying in addition  to having the appropriate visa  when they enter India. The FRRO maintains offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Lucknow, Calicut, Goa, Cochin, Trivandrum, and Amritsar. District Superintendents of Police serve as Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs) in all other places. We recommend all U.S. citizens review the entry requirements described on the  Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)  section on the Indian Bureau of Immigration website.

If you overstay your Indian visa, or otherwise violate Indian visa regulations, you may require clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs to leave the country. Generally, you will be fined and, in some cases, may be jailed for months. Visa violators seeking an exit permit must visit  the Foreigners Regional Registration Office portal  to submit the application and pay any levied fines. Processing of an exit permit under these circumstances can take up to 90 days and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.  

For the most current information on entry and exit requirements, please contact the  Embassy of India  at 2536 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 939-9806 or the Indian Consulates in Atlanta ,  Chicago , Houston ,  New York , or  San Francisco . Outside the United States, inquiries should be made at the nearest Indian embassy or consulate.

General information regarding Indian visa and immigration rules, including the addresses and telephone numbers for the FRRO offices, can be found at the  Indian Ministry of Home Affairs Bureau of Immigration website.

HIV/AIDS RESTRICTIONS:  There are no disclosure requirements or restrictions for HIV/AIDS patients who enter India on a tourist visa. Disclosure regarding HIV/AIDS is required of anyone seeking a resident permit in India. Foreign residents found to be suffering from HIV/AIDS will be deported. Please verify this information with the  Embassy of India  before you travel.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction  and  customs regulations  on our websites.

Safety and Security

U.S. citizens should always practice good personal security and situational awareness. Be aware of your surroundings (including local customs and etiquette) and keep a low profile. Monitor local news reports, vary your routes and times in carrying out daily activities, and consider the level of security present when you visit public places, including religious sites, and when choosing hotels, restaurants, and entertainment and recreation venues.

India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect U.S. citizens directly or indirectly. Anti-Western terrorist groups, some on the U.S. government's list of foreign terrorist organizations, are active in India, including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba. The U.S. government occasionally receives information regarding possible terrorist attacks that could take place in India, monitors such information to determine credibility, and advises U.S. citizens accordingly.  Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive messages from the Embassy automatically.   

Past attacks have targeted public places, including some frequented by Westerners, such as luxury and other hotels, trains, train stations, markets, cinemas, mosques, and restaurants in large urban areas. Attacks have taken place during the busy evening hours in markets and other crowded places, but could occur at any time.  Alerts are usually more frequent around major holidays. The Maoists (also known as “Naxalites”) are the most active insurgent group in India. The Naxalites typically attack Indian government officials, but have also derailed trains, targeted other government buildings such as police stations, and conducted other criminal activity.  In eastern India’s Bihar state, 10 security personnel were killed and five injured in a Naxalite-triggered Improvised Explosive Device blast on July 18, 2016.  In the eastern state of Jharkhand, seven policemen were killed and eight others injured in a landmine blast by Naxalites on January 27, 2016.   

Beyond the threat from terrorism and insurgencies, demonstrations and general strikes, or “bandh,” often cause major inconvenience and unrest. These strikes can result in the stoppage of all transportation and tourist-related services, at times for 24 hours or more. U.S. citizens caught in such a strike may find they are unable to make flight and rail connections, as local transportation can be severely limited. Local media generally give an idea of the length and geographical location of the strike. Large religious gatherings that attract hundreds of thousands of people can result in dangerous and often life-threatening stampedes. Local demonstrations can begin spontaneously and escalate with little warning, disrupting transportation systems and city services and posing risks to travelers. In response to such events, Indian authorities occasionally impose curfews and/or restrict travel. You are urged to obey such curfews and travel restrictions and to avoid demonstrations and rallies as they have the potential for violence, especially immediately preceding and following political rallies, elections, and religious festivals (particularly when Hindu and Muslim festivals coincide). Tensions between castes and religious groups can also result in disruptions and violence. In some cases, demonstrators specifically block roads near popular tourist sites and disrupt train operations in order to gain the attention of Indian authorities; occasionally vehicles transporting tourists are attacked in these incidents. India generally goes on “High Alert” status prior to major holidays or events. You should monitor local television, print media, Mission India’s American Citizens Services  Facebook  page, and enroll with the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  for further information about the current situation in areas where you will travel.

The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai will post information about routine demonstrations on the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General websites, under the heading “Demonstration Notices.” Please monitor our websites regularly for information about protest activities in the country. Please note that the Embassy and Consulates General will issue emergency/security messages for other purposes, as necessary.

Religious violence occasionally occurs in India, especially when tensions between different religious communities are purposefully exacerbated by groups pushing religiously chauvinistic agendas. There are active "anti-conversion" laws in some Indian states, and acts of conversion sometimes elicit violent reactions from Hindu extremists. Foreigners suspected of proselytizing Hindus have been attacked and killed in conservative, rural areas in India in the past. 

Swimming in India:  You should exercise caution if you intend to swim in open waters along the Indian coastline, particularly during the monsoon season. Every year, several people in Goa, Mumbai, Puri (Odisha), off the Eastern Coast in the Bay of Bengal, and other areas drown due to strong undertows. It is important to heed warnings posted at beaches and to avoid swimming in the ocean during the monsoon season. Trained lifeguards are very rare along beaches.

If you visit the Andaman Islands, be aware that there have been reports of crocodile attacks in salt water resulting in fatalities.  Ask local residents about dangerous sea life before swimming and keep a safe distance from animals at all times.

Wildlife safaris:  India offers opportunities for observation of wildlife in its natural habitat and many tour operators and lodges advertise structured, safe excursions into parks and other wildlife viewing areas for close observation of flora and fauna. However, safety standards and training vary, and it is a good idea to ascertain whether operators are trained and licensed. Even animals marketed as “tame” should be respected as wild and extremely dangerous. Keep a safe distance from animals at all times, remaining in vehicles or other protected enclosures when venturing into game parks.

Trekking in India:  Trekking expeditions should be limited to routes identified for this purpose by local authorities. Use only registered trekking agencies, porters, and guides, suspend trekking after dark, camp at designated camping places, and travel in groups rather than individually or with one or two companions. Altitudes in popular trekking spots can be as high as 25,170 feet (7,672 m); please make sure that you have had a recent medical checkup to ensure that you are fit to trek at these altitudes and carry sufficient medical insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage.

Train Travel:  India has the third largest rail network in the world, and train travel in India generally is safe. Nevertheless, accidents and on-board fires are sometimes caused by aging infrastructure, poorly maintained equipment, overcrowding, and operator errors. Train accidents and fires have resulted in the death and serious injury of passengers.

Areas of Instability: Jammu & Kashmir:  The Department of State strongly recommends that you avoid travel to the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir because of the potential for terrorist incidents as well as violent public unrest. A number of terrorist groups operate in the territory targeting security forces, particularly along the Line of Control (LOC) separating Indian and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, and those stationed in primary tourist destinations in the Kashmir Valley: Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam. Since 1989, as many as 70,000 people (terrorists, security forces, and civilians) have been killed in the Kashmir conflict. Foreigners are particularly visible, vulnerable, and at risk. In the past, serious communal violence left the territory mostly paralyzed due to massive strikes and business shutdowns, and U.S. citizens have had to be evacuated by local police. The Indian government prohibits foreign tourists from visiting certain areas along the LOC (see the section on Restricted Areas, below).

India-Pakistan Border:  The Department of State recommends that you avoid travel to areas within ten kilometers of the border between India and Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border. The only official India-Pakistan border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the state of Punjab between Atari, India, and Wagah, Pakistan. The border crossing is usually open, but you are advised to confirm the current status of the border crossing prior to commencing travel. A Pakistani visa is required to enter Pakistan. Only U.S. citizens residing in India may apply for a Pakistani visa in India. Otherwise you should apply for a Pakistani visa in your country of residence before traveling to India.

Both India and Pakistan claim an area of the Karakoram mountain range that includes the Siachen glacier. Travel or mountain climbing in this area is highly dangerous. The disputed area includes the following peaks: Rimo Peak; Apsarasas I, II, and III; Tegam Kangri I, II and III; Suingri Kangri; Ghiant I and II; Indira Col; and Sia Kangri. Check with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi for information on current conditions.

Northeastern states:  Incidents of violence by ethnic insurgent groups, including bombings of buses, trains, rail lines, and markets, occur occasionally in the northeast. While U.S. citizens have not been specifically targeted, it is possible that you could be affected as a bystander. If you travel to the northeast, you should avoid travel by train at night, travel outside major cities at night, and crowds. U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are prohibited from traveling to the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur without permission from the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata. Restricted Area Permits are required for foreigners to visit certain Northeastern states (see the section on Restricted Areas, below.) Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata for information on current conditions.

East Central and Southern India:  Maoist extremist groups, or “Naxalites,” are active in East Central India primarily in rural areas. The Naxalites have a long history of conflict with state and national authorities, including frequent terrorist attacks on local police, paramilitary forces, and government officials, and are responsible for more attacks in the country than any other organization through an ongoing campaign of violence and intimidation Naxalites have not specifically targeted U.S. citizens but have attacked symbolic targets that have included Western companies and rail lines. While Naxalite violence does not normally occur in places frequented by foreigners, there is a risk that visitors could become victims of violence.

Naxalites are active in a large swath of India from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal, particularly in rural parts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and on the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha. Due to the fluid nature of the threat, all U.S. government travelers to states with Naxalite activity must receive authorization from the U.S. Consulate responsible for the area to be visited. U.S. officials traveling only to the capital cities in these states do not need prior authorization.

Restricted/Protected areas:  While the Indian Government has designated that travelers to “portions” of certain areas need special advance permission, actual practice has been to require a permit to enter any portion of certain states or territories. Areas requiring a permit include:

  • The state of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Portions of the state of Sikkim
  • Portions of the state of Himachal Pradesh near the Chinese border
  • Portions of the state of Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) near the Chinese border
  • Portions of the state of Rajasthan near the Pakistani border
  • Portions of the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir near the Line of Control with Pakistan and certain portions of the union territory of Ladakh
  • The union territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  • The union territory of the Laccadives Islands (Lakshadweep)
  • Portions of the state of Manipur
  • Portions of the state of Mizoram
  • Portions of the state of Nagaland

More information about travel to/in restricted/protected areas can be found from India’s  Bureau of Immigration .

“Restricted Area Permits" are available outside India at Indian embassies and consulates abroad, or in India from the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) at Jaisalmer House, 26 Man Singh Road, New Delhi. The states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim maintain official guesthouses in New Delhi, which can also issue Restricted Area Permits for their respective states for certain travelers. While visiting Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) in Tamil Nadu, be aware the Indira Gandhi Atomic Research Center, Kalpakkam, is located just south of the site and is not clearly marked as a restricted and dangerous area.

For the latest security information, travelers should enroll in  STEP  to receive updated security information and regularly monitor travel information available from the  U.S. Embassy in New Delhi  as well as the U.S. Consulates General in  Mumbai  (Bombay),  Chennai (Madras),  Hyderabad , and  Kolkata  (Calcutta).

CRIME:  Petty crime, especially theft of personal property (including U.S. passports), is common, particularly on trains or buses, at airports, and in major tourist areas. Pickpockets can be very adept and women have reported having their bags snatched, purse-straps cut, or the bottom of their purses slit without their knowledge. If you are traveling by train, lock your sleeping compartments and take your valuables with you when leaving your berth. If you travel by air, be careful with your bags in the arrival and departure areas outside airports. Violent crime, especially directed against foreigners, has traditionally been uncommon, although in recent years there has been a modest increase. Be cautious about displaying cash or expensive items to reduce the chance of being a target for robbery or other crime, and be aware of your surroundings when you use ATMs. ATM card scams have been used to clone credit card details to withdraw money.

Sexual Assault:  Travelers should be aware that there have been reported cases of sexual assault, including rape, of U.S. citizens traveling throughout India. U.S. citizens, particularly women, are cautioned not to travel alone in India. Women traveling in India are advised to respect local dress and customs. Customary everyday dress for Indian women throughout the country is conservative, and even more so in non-urban areas,  with women wearing clothing that covers their legs and shoulders. Exceptions are vacation resorts catering to foreign clientele and some neighborhoods of the major cities of New Delhi and Mumbai. Western women, especially those of African descent, continue to report incidents of verbal and physical harassment by individuals and groups of men. Known locally as “Eve-teasing,” these incidents of sexual harassment can be quite frightening and can quickly cross the line from verbal to physical. Sexual harassment can occur anytime or anywhere, but most frequently has happened in crowded areas such as in market places, train stations, buses, and public streets. The harassment can range from sexually suggestive or lewd comments to catcalls to outright groping. The Government of India has focused greater attention on addressing issues of gender violence. One outcome has been greater reporting of incidences of sexual assault country-wide, and Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Among large cities, Delhi experienced the highest number of reported crimes against women. Although most victims have been local residents, recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas across India underline the fact that foreign women are at risk and should exercise vigilance.

Women should observe stringent security precautions, including avoiding use of public transport after dark without the company of known and trustworthy companions, restricting evening entertainment to well-known venues, and avoiding isolated areas when alone at any time of day. Keep your hotel room number confidential and make sure hotel room doors have chains, deadlocks, and peep holes. Travel with groups of friends rather than alone. In addition, only hire reliable cars and drivers and avoid traveling alone in hired taxis, especially at night. Use taxis from hotels and pre-paid taxis at airports rather than hailing them on the street. If you encounter threatening situations, call “100” for police assistance (“112” from mobile phones).

Scams:  Major airports, train stations, popular restaurants, and tourist sites are often used by scam artists looking to prey on visitors, often by creating a distraction. Beware of taxi drivers and others, including train porters, who solicit travelers with "come-on" offers of cheap transportation and/or hotels. Travelers accepting such offers have frequently found themselves the victims of scams, including offers to assist with "necessary" transfers to the domestic airport, disproportionately expensive hotel rooms, unwanted "tours," unwelcome "purchases," extended cab rides, and even threats when the tourists decline to pay.  There have been reports of tourists being lured, held hostage and extorted for money in the face of threats of violence against the traveler and his/her family members.

You should exercise care when hiring transportation and/or guides and use only well-known travel agents to book trips. Some scam artists have lured travelers by displaying their name on a sign when they leave the airport. Another popular scam is to drop money or to squirt something on the clothing of an unsuspecting traveler and use the distraction to rob them of their valuables. Tourists have also been given drugged drinks or tainted food to make them more vulnerable to theft, particularly at train stations. Even food or drink prepared in front of the traveler from a canteen or vendor could be tainted.

Some vendors sell carpets, jewelry, gemstones, or other expensive items that may not be of the quality promised. Deal only with reputable businesses and do not hand over your credit cards or money unless you are certain that goods being shipped are the goods you purchased. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it is best avoided. Most Indian states have official tourism bureaus set up to handle complaints.

There have been a number of other scams perpetrated against foreign travelers, particularly in Goa, Jaipur, and Agra that target younger travelers and involve suggestions that money can be made by privately transporting gems or gold (both of which can result in arrest) or by taking delivery abroad of expensive carpets, supposedly while avoiding customs duties. The scam artists describe profits that can be made upon delivery of the goods, and require the traveler to pay a "deposit" as part of the transaction.

India-based criminals use the internet to extort money from victims abroad.  In a common scam, the victim develops a close romantic relationship with an alleged U.S. citizen they meet online. When the “friend” travels to India, a series of accidents occur and the victim begins to receive requests for financial assistance, sometimes through an intermediary.  In fact, the U.S. citizen “friend” does not exist; they are only online personas used by criminal networks. Victims have been defrauded of thousands of dollars in these schemes. Do not send money to anyone you have not met in person and carefully read the Department of State’s advice on  international financial scams . 

U.S. citizens have had problems with business partners, usually involving property investments. You may wish to seek professional legal advice in reviewing any contracts for business or services offered in India. The U.S. Embassy and/or consulates are unable to provide legal advice or intervene on behalf of United States citizens with Indian courts on civil or criminal matters.  A list of local attorneys is available on the Embassy and Consulates General  websites .

In another common scam, family members in the United States, particularly older people, are approached for funds to help callers claiming to be grandchildren or relatives who have been arrested or are without money to return home. Do not send money without contacting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General to confirm the other party’s situation. You can also call our Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 888-407-4747 (from overseas: 202-501-4444). Review our information on  Emergency Assistance to Americans Abroad . 

See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for more information on scams.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

Victims of Crime:  U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the local police, then inform the U.S. Embassy or local Consulate.

Report crimes to the local police by calling “100” or “112” from a mobile phone.                      

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

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  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Please note that you should ask for a copy of the police report, known as a “First Information Report” (FIR), from local police when you report an incident. Local authorities generally are unable to take any meaningful action without the filing of a police report. 

If your passport is stolen, you should immediately report the theft or loss to the police in the location where your passport was stolen. A FIR is required by the Indian government in order for you to obtain an exit visa to leave India if the lost passport contained your Indian visa. Although the Embassy or Consulate General is able to replace a stolen or lost passport, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) are responsible for approving an exit permit. This process usually takes three to four working days, but can take longer.

In cases of sexual assault or rape, the Embassy or Consulates General can provide a list of local doctors and hospitals, if needed, to determine if you have been injured and to discuss treatment and prevention options for diseases and pregnancy. You should be aware that in order for evidence of an assault to be submitted in a court case, Indian authorities require that the medical exam be completed at a government hospital. Therefore, if a victim goes to a private hospital for treatment, the hospital will refer them to a government hospital for this aspect of the medical process. 

There are a number of resources in India for victims of rape and sexual assault. The specific toll-free Women’s Helpline Service number in Delhi is 1091; in Mumbai it is 103; in Kolkata, 1090; in Chennai, 1091 or 2345-2365; and in Hyderabad one can dial 1-800-425-2908 or 1098 for crimes in general.

The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in India is “100.” An additional emergency number, “112,” can be accessed from mobile phones.

Please see our  information for victims of crime , including possible victim compensation programs in the United States. 

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur.  Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field.  In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities.  First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance.  See our webpage for more  information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some activities are crimes under U.S. law and can be prosecuted in the U.S. regardless of whether they are allowed under local law.  For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

Alcohol: Each of India’s states has independent regulations concerning alcohol purchase and consumption. Legal drinking ages range from 18 to 25 and can vary by beverage type. Some states permit alcohol use for medicinal purposes only, others require you to hold a permit to buy, transport, or consume alcohol. Penalties for violation can be harsh.

Drugs:  Several U.S. citizens have been arrested at Indian airports for attempting to smuggle illegal drugs from India.  All claimed that they did not realize they were carrying narcotics.  Never transport or mail packages that do not belong to you and maintain direct control of your luggage at all times.

Beef and Cow Hide: Several states in India impose various types of prohibition on beef.  In some rural areas, cow protection vigilantes have attacked people they suspected of selling or consuming beef, or possessing items made with cow hide.


Dual nationality: India does not permit its citizens to hold dual nationality. In 2006, India launched the "Overseas Citizens of India" (OCI) program, which does not grant Indian citizenship but is similar to a U.S. "green card" in that you can travel to and from India indefinitely, work in India, study in India, and own property in India (except for certain agricultural and plantation properties). If you are a U.S. citizen and obtain an OCI card you will not become a citizen of India; you will remain a citizen of the United States. An OCI card holder does not receive an Indian passport, cannot vote in Indian elections, and is not eligible for Indian government employment. The OCI program is similar to the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card except that PIO holders must still register with Indian immigration authorities, and PIO cards are not issued for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens of Indian descent can apply for PIO or OCI cards at the Indian Embassy in Washington, or at the Indian Consulates in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Houston. Inside India, U.S. citizens can apply at the nearest FRRO office (please see “Entry/Exit Requirements” section above for more information on the FRRO). U.S. citizens are required to travel on a U.S. passport when traveling in and out of the United States.

Religious activities and faith-based travelers:  See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report .  If you plan to engage in religious proselytizing you are required by Indian law to have a "missionary" visa. Immigration authorities have determined that certain activities, including speaking at religious meetings to which the general public is invited, may violate immigration law if the traveler does not hold a missionary visa. Foreigners with tourist visas who engage in missionary activity are subject to deportation and possible criminal prosecution. The states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Arunachal Pradesh have legislation that regulates or places restrictions on conversion from one religious faith to another. If you intend to engage in missionary activity, you may wish to seek legal advice to determine whether the activities you intend to pursue are permitted under Indian law.

Tourists should also be mindful of restrictions and observances when planning to visit any religious establishment, whether Hindu temples, mosques, churches, or other locations considered sacred by the local population. Many individual temples and mosques do not permit non-members to enter all or parts of the facilities, and may require the removal of shoes, the covering of the head, or have other specific requirements for appropriate attire.  

Customs restrictions: Before traveling to or from India, you are urged to inspect all bags and clothing thoroughly to ensure they do not inadvertently contain prohibited items. Several U.S. citizens have been arrested or detained when airport security officials discovered loose ammunition (even spent individual bullets and casings) or weapons in their luggage. If you are found to have loose ammunition or bullets (including empty bullet shells used in souvenirs) on your person or in your bags, you could be charged with violation of the Indian Arms Act, incarcerated, and/or deported from India.

In addition, U.S. citizens have been arrested for possession of satellite phones. Satellite phones, personal locator beacons, and hand-held GPS devices are illegal in India.

Indian customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from India of such items as, antiquities, electronic equipment, currency, ivory, gold objects, and other prohibited materials. Permission from the Government of India is required to bring in restricted items, even if you are only transiting through India. If you do not comply with these regulations, you risk arrest or fine or both and confiscation of these items. If you are charged with any legal violations by Indian law enforcement, have an attorney review any document before you sign it. The Government of India requires the registration of antique items with the local police along with a photograph of the item. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of India in Washington or one of India's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements. More information is available from the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs .

Indian customs authorities encourage the use of an ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) Carnet for the temporary admission of professional equipment, commercial samples, and/or goods for exhibitions and fair purposes. ATA Carnet Headquarters, located at the U.S. Council for International Business , 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, issues and guarantees the ATA Carnet in the United States. For additional information call (212) 354-4480, or email USCIB for details. Please see our section on Customs Information for more information.

Natural disaster threats: Parts of northern India are highly susceptible to earthquakes. Regions of highest risk, ranked 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, include areas around Srinagar, Himachal Pradesh, Rishikesh and Dehra Dun, the northern parts of Punjab, northwest Gujarat, northern Bihar, and the entire northeast. Ranked 4 (high damage risk) is an area that sweeps along the north through Jammu and Kashmir, Eastern Punjab, Haryana, Northern Uttar Pradesh, central Bihar and the northern parts of West Bengal. New Delhi is located in zone 4. Severe flooding is common in hilly and mountainous areas throughout India. Flooding in 2013 in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and other areas left thousands of people presumed dead and temporarily stranded dozens of U.S. citizens.

Typhoons/cyclones and subsequent flooding are common along the Indian coasts, in particular the Eastern coastal states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal, and have at times resulted in massive loss of life.  Tourists and residents in areas prone to these events should remain vigilant during severe weather, monitor local media for latest developments, and heed all municipal warnings.  Residents in these areas should have contingency plans for loss of power and inavailability of goods and services, including supplies for multiple days after a severe weather event.

Accessibility: While in India, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different than what you find in the United States. Despite legislation that all public buildings and transport be accessible for disabled people, accessibility remains limited. One notable exception is the Delhi metro system, designed to be accessible to those with physical disabilities.

Women Travelers: Please review our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

Students:  See our   Students Abroad  page and FBI travel tips .

LGBTQI+ Travelers:  Section 377 of India’s penal code makes same-sex sexual acts illegal in India. On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India declared unconstitutional the application of Section 377, barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, effectively legalizing homosexuality in India. Reports of widespread discrimination and violence against LGBTQI+ persons, particularly in rural areas, persist. See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Zika is present in India. See the Centers for Disease Control’s website for more information.

The quality of medical care in India varies considerably. Medical care in the major population centers approaches and occasionally meets Western standards, but adequate medical care is usually very limited or unavailable in rural areas.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage . 

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of India to ensure the medication is legal in India.  Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you are arriving in India from Sub-Saharan Africa or other yellow-fever areas, Indian health regulations require that you present evidence of vaccination against yellow fever. If you do not have such proof, you could be subjected to immediate deportation or a six-day detention in the yellow-fever quarantine center. If you transit through any part of sub-Saharan Africa, even for one day, you are advised to carry proof of yellow fever immunization.

Dogs and bats create a high risk of rabies transmission in most of India. Vaccination is recommended for all prolonged stays, especially for young children and travelers in rural areas. It is also recommended for shorter stays that involve occupational exposure, locations more than 24 hours from a reliable source of human rabies immune globulin and rabies vaccine for post-exposure treatment, adventure travelers, hikers, cave explorers, and backpackers. Monkeys also can transmit rabies and herpes B, among other diseases, to human victims. Avoid feeding monkeys. If bitten, you should immediately soak and scrub the bite for at least 15 minutes and seek urgent medical attention.

Influenza is transmitted from November to April in areas north of the Tropic of Cancer (north India), and from June through November (the rainy season) in areas south of the Tropic of Cancer (south India), with a smaller peak from February through April; off-season transmission can also occur. All travelers are at risk. Influenza vaccine is recommended for all travelers during the flu season.

Outbreaks of avian influenza (H5N1 virus) occur intermittently in eastern India, including West Bengal, Manipur, Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Assam. For further information on pandemic influenza, please refer to the Department of State's 2009-H1N1, Pandemic Influenza, and H5N1 Fact Sheet .

Malaria prophylaxis depends on time of year and area the traveler is visiting. Please consult the CDC website for more information. Dengue fever presents significant risk in urban and rural areas. The highest number of cases is reported from July to December, with cases peaking from September to October. Daytime insect precautions such as wearing long-sleeved shirts and mosquito repellent are recommended by the CDC.

Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in India. For further information, please consult the CDC’s Travel Notice on TB .

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Air pollution is a significant problem in several major cities in India, and you should consult your doctor prior to travel and consider the impact seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution may have on you.  The air quality in India varies considerably and fluctuates with the seasons.  It is typically at its worst in the winter. Anyone who travels where pollution levels are high is at risk. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:

  • Infants, children, and teens
  • People over 65 years of age
  • People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
  • People with heart disease or diabetes
  • People who work or are active outdoors

Current air quality data can be found on the Embassy’s Air Quality page . The data on this site are updated hourly.

Rh-negative blood may be difficult to obtain as it is not common in Asia.

For emergency services, dial 112 from a cell phone; from a land line, dial 100 for police, 102 for ambulance (108 in parts of South India), and 101 for fire. Ambulances are not equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, and traffic does not yield to emergency vehicles. Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance. Most hospitals require advance payment or confirmation of insurance prior to treatment. Payment practices vary and credit cards are not routinely accepted for medical care.

Medical Tourism: Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry. Companies offering vacation packages bundled with medical consultations and financing options provide direct-to-consumer advertising over the internet. Such medical packages often claim to provide high quality care, but the quality of health care in India is highly variable. People seeking health care in India should understand that medical systems operate differently from those in the United States and are not subject to the same rules and regulations. Anyone interested in traveling for medical purposes should consult with their local physician before traveling and refer to the information from the CDC . Persons traveling to India for medical purposes require the proper “medical” visa. Please check with the nearest Indian embassy or consulate for more information.

Despite reports of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals, in general travelers should not delay or avoid treatment for urgent or emergent medical situations. However, health tourists and other travelers who may be contemplating elective procedures in this country should carefully research individual hospital infection control practices.

Surrogacy: Commercial surrogacy is illegal for foreigners in India, subject to complex local regulation.  For additional information, visit the Government of India’s official information on foreigner surrogacy . 

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in India maintain lists of local doctors and hospitals, all of which are published on their respective websites under "U.S. Citizen Services." We cannot endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Travel by road in India is dangerous. India leads the world in traffic-related deaths and a number of U.S. citizens have suffered fatal traffic accidents in recent years. You should exercise extreme caution when crossing streets, even in marked pedestrian areas, and try to use only cars that have seatbelts. Seatbelts are not common in three-wheel taxis (autos) and in taxis’ back seats. Helmets should always be worn on motorcycles and bicycles.Travel at night is particularly hazardous.

On Indian roads, the safest driving policy is always to assume that other drivers will not respond to a traffic situation in the same way you would in the United States. Buses and trucks often run red lights and merge directly into traffic at yield points and traffic circles. Cars, autos, bicycles, and pedestrians behave only slightly more cautiously. Use your horn or flash your headlights frequently to announce your presence. It is both customary and wise.

Inside and outside major cities, roads are often poorly maintained and congested. Even main roads frequently have only two lanes, with poor visibility and inadequate warning markers. On the few divided highways one can expect to meet local transportation traveling in the wrong direction, often without lights. Heavy traffic is the norm and includes (but is not limited to) overloaded trucks and buses, scooters, pedestrians, bullock and camel carts, horse or elephant riders en route to weddings, bicycles, and free-roaming livestock.

Public Transportation: Buses, patronized by hundreds of millions of Indians, are convenient in that they serve almost every city of any size. However, they are often driven fast, recklessly, and without consideration for the rules of the road. Accidents are quite common.

Traffic Laws: Traffic in India moves on the left. It is important to be alert while crossing streets and intersections, especially after dark as traffic is coming in the "wrong" direction. Travelers should remember to use seatbelts in both rear and front seats where available, and to ask their drivers to maintain a safe speed.

In order to drive in India, you must have either a valid Indian driver’s license or a valid international driver’s license. Because of difficult road and traffic conditions, you may wish to consider hiring a local driver.

If a driver hits a pedestrian or a cow, the vehicle and its occupants are at risk of being attacked by passersby. Such attacks pose significant risk of injury or death to the vehicle's occupants or risk of incineration of the vehicle. It could be unsafe to remain at the scene of an accident of this nature, and drivers may instead wish to seek out the nearest police station. Protestors often use road blockage as a means of publicizing their grievances, causing severe inconvenience to travelers. Visitors should monitor local news reports for any reports of road disturbances.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.

Emergency Numbers: The following emergency numbers work in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata:

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AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of India’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of India’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page . Travelers are urged to use caution while booking private helicopters for travel, especially in the northeast. 

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Here's how to get a visa to visit India

Joe Bindloss

Dec 20, 2023 • 7 min read

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From applying for an e-Visa to extending your stay, here's what you need to know about entry requirements for India © beavera / Getty Images

With its dense tapestry of cultures and landscapes, India feels like dozens of countries rolled into one, but a single visa will cover you for travel across more than 3 million sq km (more than a million sq miles) of territory, taking in everything from steamy jungles to the high passes of the Himalayas.

Every Indian state is as large and diverse as a nation, so take your time navigating this enormous and fascinating country. The good news is that visas are easy to obtain and allow plenty of time for exploring.

Here’s everything you need to know about visa requirements for India, from the application process for e-Visas to overland travel and extending your stay.

Rear view of tourist mother and daughter wearing a hat sitting at a step well (Toorji Ka Jhalra) in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

You'll probably need a visa to go to India

Almost everyone needs a visa to visit India , but for most nationalities, tourist visas are easy to obtain online or through your local Indian embassy or consulate. Citizens of 166 countries – including most nations in the EU and EEA, the UK, the US, Australia and New Zealand, and many countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America – can apply for an e-Visa before traveling via a simple online form .

Applying online is a fairly painless process, and it will save you hours compared to applying in person at an embassy or through a visa agency (in countries where Indian embassies no longer issue visas directly). Tourist e-Visas are available with a validity of 30 days, one year or five years, with the one- and five-year visas allowing for multiple entries for a maximum stay of 180 days on each visit.

For one- and five-year tourist visas, applications are accepted up to 120 days in advance of travel. The 30-day visa allows two entries into India, which is handy if you’re planning a side trip to Nepal , and you can apply up to 30 days in advance of travel. All e-Visas take at least 72 hours to process, so be sure to apply in plenty of time (at least 4 days in advance is recommended).

Applying online is the most hassle-free way to obtain a visa

The Indian government’s online e-Visa portal can be used to apply for tourist visas, business visas, and visas for medical treatment and attending conferences. The cost and duration of the visa vary depending on your nationality, and you may need to show proof of return travel arrangements and sufficient funds to support yourself during your trip.

Rules for non-tourist visas can be complex. Business travelers usually need to provide letters of introduction from Indian companies and organizations that they plan to meet. Assuming you meet the requirements, business visas are usually valid for multiple entries over the space of one year.

Working for an Indian company is more complicated. You’ll need an employment visa and a work permit, and most people need a firm job offer and assistance from an Indian employer to complete the paperwork. As with all visa requirements, the situation is subject to change; contact your local Indian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information.

Applying for a tourist e-Visa is fairly straightforward

To apply for an Indian e-Visa, visit the government’s official e-Visa portal . You’ll need to upload a digital passport-style photo and copies of your passport ID pages, and pay the visa fee, which varies depending on your nationality.

Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the date of entry, and you’ll need two spare pages for the visa, which will be physically stamped into your passport on arrival. Assuming your application is accepted – which is the case for most applicants – you’ll receive a digital Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), which you should print out and carry with you when you travel, so you can present it to the immigration authorities on arrival. 

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Enter India via air or sea on your e-Visa

E-Visas allow entry to India through 25 designated airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Bengaluru (Bangalore), Hyderabad, Kochi (Cochin), Goa, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Gaya, Jaipur, Lucknow, Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), Varanasi, Kozhikode (Calicut), Mangaluru (Mangalore), Pune, Nagpur, Coimbatore, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Chandigarh and Visakhapatnam.

They’re also valid for entry via the designated seaports at Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, New Mangalore and Mormugao (in Goa).

Apply for a visa before you travel to enter India overland

If you plan to enter India overland – for example, from Nepal or Pakistan – you’ll need a visa stamped into your passport before you leave home, which you’ll need to obtain from the Indian embassy or consulate in your home country, or through an approved visa application office.

If you plan to visit India and Nepal on the same trip, get a multiple-entry visa – it used to be possible to arrange a new Indian tourist visa through the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu , but the authorities may now insist on a two-month gap before issuing a new visa.

There’s no need to worry about applying for a visa for Nepal in advance – they’re available on arrival at border crossings (bring passport photos and US dollars to pay the fee).

If you can't apply for an e-Visa, get one in person in advance

Contact your local embassy or consulate to check the application process in your country; the Indian Ministry of External Affairs maintains a list of diplomatic missions online. It’s best to apply for a visa in your home country – obtaining an Indian visa from an embassy in another country can be tortuously slow, assuming it’s possible at all. Fees and the permitted duration of stay will vary depending on your nationality.

As an alternative to applying through an Indian embassy or consulate, you may be able to apply for a visa through a visa agency – however, this tends to be more expensive than applying directly. In practice, many of these agencies just collect together applications and then send over a staff member to the embassy to apply in person.

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Student visas are available to those on full-time courses in India

Student visas are reserved for people enrolled in approved full-time educational courses in India (which can include training courses in yoga, meditation, and traditional Indian art forms). Student visas are valid for up to five years, depending on the length of the course, but the rules are strict, and you’ll need documentation from the institution where you are studying to apply. The Ministry of Home Affairs provides some information online, but contact your local Indian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date requirements.

Extending your stay in India is for exceptional circumstances only

E-Visas cannot be extended, but other types of visas can, though only in exceptional circumstances, such as medical emergencies or theft of your passport. To apply, you’ll need to use the government’s special online portal , providing evidence of a valid reason for extending your stay in India (e.g., a letter from the hospital where you are being treated or a police report).

You may then be called in for an in-person interview at the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Delhi. If there is a fee, it will be made clear during the application process.

Some border areas in India require additional travel permits

Under a system carried over from British colonial rule, special permits (known as “protected area permits” or “restricted area permits”) are required to visit many areas close to India’s disputed external borders with China , Pakistan and other territories – a zone known as the “inner line.” Applying for these permits outside India is tricky, but you can apply locally in India without too much difficulty.

Permits are especially important for highly sensitive border areas (which tend to be off-limits to all travelers). Applications can be made through local government offices or local travel agencies; contact the state government offices for these regions to get the latest information. In some areas, you may need to register with the local Foreigners Regional Registration Office on arrival, but this is an easy process.

This article was first published Mar 12, 2022 and updated Dec 20, 2023.

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A Travel Comparison for Vacations, Honeymoons, and Tours India vs. Nepal

Should you visit india or nepal, which country is cheaper, nepal or india.

Should I visit India or Nepal? This is a popular question for many travelers. By figuring out which country is more expensive, you'll understand where you'll get more bang for your buck. A week in Nepal can cost you about $279 (per person), while a week in India may cost you around $274. These differences become even more noticable if you plan to spend a longer time in the country. 10 days , two weeks , or even one month of travel to Nepal or India can really add to your travel budget.

Accommodation is often cheaper in Nepal compared to India ($17 vs. $17). Budget travelers usually stay in less expensive hostels and guest houses, while nicer hotels often appeal to families and upscale travelers.

Compare hotel prices here: India Hotel Prices and Nepal Hotel Prices .

Or, compare hostel and guesthouse prices between Nepal and India to find the cheapest accommodation here: Nepal hostels and India hostels .

When comparing food in India vs. Nepal they are not just different in cuisine, but also in price. Meal and restaurant costs in India ($10) are often cheaper than Nepal ($8.47).

  • India Prices Nepal Prices
  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day India $ 39 Nepal $ 40
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person India $ 17 Nepal $ 17
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room India $ 34 Nepal $ 34
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc. India $ 6.57 Nepal $ 10
  • Food Meals for one day India $ 10 Nepal $ 8.47
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc. India $ 10 Nepal $ 8.28
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day India $ 7.10 Nepal $ 6.20
  • Water Bottled water for one day India $ 0.48 Nepal $ 0.36

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The price of a plane ticket may help you decide which country you should visit.

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Συγκέντρωση στο αεροδρόμιο και πτήση μέσω ενδιάμεσου σταθμού για το Μαντράς, που σήμερα ονομάζεται Τσενάι και είναι η πρωτεύουσα της πολιτείας Ταμίλ Ναντού. Η πόλη, που υπήρξε η πρώτη έδρα της Εταιρείας Ανατολικών Ινδιών, έχει μεγαλώσει χωρίς να χάσει την παραδοσιακή της γοητεία και χάρη. Τα κτίριά της είναι ένα μείγμα δραβιδικής και γοτθικής αρχιτεκτονικής.


Άφιξη στο Μανδράς νωρίς το πρωί και άμεση τακτοποίηση στο ξενοδοχείο μας. Ακολουθεί ξενάγηση της πόλης, κατά τη διάρκεια της οποίας επισκεφθούμε το Κάστρο του Αγίου Γεωργίου, που κατασκευάστηκε το 1653 από τους Βρετανούς, μέσα στο οποίο βρίσκεται το Πολιτειακό Κυβερνητικό Μουσείο, όπου θα θαυμάσουμε τη σπάνια συλλογή γλυπτικής Αμαραβάτι (2ος μ.Χ. αιώνας) και την πλουσιότερη συλλογή μπρούτζινων αντικειμένων της δυναστείας των Τσόλας (9ος-13ος αιώνας). Επίσης, θα επισκεφθούμε την εκκλησία του Αγίου Θωμά (ο Απόστολος Θωμάς μαρτύρησε το 78 μ.Χ. στο Μαντράς) και θα συνεχίσουμε τη διαδρομή μας κατά μήκος της παραλιακής λεωφόρου (Μαρίνα), στολισμένη με φοινικόδενδρα, καζουαρίνες και μνημεία αφιερωμένα σε πολιτικούς αρχηγούς και μαχητές της ελευθερίας. Επιστροφή στο ξενοδοχείο μας. Διανυκτέρευση.


Πρωινή οδική αναχώρηση για το Μαχαμπαλιπουράμ. Καθ΄ οδόν θα επισκεφθούμε την πόλη με τους 1000 ναούς, το Καντσιπουράμ. Άφιξη στο Μαχαμπαλιπουράμ, οι ναοί του οποίου είναι ίσως το πιο φωτογραφημένο μνημείο της Ινδίας μετά το Ταζ Μαχάλ. Από το 1985 περιλαμβάνονται στον κατάλογο των μνημείων παγκόσμιας πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς της UNESCO. Η τέχνη στο Μαχαμπαλιπουράμ χωρίζεται σε 4 κατηγορίες: υπαίθρια ανάγλυφα, ναοί, Mandapas (ιερά σε σπηλιές) και Rathas (ναοί με μορφή άρματος). Τακτοποίηση στο ξενοδοχείο μας. Διανυκτέρευση.


Πρωινή επίσκεψη στους θαυμαστούς ναούς του Μαχαμπαλιπουράμ και αναχώρηση για το Ποντίσερι, παλιά Γαλλική αποικία και σημαντικό εμπορικό λιμάνι, όπου οι άνθρωποι μιλούν ακόμη γαλλικά και που θα μας εκπλήξει με τον απρόσμενο χαρακτήρα του, τα χαριτωμένα μπουλεβάρ και τις μπουλανζερί. Το Ποντίσερι υπήρξε έδρα του φιλοσόφου Σρι Αουρομπίντο (Sri Aurobindo), το Άσραμ του οποίου θα επισκεφθούμε κατά τη διάρκεια της σημερινής περιήγησής μας στην πόλη.  Τακτοποίηση στο ξενοδοχείο μας. Διανυκτέρευση.


Σήμερα το πρωί θα αναχωρήσουμε για την Ταντζόρ.Κατά τη διάρκεια της ξενάγησης θα επισκεφθούμε την περιοχή των αρχιτεκτονικών αριστουργημάτων της Δραβιδικής δυναστείας των Τσόλας (9ος-13ος αιώνας), αρχαία πρωτεύουσα των οποίων ήταν η Τανζαβούρ ή Ταντζόρ. Εδώ το παιχνίδι των εντυπώσεων κερδίζει αναμφισβήτητα ο ναός Μπριχαντεσβάρα, ένα πραγματικό αρχιτεκτονικό κόσμημα που περιβάλλεται από τείχη και τάφρο. Αυτό το οικοδόμημα έχει καταχωρηθεί στον κατάλογο των μνημείων παγκόσμιας πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς της Unesco. Η είσοδος του ναού είναι 70 τετραγωνικά μέτρα σε πυραμιδοειδές σχήμα. Θα επισκεφθούμε επίσης το μουσείο τέχνης στο παλάτι, με τη μεγάλη συλλογή από γλυπτά από μπρούτζο και γρανίτη της εποχή των Τσόλας και τη βιβλιοθήκη Sarawati Mahal με 40.000 σπάνια βιβλία και εγγραφές. Τακτοποίηση στο ξενοδοχείο μας. Διανυκτέρευση.


Σήμερα το πρωί θα αναχωρήσουμε για το Μαντουράι. Κατά τη διάρκεια της διαδρομής μας θα σταματήσουμε στο Τιρουτσιραπάλι, γνωστό ως Τρισύ, αρχαία πόλη στο Δέλτα του ιερού ποταμού Κόβερι και ακρόπολη των Cholas κατά τον 2o π.Χ. αιώνα. Η ξενάγησή μας εδώ επικεντρώνεται στο συγκρότημα ναών Σριρανγκάμ, που βρίσκονται σε ένα νησί του ποταμού Κόβερι. Είναι από τα μεγαλύτερα και πιο ενδιαφέροντα συγκροτήματα ναών της Ινδίας. Επτά συμπαγείς συστοιχίες τειχών εσωκλείουν ένα βιβλικό κόσμο με 21 εκπληκτικά γκοπουράμ, παζάρια και συνοικίες του ιερατείου των Βραχμάνων. Θεωρείται το μεγαλύτερο ναϊκό συγκρότημα της Ινδίας, με οικοδομήματα που ανάγονται στην περίοδο από τον 14ο έως τον 17ο αιώνα. Άφιξη στο Μαντουράι, την ιερή πόλη των Ινδουιστών και μια από τις αρχαιότερες και πιο ζωντανές πόλεις του νότου. Τακτοποίηση στο ξενοδοχείο μας και στη συνέχεια ξενάγηση στον ιερό ναό Σρι Μενακσί, έναν από τους πιο επιβλητικούς δραβιδικούς ναούς της Ινδίας, αφιερωμένος στη θεά Παρβάτι, σύντροφο του θεού Σίβα. Τα τεράστια Γκοπουράμ του ναού που δεσπόζουν στην πόλη, είναι καλυμμένα με πολύχρωμες απεικονίσεις θεοτήτων, ζώων και μυθικών πλασμάτων. Ο ναός είναι τόσο πλούσιος σε ανεκτίμητα γλυπτά, που λένε ότι αν κάποιος θαυμάζει κάθε γλυπτό επί 5 λεπτά, δεν του φθάνει ολόκληρη η ζωή του! Στη συνέχεια θα εξερευνήσουμε το παλάτι Tirumala Nayak μοναδικής Ινδο-Σαρακίνικης κατασκευής και το μουσείο του Γκάντι. Επιστροφή στο ξενοδοχείο μας. Διανυκτέρευση.


Σήμερα το πρωί θα αναχωρήσουμε για το Περιγιάρ, ένα από τα σημαντικότερα καταφύγια άγριας ζωής της Ινδίας. Φθάνοντας, θα κάνουμε με ειδικό πλοιάριο μια μίνι κρουαζιέρα, θαυμάζοντας τον πλούσιο και μοναδικό υδροβιότοπο της περιοχής. Επιστροφή στο ξενοδοχείο μας. Διανυκτέρευση.


Μετά το πρωινό, αναχωρούμε οδικώς για το Κουραμακόμ και στη συνέχεια για το Αλεπέι, την επαρχία της Κεράλας με τα  παρθένα δάση και τους εκπληκτικούς υδροβιότοπους. Άφιξη στο Αλεπέι και τακτοποίηση στα Houseboats (καραβόσπιτα, πλωτά σπίτια-ξενοδοχεία). Ακολουθεί βαρκάδα στα κανάλια της περιοχής. Διανυκτέρευση στα Houseboats.

9η ΗΜΕΡΑ: ΑΛΕΠΕΪ - ΚΟΤΣΙΝ (Χοροί Κατακάλι)

Στη συνέχεια αναχώρηση για το παλαιότερο και ένα από τα πιο γραφικά λιμάνια της Αραβικής Θάλασσας. Χτισμένο πάνω σε μια λωρίδα στεριάς, αποτελείται από χερσονήσους, κολπίσκους, φυσικές και τεχνητές νησίδες, το Κοτσίν. Το απόγευμα το Versus Travel έχει οργανώσει για σας μια παραδοσιακή παράσταση χοροθεάτρου Kathakali (Κατακάλι).Διανυκτέρευση.

10η ΗΜΕΡΑ: ΚΟΤΣΙΝ (Ξενάγηση)

Ο κοσμοπολίτικος χαρακτήρας του Κοτσίν αντανακλάται στα πολλά κτίσματα, που αντιπροσωπεύουν διάφορες περιοχές και θρησκείες του κόσμου. Κατά μήκος του λιμανιού, οι σειρές με τα παμπάλαια Κινέζικα δίχτυα ψαρέματος δείχνουν τους εμπορικούς δεσμούς της Κεράλας με την Κίνα και τα κτίρια κατά μήκος της ακτής μαρτυρούν την παρουσία Ολλανδών και Πορτογάλων αποίκων. Θα περπατήσουμε στα σοκάκια του αποικιακού πυρήνα της πόλης, το Φορτ Κοτσίν, όπου θα επισκεφθούμε την Εβραϊκή συνοικία με την αρχαιότερη συναγωγή εκτός Ισραήλ, το Ολλανδικό παλάτι του πρώην Ράτζα και την εκκλησία του Αγίου Φραγκίσκου. Διανυκτέρευση.


11η ΗΜΕΡΑ: ΚΟΤΣΙΝ - ΑΘΗΝΑ/ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗ  Μεταφορά στο αεροδρόμιο νωρίς το πρωί και πτήση επιστροφής μέσω ενδιάμεσου σταθμού. Άφιξη αυθημερόν.


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Σας πληροφορούμε ότι η τουριστική βίζα για την Ινδία από 26/02/2016 εκδίδεται online για τα ελληνικά διαβατήρια. Για την έκδοσή της απαιτείται να μας αποστείλετε με e-mail ένα έγχρωμο και καθαρό αντίγραφο του διαβατηρίου σας και μια φωτογραφία διαβατηρίου σε λευκό φόντο Η έκδοση της βίζας δεν περιλαμβάνεται στο κόστος της εκδρομής. Το κόστος της είναι 52 €/άτομο Για πληροφορίες σχετικά με τα επιπλέον δικαιολογητικά που αφορούν σε ανήλικους και σπουδαστές,  επικοινωνήστε με το γραφείο μας

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες και για την καλύτερη εξυπηρέτησή σας, παρακαλούμε απευθυνθείτε στους πωλητές μας στα Γραφεία μας στην Αθήνα (Φιλελλήνων 7, Πλατεία Συντάγματος, 10557 Τηλ. 2103232800, Φαξ: 210 3232450) και στην Θεσσαλονίκη (Καλαποθάκη 7-9, δίπλα στην πλατεία Αριστοτέλους, 54624 Τηλ. 2310230001 Φαξ: 2310230777)


Παρακαλούμε να αποστείλετε φωτοτυπία του διαβατηρίου σας στο e-mail του ταξιδιωτικού συμβούλου (πωλητή), με τον οποίο έχετε συνομιλήσει Χωρίς την άμεση αποστολή φωτοτυπίας του διαβατηρίου δεν θα μπορεί να περιληφθεί η ασφάλεια της προκαταβολής σας στην επιπλέον ταξιδιωτική ασφάλεια που περιλαμβάνει το Versus στα προγράμματά του. Αν δεν έχετε e-mail, μπορείτε να προσκομίσετε μια φωτοτυπία του διαβατηρίου σας στα γραφεία μας. Κράτηση γίνεται μόνο με τα πλήρη στοιχεία σας (διεύθυνση με ταχυδρομικό κώδικα, τηλέφωνα, e-mail κλπ.). Αν θέλετε να συμπεριλάβετε και άλλα άτομα στην κράτησή σας, θα πρέπει να μας γνωρίσετε και τα δικά τους πλήρη στοιχεία. Η κράτησή σας είναι έγκυρη και η κατοχύρωση των προσφορών γίνεται μόνο με κατάθεση της προκαταβολής. 

ΑΠΑΡΑΙΤΗΤΗ ΤΗΛΕΦΩΝΙΚΗ ΕΝΗΜΕΡΩΣΗ ΣΤΟ ΓΡΑΦΕΙΟ ΜΑΣ, πριν την κατάθεση της προκαταβολής σας, με σκοπό να καταχωρισθεί η κράτησή σας και στη συνέχεια το ποσό της κατάθεσής σας στον φάκελό σας. Παρακαλούμε μην παραλείψετε να μας ενημερώσετε. 

ΔΩΡΕΑΝ ΤΑΞΙΔΙΩΤΙΚΟΙ ΟΔΗΓΟΙ VERSUS Το Versus Travel, προσπαθώντας να καλύψει το κενό της Ελληνικής αγοράς σε ταξιδιωτικούς οδηγούς στην Ελληνική γλώσσα για τις χώρες που επισκέπτεται, εγκαινιάζει την έκδοση μιας σειράς ποιοτικών ταξιδιωτικών βιβλίων – οδηγών (προϊόν της μεγάλης μας ταξιδιωτικής εμπειρίας), που προσφέρονται δωρεάν στους ταξιδιώτες της κάθε εκδρομής.


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• Συμμετοχή στην εκδρομή σημαίνει ότι έχετε διαβάσει το παρόν πρόγραμμα, το έχετε κατανοήσει και συμφωνείτε με τα αναγραφόμενα. • Συμμετοχή επίσης στην εκδρομή σημαίνει ότι αναντίρρητα αποδέχεστε τους Όρους Συμμετοχής που αναγράφονται στην τελευταία σελίδα της μπροσούρας μας και στο site μας στο Internet. Αν θέλετε να διαβάσετε τους Όρους Συμμετοχής, παρακαλούμε ζητήστε να σας αποσταλούν. • Συμμετοχή δηλώνετε επικοινωνώντας με το τμήμα πωλήσεων, δίνοντας αναλυτικά τα στοιχεία που σας ζητούνται και καταθέτοντας προκαταβολή 1.000 € κατ’ άτομο εντός της χρονικής προθεσμίας που θα σας δοθεί από το τμήμα πωλήσεων. • Η πληρωμή της προκαταβολής γίνεται είτε με χρήση μετρητών ή στην περίπτωση χρήσης πιστωτικής κάρτας με εφάπαξ χρέωση. • 12-18 ΑΤΟΚΕΣ ΔΟΣΕΙΣ. Εφόσον επιθυμείτε, μπορείτε να αποπληρώσετε το ταξίδι σας κάνοντας χρήση πιστωτικής κάρτας και συμμετέχοντας σε πρόγραμμα άτοκων δόσεων (έως και 18). Σας συστήνουμε, προς αποφυγήν παρεξηγήσεων, να ενημερωθείτε έγκαιρα είτε από το τμήμα πωλήσεων, είτε από το λογιστήριο για τις πιστωτικές κάρτες που συμμετέχουν στο πρόγραμμα άτοκων δόσεων.  • Το διαβατήριό σας θα πρέπει να έχει τουλάχιστον 6μηνη ισχύ. • Βεβαιωθείτε πως το διαβατήριό σας έχει κενές σελίδες, ισάριθμες με τον αριθμό των χωρών που θα επισκεφθείτε. • Το γραφείο μας δεν φέρει καμία ευθύνη για οποιοδήποτε πρόβλημα λόγω μη ανανέωσης του διαβατηρίου σας. • Οι ταξιδιώτες μη Ελληνικής υπηκοότητας ή οι κάτοχοι μη Ελληνικών διαβατηρίων οφείλουν να επικοινωνούν κατ’ ιδίαν με την πρεσβεία της χώρας στην οποία επιθυμούν να ταξιδέψουν, για να πληροφορηθούν τα όποια διαδικαστικά για την έκδοση βίζας, εφόσον αυτή απαιτείται. Το Versus Travel δεν φέρει καμία ευθύνη για τυχόν πρόβλημα που ενδεχομένως παρουσιαστεί σε κάποιο αεροδρόμιο. • Σε πολλές Ευρωπαϊκές χώρες, αλλά και στην Τουρκία, μπορείτε να ταξιδέψετε με αστυνομική ταυτότητα νέου τύπου. Διευκρινίζουμε ότι αυτό γίνεται μόνο με πολιτική ταυτότητα και όχι με υπηρεσιακή. Ενημερωθείτε σχετικά από το τμήμα πωλήσεων του γραφείου μας. 

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Πολύ καλή γνωριμία της χώρας και του πολιτισμού. - Γ.Ε., Σαμοθράκη

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  2. 22 things to know before going to India

    The same rule applies when passing things to people - including money. If you get invited to someone's home, bring a small gift (flowers or sweets are always a safe bet) and remove your shoes before entering. It's polite to eat and drink what you are offered, even if you don't really fancy it. 9. Dress modestly.

  3. The best time to visit India

    The northern hemisphere winter - from December to March - is the optimum time to visit the vibrant cities and historic temples and forts of north India, while the rainy monsoon period from June to September is peak season in the dry mountains of Ladakh. However, even at the height of the rainy season, there are plenty of good reasons to ...

  4. OCI Card or Tourist Visa? Know What is Better for Your Travel to and

    Both OCI Card and Indian tourist visa have their own pros and cons. If you don't have either one, you can obtain a tourist visa faster than an OCI card for emergency travel to India. However, OCI cardholders were allowed to enter India, whereas the tourist visa (both electronic and paper) was banned and tourist visa holders were restricted ...

  5. Is India a Safe Destination for Women Traveling Alone?

    More recently, in the fall of 2019, a spate of gang rapes and murders in Hyderabad and Unnao reignited concerns over women's safety in India - for both local women and tourists. Several countries have issued travel advisories warning women not to travel alone or to remote areas; some even warn about safety even if traveling in a group.

  6. The best ways to fly to India with points and miles

    Flying Blue. The Flying Blue program is another option for award flights between the U.S. and India. One-way awards between the U.S. and India start at 35,000 miles in economy, 65,000 miles in premium economy and 95,000 miles in business. Award flights, Miami to Mumbai, in Flying Blue program. FLYINGBLUE.US.

  7. In India, which is better, cash or cards?

    Opt for a combination of travel cards, cash and UPI for seamless travel. The good news is travelers are now allowed to make payments using UPI (India's United Payments Interface), and several companies - including Wise and Revolut - offer travel cards that will work in India with lower transaction and withdrawal fees. (Note that you can't hold rupees in your Revolut account, but you ...

  8. India Travel Advisory

    Travel Advisory. June 23, 2023. India - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. O U T C. Reissued with updates to health information. Exercise increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism. Do not travel to: The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest ...

  9. India Vs Sri Lanka: How to Choose the Right Destination For You

    Domestic flights: Travel by air is a great option if you are short on time when in India and is often inexpensive. Car: The most popular choice would be to enlist the help of a private driver to travel between cities, and it is advised to avoid hiring a car or embarking on the self-drive option.

  10. Goa Vs Kerala: Comparing India's Coastal Gems For Dreamy Escapades

    Here's a selection of things to do in each city, in this Goa vs Kerala edition. Goa: No points for guessing: beaches! Add the likes of Calangute, Baga, Butterfly, Arambol, Vagator, Anjuna, and Palolem Beach to your holiday roster. Then, side-step the sand and explore history at Fort Tiracol, Aguada Fort, Chapora Fort, Archaeological Museum of ...

  11. India International Travel Information

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  12. Here's how to get a visa to visit India

    With its dense tapestry of cultures and landscapes, India feels like dozens of countries rolled into one, but a single visa will cover you for travel across more than 3 million sq km (more than a million sq miles) of territory, taking in everything from steamy jungles to the high passes of the Himalayas. Every Indian state is as large and diverse as a nation, so take your time navigating this ...

  13. Best Travel Insurance Plans To Buy In India 2024

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  15. USTravelDocs

    Apply for a U.S. Visa. At this website, you can learn about obtaining a visa, as well as applying for your visa. How to apply for your nonimmigrant visa for travel to the United States. What documents, photos and information you need to apply for your visa. How to access visa application forms and instructions.

  16. The Differences Between Traveling In India And Pakistan

    There are some general observations I made though in the differences between traveling in India versus Pakistan and vice versa. Crowds - Until you've been to India, it's hard to comprehend what a population well over a billion means. In contrast, Pakistan feels much less crowded which makes sense, it's population (220 million) is 16% that of India.

  17. A Travel Comparison for Vacations, Honeymoons, and Tours Thailand vs. India

    10 days, two weeks, or even one month of travel to India or Thailand can really add to your travel budget. Accommodation is often cheaper in India compared to Thailand ($17 vs. $35). Budget travelers usually stay in less expensive hostels and guest houses, while nicer hotels often appeal to families and upscale travelers.

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  19. A Travel Comparison for Vacations, Honeymoons, and Tours India vs. Nepal

    10 days, two weeks, or even one month of travel to Nepal or India can really add to your travel budget. Accommodation is often cheaper in Nepal compared to India ($17 vs. $17). Budget travelers usually stay in less expensive hostels and guest houses, while nicer hotels often appeal to families and upscale travelers.

  20. Air Vistara vs Indigo: A Comprehensive Comparison of India's Leading

    1. Ownership and Partnership: Air Vistara is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines. On the other hand, Indigo is owned by InterGlobe Enterprises. 2. Fleet Size and Routes: Indigo is the largest airline in India in terms of passengers carried and fleet size, operating both domestic and international routes.

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