India Travel FAQS

India Travel FAQS

We understand the importance of essential information that you may require of the country that you are intending to visit very soon. We have amalgamated key frequently asked questions and their answers which you may find useful. The questions and their respective answers listed here are just for guidelines meant only to assist you plan and organize your trip. For detail information, we would recommend you to do background research on the country or area that you wish to visit.

Do you need a visa?

Yes. You need to apply for a visa before you travel to India, with tourist visas. Please note, Indian visas are valid from their date of issue, not the date you arrive in the country. India has introduced E-Tourist Visa. The E-tourist visa fee is USD 60 Per Passenger excluding interchange charge for credit / debit cards. Also please note that this process is not a replacement but an alternate to the current process of obtaining Visa offline. The validity of the E-Visa would only be for 30 days from the day of arrival and will be Single Entry.

You can further refer to the attached press release and the below instructions for more updates on this – Instructions for e-Tourist Visa

• Applicants of the eligible countries may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 30 days. Example : If you are applying on 1st Sept then applicant can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 4th Oct.

• Recent front facing photograph with white background and photo page of Passport containing personal details like name, date of birth, nationality , expiry date etc. to be uploaded by the applicant. The application is liable to be rejected if the uploaded document and photograph are not clear / as per specification.

• e-Tourist Visa (eTV) fee is US$ 60/- per passenger excluding interchange charge for credit/debit cards. The fee must be paid at least 4 days before the expected date of travel filled by you otherwise application will not be processed.

• eTV fee once submitted is non-refundable as the fee is for processing of the application and is not dependent on either Grant or Rejection of VISA.

• Applicant should carry a copy of eTV along with him/her at the time of travel.

• Bio-metric details of the applicant will be mandatorily captured at Immigration on arrival in India.

• The validity of visa will be 30 days from the date of arrival in India.

• eTV is valid for entry through 16 designated Airports i.e. Ahmedabad, Amritsar,Gaya,Jaipur,Lucknow,Tirchy,Varanasi. Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Trivandrum. However, the foreigner can take exit from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India.

• This facility is in addition to the existing Visa services.

• e-Tourist Visa (eTV) is allowed for a maximum of two visits in a calendar year.

• e-Tourist Visa (eTV) once issued on arrival is Only single entry, non-extendable, non-convertible & not valid for visiting Protected/Restricted and Cantonment Areas.

• Applicants can track the status of their application online by clicking visa status.

• Please be careful while making payment of the eTV fee. If the number of unsuccessful attempts is more than three (03), then the application id would be blocked and the applicant would be required to apply afresh by filling the application form again and regenerating a new application id.

• Before re-applying, the applicants are requested to wait for 4 hours for payment status updating, after final submission of the application form and payment of the fee. The payment status updating may take up to 4 hours.

• Nationals of Yellow Fever affected countries must carry YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CARD at the time of arrival in India, otherwise they may be quarantined for 6 days upon arrival in India. Please visit our Ministry Of Health & Family Welfare latest guidelines regarding yellow fever countries here.

• For any assistance call 24 * 7 Visa support center at +91-11-24300666 or send email to indiatvoa@gov.in

When is the best time to go?

India is a giant country has various climatic regions, what that means the best time to travel will depend on which part of India you are visiting? Generally, India’s weather is divided into three seasons – summer, winter and the monsoon. Typically, winter (November to February) is the preferred and considered as best time for many travellers to visit. The Himalayas and hill stations are best explored during the summer season (March to May). The monsoon season (June to October) brings rain. Although, this season does not stop you from travelling to India, you should be prepared to encounter rain and warm.

How can I get there?

India has very good flight connects from United Kingdom. There are numerous direct flights to India from the UK, although their frequency and the duration of the flight will depend on which of the country’s airports you are planning to fly into. There are direct flights from the London to cities like Delhi and Mumbai serviced by Jet Airways, Air India and British Airways. Non-direct flights from the UK to other popular Indian cities, like Goa, Chennai and Hyderabad are also available with a stopover in Delhi or Mumbai. Flight times vary between eight-and-a-half hours and 12 hours depending on which part of India you are visiting.

Do I need any vaccinations ahead of travel?

Infact, vaccination requirements vary for one country to another. Although we are able to give you advice, we are not medical professionals and are not able to give you specific advice on medical matters. We strongly recommend that you consult with your GP or travel clinic and seek professional advice before you travel. It may be helpful, if you take a copy of your holiday itinerary with you during your appointment. For more details please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health

What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The Indian rupee is the local currency. It’s usually best to exchange your currency once you arrive in India. Euros, sterling and US dollars are all easy to change for rupees at local banks and exchange bureaus. The most of major credit and debit cards are widely accepted at the ATMs and shops, hotels and restaurants in tourist areas.

What is there to see and do?

Magical India has lots to offer to visitors. India’s attractions are varied and diverse, from its famous monuments and historical sites like the Taj Mahal, Delhi’s Red Fort, Mysore’s Maharaja’s Palace and the Jaisalmer Fort, to the stunning beaches in Goa and the wildlife reserves like Ranthambore where you can spot tigers and many other exotic creatures. The northern region of India where you can explore hill stations and enjoy the Himalayas whereas in the southern regions you can enjoy the sunshine on glorious beaches. Please visit “Places to visit India” and “Highlights of India” section in our website to explore more about India attractions.

Is it safe to drink the tap water?

No. The tap water is not considered as safe drinking water in India. It’s strongly recommended that you stick to bottled mineral water.


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    • Flight time 8 1/2 hours (New Delhi)
    • Timezone GMT+5 1/2 hours
    • Recommended airlines Turkish, Jet, Air India, Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, Oman, Etihad, Qatar, Emirates
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