|How do I keep my important documents safe when traveling to India?|
Consider this…you are traveling to India and you lose or ruin your passport, credit cards or other travel essentials like medical prescription, emergency contact numbers, travel tickets, etc. Trust me my traveler friends that if you are not prepared for this scenario then it can be your nightmare.
Sure you must be vigilant in protecting your documents in the first place but a simple step of making photocopies of the documents ahead of time and having accesss to them if needed will be of immense help to you.
For this, you can either carry these copies with you or place the copies with your trusted people or keep an online-backup of them.
Security is cetainly an issue with the option of backing-up these documents online like emailing the images of these documents to yourself and, so, do some research to find out who offers a more secured solution.
One thing you can do about online backup of these documents is to make a password protect zip file of the images and then email them to your account.
|India Travel Advisory|
Before finalizing your plan for traveling to India, it is advisable to check any travel alerts or warnings that either the Government of India or your country of origin has issued.
|Exchanging currency at Delhi Airport|
Updated on Aug 14, 2017
Having access to local currency (Indian Rupee) is the first and foremost important item a foreign traveler would need starting from the airport.
In the arrival section (Terminal 3) of the Delhi airport, there are currency exchange counters between immigration and customs area.
The 3 currency exchange counters are by:
All the 3 counters are open 24 hours.
Difference: Though the exchange rates offered by all the three exchangers may be the same but Thomas Cook will charge fees.
Make sure that you ask for Central Bank of India’s counter since they are not as strategically located as Thomas Cook and Punjab National Bank.
You can use the Airport’s interactive map to see where the currency exchange counters are located.
Entry India's Recommendation: Currency exchange rate at the airport is always lower than what you can get in the city. So, get your foreign currency exchanged to little over what you require at the airport and when you are in the city visit branch of any bank or authorized non-banking exchangers to get the rest of foreign currency converted to India Rupees.
|I lost my Indian Visa, what should I do?|
People who lose their passport with their valid Indian visa must contact their respective country's Embassy for their new replacement passport and apply for an exit visa with the Foreigner's Regional Registration Office (FRRO), Government of India. This process takes up to 2-3 business days. You cannot leave India without this visa. More information on obtaining an exit visa will be provided when you come to apply for a replacement passport. Exit visas are not issued on weekends or Indian holidays.
Foreigner's Regional Registration Office (FRRO)
Level 2, East Block 8
Phone: +91-11-2671-1348 / 1443
Hours: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
You must report the loss of your passport and visa to the local Indian Police and obtain a police report. Please report the loss of the visa to the Fraud Prevention Unit at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|US Citizen's Passport lost or stolen in India|
U.S. citizens whose passports have either been stolen or lost while in India should:
Required Documents for Passport Replacement:
Complete fee information is available down below. If applying in person, you may pay with cash dollars, cash rupees (at the current exchange rate), demand draft or by credit card. Personal checks are not accepted. ACS fees are nonrefundable.
Questions? Email: email@example.com
|List of Doctors and Hospitals in the New Delhi Consular District|
American Citizen Services has compiled a list of medical facilities, most with English-speaking staff.
This list includes providers only in the New Delhi Consular District. The New Delhi Consular District includes Delhi, Chandigarh and the states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
The names listed in this list are not endorsed by U.S. Embassy.
|Electric voltage and plugs in India|
Electricity Voltage in India is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Some upscale hotels in India do have provisions for 110 volt shavers, electric tooth brushes etc.
However, it is still a good idea to take along a voltage converter if you have small electrical gadgets that you intend to use during your trip to India.
If possible buy an electric plug adapter as the electric plugs in India are rounded.
|Assistance for US Citizens in India|
|A Few Useful Words and Phrases in Hindi|
|Satellite phone in India|
Carrying a satellite phone without permission is strictly prohibited in India.
There is a clear rule in India which bans the use of satellite phones and even if foreigners coming in with valid documents permitting them to carry such phones, the Indian authorities reserve the right to deny them such permissions. When persons with satellite phones land in India, the mandate is that the phone is first seized by the customs. Only after they obtain a licence from the department of telecommunications, can they clan claim their phones back. (source: Rediff)
For permission, contact Department of Telecommunication at Room No. 1204, Sanchar Bhavan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi - 110 001.
|Road-side bargaining in India|
One of the best part to enjoy in India is to buy stuff from road-side vendors. You can buy a wide range of traditional stuff, handicraft from these street vendors. But buying without bargaining in India is like throwing money away. Since vendors in India know that their clients will haggle, the prices are already inflated.
Following are the tips you can follow to save some money:
|Restrictions on Photography in India|
Government permission is required before clicking photographs of any of the following:
For details, visit the site http://asi.nic.in/asi_faq_photography.asp