General Travel Information for travelling in India
|Travel in India will be a more comfortable experience
if you keep a few things in mind. To start with, travelers must
have a valid passport and a visa to enter India. Visas, which
are of several types, have to be obtained prior to arrival in
India. Relevant and detailed information can be obtained from
the Indian consulate or embassy in your country. Travelers must
also provide an International Certificate of Vaccination for
yellow fever if they arrive from an infected area. Avoid drinking
tap water in India, for more than 80 percent of diseases in
India are related to contaminated water. Distilled water is
readily available these days.
Travel Insurance Policy for India
|A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss
and medical problems is a good idea. There are a number of policies
available, so check the fine print carefully. Some policies
specifically exclude 'dangerous activities' which can include
scuba diving, motorcycling or even trekking. You may prefer
a policy that pays hospitals or doctors directly, rather than
you having to pay on the spot and claim later. Check that the
policy has ambulance and emergency flight home cover
|Visitors are generally required to make an oral
baggage declaration in respect of baggage and foreign currency
in their possession. They are also required to obtain the currency
declaration form from the customs. They should fill in the disembarkation
card handed over to them by the airline authorities during the
course of the flight. There are two channels for clearance at
the international airports. Green Channel is for passengers
not in possession of any dutiable articles or unaccompanied
baggage. Red Channel is for passengers with dutiable articles,
unaccompanied baggage, or high-value articles to be entered
on the tourist baggage re-export form. Dutiable articles, unaccompanied
baggage, or high-value articles must be entered on a tourist
baggage re-export form (TBRE). These articles must be re-exported
at the time of departure. A failure to re-export anything listed
on the TBRE becomes a payable duty levied for each missing item.
The following duty-free possessions are permissible-clothes
and jewellery; cameras and up to five rolls of film; binoculars;
a portable musical instrument; a radio or portable tape recorder;
a tent and camping equipment; fishing rod; a pair of skis; two
tennis rackets; 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars; 95 liters of liquor;
and gifts not exceeding a value of Rs. 600 (about $20).
There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency
or travelers' cheques a tourist can bring into India provided
he makes a declaration in the Currency Declaration Form given
to him on arrival. This will enable him not only to exchange
the currency brought in, but also to take the unspent currency
out of India on departure. Cash, bank notes, and travelers'
cheques up to US $1,000 or equivalent need not be declared at
the time of entry. Any money in the form of travelers' cheques,
drafts, bills, cheques, etc., in convertible currencies that
tourists wish to convert into Indian currency should be exchanged
only through authorized moneychangers and banks. The encashment
certificate issued by them is required at the time of reconversion
of any unspent money into foreign currency. Exchanging of foreign
currency other than banks or authorized moneychangers is an
offense under Foreign Exchange Regulations Act 1973.
Tipping & Gifts
Tipping & Gifts: In India Gifts & Tipping
is very common, Some suggested amounts for tipping are:
Chauffers/ Reps for transfers and sightseeing tours Rs. 150
Bell boy / potter Rs. 50 - 75
Drivers/ Guides for half day/ Full day sightseeing trips Rs.
150 - 250
Drivers/ Guides for long trips spread over many days Rs. 150
- 200 Per traveller/ day
(The above amounts are mainly indicative. It is often customary
to pay higher sums depending upon the quality of service.)
General important Tips in India
| Carry your passport with you at all times. If
you ever find yourself in a sticky legal predicament, contact
your embassy. Always keep your luggage with you, and don't leave
it around for it is easy for anyone to slip drugs in. Drug trafficking
is a punishable offence by law and can put you behind bars.
Carry a waterproof laminated card mentioning your name, address,
blood group, and any other important personal or medical information.
Beware of pickpockets and don't carry too much cash at anytime.
Always rely on your common sense and should anything seem suspicious
to you, keep out of it and report to the police if necessary.
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