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Entry procedures and visa rules

Tourist visa

Tourist visas are normally granted for a period of six months for multiple entries. You are required to produce documents supporting your financial standing. Tourist visa are non-extendible and non-convertible.

An Indian visa is valid from the day it is issued, not the date of entry.

You can also get visa-on-arrival for a stay of up to 30 days, only if you are citizens of Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Luxembourg and Singapore. The visa-on-arrival costs US$60 and is valid for a single entry. It is not extendable.


Custom Formalities

You have to get your baggage through the customs. Be aware of what you can bring along with you. If you donā??t have anything to be declared you can easily go through the green channel marked at the airports.


Foreign currency and credit cards

Indian rupee (INR) is the currency of India.

Big city hotels, stores and restaurants will accept international credit cards. Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Maestro and Plus are most commonly accepted cards. But if you are travelling to remote areas it is better to carry cash or travelers cheque.

Do not accept notes that are too torn, grubby or marked.


Communication Facilities

Telephone services: The international dialing code of India is 91. Mobile phones are widely available in India. Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular Reliance,""Vodafone", "TATA DOCOMO","BSNL" are major networks.

Internet Services: Internet is widely available through the internet cafes around the cities. However hotels offer more secured connection than the cyber cafes.

Postal Services: India has quite efficient postal service considering the size of country. Except for the posts from remote areas, you can expect your post to arrive within ten days.

Media: India enjoys a great amount of freedom in media and it is flourishing. There are about 150 daily newspapers published in nearly 100 languages. The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The statesman, The Deccan Herald are the English language papers. Numerous government and private channels also operate across the country through satellites. Air FM is the state owned media.

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