Helpful Links: India
Which time zone is India in?
What holidays are observed?
What business hours are held?
What post office/mail/parcel services are available?
How do I address letters to India?
What is the manner of dress in India?
Are there any etiquette rules that I should be aware of?
Which electrical outlets are used?
Where can I find a list of Indian universities?
What scholarships are available to me?
What is the cost of attending university?
What is the average salary of a professor?
What is the weather like in India?
Is India at risk for natural disasters?
Is my US driver’s license valid in India?
How can I obtain an India driver’s license?
Which side of the road do I drive on?
Can I rent a car?
How can I travel around within India?
Where can I find updated safety & travel alerts?
How do I apply for a visa?
How do I make an appointment?
Do you have to apply in person?
What type of visa do I need?
How long is my visa valid for?
Can I get a visa extension?
Am I allowed to work with my visa?
What is the cost of a visa?
Can I Bring my child/spouse on my visa?
I wish to visit certain areas in India like Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland, etc. Can I obtain a visa to visit these areas?
- These areas because these regions in India are Restricted/Protected Areas for which it is necessary to obtain a Restricted/ Protected Area Permit (RAP/PAP).
How long before departure should I apply for my visa?
- In person visa applications take 3-5 business days to process while mail in visas take 7-9 business days.
- Visas are valid starting from the day they are issued, not the day you enter the country.
What documents are needed for a visa?
Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?
What customs information do I need to know?
My passport has been lost or stolen, what should I do?
Contact your nearest US embassy/consulate.
Can I bring my pet with me to India?
Can I return to the US with my pet?
- Yes, depending on the type and health of the pet.
Will my medical insurance work in India?
What medications am I not permitted to bring into India?
- Prohibited medications in India
What vaccinations and immunizations do I need before traveling to India?
Where can I go in case of a medical emergency?
- In case of emergency involving an American citizen, please call the 24-hour operator at (+91-11) 2419-8000 and ask for American Citizen Services. If you are calling from within India, but outside Delhi, first dial 011-.
How do I find a doctor?
The US Embassies and consulates maintain lists of English speaking doctors and hospitals
What is the current exchange rate?
Where can I exchange my money?
What is required to open an Indian bank account?
Will my debit/credit card work in India?
Do I have to pay taxes?
What are the average costs of living?
How does tipping work?
How can I make international money transfers?
Which is the best phone service provider?
Will my current phone work in India?
- Mobile phones in India operate using GSM technology and function within 900/1800 MHz ranges. If you already own a GSM phone and if your home country too operates within the same GSM range, you can use your phone in India.
Am I allowed to bring my Sat-phone?
Can I buy or rent a new cell phone in India?
Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?
What is the country code for India?
How can I call the US?
How much can I expect to pay to call the US?
- Varies by carrier and country. Check with your phone service provider.
Are there international calling cards available?
What about calls/video chatting on the internet?
How do I become an Indian citizen?
What if I get arrested/in trouble with police?
Contact your nearest US embassy/consulate.
How do I contact the US Embassy/consulate?
Who do I contact in case of an emergency?
- Dial 100 for police
Contact your nearest US embassy/consulate; they each have 24hr emergency lines.
Are my children eligible to attend public school in India?
What languages are spoken in India?
- Hindi is the official language of the central government, with English being an associate official language. In addition, 22 languages are officially recognized by various states and union territories and over 1000 dialects.
- India languages and dialects
Where can I find Hindi classes and/or tutors?
Are there any phone apps for improving my Hindi?
Where can I find a bilingual dictionary for English and Hindi?
What are some Indian idioms/phrases?
Where can I find a translation service?