Helpful Links: India

General Information

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?

University Life

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?

Moving Around

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?

Visa Information

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?

How long before departure should I apply for my visa?

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.

Medical Issues

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?

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?

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?

  • 91

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.

Additional Questions

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?

Language Resources

What languages are spoken in India?

Where can I find Hindi classes and/or tutors?



In India


Are there any phone apps for improving my Hindi?

Where can I find a bilingual dictionary for English and Hindi?


Hard Copy

What are some Indian idioms/phrases?

Where can I find a translation service?