India : Travel

Traveller information

Immigration and customs: 

Passports must be valid for at least 180 days from the date of departure. Visas are required by most Commonwealth nationals. Prohibited imports include some fresh food, live plants and products comprising the skins or horns or tusks of animals.

Travel within the country: 

Driving is on the left. An international driving permit is required to hire a car.

Domestic air services connect the main towns. The Indian railway system is extensive and fast trains link the main towns. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are available in urban areas, and fares are charged by the kilometre. Chauffeur-driven tourist cars can be found in major centres and cost slightly more than taxis.

Travel health: 

Prevalent diseases where appropriate precautionary measures are recommended include cholera, dengue fever, diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, malaria, polio, rabies and typhoid.

There were 6,848,000 tourist arrivals in 2013.