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PASSPORT & VISA
Citizens of all the country need to have a valid passport and an entry , transit or tourist visa obtained from the Indian Mission in their country. Tourist Visa is normally valid for 120 days. Visa extensions can be got by applying to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, (Ph: 4693334 ,4612543 and 4617649) The letter should be handed over at the Foreigners Regional Registration Office at Hans Bhavan, Tilak Bridge, near ITO. (Ph: 3319489/8179). It is open from 0930 hrs to 1330 hrs and 1400 hrs to 1600 hrs. (It is closed on weekends and national Holidays) It is recommended to obtain a multiple Entry Tourist Visa since this simplifies the procedure for visiting neighbouring countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka. Indians holding foreign passports would also have to obtain an Indian Visa before entering India.

Exchanges Rates:

The rates for purchase and sale of UK Pound and US$ currency notes and foreign currency travellers cheques, where applicable, are quoted by authorised dealers/money-changers within the floor and ceiling rates worked out daily in accordance with guidelines prescribed by Reserve Bank of India. For other currencies, banks quote rates based on market conditions. Bank drafts and travellers cheques fetch better rates than currency notes. Currencies like UK Pound, US$ and Deutsche Mark are widely accepted.
REGISTRATION
All foreigners are required to get themselves registered with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office(FRRO) which is situated in Hans Bhavan, Tilak Road, near the Income Tax Office(ITO). The building is very close to India Gate
CUSTOM CLEARANCE
Those without any dutiable goods or high value articles or foreign exchange more than US $2,500 or unaccompained baggage which need to be declared, can walk through Green Channel. All others need to pass through the Red Channe. Goods upto Rs 750 (Rs. 12,000 for persons of Indian origin) for personal use or as gifts are exempt from duty. Beyond the free baggage limit, the duty rate is 52% plus 2% special duty
Those not entitled

Persons from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and China do not get any free allowances, while in case of nationals of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, it is Rs. 6000 if they stay for more than three days and Rs. 3000 if the stay is less

Tousist Baggage Form
On arrival, a TBRE (tourist baggage re_export form) is to be shown with the entered articles to Customs for verification at the time of departure
Landing certificate
It is required if you are expecting unacompained baggabge as also for mishandled baggage
Bringing in currency
Any amount in the form of currency, travellers cheques and the like can be brought in and the same amount can be taken back. In case the amount exceeds US $10,000 in the form of currency notes, travellers cheques or bank notes / or currency notes alone of more than US $2,500, they have to be declared on arrival on the Currency Declaration Form (CDF), duly attested by the Custom Officer
Indian currency
No Indian currency can be brought in or taken out, and while remitting money to India the full address of the bank should be given.

Travel with in INDIA
For travel within India, foreign tourists have to pay their fares in foreign exchange. All booking offices of Indian Airlines, all other private airlines and booking offices of Indian Railways at many important centres accept payment in foreign exchange from foreign tourists. Rail fares can be paid in Indian rupees on the production of the Encashment Certificates obtained earlier.
Money changing
The unit of currency is the rupee and all money should be changed with authorised money changers available at various places. You should insist on a receipt which will help in reconverting the money whenever you desire so. It is better to avoid touts who may offer higher sums than the prevailing value
Export curbs
All articles brought in can be taken back. from India one can take back souveniors worth Rs 1,00,000 in value and more than that after getting permission from the Reserve Bank of India. Jewellery or precious stones of high value need an advance RBI permit as also appraisal by the Customs Appraiser at the airport in advance
Foreign Travel Tax
Restrictions exist on art objects more than 100 years old. Any doubts should be got cleared from Director Antiquities, Archaeological survey of India, Janpath, Ph: 3017220. Export of wildlife items is prohibited and in some cases regulated
Antiquities, art objects
Restrictions exist on art objects more than 100 years old. Any doubts should be got cleared from Director Antiquities, Archaeological survey of India, Janpath, Ph: 3017220. Export of wildlife items is prohibited and in some cases regulated
Foreign Travel Tax
Rs 500 and only Rs 150 for citizens of Afganistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Maldives, Nepal and sri Lanka.

Currency & Jewellery

INDIAN CURRENCY: Bringing Indian currency of any denomination into India is prohibited. Foreign tourists' returning to India from Nepal are, however, permitted to bring with them unspent Indian currency which needs to be declared. There is no restriction on bringing into India of cheques/drafts issued by overseas bank and denominated in Indian rupees drawn on banks situated in India.

Personal Jewellery
Foreign tourists are permitted to bring with them their personal jewellery either worn on their person or as part of their personal effects in accordance with Customs Baggage Rules. The Rules, inter alia, require an endorsement by the Indian Customs on the tourists' passports about the jewellery brought by the latter. In order to facilitate Customs clearance of the same personal jewellery at the time of the tourist's departure from India, details thereof are endorsed on the tourist's passports at the time of entry.
ARRIVAL, LEAVING THE AIRPORT
Transport of various sorts is available at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. These include autorickshaws, taxis, and even buses most of which are operated by private operators. There is also a prepaid taxi service and it is advisable that this facility is made use of as it proves to be the most economical
TIME DIFFERENCE
The standard time for India is calculated from Allahabad and is common to all cities. Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of London, 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Paris, about 10 hours 30 minutes behind New York, 3 hours and 30 minutes behind Tokyo and 4 hours and 30 minutes behind Sydney
CREDIT CARDS
American Express, Master Charge, Visa and Diners Club credit cards are generally accepted by large establishments including hotels, shops, and airlines
 
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