U.S. Department of State’s Consular Information Sheet

Some other interesting stuff…

 

As of July 17, 2007, U.S. Department of State’s Consular Information Sheet, has a page for Americans planning to travel to India. It goes…

 

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: India, the world’s largest democratic republic, has a very diverse population, geography and climate. India is the world’s second most populous country, and the world’s seventh largest country in area. Tourist facilities have varying degrees of comfort and amenities are widely available in the major population centers and main tourist areas. Read the Department of State Background Notes on India for additional information.

ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: U.S. citizens require a valid passport and valid Indian visa to enter and exit India for any purpose. Visitors, including those on official U.S. government business, must obtain visas at an Indian Embassy or Consulate abroad prior to entering the country, as there are no provisions for visas upon arrival. Those arriving without a valid passport and valid visa are subject to immediate deportation. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are unable to assist when U.S. citizens arrive without proper documentation. Each visitor should carry photocopies of the bio-data page of the traveler’s U.S. passport and the page containing the Indian visa in order to facilitate obtaining an exit visa from the Indian government in the event of theft or loss of the passport.

Americans wishing to visit India are responsible for requesting the correct type of visa from the Indian Embassy or Consulate, as there generally are no provisions for changing one’s immigration category (e.g., from tourist to work visa) once admitted. Foreign citizens whose primary purpose of travel is to participate in religious activities should obtain a missionary visa rather than a tourist visa. Indian immigration authorities have deported American citizens who entered India with a tourist visa and conducted religious activities…

About 11 pages of it…. You can find it here.

Really well written article about India, only I don’t know why I don’t seem to be agreeing with a lot of stuff written on there… Some food for thought!!!

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