General Info

Visa Information: All visitors need a visa for India, except citizens of neighboring Nepal and Bhutan. The Indian government has introduced 60 day, double-entry electronic visas for citizens of 161 countries.

Tourist visas are generally issued for six months, depending on what nationality you are. Most visas are multiple entry visas.

The cost of an Indian Tourist Visa varies between countries according to the arrangement between governments. Rates were revised on April 1, 2017. The current fee for US citizens is $100 for up to 10 years. Processing is additional.

The Indian visa application process is outsourced to private processing agencies in most countries. The Indian government has replaced most foreign companies with Indian companies. You will have two fees to pay – a Government processing fee and the visa company service fee.

When applying for an Indian Visa, you'll need to complete an on-line application form. See Tips and Instructions for Completing the Indian Visa Application Form.

Along with your application and fee, for an Indian Tourist Visa you'll need to submit your passport that's valid for a least six months and has at least two blank pages, a recent passport sized photo, and details of your itinerary. In some countries, copies of flight tickets and proof of residential address may also be required.

Health: If you are coming from or have recently visited Africa, South America or an area infected with Yellow Fever within five days prior to your arrival in India, proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required.

Electricity: The voltage in India is 230 volts. You will require a voltage converter if you are carrying a device that does not accept 230 Volts. Wall sockets accept plugs with two or three round pins. Should you wish to use appliances of 110 volts, most Conference Hotels will provide adapters on request but it may be useful to carry your own for convenience. Most laptops have adapters that accept 110-240 volts (Typical Indian 3-Pin and 2-Pin plugs).

Local Time: Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours 30 mins ahead of GMT.

Smoking Policy: All public areas are non-smoking except for specifically labelled smoking areas.

Alcohol Consumption: As a result of current legislation in the Indian states, it is generally illegal to serve alcohol in public places after 11:00 p.m. (23:00 hrs.). Therefore, as a general rule, kindly note that Absolutely No Alcoholic Beverages can be available at any bar (including those in hotels) after this cut-off time. Individuals who wish to continue to partake of alcoholic beverages after 11:00 p.m. (23:00 hrs.) may only do so via room service orders within hotels.

Import and Export Regulations: You may bring with you into India articles and gadgets for personal use – 200 cigarettes or 20 cigars or 250 gms of tobacco, and liquor and wines up to 2 litres. In case of expensive equipment which you will take back with you, it is recommended that on arrival, you declare to Customs officials your intention to take it back with you.

On your return you may take back, as accompanied baggage, souvenirs, including Indian silk, wool, handicrafts etc. without any limit, and gold and silver jewellery and handicrafts up to a value of Indian Rupees 100,000. Please note that the export of antiques and art objects more than 100 years old is restricted and that the export of wildlife products is prohibited.

Currency: The currency in India is the Rupee, which is in paper notes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000. We suggest that you exchange your currency only at registered Exchange counters located at the airport, hotels & at many other points in the city. They will issue a certificate of exchange which is required at the time of re-conversion of any unused currency. Under the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999, it is an offence to exchange foreign currency other than through authorised money changers or banks. All major credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. There are 24 hour ATM counters spread all over the city. Banks are usually open from Monday to Saturday, and are closed on Sundays.

Insurance and Liability: The Organizers do not take responsibility for any individual, medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are advised to secure their own insurance policies before departure from their countries, as required.

While every attempt is made to ensure efficient, trouble-free hospitality, including hotel accommodation, sightseeing and tours, participants are advised that no liability accrues to the Organizers in the event of any necessary modifications, including change in itineraries for tours due to delays or cancellations of flights/other exigencies beyond the Organizers control.

Entry Requirements: As for all international travel, the visitors to India are required to be in possession of a valid passport and visa. Travelers from all countries need a visa. All travellers planning to stay more than 180 days are required to register, generally within 14 days of arrival, with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) where they will be staying. The FRRO maintains offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai (known as the "Chennai Immigration Office), Calcutta, and Amritsar. In smaller cities and towns, the local police headquarters will normally perform this function. General information regarding Indian visa and immigration rules can be found at the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs website for its Bureau of Immigration at www.immigrationindia.nic.in.

A certain fee is charged for issuing a visa. Visitors who intend to travel to India's neighbouring countries and back are advised to apply for multiple entry visas. Each visitor should carry photocopies of the bio-data page of the traveler'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.

Language: The official language of the conference is English.