What nationalities need a visa for India?

Australia: On arrival with online e-Tourist Visa and in advance (please read conditions below)
Belgium: Yes – in advance
Canada: On arrival with online e-Tourist Visa and in advance (please read conditions below)
Germany: On arrival with online e-Tourist Visa and in advance (please read conditions below)
Ireland: Yes – in advance
Netherlands: Yes – in advance
New Zealand: On arrival with online e-Tourist Visa and in advance (please read conditions below)
South Africa: Yes – in advance
Switzerland: Yes – in advance
United Kingdom: Yes- in advance (please see new information regarding changes for travellers with UK passports)
USA: On arrival with online e-Tourist Visa and in advance (please read conditions below)

Important new information for UK passport holders travelling to India

With affect from 14 March 2015, all UK passport holders will be required to book an appointment online to submit their applications at a VFS application centre. Please see VFS website for full details on how to apply for an Indian visa at:

Visa on arrival is available for select nationalities
Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, German and USA passport holders please note – The Indian Government has advised that passport holders from these countries can now apply for an e-Tourist Visa to have their visa issued upon arrival at 9 major airports in India.

Please follow the instructions at – to complete the application for your e-Tourist Visa. Please be aware of strict conditions regarding application and travel.

Please note that travellers entering India overland from Nepal will still need to apply for a visa in their home country.

Visas will not be issued on the Nepal/Indian border. The e-Tourist Visa does not apply to travellers entering India overland.

Indian visas CANNOT be obtained in Nepal. Tourist visas are available in Single and Multiple Entry. Be sure to check the date you require a visa from and the length of time you will need to cover, especially if you change countries during your trip.


Is tipping in India customary?

Is tipping in India customary?

Tipping is expected for many services in India, for porters, drivers and at restaurants. About 5-10% of the bill is the norm.

Can I access the Internet in India?

Internet is prevalent in regional centres, but is hard to come by in small towns, rural and remote areas. All our hotels do have Internet access and conference facilities.

Will my cell phone/mobile work in India?

Mobile coverage is good in urban areas but can be unreliable outside of cities. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.

What are toilets in India like?

Squat toilets are the norm in India, although you may find western-style toilets in tourist places, nice restaurants and hotels. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.

How much do things cost in India?

• Cup of tea = 5 INR
• Small bottle of beer = 40 INR
• Basic street food plate = 40-60 INR
• Buffet dinner in a nice restaurant = 800-1500 INR

Is water in India drinkable?

Drinking tap water is not considered safe in India. We shall be providing two bottles of mineral water per day to our guests free of cost. Ask your leader where you can access filtered water to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.

Can I use my credit card in India?

You’ll be able to use your credit card at some hotels, restaurants, tourist establishments and major shops. But you’ll need cash to make purchases from many local businesses. Do ask your credit card provider for more details .

Are there ATM’s in India?

ATMs are prevalent in major cities but they are hard to come by outside of these areas.

Do I need Travel Insurance in India?

Yes. All Zigi Tour’s guests are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their India tour. Your leader will record your insurance details on the first day.We have negotiated very special rates with our colleagues at Holiday Extras – with no upper age limits and no medical declaration for UK tours.

To obtain a quotation simply call them on 0800 2800 104 – Please ensure you quote our special price code Q4228

What public holidays are recognised in India?

For a current list of public holidays go to:

When is the ideal time to visit India?

The ideal time to visit India is between October and March. This is very much influenced by the pre - monsoon heat and humidity in April and May. Monsoons usually start around mid June. North India can get very cold at night from November to February.

Do I need vaccinations ?

Although there are no vaccinations required as such but it is advisable to be protected against TB, tetanus, polio, typhoid and Hepatitis A, Please seek medical advice based on the aforementioned recommendations. Malaria does exist in India and it is strongly advised to seek your local GP for an anti malaria jab and about your own requirements, especially regarding the possible side effects of anti malarial tablets prior to your departure.

How long is the flight?

Depending upon your connection a direct flight usually takes 8 hours 30 minutes from London Heathrow.

What do I wear ?

In summer wear light coloured cottons and linen .Ladies should avoid tight,revealing clothes or very short skirts and shorts.It is a must to dress conservatively and its an essential part of the dress code whilst visiting religious places like mosques, temples and churches. During winter which is usually between December and February the temperature especially in the North of India can be really cold and wet. Sunglasses and sunscreen lotion is strongly advised whilst going on a safari and game drives.

What about “Delhi – belly”?

It is strongly advised to treat your stomach gently for the first few days, consuming less spicy dishes, avoiding or omitting chillies, when ordering food ensure you tell your server to not make the food hot. It is advisable to eat fresh fruits especially banana and yoghurt , green salads. It is also a good idea to pack a small first aid kit with anti diarrhoea medicines like “ Imodium” and rehydration drugs like “ Dioralyte”.Please contact your doctor for advice. Alternatively you can even visit

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