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1. DO I NEED A PASSPORT AND/OR A VISA TO TRAVEL TO INDIA?

Yes, you will always need a passport and/or a visa to travel to India. A passport is an internationally-recognised ID issues by the national government of your home country. It is required both for purposes of entry into India and for readmission back into the U.S.A (issued by the embassy in India before you leave the U.S).

2. HOW DO I FIND INFORMATION ON SAFETY AND HEALTH CONDITIONS ABROAD?

The U.S. Department of State’s Country Specific Travel Information assesses safety and health conditions for every country in the world, and issues a travel advisory. Every advisory gives detailed information about potential hazards such as crime, road safety, political instability and terrorism.

3. SHOULD I GET A CELL PHONE?

This is completely up to you. Many students find cell phones very convenient, others find them unnecessary. Your American cell phone contract will not work overseas without an international plan. Cell phones in India use pre-paid SIM-chips that can be inserted into any phone. If your American cell phone also uses a SIM-chip and has dual- or tri-band settings, you can bring it along and will only have to purchase a new SIM-chip and the pre-paid minutes for it.

4. DO WE REQUIRE A HEALTH INSURANCE WHILE COMING TO INDIA?

We strongly recommend the international students to take a health insurance that covers him/ her while in India. Both health and travel insurance are essential, as are vaccinations for conditions such as hepatitis A, malaria and typhoid. Make sure you get these from your doctor at least six weeks before you leave to ensure you are protected.

5. HOW SAFE IS IT TO TRAVEL TO INDIA?

India is one of the safest destinations you can consider. With English speaking public easily accessible, travel within the country is never a problem. However make want to take basic safety precautions that one takes while travelling to a new destination. Identify the safest areas to move around in and the most hygienic eateries to explore.

6. WILL I BE ABLE TO GET THE FOOD OF MY CHOICE WHILE IN INDIA?

India’s diverse cuisine and food culture along with the easy availability on international food and ingredients makes it extremely easy to cater to all kinds of diet requirements.