Passport, Visa and Customs


Foreign travelers to India must always have a passport with them.

You should ensure its validity for the entire period of your stay.

If your passport is lost or stolen, you should immediately contact the closest embassy or consulate of your country.


Tourist visas are issued usually either for one month or for six months.

For the one-month visa, entry into India has to be within one month from the date of issue and the six-month visa is valid for six months from the date of issue.

Fees for both the categories are same.

Customs Formalities on Arrival

Visitors are usually asked if they have anything to declare on arrival. You should not bring in more than US $10,000 in cash without declaring it. Likewise, video and camera equipment and other expensive, easily sold items should be declared on arrival.

If the customs officer issues you a Tourist Baggage Re-export Form (TBRE) detailing the items declared and their value, these items must be shown when leaving the country.

If currency was declared and noted when entering the country, exchange receipts must be shown on departure if you take less than declared amount out. India allows one bottle of spirits, 200 cigarettes and a reasonable amount of gifts to be imported free of duty.

No duty is applicable on personal effects and travel souvenirs, e.g., clothes, toiletry articles, medicines, watches, etc. These articles must be for the personal use of the tourist and they must be re-exported when tourist leaves India for foreign destinations unless they have been consumed in India.

Applying for a Visa 

The instruction and information given here is general in nature.

We recommend that you visit the Indian Mission for your country for specific information.

Requirements for Indian visa:

Passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of intended departure from India should accompany visa applications.

Paste one photo and staple the other one on the form at the specified place.

Foreigners holding other nationalities (other than the country where applying for visa), should submit proof of long-term (at least three years)/ permanent residence in the country (where applying). For citizen of other countries, a reference has to be made to their country of residence for which an additional fee is applicable and will involve extra processing time. Please refrain from making inquiries about the status of application during this time.


Visa Fees

The fee structure depends on the nationality of the passport holder and type/duration of visa applied. Visa fees are not refundable except in cases where a visa already issued is cancelled thereafter.

The Processing duration depends on the type of visa applied.

Medical Precautions

Most travelers to Goa usually experience nothing worse than upset stomachs during their trip.

However it is necessary to take precautions in the form of proper immunizations and vaccinations.

Since some vaccinations require more than one injection and some others cannot be injected together, it is advisable to plan your vaccinations in consultation with your doctor well in advance of your trip. These can be then recorded on an International Health Certificate which is to be carried along with you. Entry into India requires yellow fever vaccinations especially when coming from an infected area.

Other suggested vaccinations include the following:

    Hepatitis A
    Diphtheria & Tetanus
    Meningoeoccal Meningitis
    Hepatitis B
    Japanese B Encephalitis

*Also make sure that you have adequate health insurance before you embark on your trip.

Health Care in Goa

There are pharmacies in all the towns in Goa as also in all the tourist areas. These are always well-stocked selling drugs manufactured in India under license from foreign companies.

Medications can usually be bought over the counter. Most Good hotels also have a doctor on call to take care of most complaints and prescribe medicines. The staff at your hotel is also usually the best source for the name of the nearest recommended doctor. There are also government and private hospitals in most major tourist areas as also a number of private doctors with clinics.


The Currency Unit in Goa as in the rest of India is the Indian Rupee. Each rupee consists of 100 paise. Currency notes are issued in the denominations of Rs. 1000, Rs. 500, Rs. 100, Rs. 50, Rs. 20, Rs. 10, Rs. 5, Rs. 2, Re. 1. Coins issued are of Rs. 5, Rs. 2, Re. 1, 50 paise, 25 paise, 10 paise denominations.

However you will rarely find the following in circulation: Notes of Rs. 2, Re. 1 and coins of 20 paise, 10 paise, 5 paise. Notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 100 are quite similar in appearance and hence easy to confuse, so always take care while accepting or handing out notes of these denominations.

Money Exchange

It is not permitted to take Indian currency out of India nor purchase the Rupee overseas. If you are arriving from a foreign country, you should change some of your currency into Rupees at the airport or at the nearest branch of State Bank of India where you are offered the best rates of exchange.

Money Exchange services are also available at most major hotels & resorts and private money changers in the area. Most reputed banks such as HDFC, ICICI etc also have ATMs that accept Master and Visa Card to withdraw cash.

Travellers cheques of all major brands are easily changed. The currencies that are most widely and easily accepted are the US dollar and British Pound Sterling.