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The Taj Mahal, Hampi, the Himalayans and the Caves of Ajanta are just the beginning for amazing sights in India. For thousands of years, the subcontinent has been the cradle of one of the most amazing cultures to visit.
Every year, tourists from around the globe flock to India to see its amazing sights and sounds. Whether you are a spiritual pilgrim, a business executive or an adventure seeker, India is sure to have something for you.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for India. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for India:
measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
Some mosquito-borne diseases are also prevalent in India including:
Fortunately, the Zika virus has yet to arrive in India.
To learn more about these infections, see their respective vaccination or infection pages.
If you are traveling to India, make sure you are protected. Visit your local Passport Health to receive a comprehensive consultation on what you will need to stay safe. Book your appointment online now or call us at and make sure your dream trip doesn’t become a nightmare.
The yellow fever vaccine is not recommended for travelers to India. However, a yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry to India. If you are coming to India from a country where yellow fever is present you may be required to show proof of immunization. For example, if you are traveling from some South American countries to India, proof of yellow fever immunization may be required.
For additional entry requirement information, please see the India visa page.
Delhi Belly (or traveler’s diarrhea) is very common among travelers. Up to 70 percent of international travelers will come down with traveler’s diarrhea during their trips. This is especially true for visitors to India.
Causes can range from viral or bacteria infections to just a difference in cuisine. But, no matter how it happens, traveler’s diarrhea can ruin a trip.
There are a few precautions you can take to avoid traveler’s diarrhea:
Be sure to bring a traveler’s diarrhea kit that includes antibiotics or similar products that can help stop diarrhea if it occurs.
To learn more about what you can do to avoid Delhi Belly, see our traveler’s diarrhea page. Or, book an appointment with your local Passport Health by calling or scheduling online now.
India requires all U.S. travelers have a visa prior to entering the country. Visa requirements vary based on the purpose of travel, length of stay and family background. A passport with at least six months validity is also required.
To learn more about the requirements for an Indian visa, see our India Visa page.
If you would like help in obtaining your visa for India, contact Passport Health’s Passport and Visa expediting service online or by calling 1-844-366-8472.
India is generally classified as a hot tropical country, except for the Himalayan north. The country has three distinct seasons:
India is generally safe, but is still a developing country in many ways. Try to avoid the Indian-Pakistani border, as growing tensions have led to a less safe situation.
Petty crime, especially theft is common. This happens mostly in trains and buses. Pickpocketing is known to occur in some tourist areas. Violent crime is traditionally uncommon, though there has been a slight increase in recent years.
Scamming has become more common in many popular areas. Be especially careful in airports and train stations. If an offer for cheap transportation or hotel rooms seems too good, it probably is. Only use well-known travel agencies when booking your trip and planning activities in-country.
LGBT individuals will want to be especially careful as laws on homosexuality are unclear. While prosecution is rare, LGBT visitors may wish to avoid drawing attention.
Packing for India can be a bit tricky, as the country is different from many popular travel destinations:
The State Department recommends all travelers to India enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive automated notifications from the U.S. Embassy. This program provides important information to travelers about potential threats in countries you may be visiting.
The U.S. Embassy in India is located at:
U.S. Embassy New Delhi
New Delhi – 110021
Telephone: +(91) (11) 2419-8000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) (11) 2419-8000
Fax: +(91) (11) 2419-8407
Consulates and other U.S. government offices are distributed in various parts of India. Visit our Embassy Locations in India page to see more.
To learn more about proper procedure for entering and exiting India, see our India Visa page.
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, India is an absolutely amazing destination. From the Himalyas to the coast of the Indian Ocean, the country’s unique culture and feel has something for every type of traveler.
To learn more about what you can do to prepare for an Indian trip, visit your local Passport Health clinic. Book your appointment today by calling or scheduling online now.
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