on May 15th, 2020 (JST) current information.
Furthermore, the details under "Visa" and "Passport" are for Japanese nationals.
This information is likely to change suddenly, so please contact the relevant official authority (e.g., embassy) for the latest information.
Immigration and Visa
Japanese nationals need a visa to enter India. The type of visa required varied with the purpose of travel. For tourism, there is an e-tourist visa valid for 1 to 5 years and an arrival visa valid for 1 month.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of visa application, and must have at least two unused visa pages.
- For the latest information, be sure to check the website of the Embassy of Japan in India .
- Visa, passport, and other information is subject to change without notice. Be sure to check with the Embassy, Consulate, or travel agency.
When visiting from Japan, it is prohibited to bring the following items into India.
- a. Meat and all meat products
- b. Marine product and processed marine products
- c. Egg products
- d. Milk products
- e. Pet food
- f. Products made with bird feathers or pig fur
- g. Processed bone or horn products
- h. Plants, seeds, fruit, fresh flowers
- i. Live birds, animals (including pets)
- j. Plants or animals that are at risk of extinction (alive or dead)
- k. Products made from wild animals
- As a rule, small amounts of food or other items for personal use may be confiscated unless officially approved.
Bringing in e-cigarettes
Prohibited from bringing in. In September 2019, the Indian government prohibited all production, sale, and import of e-cigarettes. Foreign nationals may also be penalized.
For bringing and possession of tax-free cigarettes
- Tobacco: 100 cigarettes , 25cigars, or 125g of cut tobacco
- Liquor: up to 2L regardless of the type of liquor
- Gifts equal to less than Rs8000
- You can bring in the above items duty-free based on the assumption that you will use them yourself in India (or give them to someone). Accordingly, you do not need to have them when you leave the country. Also, items brought in that are not taxed based on the assumption that you will use them in India and bring them back home with you when you leave must be personal belongings you require during your trip and must not be new (must be used).
Time difference and Daylight Saving Time
India has a single time zone. Time difference: Japan is 3.5 hours ahead of India. (It is 8:30AM in India when it is noon in Japan.) There is no daylight saving in India.
The best season for visiting India is generally considered to be October to March. This is the dry season, so you do not need rain gear and travel is easier. This is the best time to visit for your first trip to India. However, while it is hot in the south, Delhi and other places in the north can be quite cold at night in December and January. In addition, thick fog can hamper tourism and transportation in northern India in January. July and August is the rainy season, but is the best time of year to walk through the holy place in the Himalayas.
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Currency and Exchange Rate, Tax, Currency exchange, Tip
Currency and Exchange Rate
The unit of currency is the rupee (Rs) and paisa (P). In Hindi, they are called rupaya (the plural is rupaye) and paisa (the plural is paise). Rs1 = P100. As of May 1, 2020, Rs1 equaled approx. JPY1.4. There are 7 denominations of new banknotes: Rs10, Rs20, Rs50, Rs100, Rs200, Rs500, and Rs2000. There are 7 types of coins currently in production: P10, P20, P50, Rs1, Rs2, Rs5, and Rs10. There are also very small amounts of Rs1, Rs2, and Rs5 banknotes and P5–P25 coins in circulation, but they are almost never used.
Goods and services tax (GST) was implemented in July 2017. The tax rate is 0%, 5%, 12%, 18%, or 28%, depending on the type of item. Also, depending on the article(s) purchased, such as alcohol, taxes other than GST may also apply. For hotels, taxes apply for accommodation expenses amounting to Rs1,000 or more.
- Hotels: It is good manners to tip when having luggage carried or asking for room service. A rule of thumb is Rs30 for mid-level hotels and approx. Rs40 to Rs50 per piece of luggage at luxury hotels.
- Restaurants: Tipping is not required when included in the service charge, but in other cases a tip of approx. 5 to 7% of the meal charge should be left. However, at restaurants serving locals it is okay to leave change from the bill as a tip, and even that is optional.
- Drivers and guides: A tip of at least about Rs100 per tourist should be given to personally-arranged guides. Tip drivers about Rs300 to 500 for a full day and at least Rs100 for a half day.
Voltage and plug
Voltage is 220V to 240V with a cycle of 50Hz. Plugs are most commonly Type B3, BF, B, and C.
Video and DVD
Video and DVD
When purchasing DVD, and BD, take note of the broadcasting system (Japan is NTSC; India is PAL) and region code (DVD is 2, BD is A in Japan; DVD is 5, BD is C in India). To play PAL, a device is needed that can switch to NTSC. The code must be the same for video and player, or one of them must be compatible with all regions for it to be played.
Airmail to Japan costs Rs15 for a picture postcard, Rs25 for a sealed letter. Airmail takes 4 days to 10 days to be delivered.
Post Office Business Hours
Generally, it is open from 9:00 to 17:00 and many are close on Sunday.
How to phone
Telephoning Japan from India
Ex. When calling (03) 1234-5678 or 090-1234-5678
00 (International telephone identification number)
81 (Country Code, Japan)
3 or 90 (Remove the first 0 for area codes and mobile telephone numbers)
1234-5678 (Other parties telephone number)
Telephoning India from Japan
International Telephone Company No.
- 001 (KDDI)*1
- 0033 (NTT Communications) *1
- 0061 (SoftBank) *1
- 005345 (au Mobile) *2
- 009130 (NTT DoCoMo Mobile) *3
- 0046 (SoftBank Mobile)*4
010 (International Identification No.)
91 (Country Code, India)
11 (Remove the first 0 for area codes)
87654321 (Other parties telephone number)
- *1.Not required if you have an international registration with "My Line". See URL My Line(www.myline.org) for details.
- *2.au does not require 005345.
- *3.Pre-registration to World Wing is required for NTT DoCoMo. Does not require 009130.
- *4.Call are possible without dialing 0046 from SoftBank.
- For the three cell phone carriers, hold down 0 until + appears, then add the country code and the phone number your wish to dial.
Holiday / National holiday
Holiday / National holiday
Of the national holidays, Only the following three days are official holidays according to the law. In addition to those days, there are other holidays that vary by religion and state.
- January 26: Republic Day
- August 15: Independence Day
- October 2: Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
- Note that many tourist highlights are closed on January 26 and August 15.
The official language is Hindi, and English is the second official language. In addition, there are 22 different state government-approved languages and 844 dialects.
Business hours, etc
General business hours noted below, but they are only guidelines. Actual business hours differ by establishment.
10:00 to 16:30 (until 14:00 on Sat.), closed on Sun., holidays.
10:00 to 19:00, closed on different days depending on the store.
11:00 to 23:00 (some places close from around 15:00 to 18:00).
The Muslim faith prohibits alcohol consumption. Hindus also are not very fond of alcohol. However, there are drinking establishments in every town, and patrons can drink in licensed restaurants and bars. However, in the states of Gujarat and Bihar, Kerala, Manipur, and Nagaland, there is an alcohol prohibition law in effect which bans or restricts the sale of alcohol. Even in states where there is no alcohol prohibition law, there are dry days (alcohol ban days) on which the sale of any type of alcohol is prohibited. Drinking is prohibited throughout the country on specified holidays, such as on Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday and Independence Day. Additionally, the sale of alcohol is restricted in sacred Hindu places. The provision of alcohol is prohibited within 500 meters of highways or railway stations throughout the country. There are also restrictions on alcohol sales at holy Hindu locations.
There is an anti-smoking law enforced in public facilities in India. Places subject to the law include airport lounges, hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars, train stations, bus stops, shopping malls, movie theaters, hospitals, and schools. Violators will be fined Rs200. However, smoking is permitted in places that have smoking areas even if it is a public place.
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