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These days, most tourists want to use their cell phones in India, especially now that smartphones have become so essential. After all, who doesn't want to post constant updates to Facebook to make their friends and family jealous! However, there are some important things that you need to know. This is particularly so for anyone coming from the United States because India's network operates on a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) protocol, not a CDMA (Code-Division Multiple Access) protocol. In the United States, GSM is used by AT&T and T-Mobile, while CDMA is the protocol for Verizon and Sprint. Hence, it may not be as simple as just taking your cell phone with you and using it.

The GSM Network in India

Like Europe and most of the world, the GSM frequency bands in India are 900 megahertz and 1,800 megahertz. This means that for your phone to work in India, it must be compatible with these frequencies on a GSM network. (In North America, the common GSM frequencies are 850/1900 megahertz). Nowadays, phones are conveniently made with tri bands and even quad bands. Many phones are also made with dual modes. These phones, known as global phones, can be used on either GSM or CDMA networks according to user preference.

To Roam or Not to Roam

So, you have the necessary GSM phone and you're with a GSM carrier. What about roaming with it in India? Make sure you thoroughly investigate the roaming plans on offer. Otherwise, you could end up with a shockingly expensive bill when you get home! This used to particularly be the case with AT&T in the United States, until the company introduced changes to its international roaming services in January 2017. The new International Day Pass enables customers to pay a fee of $10 per day to access the calling, texting and data allowed on their domestic plan. The $10 per day can quickly add up though!

Fortunately, the international plans for T-Mobile customers are more cost-effective for roaming in India. You can get international data roaming for free on certain postpaid plans, but the speed is usually limited to 2G. For higher speeds including 4G, you'll need to add an International Pass costing $5 per day.

Using Your Unlocked GSM Cell Phone in India

To save money, especially if you're going to be using your cell phone a lot, the best solution is to have an unlocked GSM phone that will accept the SIM (Subscriber Information Module) cards of other carriers, and to put a local SIM card in it. A quad-band unlocked GSM phone will be compatible with most GSM networks worldwide, including India.

However, US cell phone carriers usually lock GSM phones to prevent customers from using other companies' SIM cards. In order for the phone to be unlocked, certain conditions must be met. AT&T and T-Mobile will unlock phones. 

You can possibly jailbreak your phone to get it unlocked but this will void its warranty.

Thus, ideally, you will have purchased a factory unlocked phone without a contract commitment.

Getting a SIM Card in India

The Indian government did start provided free kits with SIM cards to tourists arriving on e-visas . However, this has now been discontinued.

Prepaid SIM cards, with a maximum three months validity, can be purchased inexpensively in India. Most international airports have counters that sell them. Alternatively, try cell phone stores or the retail outlets of phone companies. Airtel is the best option and offers the widest coverage. You'll need to buy separate "recharge" coupons or "top-ups" for "talk time" (voice) and data.

However, before you can use your phone, the SIM card must be activated. This process can be very frustrating and sellers can be reluctant to bother with it. Due to the increased risk of terrorism, foreigners need to provide identification including passport photo, photocopy of passport details page, photocopy of Indian visa page, proof of home address in country of residence (such as driver's license), proof of address in India (such as hotel address), and a local reference in India (such as hotel or tour operator). It can take up to five days for verification to be completed and the SIM card to start working.

Ideally, it's best to buy the SIM from the area you'll be staying in. If it doesn't activate, you can easily go back to the place you got it from and complain.

What About Getting a Roaming SIM in the US?

Plenty of companies offer SIM cards for people traveling overseas. However, most of their rates for India are high enough to deter you, even if you don't want the hassle of getting a local SIM in India. The most reasonable company is iRoam (formerly G3 Wireless) . See what they offer for India.

Don't Have an Unlocked GSM Cell Phone?

Don't despair! There are a couple of options. Consider buying a cheap GSM phone that's unlocked for international use. It's possible to get one for under $100. Or, only use wireless Internet. Your phone will still connect over WiFi without any problems and you can use Skype or FaceTime to keep in touch. The only problem is that WiFi signals and speeds are highly variable in India. 

Trabug, a New and Better Alternative

If you're only coming to India for short-term travel, you can avoid all the above hassle by renting a smartphone from Trabug for a set period of time. The phone is delivered for free to your hotel room, and will be waiting there when you arrive. When you've finished with it, it will be picked up from the place you specify, before you leave. The phone comes ready to go with a local pre-paid SIM card that has a voice and data plan, and is powered to provide 4G Internet connection. It also has apps on it, for access to local services and information (for example, booking a cab).

The cost varies depending on the plan you choose. The Mega Plan, with an allowance of 1.2 gigabytes of data a day, costs $2.99 per day plus a $9.99 delivery charge. This is enough to meet the needs of most users. It also gives 120 minutes of free calls within India and five text messages per day. If you require more data, go for the Ultra Plan with 2.50 gigabytes of data a day. You'll also get 250 minutes of free talk time within India and 10 texts. The cost is $3.99 per day plus a $9.99 delivery charge. All incoming calls and text messages are free, even if they're international. Due to Indian government regulations, it's not possible to rent the phone for more than 80 days. 

Trabug now offers rental of personal WiFi Hotspots as well. These are suited to people who want to use the Internet only on their own devices. The cost is $2.49 per day for 1.2 gigabytes of data, plus a $9.99 delivery fee. Or, $3.99 a day for 2.50 gigabytes a day. If you want to make calls or send texts, go with the travel phone.

A refundable $65 security deposit is also payable on all rentals.

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Are you a business owner in the USA trying to reach out to clients in India? Or have you recently moved to the US and want to contact your friends and family in India? 📞

Well, then, you might be looking for information that can help you with the calling process, right? 

If so, don’t worry; this blog is here to assist you in this daunting task.

We’ve covered everything here, from how to call India from the US step-by-step, things to check before dialing, calling rates, and business call etiquette, and many more. 

🔑 Key Highlights

  • US-India call rates range from $0.02 to $5 per minute . (depends upon carrier)
  • India follows the India Standard Time (IST) zone, which is UTC +5:30 .
  • You can make affordable calls to India from the USA using options like VoIP apps, virtual phone numbers, and calling cards.

Dive in now to learn more. 👇

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What is an International Call to India?

An international call to India is a phone call that you make from other countries to someone in India. It involves dialing specific codes like the exit code of the country from where the call is being made and then India’s country code before the phone number, all that in the correct order, in accordance with the International dialing format .

What is an international call to India

International calls to India can be made through traditional phone lines, mobile networks, or internet-based calling apps. Furthermore, if you wish to make a call to India, you must ensure that your phone system supports international calls to the country.

How to call India from the US?

How to call India from the US

📞 To make a call to India from the US, Dial:

  • 011-91- Area Code- Subscriber number (For India landline numbers).
  • +91- 10 digits Mobile Number (For India mobile phone).
  • 011-91-1800- Subscriber number (For India toll-free number).

where, 

  • 011 is the exit code of the US.
  • 91 is the country code for India.
  • Area code has 2 to 4 digits (depending on location).
  • 1800 is the toll-free prefix.

1. How to call India landline from the USA?

To call a landline in India from the USA, dial Exit code of the USA, the country code of India, Area code , local phone number of the phone owner.

The format for Indian landline number is 011- 91- Area Code – Phone Number

Here are the steps that will help you make a landline call from the US to India:

  • Dial the US exit code i.e. 011
  • Next, dial India country code i.e. 91
  • Enter the Area Code, which is a 2-4 digit code specific to the region in India you’re calling.
  • Finally dial the phone number (8 digits) and make the call.

💡For example, if you’re trying to call a landline number in New Delhi, you would dial 011-91-11-2658 8500, where the initial “11” is the US exit code, “91” is the country code of India, the next “11” is the area code for Mumbai and “2658 8500 ” is the landline number (AIIMS Hospital, New Delhi).

2. How to call an Indian mobile number from the USA?

When calling an Indian mobile phone number from the USA, enter (+) sign, dial India country code , and finally 10 digit mobile number.

The Indian mobile number format is + 91- Indian Mobile Number

Here are the steps in detail:

  • Enter the plus sign (+) on your phone keypad.
  • Next, dial India country code i.e 91.
  • Finally, dial the 10-digit mobile number of the user you want to get in touch with.
  • Press the call button.

💡For example, if you’re trying to call a mobile number in Mumbai, you would dial +91-84484 40991, where (+) sign indicates you are dialling a mobile number , “91” is the Indian Country code, and “84484 40991” is the mobile number of the subscriber (Apollo Spectra Hospitals). 

3. How do I call an India Toll-free number from the US?

To call an India toll-free number from the US, you need to dial US exit code , india country code , toll-free code , and subscriber number . 

The India Toll-free number format is 011-91-1800-Subsriber Number.

Here’s how to call an India toll-free number from the US:

  • Start with the US exit code, which is 011.
  • Next, dial the country code for India, which is 91.
  • Then, dial the toll-free code, which is usually 1800.
  • Finally, dial the remaining digits of the toll-free number.

💡For example, to make a toll-free call from the USA to India, you would dial 011-91-1800-111139, where “11” is the US exit code, “1800” is the toll-free code, and “111139” is the number of the user (IRCTC helpline).

What are the things to consider before dialing India from the US?

Things to consider before dialing India from the US

If you are situated in the US and want to make a phone call to India, there’s a long list of things you need to consider and learn before even beginning.

Worry not; we’ve sorted everything for you, and here are those:

Types of numbers in India

The first topic you should consider and learn about is the types of phone numbers in India. In general, you can expect to find three types of user-based phone numbers in India which are :

  • Landline numbers that start with a 2-4 digit area code followed by a 6-8 digit local phone number.
  • Mobile numbers that start with a 9, 8, or 7 followed by nine other digits.
  • Toll-free numbers typically start with 1800 followed by remaining numbers.

In addition to those, Emergency numbers also operate in India, and some of them are 100 for police, 101 for fire, and 102 for medical emergencies.

Dialing Code

Next, you need to be able to deal with all the dialing codes that are to be input. Making a phone call to India from the USA requires correctly dialing the US exit code first, followed by the Indian country code, then the area code (if required), and finally the phone number.

Thus, the format becomes [ US Exit Code (011) ] + [ India Country Code (91) ] + [ Area Code/Tollfree code (if applicable) ] + [ Phone Numbers ].

India area codes

After that, you need to consider the area code of the city you are aiming to make the call. India consists of about 4000 cities, which all together have 2643 Area codes in total. In order to guide your call to the correct region in India, you must have a thorough understanding of this factor.

The following are some Indian cities and their respective area codes that you should know when you call from the USA:

🧠Keep in mind: This list still only covers a fraction of major Indian cities.

Time Zone differences

Being positioned on opposite sides of the globe, India and the US have huge differences in their local time as India follows only one time zone, the Indian Standard Time (IST) : UTC+05:30, which applies to all of India and on the other hand, the US has 6 different time zones. 

Thus making the calling process, to and from, a difficult task that needs a bit of pre-planning to be accomplished. To give you an idea, here is a table that explains it all:

With all that in mind, we are left with one difficult question:

What is the best time to call India from the US?

As a matter of fact, there is no ‘perfect’ time to make a phone call from the US to India, as it depends on the specific time zone, you’re in and the exact location and daily routine of the person you want to contact in India. 

🕛 This can be a hefty thing to deal with; nonetheless, we have a set of tips for that, too. And here it is:

  • If you are calling from the East Coast of the US (ET), the best time to call India is between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM (IST) , which corresponds to 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (ET) .
  • For Central Time Zones, you should call India between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM IST , which is equivalent to your evening hours (between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM CT).
  • Next, if you are from the Mountain Time Zone (MT), the best time to call India is between 7:00 AM and 11:00 AM IST , which is between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM (MT) for you.
  • You should call India between 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM if you are in the Pacific Time Zone (PT), as it corresponds to 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM IST.

Note: Keep in mind that these are just suggestions. For other time zones, you can use the tips provided above as a reference to adjust your call timings.

International Calling Rates

There is also a critical factor to consider beforehand, known as varying international call rates, since calling India from the US may cost significantly more or less depending on your phone plan and the service provider.

The cost of making phone calls from the US to India generally ranges from $0.02 to $0.50 per minute if you have an international calling plan . 🪙

Here is a table providing an overview of the cost of international calls from the United States to India.

How much does it cost to call India from the USA?

For calls to India from the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set a $5.00 basic rate per minute. 💰

However, prices can vary from $0.02 per minute to $5 per minute , depending on several factors, like your service plan, the provider, and your geographical location. And on average, calling India from the US costs around $0.50 per minute .

How do you reduce the call cost to India?

Slashing down call costs to India requires a bit of strategic planning and thoughtful analysis. Here are some tips that can help you in doing so:

  • Use VoIP Services: Take advantage of VoIP phone systems like KrispCall , which offer competitive rates for international calls.
  • Choose a Cheaper Carrier: Find a provider that offers cheaper international calling rates than the typical ones.
  • Utilize Free Apps: You can also use free communication apps to cut down costs, like WhatsApp, that offer free voice and video calls.
  • Unlimited Calling Plans: If you make frequent calls to India, opt for unlimited calling plans that are offered by some providers.

3 Alternative Ways to Make International Calls to India

Alternative ways to make international calls to India

Well, now you are fully informed of all itsy-bitsy things related to making a regular phone call to India. It’s time to find out how you can make international calls using some alternative methods. They are as follows:

1.  Using Virtual India Numbers 

A prominent way to make a phone call to India from the United States is to use a virtual phone number from India. You can use Indian virtual phone numbers to make and receive phone calls as well as messages or voicemails from any part of the world as long as you have an internet connection to do so.

To make a phone call using Indian virtual numbers, follow these steps:

  • Choose a provider that offers Indian virtual numbers .
  • Get a virtual number by creating an account.
  • Verify your account and make a payment.
  • Once that’s done, make your international call to India.

2. Using VoIP Apps Like WhatsApp/Messenger

Another useful alternative method is utilizing voice-over IP apps such as WhatsApp or Messenger to make free international calls to India. It is easy to chat and make calls to anyone in India using these easy-to-use tools. To make use of these apps, follow these steps:

  • Install and create an account on the VoIP app you want to use on your computer or smartphone.
  • Get your Indian contacts to install and use the same app as well.
  • Connect to the internet or your Wi-Fi and start making your calls.

3. Using Calling Cards

The final alternative method is to use Calling cards, which are a great way to save money when calling India, especially for longer calls, as they offer a familiar and prepaid way to connect with India. Here’s how to use them:

  • Visit a convenience store, gas station, or online store to find a calling card that is specific to India.
  • Enter the access number on the card, followed by your PIN and the India phone number in the correct dialing format.
  • As soon as your call is connected, your minutes are deducted from your card balance.

What are the Challenges of calling India from the US?

When making phone calls to India from the USA, you can expect to face a few unique and hard-to-overcome 💪 challenges that you need to be aware of. Here is a breakdown of the most common ones that you might encounter:

  • Time Zone Difference : India is 12.5 to 15.5 hours ahead of US Eastern Time, so picking an appropriate time for your call may be challenging.
  • Calling Costs: The cost of making international calls to India can vary from service to service and provider to provider, so be mindful of that, too.
  • Language Barriers: While a good number of Indians are fluent in English, the majority of the population speaks their native language. To overcome this, make the call in the presence of a translator.
  • Connectivity: Although all of India now uses a 5g network, the connections are still unreliable and patchy. This might result in an abrupt end of calls, so be mindful of that, too.

Business Phone Call Etiquette in India: Dos and Don’ts

Now that you know the challenges you might face while making a phone call to India. It’s time for you to learn some customs to follow when doing so.

  • Greet warmly: Start with a respectful salutation like “Namaste” and introduce yourself clearly.
  • Speak clearly and concisely: Keep your tone professional and avoid using slang or excessive technical terms.
  • Actively listen: Be attentive and ask thoughtful questions to show genuine interest in the conversation.

❎ Don’ts

  • Interrupt or talk over others: Allow the other person to finish speaking before responding.
  • Use casual language: Avoid informal greetings like “Hey” or “Hi” ; instead, use “Mr./Ms./Dr. [Last name]” .
  • Personal calls during work hours: Try to avoid personal calls during business hours unless an emergency arises.

The Wrap-up!

Calling India from the US involves only a few steps. You can follow those steps along with this article, keeping in mind the important things to consider, such as time zone difference, area code, international calling rates, and the must, India country code 91.

Additionally, ensure that you choose a reliable and affordable network provider if you are making international calls to India. You can also use alternative methods to make cheap calls using virtual Indian numbers, cloud phones, VOIP apps, and calling cards.

What country does the 91 code belong to?

The 91 country code belongs to India.

How do I dial a +91 number?

To dial a +91 phone number

  • Dial the exit code of your country. ( replace with “+” sign for mobile)
  • Dial +91, Indian country code.
  • Then, dial Area code (for landline) and toll-free code (for toll-free number)
  • Finally, enter the rest of the phone number. 

How many digits is an Indian phone number?

Indian phone numbers are 8 to 10 digits depending on types of numbers (landline, mobile, and toll-free) 

  • Indian Mobile Numbers: Always have ten digits.
  • Indian Landline Numbers: They can have up to 8 digits, but when combined with the area code, they reach a maximum of 10 digits.
  • Indian Toll-free Numbers: Have varying characters/digits.

Can I make free calls to India from the US?

Absolutely yes! You can make free calls to India from the US. In reality, this statement can only be true if you are using methods that include free VoIP calling apps like WhatsApp, Skype, & Viber or a website that offers free calling services.

However, it is recommended to explore the options mentioned above and choose the best one depends on your needs.

How to call India from a US cell phone?

Making a phone call to India using a cell phone in the US is just the same as doing so on a fixed-line phone. Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  • Go to your phone’s dialer app and open it.
  • Firstly, enter the US exit code 011 on that app.
  • Followed by that, dial 91 ; this is the Indian country code.
  • Next, dial the area code if you’re calling a fixed-line phone(If you’re calling a mobile phone number, you can skip this step).
  • Now, dial the phone number you want to contact.
  • Press the call button and start the call.

You should note that most US mobile carriers charge per minute for international calls. So, check your plan or contact your carrier for specific call rates to India.

What are the cheap ways to call India from the USA?

There are several ways to make cheap calls to India from the USA, with each having its own benefits and downsides. And here are those:

  • Using affordable and reliable Indian virtual number provider.
  • Using VoIP apps like Viber, WhatsApp, and Line.
  • Make the use of still-existing calling cards.
  • Having specific international calling plans.

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Keep copies of your U.S. passport data page, as well as the pages containing the Indian visa and Indian immigration stamps with you at all times. Consider downloading these documents to your mobile phone in case of emergency. If your passport is lost or stolen, copies will help you apply for a replacement passport and an exit visa from the Indian government. Replacing a lost visa, which is required in order to exit the country, may take four or five business days.   

U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin or descent are subject to administrative processing and should expect additional delays when applying for Indian visas.

Foreign citizens who visit India to  study, do research, work, or act as missionaries,  as well as all travelers and residents planning to stay more than 180 days,  are required to register their visit or residency within 14 days of arrival with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO)  closest to where they will be staying in addition  to having the appropriate visa  when they enter India. The FRRO maintains offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Lucknow, Calicut, Goa, Cochin, Trivandrum, and Amritsar. District Superintendents of Police serve as Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs) in all other places. We recommend all U.S. citizens review the entry requirements described on the  Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)  section on the Indian Bureau of Immigration website.

If you overstay your Indian visa, or otherwise violate Indian visa regulations, you may require clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs to leave the country. Generally, you will be fined and, in some cases, may be jailed for months. Visa violators seeking an exit permit must visit  the Foreigners Regional Registration Office portal  to submit the application and pay any levied fines. Processing of an exit permit under these circumstances can take up to 90 days and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.  

For the most current information on entry and exit requirements, please contact the  Embassy of India  at 2536 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 939-9806 or the Indian Consulates in Atlanta ,  Chicago , Houston ,  New York , or  San Francisco . Outside the United States, inquiries should be made at the nearest Indian embassy or consulate.

General information regarding Indian visa and immigration rules, including the addresses and telephone numbers for the FRRO offices, can be found at the  Indian Ministry of Home Affairs Bureau of Immigration website .

HIV/AIDS RESTRICTIONS:  There are no disclosure requirements or restrictions for HIV/AIDS patients who enter India on a tourist visa. Disclosure regarding HIV/AIDS is required of anyone seeking a resident permit in India. Foreign residents found to be suffering from HIV/AIDS will be deported. Please verify this information with the  Embassy of India  before you travel.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction  and  customs regulations  on our websites.

Safety and Security

U.S. citizens should always practice good personal security and situational awareness. Be aware of your surroundings (including local customs and etiquette) and keep a low profile. Monitor local news reports, vary your routes and times in carrying out daily activities, and consider the level of security present when you visit public places, including religious sites, and when choosing hotels, restaurants, and entertainment and recreation venues.

India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect U.S. citizens directly or indirectly. Anti-Western terrorist groups, some on the U.S. government's list of foreign terrorist organizations, are active in India, including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba. The U.S. government occasionally receives information regarding possible terrorist attacks that could take place in India, monitors such information to determine credibility, and advises U.S. citizens accordingly.  Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive messages from the Embassy automatically.   

Past attacks have targeted public places, including some frequented by Westerners, such as luxury and other hotels, trains, train stations, markets, cinemas, mosques, and restaurants in large urban areas. Attacks have taken place during the busy evening hours in markets and other crowded places, but could occur at any time.  Alerts are usually more frequent around major holidays. The Maoists (also known as “Naxalites”) are the most active insurgent group in India. The Naxalites typically attack Indian government officials, but have also derailed trains, targeted other government buildings such as police stations, and conducted other criminal activity.  In eastern India’s Bihar state, 10 security personnel were killed and five injured in a Naxalite-triggered Improvised Explosive Device blast on July 18, 2016.  In the eastern state of Jharkhand, seven policemen were killed and eight others injured in a landmine blast by Naxalites on January 27, 2016.   

Beyond the threat from terrorism and insurgencies, demonstrations and general strikes, or “bandh,” often cause major inconvenience and unrest. These strikes can result in the stoppage of all transportation and tourist-related services, at times for 24 hours or more. U.S. citizens caught in such a strike may find they are unable to make flight and rail connections, as local transportation can be severely limited. Local media generally give an idea of the length and geographical location of the strike. Large religious gatherings that attract hundreds of thousands of people can result in dangerous and often life-threatening stampedes. Local demonstrations can begin spontaneously and escalate with little warning, disrupting transportation systems and city services and posing risks to travelers. In response to such events, Indian authorities occasionally impose curfews and/or restrict travel. You are urged to obey such curfews and travel restrictions and to avoid demonstrations and rallies as they have the potential for violence, especially immediately preceding and following political rallies, elections, and religious festivals (particularly when Hindu and Muslim festivals coincide). Tensions between castes and religious groups can also result in disruptions and violence. In some cases, demonstrators specifically block roads near popular tourist sites and disrupt train operations in order to gain the attention of Indian authorities; occasionally vehicles transporting tourists are attacked in these incidents. India generally goes on “High Alert” status prior to major holidays or events. You should monitor local television, print media, Mission India’s American Citizens Services  Facebook  page, and enroll with the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  for further information about the current situation in areas where you will travel.

The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai will post information about routine demonstrations on the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General websites, under the heading “Demonstration Notices.” Please monitor our websites regularly for information about protest activities in the country. Please note that the Embassy and Consulates General will issue emergency/security messages for other purposes, as necessary.

Religious violence occasionally occurs in India, especially when tensions between different religious communities are purposefully exacerbated by groups pushing religiously chauvinistic agendas. There are active "anti-conversion" laws in some Indian states, and acts of conversion sometimes elicit violent reactions from Hindu extremists. Foreigners suspected of proselytizing Hindus have been attacked and killed in conservative, rural areas in India in the past. 

Swimming in India:  You should exercise caution if you intend to swim in open waters along the Indian coastline, particularly during the monsoon season. Every year, several people in Goa, Mumbai, Puri (Odisha), off the Eastern Coast in the Bay of Bengal, and other areas drown due to strong undertows. It is important to heed warnings posted at beaches and to avoid swimming in the ocean during the monsoon season. Trained lifeguards are very rare along beaches.

If you visit the Andaman Islands, be aware that there have been reports of crocodile attacks in salt water resulting in fatalities.  Ask local residents about dangerous sea life before swimming and keep a safe distance from animals at all times.

Wildlife safaris:  India offers opportunities for observation of wildlife in its natural habitat and many tour operators and lodges advertise structured, safe excursions into parks and other wildlife viewing areas for close observation of flora and fauna. However, safety standards and training vary, and it is a good idea to ascertain whether operators are trained and licensed. Even animals marketed as “tame” should be respected as wild and extremely dangerous. Keep a safe distance from animals at all times, remaining in vehicles or other protected enclosures when venturing into game parks.

Trekking in India:  Trekking expeditions should be limited to routes identified for this purpose by local authorities. Use only registered trekking agencies, porters, and guides, suspend trekking after dark, camp at designated camping places, and travel in groups rather than individually or with one or two companions. Altitudes in popular trekking spots can be as high as 25,170 feet (7,672 m); please make sure that you have had a recent medical checkup to ensure that you are fit to trek at these altitudes and carry sufficient medical insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage.

Train Travel:  India has the third largest rail network in the world, and train travel in India generally is safe. Nevertheless, accidents and on-board fires are sometimes caused by aging infrastructure, poorly maintained equipment, overcrowding, and operator errors. Train accidents and fires have resulted in the death and serious injury of passengers.

Areas of Instability: Jammu & Kashmir:  The Department of State strongly recommends that you avoid travel to the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir because of the potential for terrorist incidents as well as violent public unrest. A number of terrorist groups operate in the territory targeting security forces, particularly along the Line of Control (LOC) separating Indian and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, and those stationed in primary tourist destinations in the Kashmir Valley: Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam. Since 1989, as many as 70,000 people (terrorists, security forces, and civilians) have been killed in the Kashmir conflict. Foreigners are particularly visible, vulnerable, and at risk. In the past, serious communal violence left the territory mostly paralyzed due to massive strikes and business shutdowns, and U.S. citizens have had to be evacuated by local police. The Indian government prohibits foreign tourists from visiting certain areas along the LOC (see the section on Restricted Areas, below).

India-Pakistan Border:  The Department of State recommends that you avoid travel to areas within ten kilometers of the border between India and Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border. The only official India-Pakistan border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the state of Punjab between Atari, India, and Wagah, Pakistan. The border crossing is usually open, but you are advised to confirm the current status of the border crossing prior to commencing travel. A Pakistani visa is required to enter Pakistan. Only U.S. citizens residing in India may apply for a Pakistani visa in India. Otherwise you should apply for a Pakistani visa in your country of residence before traveling to India.

Both India and Pakistan claim an area of the Karakoram mountain range that includes the Siachen glacier. Travel or mountain climbing in this area is highly dangerous. The disputed area includes the following peaks: Rimo Peak; Apsarasas I, II, and III; Tegam Kangri I, II and III; Suingri Kangri; Ghiant I and II; Indira Col; and Sia Kangri. Check with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi for information on current conditions.

Northeastern states:  Incidents of violence by ethnic insurgent groups, including bombings of buses, trains, rail lines, and markets, occur occasionally in the northeast. While U.S. citizens have not been specifically targeted, it is possible that you could be affected as a bystander. If you travel to the northeast, you should avoid travel by train at night, travel outside major cities at night, and crowds. U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are prohibited from traveling to the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur without permission from the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata. Restricted Area Permits are required for foreigners to visit certain Northeastern states (see the section on Restricted Areas, below.) Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata for information on current conditions.

East Central and Southern India:  Maoist extremist groups, or “Naxalites,” are active in East Central India primarily in rural areas. The Naxalites have a long history of conflict with state and national authorities, including frequent terrorist attacks on local police, paramilitary forces, and government officials, and are responsible for more attacks in the country than any other organization through an ongoing campaign of violence and intimidation Naxalites have not specifically targeted U.S. citizens but have attacked symbolic targets that have included Western companies and rail lines. While Naxalite violence does not normally occur in places frequented by foreigners, there is a risk that visitors could become victims of violence.

Naxalites are active in a large swath of India from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal, particularly in rural parts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and on the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha. Due to the fluid nature of the threat, all U.S. government travelers to states with Naxalite activity must receive authorization from the U.S. Consulate responsible for the area to be visited. U.S. officials traveling only to the capital cities in these states do not need prior authorization.

Restricted/Protected areas:  While the Indian Government has designated that travelers to “portions” of certain areas need special advance permission, actual practice has been to require a permit to enter any portion of certain states or territories. Areas requiring a permit include:

  • The state of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Portions of the state of Sikkim
  • Portions of the state of Himachal Pradesh near the Chinese border
  • Portions of the state of Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) near the Chinese border
  • Portions of the state of Rajasthan near the Pakistani border
  • Portions of the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir near the Line of Control with Pakistan and certain portions of the union territory of Ladakh
  • The union territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  • The union territory of the Laccadives Islands (Lakshadweep)
  • Portions of the state of Manipur
  • Portions of the state of Mizoram
  • Portions of the state of Nagaland

More information about travel to/in restricted/protected areas can be found from India’s  Bureau of Immigration .

“Restricted Area Permits" are available outside India at Indian embassies and consulates abroad, or in India from the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) at Jaisalmer House, 26 Man Singh Road, New Delhi. The states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim maintain official guesthouses in New Delhi, which can also issue Restricted Area Permits for their respective states for certain travelers. While visiting Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) in Tamil Nadu, be aware the Indira Gandhi Atomic Research Center, Kalpakkam, is located just south of the site and is not clearly marked as a restricted and dangerous area.

For the latest security information, travelers should enroll in  STEP  to receive updated security information and regularly monitor travel information available from the  U.S. Embassy in New Delhi  as well as the U.S. Consulates General in  Mumbai  (Bombay),  Chennai (Madras),  Hyderabad , and  Kolkata  (Calcutta).

CRIME:  Petty crime, especially theft of personal property (including U.S. passports), is common, particularly on trains or buses, at airports, and in major tourist areas. Pickpockets can be very adept and women have reported having their bags snatched, purse-straps cut, or the bottom of their purses slit without their knowledge. If you are traveling by train, lock your sleeping compartments and take your valuables with you when leaving your berth. If you travel by air, be careful with your bags in the arrival and departure areas outside airports. Violent crime, especially directed against foreigners, has traditionally been uncommon, although in recent years there has been a modest increase. Be cautious about displaying cash or expensive items to reduce the chance of being a target for robbery or other crime, and be aware of your surroundings when you use ATMs. ATM card scams have been used to clone credit card details to withdraw money.

Sexual Assault:  Travelers should be aware that there have been reported cases of sexual assault, including rape, of U.S. citizens traveling throughout India. U.S. citizens, particularly women, are cautioned not to travel alone in India. Women traveling in India are advised to respect local dress and customs. Customary everyday dress for Indian women throughout the country is conservative, and even more so in non-urban areas,  with women wearing clothing that covers their legs and shoulders. Exceptions are vacation resorts catering to foreign clientele and some neighborhoods of the major cities of New Delhi and Mumbai. Western women, especially those of African descent, continue to report incidents of verbal and physical harassment by individuals and groups of men. Known locally as “Eve-teasing,” these incidents of sexual harassment can be quite frightening and can quickly cross the line from verbal to physical. Sexual harassment can occur anytime or anywhere, but most frequently has happened in crowded areas such as in market places, train stations, buses, and public streets. The harassment can range from sexually suggestive or lewd comments to catcalls to outright groping. The Government of India has focused greater attention on addressing issues of gender violence. One outcome has been greater reporting of incidences of sexual assault country-wide, and Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Among large cities, Delhi experienced the highest number of reported crimes against women. Although most victims have been local residents, recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas across India underline the fact that foreign women are at risk and should exercise vigilance.

Women should observe stringent security precautions, including avoiding use of public transport after dark without the company of known and trustworthy companions, restricting evening entertainment to well-known venues, and avoiding isolated areas when alone at any time of day. Keep your hotel room number confidential and make sure hotel room doors have chains, deadlocks, and peep holes. Travel with groups of friends rather than alone. In addition, only hire reliable cars and drivers and avoid traveling alone in hired taxis, especially at night. Use taxis from hotels and pre-paid taxis at airports rather than hailing them on the street. If you encounter threatening situations, call “100” for police assistance (“112” from mobile phones).

Scams:  Major airports, train stations, popular restaurants, and tourist sites are often used by scam artists looking to prey on visitors, often by creating a distraction. Beware of taxi drivers and others, including train porters, who solicit travelers with "come-on" offers of cheap transportation and/or hotels. Travelers accepting such offers have frequently found themselves the victims of scams, including offers to assist with "necessary" transfers to the domestic airport, disproportionately expensive hotel rooms, unwanted "tours," unwelcome "purchases," extended cab rides, and even threats when the tourists decline to pay.  There have been reports of tourists being lured, held hostage and extorted for money in the face of threats of violence against the traveler and his/her family members.

You should exercise care when hiring transportation and/or guides and use only well-known travel agents to book trips. Some scam artists have lured travelers by displaying their name on a sign when they leave the airport. Another popular scam is to drop money or to squirt something on the clothing of an unsuspecting traveler and use the distraction to rob them of their valuables. Tourists have also been given drugged drinks or tainted food to make them more vulnerable to theft, particularly at train stations. Even food or drink prepared in front of the traveler from a canteen or vendor could be tainted.

Some vendors sell carpets, jewelry, gemstones, or other expensive items that may not be of the quality promised. Deal only with reputable businesses and do not hand over your credit cards or money unless you are certain that goods being shipped are the goods you purchased. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it is best avoided. Most Indian states have official tourism bureaus set up to handle complaints.

There have been a number of other scams perpetrated against foreign travelers, particularly in Goa, Jaipur, and Agra that target younger travelers and involve suggestions that money can be made by privately transporting gems or gold (both of which can result in arrest) or by taking delivery abroad of expensive carpets, supposedly while avoiding customs duties. The scam artists describe profits that can be made upon delivery of the goods, and require the traveler to pay a "deposit" as part of the transaction.

India-based criminals use the internet to extort money from victims abroad.  In a common scam, the victim develops a close romantic relationship with an alleged U.S. citizen they meet online. When the “friend” travels to India, a series of accidents occur and the victim begins to receive requests for financial assistance, sometimes through an intermediary.  In fact, the U.S. citizen “friend” does not exist; they are only online personas used by criminal networks. Victims have been defrauded of thousands of dollars in these schemes. Do not send money to anyone you have not met in person and carefully read the Department of State’s advice on  international financial scams . 

U.S. citizens have had problems with business partners, usually involving property investments. You may wish to seek professional legal advice in reviewing any contracts for business or services offered in India. The U.S. Embassy and/or consulates are unable to provide legal advice or intervene on behalf of United States citizens with Indian courts on civil or criminal matters.  A list of local attorneys is available on the Embassy and Consulates General  websites .

In another common scam, family members in the United States, particularly older people, are approached for funds to help callers claiming to be grandchildren or relatives who have been arrested or are without money to return home. Do not send money without contacting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General to confirm the other party’s situation. You can also call our Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 888-407-4747 (from overseas: 202-501-4444). Review our information on  Emergency Assistance to Americans Abroad . 

See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for more information on scams.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

Victims of Crime:  U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the local police, then inform the U.S. Embassy or local Consulate.

Report crimes to the local police by calling “100” or “112” from a mobile phone.                      

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on  victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Please note that you should ask for a copy of the police report, known as a “First Information Report” (FIR), from local police when you report an incident. Local authorities generally are unable to take any meaningful action without the filing of a police report. 

If your passport is stolen, you should immediately report the theft or loss to the police in the location where your passport was stolen. A FIR is required by the Indian government in order for you to obtain an exit visa to leave India if the lost passport contained your Indian visa. Although the Embassy or Consulate General is able to replace a stolen or lost passport, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) are responsible for approving an exit permit. This process usually takes three to four working days, but can take longer.

In cases of sexual assault or rape, the Embassy or Consulates General can provide a list of local doctors and hospitals, if needed, to determine if you have been injured and to discuss treatment and prevention options for diseases and pregnancy. You should be aware that in order for evidence of an assault to be submitted in a court case, Indian authorities require that the medical exam be completed at a government hospital. Therefore, if a victim goes to a private hospital for treatment, the hospital will refer them to a government hospital for this aspect of the medical process. 

There are a number of resources in India for victims of rape and sexual assault. The specific toll-free Women’s Helpline Service number in Delhi is 1091; in Mumbai it is 103; in Kolkata, 1090; in Chennai, 1091 or 2345-2365; and in Hyderabad one can dial 1-800-425-2908 or 1098 for crimes in general.

The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in India is “100.” An additional emergency number, “112,” can be accessed from mobile phones.

Please see our  information for victims of crime , including possible victim compensation programs in the United States. 

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur.  Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field.  In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities.  First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance.  See our webpage for more  information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some activities are crimes under U.S. law and can be prosecuted in the U.S. regardless of whether they are allowed under local law.  For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

Alcohol: Each of India’s states has independent regulations concerning alcohol purchase and consumption. Legal drinking ages range from 18 to 25 and can vary by beverage type. Some states permit alcohol use for medicinal purposes only, others require you to hold a permit to buy, transport, or consume alcohol. Penalties for violation can be harsh.

Drugs:  Several U.S. citizens have been arrested at Indian airports for attempting to smuggle illegal drugs from India.  All claimed that they did not realize they were carrying narcotics.  Never transport or mail packages that do not belong to you and maintain direct control of your luggage at all times.

Beef and Cow Hide: Several states in India impose various types of prohibition on beef.  In some rural areas, cow protection vigilantes have attacked people they suspected of selling or consuming beef, or possessing items made with cow hide.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

Dual nationality: India does not permit its citizens to hold dual nationality. In 2006, India launched the "Overseas Citizens of India" (OCI) program, which does not grant Indian citizenship but is similar to a U.S. "green card" in that you can travel to and from India indefinitely, work in India, study in India, and own property in India (except for certain agricultural and plantation properties). If you are a U.S. citizen and obtain an OCI card you will not become a citizen of India; you will remain a citizen of the United States. An OCI card holder does not receive an Indian passport, cannot vote in Indian elections, and is not eligible for Indian government employment. The OCI program is similar to the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card except that PIO holders must still register with Indian immigration authorities, and PIO cards are not issued for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens of Indian descent can apply for PIO or OCI cards at the Indian Embassy in Washington, or at the Indian Consulates in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Houston. Inside India, U.S. citizens can apply at the nearest FRRO office (please see “Entry/Exit Requirements” section above for more information on the FRRO). U.S. citizens are required to travel on a U.S. passport when traveling in and out of the United States.

Religious activities and faith-based travelers:  See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report .  If you plan to engage in religious proselytizing you are required by Indian law to have a "missionary" visa. Immigration authorities have determined that certain activities, including speaking at religious meetings to which the general public is invited, may violate immigration law if the traveler does not hold a missionary visa. Foreigners with tourist visas who engage in missionary activity are subject to deportation and possible criminal prosecution. The states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Arunachal Pradesh have legislation that regulates or places restrictions on conversion from one religious faith to another. If you intend to engage in missionary activity, you may wish to seek legal advice to determine whether the activities you intend to pursue are permitted under Indian law.

Tourists should also be mindful of restrictions and observances when planning to visit any religious establishment, whether Hindu temples, mosques, churches, or other locations considered sacred by the local population. Many individual temples and mosques do not permit non-members to enter all or parts of the facilities, and may require the removal of shoes, the covering of the head, or have other specific requirements for appropriate attire.  

Customs restrictions: Before traveling to or from India, you are urged to inspect all bags and clothing thoroughly to ensure they do not inadvertently contain prohibited items. Several U.S. citizens have been arrested or detained when airport security officials discovered loose ammunition (even spent individual bullets and casings) or weapons in their luggage. If you are found to have loose ammunition or bullets (including empty bullet shells used in souvenirs) on your person or in your bags, you could be charged with violation of the Indian Arms Act, incarcerated, and/or deported from India.

In addition, U.S. citizens have been arrested for possession of satellite phones. Satellite phones, personal locator beacons, and hand-held GPS devices are illegal in India.

Indian customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from India of such items as, antiquities, electronic equipment, currency, ivory, gold objects, and other prohibited materials. Permission from the Government of India is required to bring in restricted items, even if you are only transiting through India. If you do not comply with these regulations, you risk arrest or fine or both and confiscation of these items. If you are charged with any legal violations by Indian law enforcement, have an attorney review any document before you sign it. The Government of India requires the registration of antique items with the local police along with a photograph of the item. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of India in Washington or one of India's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements. More information is available from the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs .

Indian customs authorities encourage the use of an ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) Carnet for the temporary admission of professional equipment, commercial samples, and/or goods for exhibitions and fair purposes. ATA Carnet Headquarters, located at the U.S. Council for International Business , 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, issues and guarantees the ATA Carnet in the United States. For additional information call (212) 354-4480, or email USCIB for details. Please see our section on Customs Information for more information.

Natural disaster threats: Parts of northern India are highly susceptible to earthquakes. Regions of highest risk, ranked 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, include areas around Srinagar, Himachal Pradesh, Rishikesh and Dehra Dun, the northern parts of Punjab, northwest Gujarat, northern Bihar, and the entire northeast. Ranked 4 (high damage risk) is an area that sweeps along the north through Jammu and Kashmir, Eastern Punjab, Haryana, Northern Uttar Pradesh, central Bihar and the northern parts of West Bengal. New Delhi is located in zone 4. Severe flooding is common in hilly and mountainous areas throughout India. Flooding in 2013 in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and other areas left thousands of people presumed dead and temporarily stranded dozens of U.S. citizens.

Typhoons/cyclones and subsequent flooding are common along the Indian coasts, in particular the Eastern coastal states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal, and have at times resulted in massive loss of life.  Tourists and residents in areas prone to these events should remain vigilant during severe weather, monitor local media for latest developments, and heed all municipal warnings.  Residents in these areas should have contingency plans for loss of power and inavailability of goods and services, including supplies for multiple days after a severe weather event.

Accessibility: While in India, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different than what you find in the United States. Despite legislation that all public buildings and transport be accessible for disabled people, accessibility remains limited. One notable exception is the Delhi metro system, designed to be accessible to those with physical disabilities.

Women Travelers: Please review our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

Students:  See our   Students Abroad  page and FBI travel tips .

LGBTQI+ Travelers:  Section 377 of India’s penal code makes same-sex sexual acts illegal in India. On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India declared unconstitutional the application of Section 377, barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, effectively legalizing homosexuality in India. Reports of widespread discrimination and violence against LGBTQI+ persons, particularly in rural areas, persist. See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Zika is present in India. See the Centers for Disease Control’s website for more information.

The quality of medical care in India varies considerably. Medical care in the major population centers approaches and occasionally meets Western standards, but adequate medical care is usually very limited or unavailable in rural areas.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage . 

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of India to ensure the medication is legal in India.  Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you are arriving in India from Sub-Saharan Africa or other yellow-fever areas, Indian health regulations require that you present evidence of vaccination against yellow fever. If you do not have such proof, you could be subjected to immediate deportation or a six-day detention in the yellow-fever quarantine center. If you transit through any part of sub-Saharan Africa, even for one day, you are advised to carry proof of yellow fever immunization.

Dogs and bats create a high risk of rabies transmission in most of India. Vaccination is recommended for all prolonged stays, especially for young children and travelers in rural areas. It is also recommended for shorter stays that involve occupational exposure, locations more than 24 hours from a reliable source of human rabies immune globulin and rabies vaccine for post-exposure treatment, adventure travelers, hikers, cave explorers, and backpackers. Monkeys also can transmit rabies and herpes B, among other diseases, to human victims. Avoid feeding monkeys. If bitten, you should immediately soak and scrub the bite for at least 15 minutes and seek urgent medical attention.

Influenza is transmitted from November to April in areas north of the Tropic of Cancer (north India), and from June through November (the rainy season) in areas south of the Tropic of Cancer (south India), with a smaller peak from February through April; off-season transmission can also occur. All travelers are at risk. Influenza vaccine is recommended for all travelers during the flu season.

Outbreaks of avian influenza (H5N1 virus) occur intermittently in eastern India, including West Bengal, Manipur, Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Assam. For further information on pandemic influenza, please refer to the Department of State's 2009-H1N1, Pandemic Influenza, and H5N1 Fact Sheet .

Malaria prophylaxis depends on time of year and area the traveler is visiting. Please consult the CDC website for more information. Dengue fever presents significant risk in urban and rural areas. The highest number of cases is reported from July to December, with cases peaking from September to October. Daytime insect precautions such as wearing long-sleeved shirts and mosquito repellent are recommended by the CDC.

Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in India. For further information, please consult the CDC’s Travel Notice on TB .

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Air pollution is a significant problem in several major cities in India, and you should consult your doctor prior to travel and consider the impact seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution may have on you.  The air quality in India varies considerably and fluctuates with the seasons.  It is typically at its worst in the winter. Anyone who travels where pollution levels are high is at risk. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:

  • Infants, children, and teens
  • People over 65 years of age
  • People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
  • People with heart disease or diabetes
  • People who work or are active outdoors

Current air quality data can be found on the Embassy’s Air Quality page . The data on this site are updated hourly.

Rh-negative blood may be difficult to obtain as it is not common in Asia.

For emergency services, dial 112 from a cell phone; from a land line, dial 100 for police, 102 for ambulance (108 in parts of South India), and 101 for fire. Ambulances are not equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, and traffic does not yield to emergency vehicles. Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance. Most hospitals require advance payment or confirmation of insurance prior to treatment. Payment practices vary and credit cards are not routinely accepted for medical care.

Medical Tourism: Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry. Companies offering vacation packages bundled with medical consultations and financing options provide direct-to-consumer advertising over the internet. Such medical packages often claim to provide high quality care, but the quality of health care in India is highly variable. People seeking health care in India should understand that medical systems operate differently from those in the United States and are not subject to the same rules and regulations. Anyone interested in traveling for medical purposes should consult with their local physician before traveling and refer to the information from the CDC . Persons traveling to India for medical purposes require the proper “medical” visa. Please check with the nearest Indian embassy or consulate for more information.

Despite reports of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals, in general travelers should not delay or avoid treatment for urgent or emergent medical situations. However, health tourists and other travelers who may be contemplating elective procedures in this country should carefully research individual hospital infection control practices.

Surrogacy: Commercial surrogacy is illegal for foreigners in India, subject to complex local regulation.  For additional information, visit the Government of India’s official information on foreigner surrogacy . 

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in India maintain lists of local doctors and hospitals, all of which are published on their respective websites under "U.S. Citizen Services." We cannot endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Travel by road in India is dangerous. India leads the world in traffic-related deaths and a number of U.S. citizens have suffered fatal traffic accidents in recent years. You should exercise extreme caution when crossing streets, even in marked pedestrian areas, and try to use only cars that have seatbelts. Seatbelts are not common in three-wheel taxis (autos) and in taxis’ back seats. Helmets should always be worn on motorcycles and bicycles.Travel at night is particularly hazardous.

On Indian roads, the safest driving policy is always to assume that other drivers will not respond to a traffic situation in the same way you would in the United States. Buses and trucks often run red lights and merge directly into traffic at yield points and traffic circles. Cars, autos, bicycles, and pedestrians behave only slightly more cautiously. Use your horn or flash your headlights frequently to announce your presence. It is both customary and wise.

Inside and outside major cities, roads are often poorly maintained and congested. Even main roads frequently have only two lanes, with poor visibility and inadequate warning markers. On the few divided highways one can expect to meet local transportation traveling in the wrong direction, often without lights. Heavy traffic is the norm and includes (but is not limited to) overloaded trucks and buses, scooters, pedestrians, bullock and camel carts, horse or elephant riders en route to weddings, bicycles, and free-roaming livestock.

Public Transportation: Buses, patronized by hundreds of millions of Indians, are convenient in that they serve almost every city of any size. However, they are often driven fast, recklessly, and without consideration for the rules of the road. Accidents are quite common.

Traffic Laws: Traffic in India moves on the left. It is important to be alert while crossing streets and intersections, especially after dark as traffic is coming in the "wrong" direction. Travelers should remember to use seatbelts in both rear and front seats where available, and to ask their drivers to maintain a safe speed.

In order to drive in India, you must have either a valid Indian driver’s license or a valid international driver’s license. Because of difficult road and traffic conditions, you may wish to consider hiring a local driver.

If a driver hits a pedestrian or a cow, the vehicle and its occupants are at risk of being attacked by passersby. Such attacks pose significant risk of injury or death to the vehicle's occupants or risk of incineration of the vehicle. It could be unsafe to remain at the scene of an accident of this nature, and drivers may instead wish to seek out the nearest police station. Protestors often use road blockage as a means of publicizing their grievances, causing severe inconvenience to travelers. Visitors should monitor local news reports for any reports of road disturbances.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.

Emergency Numbers: The following emergency numbers work in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata:

  • Fire Brigade 101
  • Ambulance 102

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of India’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of India’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page . Travelers are urged to use caution while booking private helicopters for travel, especially in the northeast. 

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How to Call India: Dialing India Numbers from the US

Calling abroad isn’t always easy. Not only are phone numbers formatted in a variety of different ways, every phone number has its own specific dialing requirements.

In this post, we’ll explore how to reach one specific type of number. We’ll show you how to call India from the US and explore ways that, as a business, your customers can more easily contact your company. Below you'll find info on how to dial India from the US.

How To Call India from the US

There are many reasons why so many incoming calls are being delivered to India. Not only is it an international business hub, India is home to a number of call centers and businesses. This means customers around the world are frequently calling this location.

How to Call India Toll Free Number From US

Calling an India phone number from the United States requires a few more steps than it would if you were calling a local phone number. You’ll start by dialing an exit code so your phone call leaves this country. Do this by dialing 011.

Next, you’ll need to dial the country code for India, which is 91. After that, you’ll need to get more specific with your selection. After that, you can enter the actual phone number you’re trying to reach.

How to Call from US to India (Local)

Dial the USA exit code (011) so your phone call leaves this country. Then, dial India's country code (91). After that, you'll need to dial the local area code for the location you’re trying to reach. This number is typically between 2 and 4 numbers. For example, New Delhi is 11, Bombay is 22, Kanpur is 512 and Poona is 212. After that, you can enter the rest of the phone number.

How to Call India from Outside India

In order to call India from another country, you'll need to know your county's exit code. The following are some exit codes from a few countries:

Dial India from Canada:

(Exit Code: 011) + (India Country Code: 91) + Phone Number

Dial India from Mexico:

(Exit Code: 00) + (India Country Code: 91) + Phone Number

Dial India From China:

(Exit Code: 0) + (India Country Code: 91) + Phone Number

Dial India From Australia:

(Exit Code: 0011) + (India Country Code: 91) + Phone Number

Dial India From Singapore:

(Exit Code: 001) + (India Country Code: 91) + Phone Number

Alternatives to an India Phone Number

If you're in India and your US customers have a hard time reaching you, or you’re just looking for a cost-effective alternative to your India phone number, a US toll free number might be something to consider. This phone number works like any phone number that your US customers would be used to dialing locally, so they'll know exactly how to dial the number.  They won't have to dial any other dialing codes since technically, according to the phone, it's considered a local call.

A US toll free number is also is a cost-effective option for you as a business. This type of phone number is offered through numerous providers at a variety of different price points. Typically, this phone number is also offered with a variety of must-have calling features, like call recording and call forwarding. Features like this can also help you effectively manage your calls.

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3 Easy Ways To Get a Sim Card in India For Tourists!

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Is it hard to get a Sim Card in India ? You may have heard, or you may read online that getting a sim card in India for tourists is hard. This used to be the case and although it’s still not as easy as getting a sim card in other countries, things are changing and how to get a sim card in India and how to buy a sim card in India is now pretty easy.

So in this India travel blog, let me help you work out which prepaid India sim card is best for you, what the best sim card in India for tourists is, and how to get a sim card in India in 3 easy ways!

Quickly though, let’s cover the question – Do I need to get a sim card in India?  My answer – YES!

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Airtel and Vodafone are India’s biggest network providers however because of how big India is the coverage is not the same all over the country.

A few years ago when I was last in India, I found that Vodafone and Airtel work well in North India but Airtel worked better for me in South India than my Vodafone India sim card did.

Jio is another popular network provider that I have not tried.

Do I need an unlocked phone to visit India?

To get a local sim card (in all countries), you must have an unlocked phone!

If your phone is not unlocked you will not be able to get a sim card in India. Instead, your best choice for internet in India is hiring a wireless device so you can still be connected in India! A lot of Americans have locked phones and you cannot buy an Indian sim card in the USA so you will need to hire a wifi device.

SIM CARD FOR INDIA

I really recommend having a sim card in India as it makes travel in India so much easier! You may have heard that it’s hard to get a sim card in India but you can get a sim card in Delhi Airport, read this post to see how to buy a sim card in Delhi Airport or if you fly in elsewhere 3 ways to buy a sim card in India and you’ll be connected in just a few hours!

WHAT TO WEAR IN INDIA

If you are a woman, here’s what I recommend you pack and wear in India . Technically you can wear what you like in India in most places but to get fewer stares and feel more comfortable, read my post!

DON’T GET SCAMMED IN DELHI

Most people arrive for the first time into Delhi and get scammed within a few hours! Read my Delhi Travel Tips to help you enjoy Delhi, and the best places to stay in Delhi which is so important!

How To Get A Sim Card in India?

1. getting a sim card in india at the airport.

You can buy a sim card at Delhi Airport which I have done many times, and I have been told recently you can also buy a SIM card at Mumbai Airport .

Getting a SIM card at the airport is always the best idea because the shops are as you leave arrivals , the process is quick and easy and you’ll be connected with plenty of data with 2-3 hours of arriving in India.

Here’s my full blog post on how to get a sim card in Delhi airport with prices and packages.

Based on my past visits, the only Indian sim card provider at the airport is Airtel but the coverage and package they offer is pretty much the best sim card in India for tourists to get so that’s all you need.

If you’re flying into Delhi, I 100% recommend buying your sim card in India at Delhi Airport  as it is the easiest way to get a sim card in India, you don’t need to bring copies of your passport and photos to them as you have to do in the options below, they do it all for you.

But make sure you read my post on getting a SIM card in Delhi here because the men often scam tourists with the price so make sure you don’t get caught out!

At the moment I only know of Delhi Airport and Mumbai Airport as Airports in India to get a sim card in.

But if you arrive at Amritsar, Bangalore, Goa or any other main international airports, look for an Airtel store when you leave arrivals as there may be one!

And let me know in the comments section of this post if you see one!

Related Post:  10 Delhi Travel Tips to See & Enjoy Delhi as a Tourist!

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  • Make sure you check out these posts to help you plan your India trip further!
  • How to book a Train in India Online!
  • Where to Stay in Delhi Accommodation Guide!
  • Packing List For India & What To Wear in India as a Female!
  • A 2 Week India Itinerary For Your First Trip To India!
  • Golden Triangle India Itinerary for 1 Week in India!
  • ALL MY INDIA BLOG POSTS.

2. Getting a Sim Card in India at your Hotel or Hostel

Another good option and the second-best way to get an India prepaid sim is to ask your accommodation to help you.

This works best if you are staying in a hostel in India as they are set up for travellers arriving and wanting a sim card.

For example,  Backpacker Panda in Mumbai, Colaba  offers this service which I used when I first arrived in India. Moustache Hostel New Delhi  also offers this service. (I recommend both of these hostels as great places to stay in India by the way!)

Getting an India sim card for tourists this way will cost you a bit extra as they have to add on a commission for the hostel and you literally have someone from Vodafone Sim Card India or Airtel visit the hostel to complete the paperwork with you.

You will need photocopies of your passport and India visa, along with a passport photo to give to the sim card guy but the hostel can help you with these.

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BOOKING TRAINS IN INDIA

India is best travelled by train because its the quickest, cheapest and best way of getting to know the country. For an EASY option of booking trains in India use 12GO to search and book trains really easily. If you’ll be in India for awhile, you can use the local booking system, it’s a bit tricker but possible, here’s my post on how to book trains in India as a tourist .

BEST ACCOMMODATION IN INDIA

I always use Booking.com to book my hotels in India and Hostelworld to book my hostels . India has a great range of accommodation with brilliant hostel chains like Moustache, Zostel and Backpacker Panda as well as homestays to luxury hotels.

GUIDED TOURS IN INDIA

Many cities in India are best seen with a guide , even if it’s just a half day tour on your first day . Cities in India are chaotic and complex and what better way to taste the food and get to know the city than with a local. I recommend Get Your Guide & Viator for the best tours in India!

3. Getting a Sim Card in India from a Store

Vodafone and Airtel are India’s largest network provider but I would avoid going into an actual Vodafone store or Airtel store which is how I initially assumed you would get a sim card.

This is because you’ll likely be asked for more information like an Indian number and Indian address to register your sim.. which you do not have!

Instead, if you can’t get a sim card at the Airport, or through your accommodation, go to a small shop in a local market for example which seems to dabble in everything phone-related and lookout for signs that say they sell sim cards .

This is what I did in Kochi in South India and it was so easy. If you have trouble finding one be sure to ask your accommodation for help.

I asked for a sim, he gave me a card of the options. He copied my passport, I gave a passport photo, I filled in the contract, handed over the money (which was a much better price than my first time), put my sim in 1 day later, called the number he gave me to verify it was me using my passport number, and I had internet!

However, this is still a more difficult option than the ones above as these stores are used to Indian people buying sim cards rather than foreign tourists  looking for a mobile sim card in India.

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Prices of Prepaid Sim Cards in India

When it comes to the cost of sim cards in India, there are different international sim card packages in India.

Generally, you can get packages for  28 days, 60 days, 82 days and 90 days .

You may be offered a certain one, you may just be given what you’re given (which you’ll get used to in India!). If you are staying in India for a few months as I did for 4 months , make sure you get a 90-day sim card in India!

What I love about the data sim cards in India is that the data is PER DAY! For example, when I last got Delhi Airport sim card package, the deal was:

  • 900Rs / £10.00 / $12.50
  • 1.4gb of data each day which refreshes each day.
  • Unlimited calls to Indian numbers.
  • Validity for 82 days.

*Note this price and package might have changed as this was pre-pandemic.

There is talk about there being a Delhi Airport free sim card but I didn’t see this in Delhi Airport and wasn’t offered it at any point so I wouldn’t rely on this, to be honest.

Remember to read here how to get a Sim Card in Delhi Airport .

I hope this helped you with how to get a sim card in India!

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Monday 6th of November 2023

Hi, thank you for this psot. However, do you know if I can get a SIM card at the Delhi airport transit area? As I have a 7 hour transit to the next connecting flight out to another remote city. Also, do we need to bring the copies and photo you mentioned or will they do it?

TheWanderingQuinn

Hello, no, I don't believe you can get a SIM card without leaving the airport completely into arrivals unfortunately. They will make the copies.

Saturday 9th of September 2023

Hi, I can confirm the shop at Delhi Airport. [September 2023] They take cash only. You may pay in Dollars or Euro, too. The plan by now is 1.5Gb per day, inside India phone flat for ~6 Dollars (28 days). Passport is copied, photo taken. They assist very kindly with the form. Even with cue still worth it. Faster with groups of travelers.

Sunday 10th of September 2023

Thank you for the update

Monday 3rd of April 2023

Bangalore this week, there was a shop selling SIM cards at arrivals but when we asked him he said, "system down,," and I still don't have one. Grateful for your post!

Thanks for letting me know!

Second time I have done this.

In late March 2023, travelled from Australia landed at New Delhi airport went to the Airtel counter and asked for a tourist sim card. Was told 450rupees for 1mth (28 days?) and 1.2 GB download per day (the app says 1.5GB per day). They took a photocopy of my passport and they took a photo of me as well.

You will be advised to call a phone number after a couple of hours and you be provided with the details you need.

This process took about 5mins.

At the hotel room put in the sim card, called the number and followed the prompts to set up. Took less then a couple of minutes to do that.

Monday 20th of March 2023

I just went to an Airtel office in Mumbai and got a SIM card with my passport and a copy of my visa. They took a digital picture, so there is no need to have one. The big hang-up was they needed to be able to send a one-time text to someone who already has an Indian number and get the code back to complete the process.

Great to know! Thank you.

Prasanth Ragupathy

How to keep your Indian mobile number active while living abroad?

One of the most common questions asked by the NRI community is about their Indian mobile numbers. We often ask these qustions,

  • How to keep my Indian number active outside India?.
  • Will i receive calls, SMS, OTP, etc from India?.
  • Should i recharge regularly?.
  • Should i activate International roaming package? 

So, the following article explores this topic in detail and addresses a few basic questions. For simplicity, i have only explored the prepaid option.

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Personally, I have an Airtel prepaid number for receiving OTPs abroad and for daily communication during my trips to India. So,  I used to recharge it with cheapest monthly package but only once every 80-85 days. This kept the number active for so many years, without buying any annual packages or international roaming service.

However, this jugaad has some issues, such as

  • The number can get deactivated anytime, due to insufficient balance.
  • Incoming/outgoing services will stop after the expiry date.
  • The monthly recharge amounts kept increasing and the total value is either same as the annual recharge or even more.

This made me to search for some reliable options and i have explained them below. They are one of the cheap and best options available.

1.1. Monthly Recharge

  • The last monthly recharge that i had used was the Rs. 148 package with 28 days validity.
  • So, I had to recharge every month and this can be cumbersome.
  • The validity was for 28 days only and does not cover the entire month. 
  • This means that we have to do 13 monthly recharges per year and we will end up paying more than the yearly recharge package. I haven’t really understood why they do it but it is clearly another way of earning more revenue for them. 

1.2. Yearly Recharge (recommended)

  • To keep it simple and avoid all the problems mentioned above, I chose to do an annual recharge for Rs. 1799 with 365 days validity.
  • This assures the incoming/outgoing services during the entire year.
  • Do not have to worry about our number getting deactivated.

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1.3. Optional

  • How to activate International Roaming for Airtel Prepaid and Postpaid SIM?
  • I have not subscribed to any International Roaming package, even though it is recommended by Airtel. 
  • You can add it and avoid any  roaming issues. But, it will cost another Rs. 3000 approximately.

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  • Like Airtel,  it is highly recommended to use the annual plans from Jio . For example the Rs.2999 plan with 365 days validity.
  • The yearly validity plans are more expensive then Airtel. However, it comes bundled with a lot more data and other value added services like Hotstar, SonyLiv, etc.
  • You have to activate the International Roaming (IR) option via the MyJio App .  It will be activated in a few minutes and it does not cost anything.
  • A reader named Rahul Sharma shared this useful information, when he stopped receving the OTPs on his mobile number. The customer support insisted him to activate the IR. However, he did not pay anything extra, as it was only IR activation for the mobile connection.
  • He did not subscribe for any specific IR plans, even though they were trying hard to sell them.

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3. VI (Vodafone Idea)

  • You can find similar anuual plans wtih VI too . For example the Rs.1799 plan with 365 days validity.
  • However, i do not have any personal experiences to share about these plans.
  • If you are a VI user, please share your own experiences in the comments. This will be really helpful to other readers.

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A few questions from the Indian community in France.

  • Are you able to receive OTP messages in France with this yearly package? Ans: Yes, I receive all the OTPs from India.
  • Do we need to activate IR for annual ? Or first 28 days validity is enough for entire year ? And what is the best option like with wifi or without wifi. I just need to get OTPs. Ans: You can do the yearly recharge mentioned earlier.
  • If you take the annual recharge, do you have to use the number regularly or just the recharge will suffice? What about International Roaming?. Ans: I do a one-time recharge for the year. This keeps the number active and i receive OTPs too. Only during my trips to India, i use the internet and calls. International roaming isn’t mandatory for Airtel but a must for Jio.

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Why do you need to go through Cleartrip, Now you have set up an account with IRCTC just book with them. Cleartrip is not working in UK and rest of Europe.

Just wondering, if you've registered on IRCTC, than why not book direct? Once your international telephone number and emails are verified by IRCTC, as a foreigner, you can book train tickets a year in advance.

Cleartrip, MakeMyTrip and other similar apps are not available for us because of strong data protection laws in the UK/EU.

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if u need to book train tickets, register with irctc, thats it.

IRCTC wouldn't accept any of our bank cards??

Is there still an option of “ multiple payment services"? And then 'International Cards powered by Atom"?

IRCTC accept international card,choose multiple payment service then International card (powered by ATOM).

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Is it easier through Cleartrip?

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You can have two eSIMs active on supported iPhone models at the same time. This could, for example, include one eSIM for your home and another eSIM for the place you're visiting.

You can swap which of your stored eSIMs are active simply by changing your selections in Settings. This might be helpful if you travel regularly to the same places.

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eSIM on iPhone isn’t offered in China mainland. In Hong Kong and Macao, some iPhone models feature eSIM. Learn about using Dual SIM with two nano-SIM cards in China mainland, Hong Kong, and Macao . For travelers visiting China mainland who wish to use an eSIM for prepaid data plans, these are offered by many worldwide service providers .

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If your iPhone is locked to a carrier, it can be used only by that carrier. You can add multiple eSIMs and plans through that carrier. To check if your iPhone is unlocked, go to Settings > General > About. If your iPhone is unlocked, "No SIM restrictions" appears next to Carrier Lock. Learn how to unlock iPhone for use with a different carrier .

Many carriers offer prepaid plan options that you can purchase from the carriers' websites or apps before you arrive, or in person after arrival, through a carrier kiosk at the airport, carrier store, or other location. Carriers will provide steps to activate your eSIM digitally, like with a QR code or carrier app. Depending on local regulations, you might be asked to show identification (like your passport) to purchase. These prepaid carrier options might offer more affordable local plans for data, voice, and text. Check with individual carriers for details.

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On your iPhone, you can store eight or more eSIMs, which can be used as needed. On supported iPhone models, you can use two eSIMs at the same time . Carrier fees might apply. Contact your carrier for information.

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Many worldwide service providers offer prepaid data plans . These plans allow you to stay connected in over 190 countries and regions when you travel. Carriers offer plans that differ by the amount of data and duration. You can also purchase a plan before you travel.

Apps that offer data only eSIM plans are available on the App Store on your iPhone .

While you're abroad, you can use a data-only eSIM as your secondary line and have two active eSIM plans on supported iPhone models.

The capabilities on your primary line will continue to work when you add a data-only eSIM for cellular data. For example, you might keep your primary line for your home and set up a data-only eSIM plan as your secondary line while traveling.

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  24. Use eSIM while traveling internationally with your iPhone

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