General Information

Official Language

  • The official language of the conference is English.

Local Language

  • Konkani is the local language of Goa, but Hindi & English languages are also quite popular among the locals.


  • Hot, humid and possibly rainy. June/July are rainy months in Goa, however, afternoon thunderstorms and/or rain showers often provide a nice reprieve from the hot temperatures and typically only last for short periods of time. During this month, the temperature varies between 29°C in day and 24°C at nights.


  • A valid passport is required. An India visa is required for entry into Goa (or any other part of India). IMPORTANT: Please review the visa process before booking your flight to India

Conference Visa

  • Mission/Posts are authorized to issue Conference visas to delegates visiting India is to attend a conference in India on production of an invitation to a conference/seminar/workshop being organized in India by a Ministry or Department of the Government of India, State Governments or UT administrations, Public Sector Undertakings, Central Educational Institutions, Public Funded Universities (list of such institutions are Available on the website and the websites of the University Grants Commission and Association of Indian Universities), or an organization owned and controlled by the Government of India or any State Government/ UT, United Nations or its specialized agencies.

    Please send email to for an invitation letter However, Ministry’s approval would be required for all conference visas to foreigners participating in conferences/ seminars/ workshops etc. in the following cases:-

    1. Participants from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistani origin and Stateless persons. Complete Passport details as mentioned below are required from the participants of these countries which needs to be forwarded to the ministry for internal approval.
    Sl no. Name Father’s / Husband’s Name Date of Birth Place of Birth Nationality and passport no. Date of issue Place of Issue Date of Expiry Address in country of residence

Tourist Visa

The accompanying person can apply for a tourist visa. Please visit their website ( to decide if this is the best option for you.

e-Tourist Visa Facility is available for holders of passport of following countries

Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Guyana, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand,Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands,Sri Lanka,Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam.


  • International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation , sight seeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.
  • Passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.
  • International Travellers should have return ticket or onward journey ticket,with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.
  • International Travellers having Pakistani Passport or Pakistani origin may please apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.
  • Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders.
  • Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent's/Spouse's Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.
  • Not available to International Travel Document Holders.


  • This depends on what locations you will be visiting. Please consult your physician and follow their recommendations. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control website at

Travel Insurance

  • We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance before travelling to India.


  • 1 Euro = 77.45 INR (Approx) *
  • 1 USD = 63.04 INR (Approx) *

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  • The line voltage for electricity is 220 A.C., 50 Hz in the subcontinent. Most hotels provide 110 volt A.C. points for electric shavers

Traffic/Horn Blowing

  • The rules of the road are simply very different here in India. Traffic generally is much slower than in some other parts of the world, and it is very common to see animals amongst moving traffic. Use great caution when crossing streets. Horn blowing is deemed precautionary and is a constant 24 hour reality.

Food and Drink

  • Always drink bottled water. Do not drink water from the tap. However, in most good hotels, it is safe to brush teeth with tap water.
  • Be careful what you eat. Steer clear of uncooked or unpeeled fruit and vegetables outside the hotels / quality restaurants. Do sample local restaurants too, but use your good judgment. If it looks iffy, take a pass.
  • Eat meats only in restaurants of a good hygienic standard. Curd or yoghurt is served with most Indian meals.
  • Do not eat fried food cooked in the streets.


  • Tipping (where it’s warranted) is common practice in India. It’s fine to tip in a popular foreign currency or local currency. Naturally, it’s never compulsory and should only be done if you’re happy with the service.

During Sight Seeing

  • Always remove your shoes before entering a holy place such as a temple, gurudwara (Sikh temple) or mosque. You may also require covering your head. In general, dress conservatively at a place of worship. Avoid wearing clothes that bare your arms, shoulders and legs.
  • Some Hindu temples do not permit leather articles and are not open to Non-Hindus.
  • Most museums in India are closed on Mondays.
  • In case the sun is strong. Remember to use sunscreen on exposed parts of the body. Wear sunglasses to screen out harmful rays.
  • Smoking is not allowed at all public places; some restaurants have designated smoking areas.


  • India has only one time zone which covers the entire country. Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT.

Safety and Security

  • Follow the same rules of safety that you follow while travelling anywhere else with respect to using hotel safe deposit boxes and keeping travel documents safe.
  • When in public places, keep them in your hotel or with you all the time when moving about.
  • Always carry the hotel address with you when you leave the hotel.


  • Keep extra photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport in a safe place.
  • Taxi and auto-rickshaw fares keep changing, and therefore do not always conform to readings on meters. Insist on seeing the latest rate card, available with the driver, and pay accordingly. Avoid taxis that pick up additional passengers
  • Be wary of impostor porters or guides. Assure they are properly uniformed or identified. Never leave your luggage, briefcase or other items unattended.
  • Insist on the taxi / auto meter being flagged down in your presence.
  • In cities you can change most major foreign currencies and brands of traveller’s cheques but you’ll widen your options and save yourself hassles if you stick to US dollars or pounds sterling.

Restrictions on Export of Articles

  • Export of all wild animals indigenous to the country and articles made from such listed animals like skins, pelts, furs, ivory, rhino horns, and trophies are totally banned.
  • Banned items do not include peacock feathers and handicrafts made from them.
  • Antiques which include sculpture, painting or other works of arts or crafts illustrative of science, art, craft, religion of bygone ages and of historical interest which have been in existence for not less than 100 years may not be exported from India.
  • Manuscripts or other documents of scientific, historical literary or aesthetic value in existence for not less that seventy five years: art treasures not necessarily antiques but of artistic or aesthetic value, also cannot be exported out of India

Local Communication Tips

English Hindi Konkani (Local Language)
Hello Namaskar or Namaste Namaskar
What is your name Aapka naam kya hai ? Tuggle naav kithe/Tuche naav kithe
My Name is ___ Mera naam hai Mhajhe nav
Can you get me a taxi Taxi chaheye Maka ek taxi haadshi?
Go Chalo Vach
Stop Roko Raav
How much Kitna hua? Kitle?
Can you help me? Kya aap meri madad karenge? Makka madat korshi?
Water Paani Udak
Tea Chai Chaa
Understand! Samjhe Kalle
Where is <place> <place> Kahan Hai <place> kai asaa?
Please Kripaya Upkar koroonc
Goodbye Alavida bare melya aani kennai