Travel to India

Travel to India

Area: 3,287,469 km²
Residents: 1,339,180,000 residents (2017)
Population density: 407 E / km²
Form of Government: Parliamentary Federal Republic
System of Government: Parliamentary democracy
Neighboring countries: Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, (Sri Lanka)
Capital: New -Delhi
national languages: Hindi, English and 21 regional languages
80.5% Hindus,
13.4% Muslims (mainly Sunnis),
2.3% Christians,
1.9% Sikhs,
0.8% Buddhists,
0.4% Jainas,
0.6% Other religions: (e.g. Adivasi, Baha’i, Parsees),
0.003% Jehovah’s Witnesses
Literacy: 35%
Road network: Left-hand traffic
Currency: Indian rupee (INR)
1 rupee = 100 paises
Exchange rates:
1 EUR = 88.19 INR
100 INR = 1.13 EUR
1 CHF = 81.68 INR
100 INR = 1.22 CHF
(rate from 02/12/2021)
Telephone area code: +91
Time zones: UTC + 5:30
CET + 4:30
Mains voltage: 220 V

  • Spring: March to May.
  • Summer: June to August
  • Autumn: Sep. until Nov
  • Winter: Dec. to Feb.

In 2020, 274 Germans officially emigrated to India and 628 came back to their homeland. Within the 10 years from 2010 to 2019, 7,579 Germans officially emigrated to India and 7,774 moved back to Germany. This page gives an overview of the country and immigration. We go into detail on the following pages.

India is a country between dream and sobering reality, a subcontinent full of contrasts and incomparable diversity. India has an irresistible allure due to its cultural diversity and history. No other country is so distinctive and inspiring in its music, clothing and culinary delicacies. Visit for colorful India.

Not least because of Bollywood and films with the always welcome actor Shahrukh Kahn, India is also becoming the focus of interest in Western Europe. As an economic miracle, India and China are making headlines again and again, for example in the computer industry and software development. But it also has its downsides.

Mainly because of the complicated immigration regulations, India is not a typical immigration country. But an estimated 25 million Indian citizens and people of Indian origin live abroad. They are scattered over half the world, especially in English-speaking countries but also in the Arab world, in parts of Africa and some islands (Fiji, Mauritius).

Indians tend to be very kind and intelligent people with a big heart for their families. You can live here very cheaply but also incredibly comfortably. English is a good way to get by in many parts of India. Especially in North India, however, it has great advantages to be able to speak some HindiYou can find detailed country information here.


The currency of India is the rupee (INR) or rupee in English. The exchange rate is around 88 INR for 1 euro (February 2021). It is advisable to only change money in banks or money exchange offices and to insist on a receipt.

For the import of the national currency from a value of 25,000 rupees a declaration is required. The export of the local currency is allowed up to 25,000 rupees.

ATMs: are found in major cities in India, called ATMs, and work amazingly well. Foreign EC cards are accepted by the following banks (the card must have the “Maestro” symbol): Citibank, HDFC, Axis Bank, IDBI, State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI, IndusInd, Kotak. Currently, you can receive up to a maximum of 10,000 rupees per withdrawal (200 rupees fee is added). 25,000 to 65,000 rupees can be withdrawn per day.

You can also get money with credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) in banks and some of the big hotels. Payment with non-Indian credit cards is not possible in all shops and restaurants. Sometimes only Indian credit cards are accepted.

Foreign currencies: US dollars, British pounds and the euro are only accepted in hotels and banks. There is no limit to the importation of foreign currencies, but amounts over US $ 5,000 in cash or over US $ 10,000 in travelers’ checks must be declared upon entry. Export up to the amount declared, minus the exchange amounts. When exchanging money, a receipt must be countersigned or a corresponding certificate issued. These documents must be presented upon departure in order to enable the exchange.

Travelers checks are the safest way to travel with big bucks in India. However, they are not accepted by all banks. In any case, some large hotels, the “Thomas Cook Bank” and the “State Bank of India” exchange travelers’ checks for US dollars.

The Indian currency consists of 1, 2, 5 and 10 rupee coins and 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 rupee face notes. Paises (100 paises = 1 rupee) are no longer in circulation. There are various issues of banknotes in circulation. 1,000 rupees banknotes should not be accepted as they have been withdrawn from circulation.


As an EU citizen you need a visa to stay in India, which varies in length of stay and price. The tourist visa, for example, is valid for six months, costs 50 euros and entitles you to enter the country multiple times.

Business visas are only issued for meetings and shopping visits. In most cases an employment visa has to be applied for! For business trips (business and employment), a tabular curriculum vitae must be attached.

Travel to India