Most travellers experience no problems during their stay in India, but if they do, the Consular & Passport Section of the Australian High Commission can provide a range of advice and assistance from issuing emergency passports, assist in cases of accident, serious illness or death, witness and certify documents, etc. However, we are unable to arrange any of your travel or hotel bookings, get you visas, pay private bills, legal costs or fines, get you out of goal or provide legal advice. The High Commission is however; always ready to assist in the case of an emergency. By law we must charge fees for certain services such as notarial acts, certifying documents, certificates of no impediment and producing introduction letters.
Checklist for your trip to India
Before you board your flight for India, you should make sure you’ve ticked all the boxes on your travel checklist:
- Passport: Make photocopies of your passport, visa, certificate of travel insurance and other significant documents and leave them in a safe place with a family member or friend in Australia. If your passport is lost or stolen during your stay in India, you are required to obtain an exit visa in order to leave India. An exit visa can be given to you, provided you obtain a police report, two passport size photographs and a letter from the High Commission or Consulate General detailing your passport statusi.
- Visa: All Australians travelling to India must obtain a visa before arrivali. Without one, it is very likely that you will be refused entry into India. If you intend to stay in India for longer than 6 months, you must register with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office or with the Superintendent of Police within 2 weeks of arrivali.
- Health: Get any booster shots, medicines and vaccinations that are recommended by your GP. Pack anti-diarrhoeal medication and rehydration tablets in case you’re struck with Delhi belly.
- Clothing: Stock up on insect repellent and sunscreen. Pack long and loose-fitting clothing as well as hats and appropriate footwear.
The Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai & Chennai are also equipped to provide consular services. Contact details of the Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai & Chennai are –
Australian Consulate General, Chennai
9th Floor, Express Chambers
Express Avenue Estate, Whites Road, Royapettah
Tel: +91 44 4592 1300; Fax: +91 44 4592 1320
Australian Consulate General, Mumbai
Level 10, A Wing
Opp MCA Cricket Club
G Block, Plot C 38-39
Bandra Kurla Complex
Mumbai 400 051
Tel: +91 22 6757 4900; Fax: +91 22 6757 4955
Places to Visit in India: