Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi
The most popular ports of entry for international tourists traveling to India are New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai or Kolkata (formerly called Calcutta). The New Delhi airport is called the Indira Gandhi International Airport and is India's busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic. It is named after Indira Gandhi, a former Prime Minister of India and is located in Palam, 15 km South-West of the New Delhi railway station and 16 km from New Delhi city centre. Passenger can reach the airport by booking a taxi, bus and metro rail.
The airport consist of 3 different units:
Terminal 1D, Domestic departures with check-in counters, security checkpoints, shops etc. (Serving airlines IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir) Interactive map
Terminal 1C, Domestic arrivals with baggage reclaim, taxi desks, shops etc. (Serving airlines IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir)
Terminal 3, International/Domestic departures and arrivals. This is where you will land when arriving to India in an international flight. (Serving airlines Air India, Alliance Air, Jet Airways, Vistara, Air Asia and all other International airlines)
Here are our tips for a stress free arrival to the airport:
Apply for the Indian eTourist Visa before your arrival in India with iVisa. You can apply for your eTourist visa only a few easy steps Remember that prior to departure, your airline check-in agent will ask to see your e-Visa document before checking in so make sure you have a hard copy with you.
Check the stamp in your passport as this indicates how long you can stay in the country, overstaying in India is not recommendable. You can get you into a lot of trouble, paying fines and unnecessary stress. Should you need to stay longer in India, make sure to visit an Indian Embassy before you apply online to understand your available options.
Once you arrive at the New Delhi International Airport, you will see that there will be separate lines for Indian Passport Holders, Airline Crews, Diplomatic Passport Holders as well as special lines for people with the Electronic Tourist Visa for India. It will be clearly marked, just follow the signs. If you are lost and cannot see the signs, then you can always ask the immigrations officers standing around in the arrivals hall, they will be able to assist you from there and tell you where to stand.
If you have a connecting flight in Delhi, make sure you know which terminal you will need to travel too. You can take a shuttle if you are transferring from T1 to T3 or take a pre-paid taxi from the same location and vice -versa. We suggest that you arrange a pre-paid tax on arrival at the airport or get a transfer before your arrival through India transfers. Note that the distance is approx. 8 km so plan ahead of your arrival.
If you need to exchange currency then do that before leaving the airport as all the exchange booths are inside the airport not outside. Metered Radio taxis are a little more expensive than prepaid taxis and transfer so plan ahead.
All travelers arriving in India are required to fill in an 'Arrival Card' for immigration/customs clearance. See an example below. You will present this to the Immigration officer upon arrival.
IMPORTANT: The yellow fever vaccination is not required for everyone visiting India But if you arrive from a country with the risk of yellow fever then be sure to consult your medical doctor in time to get the correct vaccination and take your vaccination card with you as proof.
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