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Practical Information

Passport and Visa requirements
You are advised to contact the Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate in your country in order to obtain a visa of entry. Please apply for your visa in advance. Your travel agent may also be able to help you.  Nodal ministries have been notified of the conference.

Foreign visitors entering India must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after their date of entry in India, except in the case of nationals of Bhutan and Nepal who need only carry suitable means of identification.

The list of Indian diplomatic missions abroad can be found at www.embassyworld.com/embassy/india.htm Visa forms may be downloaded from www.india-visa.com

In case of difficulty in obtaining a visa or if you need an invitation letter, please contact the WAN Secretariat.

The currency in India is the Rupee, which comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000. Please use authorised money changers and banks to change currency. They will issue a certificate of exchange which is required at the time of re-conversion of any unused currency. Under the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999, it is an offence to exchange foreign currency other than through authorised money changers or banks.

The current foreign exchange rate is approximately 66 Indian rupees (INR) to 1 Euro. However, this rate has been fluctuating, so please see www.xe.com for the latest exchange rate.

Insurance and Liability
The Organizers do not take responsibility for any individual, medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are advised to secure their own insurance policies before departure in their countries as necessary.

While every attempt is made to ensure efficient, trouble-free hospitality, including hotel accommodation, sightseeing and tours, participants are advised that no liability accrues to the organizers in case of any necessary modifications such as change in itineraries for tours due to delays or cancellations of flights/other exigencies beyond the organizers┬┤ control.

Please consult with your physician regarding health precautions prior to visiting India.

If you are coming from or have visited Africa, South America or an area infected with Yellow Fever within five days prior to your arrival in India, proof of inoculation against Yellow Fever is required.

The voltage in India is 220 volts. The wall sockets accept plugs with two or three round pins. Should you wish to use appliances of 110 volts, most Conference Hotels will provide adaptors on request but it may be useful to carry your own for convenience.

Local Time
Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT.

Smoking Policy
All conference rooms are non-smoking areas

There is no compulsion to tip anyone for any service rendered. If you choose to do so, the traditional tip is in the region of 10%.