All non-Indian-citizens are required to have an Indian
visa to enter the country. Allow yourself sufficient time
(say 2-3 weeks) to procure an appropriate visa from your nearest
Indian consulate. There are several
Indian consulates worldwide. Please visit this site
for more information including an online copy of the
application form for Indian visa.
If you need an invitation letter from the ISAAC 2006 organizing committee for visa purposes, please write to the organizing chair at email@example.com.
Flights to India tend to fill up well ahead of the December holiday
season. We recommend that you make your flight reservations 2-3 months in advance,
to be on the safe side. For travel in Kolkata, see the travel page.
While international credit cards are widely accepted in commercial
establishments in India, several places rely on cash transactions
in the local currency (Indian Rupee). We suggest that you either
carry some Indian currency when entering India or purchase Indian currency
at the currency exchange agencies at the Indian airports, upon
arrival. The current exchange
rate is about Rs. 45/- per US dollar. Once in
India, you can purchase additional Indian currency from local branches
of Citibank, Thomas Cook, etc. However, it is typically difficult
to convert Indian currency back into foreign currency because
of exchange regulations.