The UK foreign office has released travel advice to England cricket fans ahead of the national side’s winter tour to India.
England will play three ODIs, five Tests and three IT20s in India starting later this month running until January 2017.
Key advice is highlighted below.
Passports, visas and travel insurance
As a British national you need a visa to visit India. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date of entry into India. You can find further information about how to apply on the Indian High Commission website.
You should carry your passport containing your visa with you at all times as both proof of identity should any issues arise and as a safety measure. Keep a separate copy of your passport and visa in case you lose your passport.
Travel insurance is essential. It could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties.
If you lose your passport, or it’s stolen, you’ll need to get an Emergency Travel Document from British High Commission New Delhi, or from our British Deputy High Commissions in Mumbai, Chennai or Kolkata.
At the matches
Match venues will be enforcing their standard conditions of entry. Prohibited items generally include: alcohol; drugs; glass bottles or breakable containers; metal containers, cans; offensive weapons, including potential missiles; and professional camera/video/audio equipment. All match venues reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who is drunk and/or disorderly.
You need to be careful with personal possessions and travel documents in the cities and other popular tourist destinations. Avoid carrying everything in one bag; only carry what you need; and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposit boxes– crowded events always involve a risk of pick-pocketing. Don’t leave bags unattended in vehicles, cafes or restaurants.
The Indian Rupee is the local currency. All banks will exchange either US dollars or sterling. There are ATMs in all major cities. Never trade currency with strangers.
The laws governing alcohol vary from state to state. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in Bihar, Gujarat, Kerala, Manipur, Nagaland and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Consumption or possession of alcohol in prohibited states can lead to arrest without bail and charges which carry a sentence of 5 to 10 years. In some states foreign nationals and non-resident Indians are able to buy 30-day alcohol permits. Seek advice from your local travel agent/hotel or the authorities to ensure you’re aware of any alcohol prohibition in the state.
If you urgently need consular assistance in India (for example if you’ve been attacked, arrested or lost your passport) call the British High Commission in New Delhi Shantipath Chanakyapuri New Delhi-110021 Telephone +91 11 2419 2100 Email email@example.com