General Information


All foreign Nationals except citizens of Nepal require a valid passport along with an Indian visa for admittance at their port of entry in India. Foreign nationals intending to participate in the Conference are requested to obtain an Invitation Letter from the Congress Secretariat to apply for an Indian Visa in their country of Origin. Foreign nationals should obtain their visa before booking flight tickets. Visa cost / fee is not included in the Conference registration.

The accompanying foreign national may apply for a tourist visa on arrival after confirming their eligibility at website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ and decide for themselves. Please review the terms and conditions, visa process, requisite documentation and applicable fee carefully before applying.

The Organising Committee can only facilitate issuance of visaby providing invitation letter and supporting documents; but cannot guarantee its issuance by overseas Indian Embassies / Consulates / High Commissions. Issuance of visa is the sole prerogative of the Visa Counselor at the respective Indian Embassies / Consulates / High Commissions.

Official Language

The official language of the Conference and Workshop is English only. Interpretation services will not be available.

Local language

English and Hindi are widely spoken in Delhi and the rest of the country, except in rural areas.

Local Weather

November –December are mild winter months in this part of the country. Temperatures normally range between 6 degree to 21 degree Celsius. Visitors are advised to carry adequate woolen clothes.

Local Time

Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours 30 mins ahead of GMT.


The currency in India is the Rupee, which is in paper notes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2,000. We suggest that you exchange your currency only at registered Exchange counters located at the airport, hotels & at many other points in the city. 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. All major credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. There are 24 hour ATM counters spread all over the city. Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday, and are closed over the weekend. For currency conversion rates, please refer to website www.xe.com.


The voltage in India is 230 volts. You will require a voltage converter if you are carrying a device that does not accept 230 Volts. Wall sockets accept plugs with two or three round pins. Should you wish to use appliances of 110 volts, most Conference Hotels will provide adapters on request but it may be useful to carry your own for convenience. Most laptops have adapters that accept 110-240 volts, but will still need accessories.


Please consult your physician regarding health precautions prior to visiting India. If you are coming from or have recently visited Africa, South America or an area infected with Yellow Fever within five days prior to your arrival in India, proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required.

Smoking Policy

All public areas including the venue are non-smoking except for specifically labeled smoking areas.

Alcohol Consumption

Current legislation in the Indian state of Delhi prohibits serving alcohol in public places during officially declared “Dry Days” and after 11:00 p.m. (23:00 hrs.). As a general rule, no alcoholic beverages will be served any bar (including those in hotels) after this cut-off time. Individuals who wish to continue to partake of alcoholic beverages after 11:00 p.m. (23:00 hrs.) may only do so via room service orders within hotels if liquor service is available.

Import and Export Regulations

A visitor may bring with into India articles and gadgets for personal use ie, 200 cigarettes or 20 cigars or 250 gms of tobacco, and liquor and wines up to 2 litres. In case of expensive equipment which the visitor wishes to take back, it is recommended that on arrival, intention of taking back the equipment should be declare to the On Duty Customs officials.

On your return, as accompanied baggage, souvenirs, including Indian silk, wool, handicrafts etc. are allowed without any limit, and gold and silver jewellery and handicrafts up to a value of Indian Rupees 100,000. Please note that the export of antiques and art objects more than 100 years old is restricted and that the export of wildlife products is prohibited.

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 from their countries, as required.

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 the event of any necessary modifications, including change in itineraries for tours due to delays or cancellations of flights/other exigencies beyond the Organizers' control.

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