Coming from abroad

  • Vaccinations

  • Visa

  • Journey To Pune

  • Registration In Pune


Vaccinations

Following information is quoted from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website, US, http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/india.htm

Preparing for Your Trip to India

Before visiting India, you may need to get the following vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination: (Note: Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities.)

To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine to prevent malaria, if you need it.

Even if you have less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines, anti-malaria drugs and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.

CDC recommends that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine.  Find a travel medicine clinic near you. If you have a medical condition, you should also share your travel plans with any doctors you are currently seeing for other medical reasons.

If your travel plans will take you to more than one country during a single trip, be sure to let your health-care provider know so that you can receive the appropriate vaccinations and information for all of your destinations. Long-term travelers, such as those who plan to work or study abroad, may also need additional vaccinations as required by their employer or school.

Although yellow fever is not a disease risk in India, the government requires travelers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever virus transmission to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. If you will be traveling to one of these countries where there is a risk of yellow fever virus transmission before arriving in India, this requirement must be taken into consideration. See Yellow Fever Vaccine Requirements and Information on Malaria Risk and Prophylaxis, by Country for more information.

Be sure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date. Check the links below to see which vaccinations adults and children should get.

Routine vaccines, as they are often called, such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) are given at all stages of life; see the childhood and adolescent immunization schedule and routine adult immunization schedule.

Routine vaccines are recommended even if you do not travel. Although childhood diseases, such as measles, rarely occur in the United States, they are still common in many parts of the world. A traveler who is not vaccinated would be at risk for infection.

Vaccine recommendations are based on the best available risk information. Please note that the level of risk for vaccine-preventable diseases can change at any time.

Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.
Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)

Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection (see map) where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with “standard” tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.
Hepatitis B

Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission (see map), especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).
Typhoid     Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in South Asia, especially if staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.
Polio

Recommended for adult travelers who have received a primary series with either inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) or oral polio vaccine (OPV). They should receive another dose of IPV before departure. For adults, available data do not indicate the need for more than a single lifetime booster dose with IPV.
Japanese encephalitis

Recommended if you plan to visit rural farming areas and under special circumstances, such as a known outbreak of Japanese encephalitis, see country-specific information.
Rabies     Recommended for travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas, involved in activities such as bicycling, camping, or hiking. Also recommended for travelers with significant occupational risks (such as veterinarians), for long-term travelers and expatriates living in areas with a significant risk of exposure, and for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats, carnivores, and other mammals. Children are considered at higher risk because they tend to play with animals, may receive more severe bites, or may not report bites.

Malaria

Areas of India with Malaria:

All areas throughout the country, including cities of Bombay (Mumbai) and Delhi, except none in areas >2,000 m (6,561 ft) in Himachal, Jammu, Kashmir, Pradesh, and Sikkim.
(more information)

If you will be visiting an area of India with malaria, you will need to discuss with your doctor the best ways for you to avoid getting sick with malaria. Ways to prevent malaria include the following:

Taking a prescription antimalarial drug
Using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites
Sleeping in air-conditioned or well-screened rooms or using bednets

All of the following antimalarial drugs are equal options for preventing malaria in India:

Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine.
For detailed information about each of these drugs, see Table 3-11: Drugs used in the prophylaxis of malaria. For information that can help you and your doctor decide which of these drugs would be best for you, please see Choosing a Drug to Prevent Malaria.

Note: Chloroquine is NOT an effective antimalarial drug in India and should not be taken to prevent malaria in this region.

To find out more information on malaria throughout the world, you can use the interactive CDC malaria map. You can search or browse countries, cities, and place names for more specific malaria risk information and the recommended prevention medicines for that area.

Malaria Contact for Health-Care Providers
For assistance with the diagnosis or management of suspected cases of malaria, call the CDC Malaria Hotline: 770-488-7788 (M-F, 9 am-5 pm, Eastern time). For emergency consultation after hours, call 770-488-7100 and ask to speak with a CDC Malaria Branch clinician.

A Special Note about Antimalarial Drugs

You should purchase your antimalarial drugs before travel. Drugs purchased overseas may not be manufactured according to United States standards and may not be effective. They also may be dangerous, contain counterfeit medications or contaminants, or be combinations of drugs that are not safe to use.

Halofantrine (marketed as Halfan) is widely used overseas to treat malaria. CDC recommends that you do NOT use halofantrine because of serious heart-related side effects, including deaths. You should avoid using antimalarial drugs that are not recommended unless you have been diagnosed with life-threatening malaria and no other options are immediately available.

For detailed information about these antimalarial drugs, see Choosing a Drug to Prevent Malaria.

More Information About Malaria

Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. Humans get malaria from the bite of a mosquito infected with the parasite. Prevent this serious disease by seeing your health-care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug and by protecting yourself against mosquito bites (see below).

Travelers to malaria risk-areas in India, including infants, children, and former residents of India, should take one of the antimalarial drugs listed in the box above.
Symptoms

Malaria symptoms may include

fever
chills
sweats
headache
body aches
nausea and vomiting
fatigue

Malaria symptoms will occur at least 7 to 9 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Fever in the first week of travel in a malaria-risk area is unlikely to be malaria; however, you should see a doctor right away if you develop a fever during your trip.

Malaria may cause anemia and jaundice. Malaria infections with Plasmodium falciparum, if not promptly treated, may cause kidney failure, coma, and death. Despite using the protective measures outlined above, travelers may still develop malaria up to a year after returning from a malarious area. You should see a doctor immediately if you develop a fever anytime during the year following your return and tell the physician of your travel.
Items to Bring With You

Medicines you may need:

The prescription medicines you take every day. Make sure you have enough to last during your trip. Keep them in their original prescription bottles and always in your carry-on luggage. Be sure to follow security guidelinesExternal Web Site Icon, if the medicines are liquids.
Antimalarial drugs, if traveling to a malaria-risk area in India and prescribed by your doctor.
Medicine for diarrhea, usually over-the-counter.

Note: Some drugs available by prescription in the US are illegal in other countries. Check the US Department of State Consular Information SheetsExternal Web Site Icon for the country(s) you intend to visit or the embassy or consulate for that country(s). If your medication is not allowed in the country you will be visiting, ask your health-care provider to write a letter on office stationery stating the medication has been prescribed for you.

Other items you may need:

Iodine tablets and portable water filters to purify water if bottled water is not available. See A Guide to Water Filters, A Guide to Commercially-Bottled Water and Other Beverages, and Safe Food and Water for more detailed information.
Sunblock and sunglasses for protection from harmful effects of UV sun rays. See Basic Information about Skin Cancer for more information.
Antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
To prevent insect/mosquito bites, bring:
Lightweight long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat to wear outside, whenever possible.
Flying-insect spray to help clear rooms of mosquitoes. The product should contain a pyrethroid insecticide; these insecticides quickly kill flying insects, including mosquitoes.
Bed nets treated with permethrin, if you will not be sleeping in an air-conditioned or well-screened room and will be in malaria-risk areas. For use and purchasing information, see Insecticide Treated Bed Nets on the CDC malaria site. Overseas, permethrin or another insecticide, deltamethrin, may be purchased to treat bed nets and clothes.

See other suggested over-the-counter medications and first aid items for a travelers’ health kit.

Note: Check the Air Travel sectionExternal Web Site Icon of the Transportation Security AdministrationExternal Web Site Icon website for the latest information about airport screening procedures and prohibited items.

Visa

Indian Missions Abroad are the right place to acquire your Visa to India. You may seek a tourist visa to India, business visa to India, student visa to India, employment visa to India, transit visa to India, or an entry visa to India, from these Indian missions abroad. The Embassies of India, High Commissions of India, and the Consulate Generals of India, will be happy to help you get a Visa to India.

For details see: http://www.visatoindia.com/

Journey to Pune

Book your flight to Pune as early as possible, in this way you can save a lot of money. Since 2008, Lufthansa also offers a non-stop flight from Frankfurt to Pune, but it is not very cheap. The nearest international airport away from Pune is Bombay / Mumbai.

If you arrive in Mumbai, it is best that you exchange enough money at the airport itself for the onward journey.
Almost all flights from Europe land at night in Mumbai. If you want to take a connecting flight to Pune from the domestic airport or catch a train to Pune, you will have to wait many hours. This is why many travellers to Pune plan a stopover in Mumbai, stay there and continue only the next day. Some hotels offer a pick up from the airport; it is best you ask for information whilst making the booking.

Those who want to carry on immediately to Pune, preferably take a taxi. You can book pre-paid taxis to Pune at ​​the airport at the arrival section. The cost of a Chevrolet Tavera is between Rs. 4000-5000 (80 €), but if you book in advance from Pune it costs only Rs 3,000. The drive to Pune on the new highway takes about 3-4 hours.

A cheaper solution is a shuttle bus/ shared taxi service commuting between Bombay airport and Pune and back – even at night.

The drive from Bombay to Pune takes about 4 hours and costs around Rs. 600 (10 €) but one must share the minibus or taxi with fellow travellers. You will then arrive in Pune in the early morning and will be taken directly to your destination. However, since all the passengers are dropped off at their doorstep, the journey time can extend considerably.

If you stay overnight in Mumbai, the cheapest way to get to Pune is by bus or train. There is an air-conditioned Volvo bus service to Pune, which is available at the Dadar station in Bombay. The cost per person is Rs 280 (about 5 €). The train costs only half as much, if you travel by second class.

First impressions

The first impressions of Pune are often rather disappointing. It is a haphazardly built city with clogged roads polluted with exhaust gas from countless vehicles,  a city without a real urban centre. Once you get to know Pune better, you will discover many hidden beauties, especially the greatest treasure of this city: the people. Pune is an open-minded and cosmopolitan city that unites people from all parts of India and all parts of the world. Pune is definitely an unforgettable experience when you learn to connect with the people and the culture of this city. Even if the traffic is quite chaotic, Pune has a relatively well-functioning infrastructure, modern architecture, excellent medical care, good overall security, and, for India, a pleasant and temperate climate und beautiful surroundings. Pune is a city where you can feel at ease.


Registration

If your visa allows you to stay longer than 6 months in India, you have to register within 14 days of arrival at the concerned Foreigners Registration Office (FRO / immigration office) closest to your place of residence. The address of the FRO Pune is:
                  FRO Pune at- Police Commissioner Office,
                            2, Sadhu Waswani Road, 
                                Next to G.P.O. 
                              Pune – 411 001. 
                           Tel. 020-26208273. 

Working hours: FRO Pune is open from Monday to Friday from 15.00 to 17.00
for new registrations,
and between 10.00 to 12.30 for visa extensions, return visas, exit permits. On Saturdays,
Sundays and public holidays the office remains closed.

Another registration is done by your hotel or your landlord. Even if you are staying only for a short period in Pune or are staying with friends, your host / landlord is obliged to register you as guests with the police. For this purpose you have to have copies of your passport and visa ready with you and fill out a form.
Before you register at the FRO, download all required forms from the FRO website and fill them out . Here the link:  http://www.punepolice.gov.in/FRO_branch.html

The registration procedure itself at the FRO for a long term stay in Pune can be a nerve-wracking process. Just to be able to enter the FRO building, often you have to wait for a long time at the gate in a queue until you are admitted. If you’re unlucky, after a long wait you will be asked to come back another day because the office is overcrowded. Once you have squeezed your way through a narrow gate, you will be checked for weapons and will have to sign-in in a visitor’s book. In the FRO office  you can expect a huge crowd. The office is chronically understaffed and can hardly cope with the onslaught of visitors. By the time you get your papers checked, have all the documents scanned and the application procedure completed , many hours would have gone by. To pick up your ”Residential Permit” you have to come again after a weeks time.  Large companies have agents who do all the preparatory work and you need to appear only to sign.



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