Travel advice: England cricket team's tour to India
The England cricket team will tour India in November and December 2016 and January 2017.
England will play three ODIs, five Tests and three T20Is in India this winter. As well as this advice page, read our travel advice for India and subscribe to email alerts and signup for updates.
Passports, visas and travel insurance
As a British national you need a visa to visit India. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 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) you need to call the British High Commission on +91 11 2419 2100. Please read services for British nationals.
For detailed information on enjoying your stay in India and staying safe please read our India Travel Advice.
British High Commission contact details:
British High Commission
Telephone +91 11 2419 2100