The tropical climate, roadside food stalls, countless knick-knack vendors, crowded streets and the never-ending daily chaos – to manoeuvre oneself around all this, a tourist requires a bit of insider tips about Goa.
Travel Documents and Currency
- Keep all travel documents, money and valuable items well-hidden from the public eye.
- The Indian Rupee cannot be taken out of the country nor purchased while out of India. Money exchanging facilities are available at the airport, state and private banks. It’s best to carry Travellers cheques or International Debit Cards rather than liquid cash.
- ATMs are available in most towns and tourist areas, reducing the need to have ready-cash with you. Most public sector banks such as State Bank of India and private banks such as HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank have ATMs that accept Cirrus, Maestro, MasterCard and Visa Cards.
- Travellers Cheques of all major brands are easily changed. The currencies that are most widely and easily accepted are the US Dollar, Euro and British Pound Sterling.
- If you are arriving from a foreign country, you should change some of your currency into Indian Rupees at the airport, at the nearest bank branch or at one of the Money Exchange counters like Thomas Cook. You will find the best rates at State Bank of India or at Thomas Cook. Money Exchange services are also available at most major hotels, resorts and private money changers in the area but the rates may not be attractive.
- Most hotels have in-room electronic safes where you should stash valuables, including passports and most of your cash.
- If any documents or valuables are lost, contact the nearest Government of India Tourist Office or the nearest Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) Office or the nearest Police Station.
- To extend your visa, contact the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) located in the Police Headquarters at Panaji.
- Always have a small emergency card with your name, age, blood group and other relevant medical details and a contact phone number to use in case of an emergency.
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