Travel & Safety Tips


  • All religious sites should be equally respected and always remember to observe silence when passing such a site.
  • When entering a religious site, especially a Hindu temple, remove any footwear. A small donation for the maintenance of the temple is expected upon leaving the building.


  • Do not wander alone in isolated or dark beaches and back alleys at night.
  • Do not flash valuables or wads of cash. Do not carry wallets prominently; and keep a firm hand on purses in crowded areas. Exercise modesty at all times.
  • Avoid provocative debates and arguments where alcohol may be involved.
  • Exercise caution during festivals and religious processions, where crowds are usually overwhelming and can become unruly.

Laws and Regulations

  • The use, possession and trade of any drug is illegal in Goa. If any tourist is caught with such drugs, the minimal sentence is 10 years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 10,000. Drug offences do not qualify for bail and time-off for good behaviour is not an option. Serving the given sentence is mandatory.
  • Articles made from rare and endangered, thus protected, animal species have no sale and purchase rights. It’s prohibited to acquire such articles and if found in possession, it’s a punishable offence.
  • Nudity at the beach or public places is prohibited. It’s punishable under National and State laws.
  • Do not smoke in public places/vehicles. Smoking and spitting is banned at all places of public use.
  • Foreigners may be targeted by corrupt cops looking to get a bribe or payoff, so you'd best steer clear of any suspicious behaviour such as purchasing illegal drugs.
  • If you're involved in an accident, have your hotel manager report the incident immediately.

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