This page contains answers to common questions asked by tourists travelling to Goa.

Note: If you still have any further questions Email to : goatourism@dataone.in .

1. How do I obtain a visa to India ?

 A visa to India is needed by most foreign nationals visiting India. They are obtainable at the Indian Missions, Consulates, High Commissions Overseas. A list of this is given in the Travel Kit section of the website. The visas are valid for the period issued. They range from a 15 day period to up to a six month period for tourists. They are valid from the date of issue and it is wise to start travel as soon as the visa is obtained to take advantage of the entire period of visa validity. Once obtained, visas can be extended  in India, ( depending on the application ) at the local "Foreigners Registration Office" located in every major city in India. In Goa it is located at the Police Headquarters in Panaji.

2. Where can I find the Indian Consulate?

A list of addresses and websites of Indian Missions Overseas is given in the Travel Kit section of this website. Contact them for the latest information regarding applications, fees and addresses.

3. What are the fees for obtaining an Indian Visa?

The fees vary with the country concerned and are many a time reciprocal. You have to check and confirm with your local Indian Missions Overseas listing given in the Travel Kit section of the website.

4. What are the health precautions for travel to India?

It is worthwhile to get vaccinations and immunizations against the following prior to travel to India. Tetanus and Diphtheria, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, Meningococcal meningitis, TB, Rabies and Japanese B encephalitis. Record all vaccinations in the International Health Certificate available at your local Physician or Health department.

International  tourists should carry their Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate conforming to International Health Regulations, if they originate or are transiting through countries where Yellow Fever  is endemic. International travelers / tourists originating from the USA, UK and Canada do not require any  mandatory vaccinations.

The International Health Certificate is not normally asked for by immigration officials, however it is   better to carry one. It may be of immense help in case of a medical emergency.

To avoid Malaria and  Dengue fever, carrying mosquito repellents, nets, and using sprays against insects in rooms is usually sufficient. Taking a first aid kit carrying adhesive bandages, thermometer, water-purification tablets, antibiotics, antiseptic creams and mosquito repellents is recommended.

5. Are there good hospitals in Goa ...?

Goa has better health facilities for its size as compared to the rest of India. The apex medical institution in Goa is the Goa Medical College Hospital and the campus is located at Bambolim near Panaji. The other towns of Mapusa  and Margao are served by district hospitals, namely the Asilo Hospital in Mapusa and the Hospicio Hospital in Margao. Vasco da Gama has a good private hospital, the Salgaocar Medical Research Center. There are a lot of cottage hospitals and primary health centers in every small town and village.

6. What is the best time to visit Goa?

Anytime is fine. The peak tourist season to visit Goa is between October and January. However, Goa is at its most beautiful during the monsoons from June to September, when the hotels offer the best discounts.

7. Where can I get more information on Goa...?

On this website. Check out the various sections to get information on the all possible aspects of Goa.

8. What are the ways of getting to Goa ?

Goa is approachable by all means of transportation. Check out the Transportation section of the website for more details.

The international gateway for this part of India is Mumbai. Goa's only airport is the Goa Airport at Dabolim near Vasco. Goa is well connected by roads to major neighbouring cities  like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad with good  regular bus services. Goa has the most modern railway line in India, the Konkan Railway which connects it to major Indian cities via links and express trains.

9. Where can I get maps of Goa ?

Most major maps are available on this website. Printed versions are available at all bookshops and other places around Goa.

10. What should I wear ?

Clean and decent clothes, preferably cotton as Goa has a tropical climate. Use your discretion.  The preferred Indian clothes are pants and shirts, and most women wear saris, Indian dresses, pants and skirts and blouses. Beachwear, while widely accepted, should be limited to beach areas. 

11. What should I carry...?

The usual personal effects along with clothes. Make sure you have personal accessories suited to the appropriate voltage. It is 220V in India. Carry prescriptions of medications and spectacles.

Make sure you have the International drivers license if you wish to drive. Carry enough local currency equivalent to $100 worth at all times to pay for local services. Make sure your documents including cash, passport and credit cards and tickets are secure and keep a copy with you at all times.

12. Is it wise to get travel insurance for my travel to Goa ...?

Yes. One can never predict when one might need specialized services not available in Goa.

13. What about driving in Goa ...?

Like the rest of India and the UK, vehicles travel on the left side of the road. An International Drivers License is required.

14. How should I carry money ...?

Preferably Travellers  cheques and cash in Indian currency up to $100 at all times to pay for local services. Credit cards such as Masters, Visa, Amex are also widely accepted in Goa.  

15. Are credit cards safe and useful to carry ...?

Yes. Using credit cards to withdraw cash is available at quite a few places in Goa.

16. What currency is used in India ...?

The Indian currency is called Rupees. One rupee is made of 100 paise. A rough estimate is 1$ = 53.59 Indian rupees.

17. How reliable is the postal system in Goa ...?

The Indian postal service is very reliable provided all transactions are done at the post office. There is a post office in every village, town and city. The Head Post Office or HPO is in Panaji.

18. How reliable is the telephone system in Goa ...?

Very reliable. The Inter-state calls (STD calls) and the international calling facility (ISD) are available at most public calling booths and the rates are displayed at the booths. They can also be done at most post offices and hotels.

19. How is the transportation in Goa ...?

Very Good. The local transportation is a mix of Private and Public enterprise. The public enterprise is called the KTC or the Kadamba Transport Corporation. The private buses all have names and locals usually refer to them as such. Most local cities and towns have a designated Bus stand from where most services arrive and depart.

20. Where is the International airport in Goa ...?

Goa has only one airport - the Goa Airport and it is located at Dabolim, near the city of Vasco da Gama. It is classified as a international airport with connections to all all major Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, Pune and Chennai. It is about 45 minutes drive from the capital city of Panaji.

21. Is there easy access to internet in Goa ...?

Yes. There are hundreds of Internet cafes scattered all over Goa. The charges are variable.

The dial-up lines are fast and reliable, but most cyber cafes are on ISDN / DSL or broadband lines.

22. What about photography and photo processing in Goa ...?

It is all available in Goa almost everywhere at quite reasonable rates.

23. Does India and Goa have different time zones ...?

The whole of India has one time zone including Goa. It is commonly referred to as IST or the Indian Standard Time. The IST is GMT + 5 & 1/2 hours.

24. Will my electric shaver work in Goa and India ?

Only if it runs on  220V. If you come from a country with 110V standard, please get a conversion kit or an adapter.

Since there is wide fluctuation in voltage in India, you are advised to use a voltage stabilizer to prevent damage to sensitive electronic equipment.

25. Are women  travelers safe in Goa ...?

Quite safe, Yes. Goa has a special Women's Police Station to handle women related crimes.

26. How safe is Goa ?

It is very much safer as compared to the rest of India. However please follow some common Do's and Don'ts while in India in general. This includes locking your suitcases, keeping an eye on them during travel, locking hotel rooms and placing items of importance in hotel safes for safekeeping.

Please always keep a sufficient amount of money in small bills in Indian Rupees for sundry use. Keep passport on person at all times.

27. What is the position regarding use of drugs in Goa?
Drugs are absolutely illegal in Goa with severe penalties if caught in possession of even minute quantities.

28. Is nudity allowed on Goan beaches ...?
Nudity is banned on all Goan beaches.

29. Is alcohol available in Goa ...?

Yes. Goa is famous for its own brand of brewing. It is called "Feni ". It is distilled from two sources, Cashew fruits and Coconut trees.

30. What is the Language of Goa, is English easily understood ...?

Goans proudly speak Konkani, which is Goa's official language. There is a lot of variation in the way it is spoken among different communities and locations in Goa, this is partly due to history. Konkani uses "Devnagiri" script which is common with Hindi.

English is widely spoken and understood with an accent variation depending on the educational background of the speaker and the area of origin.

31. Where can I find a list of foreign Missions in India...?

Almost all countries have missions in India. A list of all these is given in the Travel Kit section of the website.