Travel Advisory for Bihar
Bihar is a land of rich cultural heritage and geographic beauty.
There are many places of tourist interests in Bihar and every year many foreign
tourists from different parts of the world come to explore the eternal beauty of
this state. Tourists come for different purposes such as tourism, business, education,
family reunions, etc. Cited below are certain guidelines that the foreign visitors
are advised to follow.
- Foreign tourists are required to obtain a visa from the Indian Mission
in the country of their residence or in a nearby country. They need a valid permit
to visit certain restricted/protected areas.
- They must fill up their Disembarkation/ Embarkation cards on arrival/departure.
- Foreigners coming from or through Yellow Fever countries must be
able to produce a valid vaccination certificate.
- Vaccinations like Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies and Typhoid are
recommended. There are some health risks in India like Cholera, Dengue Fever, Dysentery,
Malaria and Meningitis. Travelers are advised to take precautionary measures against
- Foreigners visiting Bihar, who hold long-term visas (more than 180
days), are required to obtain a Registration Certificate and Residential Permit
from the nearest Foreigners' Registration Office (FRRO) within 15 days of arrival.
The foreigners registered at FRRO are required to report change of their addresses.
- Certificates of registration issued by the Registration Officers
should be surrendered to the immigration officer at the port/check post of exit
- Passengers embarking on journeys to any place outside India from
a Customs airport / seaport are required to pay a Foreign Travel Tax (FTT) of Rs
500 to most countries and Rs 150 on journeys to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
- The Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act bans all forms of wildlife
trade. Violations of the provisions of the Act are punishable with heavy fines and
imprisonment. Foreigners are therefore, advised not to buy any wild animals or their
products and derivatives like articles of ivory, fur and skin.
- The climate of Bihar is a part of the climatic pattern of the Indian
subcontinent. It enjoys a continental monsoon type of climate owing to its great
distance from the sea.
- Foreign tourists are advised to do a complete research on the travelling
and accommodation arrangements on the places they intend to visit.
Tourists should seek permission from the authorities concerned before taking photographs
of places of military importance, railway stations, bridges, airports, military
installations, tribal areas and sensitive border regions. It is prohibited to take
photographs in some of the temples, historical monuments, forts, palaces, tombs
and monasteries. Visitors are required to take special permits from the Archaeological
Survey of India for photographing monuments with tripods and artificial lights.
Camera fee is charged extra in some historical monuments.