VISA AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
International attendees will need an Indian visa for this conference. We will provide you all the documentation, an invitation letter and required clearances, and help with your visa, if you register for the conference before 15 March. After that time you will need to arrange for your visa on your own. If you missed the deadline to provide us documents for a conference visa, or somehow the conference visa is not suitable for you, then you can apply for a tourist e-visa, which is often more quick and does not require you to submit any formal documents. Tourist e-visa for India typically takes just a few days of processing, and the application is online.
India does not require special vaccination or medical tests for citizens of most countries. Malaria is not a problem in the areas where field trips have been organized, although you should take precaution for dengue and a few other mosquito-borne diseases. This predominantly involves using mosquito repellents and mosquito nets. Medical shops, medicines and good medical care is readily available at a reasonable cost.
Southern India is reasonably safe and fun for foreign travellers. Transportation by public buses and traveling alone is usually not advised, although it is usually not a bad experience especially if you make friends on your journey, which is easy in India. Indians are normally very friendly and welcoming of foreigners. Renting cars is easy and cheap, and they come with friendly drivers.
Field conditions during the field trips are likely to be hot and humid, or rainy and cool, depending on how monsoon behaves. There will be a million leeches in the forest! Leech socks are advised.