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If you are planning to move to India, be prepared to enter a vibrant country that is rich in culture and tradition but also highly welcoming to outsiders.

India has a long history of playing an important role in global trade to all corners of the world and has remained an alluring hub that attracts thousands of expats in their quest for a new life overseas.

Language

India is the second-most populous country in the world, a democracy consisting of 29 federal states and seven union territories. Hindi is the official language but expats will find that English is spoken widely across the country and especially among the educated urban population. It’s used in hospitals, for conducting business and most important information is also available in English.

Climate

The climate varies depending on the region. In the very north of the country some regions experience an alpine climate, whereas other northern parts are subtropical and the southern half has a typical tropical climate. Most of the country experiences heavy rainfall during the monsoon season (June – September).

Health and Safety

Expats are advised to be careful when visiting public events. Demonstrations tend to attract large crowds of people and can easily end up out of hand. If you are considering moving to India it’s a good idea to consult your embassy for health and travel advice before moving. While most expats don’t encounter any major problems, it’s good practice to be prepared.

Common health risks include: dengue fever, chikungunya (a mosquito-borne tropical fever), malaria, Japanese encephalitis, diarrhea, cholera, typhoid fever, rabies, and influenza, as well as hepatitis type A and B. Good precautions against mosquito bites are highly recommended when you move to India.

Standard vaccinations such as DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus), polio, and MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) should be refreshed before moving to India. You should also get immunizations for influenza, pneumococci, typhoid, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, meningitis, and both types of hepatitis.

If you are unsure which vaccinations or preventative medication you need, please consult your family doctor before your departure.

Getting around

All major Indian cities have some form of public transport, mostly consisting of rickshaws and crowded buses but expats often prefer taxis. It’s important to beware that taxi fares are usually haggled rather than charged according to a taxi meter.

If you are travelling to India for the first time it’s a good idea to calculate a rough taxi fare in advance. using Taxi Autofare can provide an accurate idea of costs. It’s important to note that, while getting around the city tends to be fairly easy, roads in rural areas tend to be less developed and it can be difficult to get good transport links to facilities or hospitals.

If you would like to find out more about a move to India click here to view our destination guides.

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