Flights

There are a number of different airlines that fly in to Kempegowda International airport in Bengaluru (Bangalore), in the state of Karnataka in India. We recommend you shop around online to find the best deals. Please arrive between 4am and 9pm on the day your program starts. We will then come and collect you from Kempegowda International airport and take you to your accommodation.

If you arrive in the country early, please organise your own accommodation until the day your placement begins. We’ll arrange a time for you to meet us at the airport on pickup day.

If you need help or advice with flights, we work closely with Student Universe. You can get in touch with them on 0844 560 9862 or by filling out this form. We recommend booking flights no more than 3 months in advance and buying your insurance at the same time, to cover you should the unexpected occur.

 

If you're joining us for the one week program you will finish the following Sunday. The team will be arriving back at Bengaluru airport from Mysore in the early evening.

If you're joining us for two weeks the program will finish on the Friday evening of the second week. The program ends in Kerala and the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, so please keep this in mind when you are booking flights. 

If you are travelling on after the program please ensure that you travel with reputable agents and use websites such as TripAdvisor to research your onward travel plans.

If you are flying back to Sri Lanka to complete your placement with us you will need to fly back into Sri Lanka via Colombo airport. Please get in touch with one of the SLV.Global team on info@slv.global for more information before booking your flights. 


Travel Insurance

It’s got to be done, so don’t get on that plane until you’ve got sufficient insurance to cover your whole trip. Travel insurance needs to cover any medical expenses that may occur in country, delayed flights and lost baggage etc. Travel insurance is different from health insurance and is specific to the country you are travelling to. Therefore, if you already have health insurance please do not assume it will cover you whilst you are abroad. You will need to check the details as this often isn't sufficient for overseas travel.

As with flights, Student Universe are really helpful for insurance too! You can get in touch with them on 0333 333 9224 or by filling in this form. If you are joining us on placement in more then one country please remember to ensure you purchase multi-trip insurance so that you are covered for your whole trip. It’s also worth checking that your provider will cover your care in a private hospital, as sometimes those are the facilities we use, should we need too. 

What Happens at the airport?

Once you arrive in India the team will be waiting at the airport to greet you in the arrivals hall. The team will endeavor to arrive early however, occasionally your flight may be early or the Indian traffic descends upon us and we are a little late. In these instances, you could have a seat or go get some cash from the ATM, 5,000 Indian Rupees is a good amount (around £50GBP, €65 Euros or $70 USD) or use the facilities, and we will be there soon. We have not forgotten you, I promise. Please never ever leave the airport without a member of our team. 

 

Before you leave, for India we will give you numbers for our team in India. Please ensure you have these saved in your phone, or on your person, and get in touch if there are any concerns. Once everyone’s arrived, we’ll take you to the School of Ancient Wisdom and you’ll get the chance to settle in and relax, before getting ready to start the program the following day. 

Transportation

Any programme-specific transport in India will be organised by SLV.Global. Indian public transport is particularly hectic and due to the amount that we plan on packing in, we will generally use private hire minibuses. Please don’t be expecting luxury though, we still want you to experience life in India and get up close and personal with the street culture.

As with all of our placements, we request that our team do not travel on theirown during their program for any reason. If you plan on travelling on after the program, please ensure that you research appropriate travel arrangements and accommodation. Sites such as Trip Advisor can provide the most up to date information regarding specific hotels and travel option. It's well worth doing some research online before booking anywhere.


Visa

Please ensure that you have registered and applied for the appropriate visa online before you depart for India. You need to apply for an E-Tourist Visa (Electronic Tourist Visa) online.

This link (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html) will give you a list of countries that are eligible for the ETA visa online process and a step by step guide to applying for the visa online. The visa costs about £40-£100 which can vary depending on your Nationality. Please ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after your arrival date in India.

You can only apply a maximum of 120 days and a minimum of 4 days before your arrival date in India, so please do not apply too early or too late. 

The ETA may only be obtained twice within each year and is only valid for a maximum period of 60 days from the date you land.   

When you are filling in the e-Tourist visa application, under 'Visa Service' please select the 'Tourist Visa' option, and then 'Recreation/Sight-seeing'. 

 

Please find below Reference name and address needed for your application: 

Treebo Akshaya Lalbagh Inn

No 462 2nd Block

Near Ashoka Pillar, Jayanagar

Bengaluru (Bangalore) 560011

India

Contact Number: +919322800100

Once you have submitted your application it can take approximately 3 working days for your visa to be processed. You'll be notified by email when it is approved. You can then log in to the website and download a copy of your visa, which will have your photo on it. Please then print out a copy of your visa. You will need a printed copy of your visa at the airport in order to board your flight, so please double check you have this, as a copy on your phone is not enough. 


Vaccinations

We’re not doctor so we are not authorised to dispense health advice. Preventative measures should be taken, as you will be visiting medical settings. 

We trust all volunteers to take suitable precautions and volunteers are expected to get vaccinated against all possible contagions. Please see your GP or local travel clinic for advice on vaccinations. 

Remember to tell them that whilst in India you will never be more than 2 hours from a hospital: we are not based in a remote location. For the most up-to-date information about travelling to please check: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk 

In some cases, if you have previously visited an area affected by Yellow fever you will be asked to produce evidence that you have been vaccinated. If this is the case, you should have already been vaccinated and should have the card with you ready to produce. Check with your GP or travel doctor if you are unsure.

Courses or boosters usually advised: 

  • Hepatitis B: is spread through infected blood, contaminated needles and sexual intercourse. Vaccination is recommended for those at occupational risk (e.g. health care workers), for long stays or frequent travel. The vaccine is given as three shots over six months. A rapid schedule is also available, as is a combined vaccination with Hepatitis A. For 95% of people, a lifetime protection is the result.
  • Adult diphtheria: tetanus Single booster recommended if you haven’t had one in the previous 10 years. Side effects can include sore arm and/or a mild fever.
  • Hepatitis A: Provides almost 100% protection for up to a year; a booster after 12 months provides at least another 20 years’ protection. Mild side effects, such as headache and sore arm, occur in 5-10% of people getting the shot.
  • Typhoid: The vaccine offers around 70% protection, lasts for two to three years and comes as a single shot. Tablets are also available; however, the injection is usually recommended as it has fewer side effects. Sore arm and/or mild fever may occur.

Vaccines not required but sometimes advised:

  • Japanese Encephalitis: is spread by mosquitoes. It is a serious infection of the brain and vaccination is advised for those in risk areas unable to avoid mosquito bites, staying for long periods (e.g. more than 4 weeks) or visiting rural areas.
  • Meningitis Single injection: There are two types of vaccination: the quadravalent vaccine gives two to three years protection; meningitis group C vaccine gives around 10 years protection. Recommended for long-term backpackers aged under 25.
  • Tuberculosis (TB): Adult long-term travellers are usually recommended to have a TB skin test before and after travel, rather than vaccination. Only one vaccine is given in a lifetime.
  • Rabies: Course of 3 injections, but you should never be more than 3 hours away from a hospital in India.