Moving to India

Last updated: September 4, 2019

If you’re certain, maybe just interested or still need convincing, this page will help you with everything related to moving to India. Here you can find all of the information you need to prepare yourself for moving to one of the most diverse countries on the planet. Read our list of top 10 international moving companies that can help you move to India.

Visas to India

If you’re moving to India, then you will most definitely need a visa. You can now apply for a tourist visa online, which can last for up to 60 days. However, if you’re moving to India for work or for family then there is a bit of a longer process you have to go through.

If you’re moving to India on multiple long term entry visas, you must register with the nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Officer within 14 days of arrival.

If you’re a British-Pakistan national, the process of applying for visas to India are different. You have to apply with you Pakistani passport and unfortunately, the processing times are substantially longer. For more information on how to the cost of visas to India and how to apply, the UK government website has foreign travel advice.

Indian Culture

Something that you should definitely prepare for when moving to India, is the massive difference in culture. Indian culture is very different to the culture in the UK: the food, languages, religion and even how shopping is done, are all things that you should be aware of before packing your bags! This section explains some things that you should consider about the Indian culture before moving. Read our moving abroad page to read about the 34 things that you should be preparing for your move abroad.

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Cost of Living in India

The cost of living in India is one of the most popular reasons for moving to India. However, despite low living costs, wages are also very low. So, unless you are emigrating to India with a western company, you may expect your wages to reflect the very low living costs. The table below will give you an idea of how much the cost of living in India is:

City scoresCosts per city
CityQuality of lifePurchasing powerSafetyHealth careCost of livingPollution
Delhi344847342195
CityCappuccino price1L milk priceOne dozen eggs priceThree room apartment rent
Delhi£ 1,17£ 0,52£ 0,67£ 355,18

Driving in India

If you’re planning on maybe transporting your car or buying one in India, then you should really be aware of what driving in India is like! Driving in India is notoriously dangerous and the driving laws are a lot more relaxed. This is why most expats choose to hire drivers to avoid the stress! Read this guide to driving in India for more advice.

Shipping a vehicle to India is very difficult and expensive due to very strict import regulations. Importing a used vehicle from the UK to India has the following guidelines:

  • It cannot have been manufactured more than three years previously
  • It must have been previously registered, sold, leased or loaned before importation
  • It must have a roadworthiness certificate valid for at least five years after the date of importation
  • It must have right-hand steering, controls and headlights suitable for driving on the left side of the road (applicable to all vehicles with the exception of two- and three-wheelers)
  • It must have a speedometer that displays the speed in kilometres per hour
  • It can be imported only through the Indian customs port at Mumbai (Nhava Sheva)
  • It must conform to the provisions of the Central Motor Vehicles Act of 1988
  • Its cylinder capacity is no more than 3,000cc

Moving to India from the UK

This section will explain the major things that you need to know and prepare for when moving to India. From the cost of moving internationally to advice on your vaccines!

Cost of Moving to India

Size of HouseholdTimeCost
1 bed flat6-12 weeks£2,700 – £4,800
3 bed house4-8 weeks£6,000 – £10,000
5 bed house4-8 weeks£9,500 – £15,700

Above are the estimated costs of moving the entire contents of your home from London to Delhi by sea. You will be able to choose whether you would like to send you belongings by sea or by air. Even though sending your stuff by air will be quicker, it will be considerably more expensive. The most popular choice is shipping by sea. If you would like more information on container sizes and costs, visit our container shipping costs page.

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Moving Pets to India

If you’re planning on moving pets to India, then there are some requirements that you need to take care of before you leave:

  • Pet Microchip
  • Import Permit
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • Health Certificate

You may only take up to two dogs and cats with you, unfortunately any other type of animal is not permitted. For more information visit the pet travel’s information page on immigration to India with pets.

Advice on Moving to India

Here are some extra tips on moving to India:

  • Make sure that you get the right vaccinations before you leave. Book an appointment with your doctor or the travel nurse and they can advise you on what vaccinations you will need.
  • If you’re worried about how much moving to India will affect your wallet, read our cheap removals page for advice on how to save on your move.

Living in India

Whether you’ve decided to move to bustling Delhi or the business centre of Mumbai, here is some advice and information on what it’s like living in India.

Education in India

If you’re planning on moving to India with your family, then you are probably interested in what the education system in India is like. Education is provided by the public and private sector and is funded by the central, state and local levels of government.

Primary education is from the ages of 6-14, Secondary is from 14-18 and after that people can choose to go onto higher education. If you would like more information on education in India, Scholaro gives a good overview of what is involved at each stage of education.

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Working in India

The IT industry in India is growing fast, as well as engineering, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical sectors. So, if you’re planning on moving to India for a job in one of these sectors, you’re in luck.

For help on finding work in India, you can use people who you already know or personal contacts. However, if you don’t know anyone then you can use online portals:

Healthcare in India

Another thing to consider is what you’re going to do about your healthcare. There are still big differences in the healthcare in India, between rural and urban areas and also the private and public sectors. A lot of Indian citizens turn to private healthcare, as they offer world class quality healthcare at a fraction of the price of developed countries. So, this should be something that you look up before moving to India. For more information, take a look at the International Commonwealth Fund website for India’s profile on their healthcare system.