Passport and Visa rules change every year. And being from India, sometimes it is very hard to keep a track of the new rules. And if you are an Indian passport holder and you travel often outside India, there are great chances that you might have faced visa issues. One of the major reasons for this is due to the changing rules.
International vacation is always fun. With the difference in culture, food, architecture and people, you get to learn a lot. But international vacation comes at a price which is much higher than domestic trips. There’s an increase in airfare, hotel costs, visa costs and even the airport transfers can get pretty expensive. We have been rigorously traveling for more than 3 years and there are a few things we learned to help us optimize our international travel plans both tactically and financially.
Here are a few tips and tricks on how you too can save big on your next international vacation.
Flights from India to Europe or America can be very long. Read the following compilation of 20 tips to make flying easier. Some items in our Free Gifts section feature in this post!
Buying a prepaid German SIM card in Germany is often difficult for tourists due to insistence on local address by some vendors, and language barriers.
Documents required for buying a prepaid German SIM card
For pre-paid SIM cards, the retailer has to see and put on record official ID, i.e. the passport or national ID card. Unfortunately, many stores require you to have a local address. Foreign addresses are often not accepted. If you do not have a German address, try to use your name with c/o name and address of someone else, e.g. the hotel you’ll stay. This may not be accepted always.
Prepaid German SIM cards are available at airports like at Frankfurt Airport e.g O2 Shop is located at T1, Area B, Level 1. The most convenient way to purchase a SIM card for a visitor is to go to one of the big supermarket, drugstore, service station or electronic market chains. Buy top-up vouchers called Ladebons in many stores with a PIN to enter. Go to one of the three drugstore chains (Rossmann, Müller, dm) or to cash and carry markets like “real” to top up most brands. You can use MNOs vouchers for MVNOs e.g.Vodafone vouchers for Otelo, Fyve, Edeka and LIDL Connect.
Buying a Sri Lanka SIM card in Sri Lanka is easy and rates to call India are low.
When purchasing Prepaid Sri Lanka SIM Cards, registration is a prerequisite by the regulator.
You may need to prove your identity by showing a passport. A digital photograph of you is taken at some stores. If you do not wish to be photographed, please produce a recent passport-size photograph conforming to passport specifications.
When you arrive in the Sri Lanka at Bandaranaike International Airport near Colombo, you can see counters of mobile companies at the Arrivals Lounge such as Dialog, Mobitel, Etisalat ,Hutch and Airtel. A map of airport lobby can be seen by this link for ease. In the city, Mobile outlets or authorized partner retail outlet located island wide. You can top-up cards and electronic top-up at any retail outlet on the street or via International top-up partners using your international Credit/ Debit card via PayPal on Ezetop.
France SIM cards can be bought at the airport in France, but they are not cheap. After the first few minutes, you may be paying high rates to call India
Document required for buying a France SIM card
Buying UAE SIM cards for travelers is easy in the UAE, with multiple options at the airport and activation in a few hours.
Document required for buying a UAE SIM card
Etisalat Sim cards are available at Airport Arrivals in Dubai & Sharjah, your nearest Etisalat Business Centers and in all the major malls across UAE and authorized dealers such as WH Smith at Abu Dhabi Airport & in malls, Dubai Duty Free, at Major Retailers like Jumbo, Emax and select hotels across UAE. Du sim cards are available at shops across the UAE or at authorised dealers.
Getting a Japanese SIM card
SIM at airport
Data Only SIM cards are available at Narita International Airport, where you can get a SIM card through vending machines .The airport will have two such machines, for Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, with only credit cards accepted for added ease. users will need to register their information in order to activate the service. However, it can be done by scanning their passport information at the vending machine.
Buying a Hong Kong SIM card in Hong Kong is easy for travelers, but calling India is not cheap.
Availability of SIM cards and Registration
SIM cards in Hong Kong don’t need registration and are sold in many stores. It’s recommended to go to stores of the operators or a small independent phone shops where somebody speaks English, so he/she can help you with setting up. Reload vouchers can be found all over the city in places like 7-Eleven, 1010, HKT , Grayline or Circle K convenience stores.
Most Chinese SIM cards are regional, which means if you travel to a different province you’ll pay higher rates, so try to buy a SIM card in the province where you’ll be spending the most time. SIM card information related to Beijing will be discussed below.