India’s Giving Out Free SIM Cards Upon Arrival in New Delhi

Feb 17, 2017

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

When traveling abroad, one of the first things you’ll need to think about is how to stay connected. Sure, you can pay for extra roaming charges through your wireless provider back home — in fact, many of them are getting better about their international service offerings — but sometimes it’s best to have a local option.

Today, the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) announced that travelers coming to India with an e-visa through Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in New Delhi will now receive a free local SIM card upon arrival. In the future, IATO also plans to roll out a similar service at 15 additional Indian airports where e-visa facilities are available.

The SIM card will be provided by state-run telecom operator BSNL and will come pre-loaded with 50 rupees (~$0.85) worth of credit, which can be used for making calls, as well as 50 MB worth of data. SIM cards will remain valid for one month, and you’ll have access to the 24-hour helpline, which is available in 12 different languages.

In order to score a free SIM card upon arrival, you’ll just need to present a copy of your e-visa and a copy of the first page of your passport, a drastic change for tourists who previously had to go through a tedious process of submitting proof of identity, a photocopy of their passport with a valid visa stamp, proof of address, the address of a local reference and photographs just to get an Indian SIM card. The new process is significantly less intense than the old one, which could take several days just to activate.

Note that you’ll need to have an e-visa and in order to get one of those, you must be a citizen of one of these 150+ countries, and the purpose of your visit must be for recreational, medical or casual business purposes. You must then apply and pay the visa fee online.

Overall, this is a great offer from the Indian government. From now on, when you’re landing at DEL, making that call or posting to your social media account to let everyone back home know you got there safely will be easier than ever.

H/T: Mashable

Featured image courtesy of Dilwar Photography via Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.