Frequently Asked Questions
The LOC of FEC 2018 has tried to compile a list of FAQ's regarding your visit to India, and in particular, to Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar in the state of Gujarat. If you have any query that does not have an answer here, please feel free to send your query to <firstname.lastname@example.org> with an appropriate subject header.
Q. The conference is in Gandhinagar or Ahmedabad ?
A. Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar are twin cities located ~ 25 kms apart. Ahmedabad is the old city while Gandhinagar is the new capital city. The FEC 2018 will be held at Gandhinagar.
Q. What is the weather in Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar in October ?
A. The average high and low temperatures will typically be around 34C and 20C respectively with little or no precipitation and humidity of ~ 40-45% (Annual weather averages)
Q. I have an e-visa to to travel to India. Is that sufficient to attend FEC-2018 ?
A. The e-visa is NOT permitted for attending FEC-2018. A Conference visa is required. Accompanying persons can use the e-visa / Tourist visa.
Q. The conference is in Gandhinagar and the nearest airport is in Ahmedabad. Is this true ?
A. Ahmedabad International airport (AMD) services both the twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
Q. Are there direct flights to Ahmedabad from Europe/USA ?
A. There are direct flights only from Newark and London to Ahmedabad. There are direct flights to Ahmedabad from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Bangkok and Singapore.
Q : Are taxi aggregators available in Ahmedabad ?
Q : Are money exchange facilities available in Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar ?
A : YES. Airports and most of the hotels will have government authorized money changing facilities. There will also be money changing facility at the FEC 2018 venue. Automated money changing facilities are not available.
Q. Will I be able to use my mobile phone in India ?
A. YES. India has a robust and wide mobile network offering voice/data over 2G, 3G, 4G and VoLTE networks over GSM. It is advisible to check with your current network operator for seamless connectivity in India/Gujarat.
Q. Is internet available in India ?
A. YES. Most airports and hotels provide free internet. 4G internet is also available over all mobile networks. The FEC 2018 venue will have high speed broadband internet facility over WiFi.
Q. I understand that alcohol is not avaliable in Gujarat State. Is there any way around this ?
A. YES. Being the birth state of Mahatma Gandhi, Gujarat is a "Dry" state where procuring, keeping and consuming alcohol without a permit is a punishable offence. HOWEVER, foreign visitors coming to Gujarat can procure a permit from the government, using which they can procure and consume liqour within the confines of their hotel room. There are no pubs/bars in Gujarat that serve alcohol. Visitors can get the permit online or offline. If you have not done so online, you can do it offline at the airport also. Ahmedabad International airport has a counter managed by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL) where they can fill in an application and submit a copy of their passport and a fee to obtain the permit. You can ask the airport authorities for locating the counter. Once the permit is issued, you can procure liqour from any of the authorized shops in the city. Your hotel will be able to help you with both obtaining the permit (if you have not done so online) as well as procuring the liqour. The on-line portal is http://eps.gpeonline.co.in/
A graphical representation of this process is given on this page.
Q. I understand that Gujarat is a vegetarian state.
A. NO. while it is true that majority of people in this region are vegetarians, there are plenty of restaurants that offer both Indian and Continental non-vegetarian cusine (lamb, seafood, chicken). However, beef will not be served in any restaurant in any form in Gujarat State.
Q. Will non-vegetarian cusine be available at the FEC-2018 ?
A. NO. as a government policy, no non-vegetarian food or alcohol will be served at the Mahatma Mandir, the venue for FEC-2018. However, there are restaurants close to the venue where non-vegetarian food is available.
Q. Will the FEC-2018 venue have a cloakroom facility ?
A. YES. The FEC 2018 venue will have a cloakroom facility.
Q. Is there transportation from the hotels to the FEC-2018 venue ?
A. YES. The LOC of FEC 2018 will provide transportation (bus) from the hotel to the venue and back at a designated time. Participants can use taxi aggregators (OLAcabs, UBER) to commute between their hotel and venue. There is no metro service and local public bus service is not recommended.
Q. What to do in case of a medical emergency during my stay in Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar ?
A. FEC-2018 will have the services of two of the best hospitals (Apollo Hospital and Zydus Hospital) in Ahmedabad in case of any medical emergency. There will also be a medical desk manned by a doctor and a vehicle on standby at the venue.
Q. Are there any activities planned for the accompanying persons ?
A. Depending on the number of interested persons, various programmes like shopping, local sightseeing, heritage walks through the old city etc. can be organized. Such activities will be announced on the website. You can also contact the LOC if you are interested. Please see the web page on local sightseeing.
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