Travel to Latin America
While applying for visas give full details of your company, export experience, details of clients ( smaller the company.. more is the info needed ). USA and Schengen visas, give additional confidence to the Embassies. In many cases complications arise when travel agents file visa applications without giving full business info about your company. If you are participating in a trade fair or part of a delegation, this should be mentioned with details.
In South America, the following countries 12 are regarded as yellow fever zones:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Peru, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Panama.
Any visa applicant transiting through / departing from or visiting any one of the above-name countries may be required to produce valid WHO-approved yellow fever vaccination certificate.
The vaccination should be done 10 days before starting the journey. They might qurantine the passenger at Indian airports in the absence of this certificate
Indian Embassies facilitate and promote India's business and exports as part of their Economic Diplomacy. Each embassy has one officer ( counsellor, first secretary, second secretary or attache) dealing with commercial work, under the guidance of the Ambassador. There are local marketing assistants under the commercial officers. The Commercial officers should be contacted well in advance for information and meetings. The visitor will find it worthwhile to visit the embassies and meet the commercial officer and the Ambassador as the first step.
While contacting the embassies, the businessmen should give detailed profile of their companies, products, export experience and other such information. The embassies would like to satisfy themselves about the credibility and seriousness of the companies before response and recommendation to local clients.
The honorary consulates of India provide limited info and assistance. They are not paid by the Government of India.
It is worthwhile to contact the latin American embassies in India who also provide info and assistance. Of course, their priority is to promote their exports and business in India.
Indian embassies provide information on the market, opportunities for specific exports and list of importers, agents and chambers of commerce and industry. They also provide information and assessment about local companies, statistics and market strategies.
In some cases the embassies can even fix appointments with local clients.
Some embassies have business centers with meeting rooms, multimedia facilities and business catalogues. For small and medium exporters, meeting at the Embassy adds to their credibility with the local clients.
Some embassies have panels of interpreters and some of them can be hired in advance to do preparatory work before the visit.
Embassies can buy tender documents and send to Indian companies on payment basis.
Some embassies have websites (see the section embassy contacts) and publish Guides for business with countries to which they are accredited.
Embassies intervene with local governments supporting the bids and offer of Indian companies and facilitating registration of Indian pharma products
Even while participating in trade fairs or joining delegations, it will be worthwhile to contact the embassies. They can arrange one-on-one meetings and give business leads.
Companies, especially small ones, participating in trade fairs and forming part of visiting delegations can get financial support from Focus-LAC programme of the Commerce Ministry through export promotion councils and trade and industry bodies.
Embassies intervene in favour of Indian companies in trade disputes and problems faced in foreign countries.
Services International, New Delhi
25/8, Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi 110060
Tel : +91-11 - 41050560, Fax : +91-11 - 25749797, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
They organise customised tours for Latin American travellers to India with spanish and Portuguese guides. Pramod Singla owner of the agency visits Latin America every year and has network of Latin American travel agencies with whom his agency works. only incoming tours.
Laxmi Travel Agency
operated by Lakhi Daswani owner of Tandoor Restaurant in Sao Paulo. He has been living in Brazil for over 20 years. He organises Indian food for Indian travellers within Brazil as well as in neighbouring countries. Organises also India tours for Brazilian travellers.
Laxmi Agencia de Viagens & Turismo Ltda.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Telefone: +55 11 3744-8239
Mobile: +55 11 8351-1957
Av.Pte. Roque Saenz Peña 995, 3B,
Tel./Fx 011-4326-2748, 4325-4578
operated by Francisco Durante. He speaks English and organises tours of Indian delegations visiting Argentina. Only incoming tours.
Leticia of this agency sends lots of groups to India and works with Indian agencies
Tel. (54-11) 4893-1221 (lineas rotativas) | Fax. 4893-1221 (ext 13)
e-mail: email@example.com | Buenos Aires
Shortest routes to South America are
-through Johannesburg by South African Airways. It has flights to Sao paulo and Buenos Aires from Mumbai
- Emirates has daily flights to Sao Paulo and another fligh tto Buenos Aires through Rio de Janeiro.
-Qatar Airlines has flies between Buenos Aires and Doha via Sao Paulo and connecting to Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.
-Etihad Airlines flies to Sao Paulo from June 2013 three times a week via Abu Dhabi
Many Latin American cities are known for crime, violence, and kidnapping. The traveller has to be extra cautious in cities such as Caracas, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janiero, Buenos Aires and Mexico City. Do not display money, expensive jewelery, watches, or accessories. Even while sitting in a taxi keep your windows closed and brief case and bag secure. Keep some 20 US dollars in the wallet to give it readily to muggers. Resistance could be fatal.
While taking taxis especially from airport, please check that the taxi is from a prepaid service or teletaxi. Avoid touts and taxis which do not look proper.