a VirtualTourist member from Norfolk asked on Dec 18, 2016
Hi. I'm traveling to India tomorrow morning and intend to purchase a SIM card for my trip. However, I've heard that tourists with e-Visas are being given SIM cards upon arrival: [original link]
Is there validity to this?
I've never heard this and in fact it is virtually impossible for a tourist to get a SIM card or mobile phone as one needs to present a residency permit and have a permanent local address to get either.
That is certainly the issue that I have run into in both of my visits to India (I was there earlier this year).
It would be nice if this were now the case, but with India, official policy and reality on the ground can be quite different.
I don't believe the free SIM initiative has taken off yet. As far as getting a SIM card, most airports have Airtel and Vodaphone counters after you clear customs. Make sure you carry a passport photo, a copy of your passport and the address of your hotel with you. (I prefer Airtel, my husband has Vodaphone.)
There was some rumor earlier that Government is planning to issue free SIM card to foreign tourists but nothing has been confirmed so far officially.
Such initiatives are not in operation yet.
Please stick to airtel or vodaphone prepaid sim cards during your stay.