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 Visa and Passport

All individuals who are not natives of India need a valid passport and visa to enter India. Residents of Nepal and Bhutan do not require a visa. It is suggested that you apply for the business or conference visa. For more information regarding visas, please

You will have the opportunity to request a visa letter during the registration process. Please note that you must be registered for the meeting to receive a visa letter. The US $25 fee for an original, signed visa letter is not refundable at any time.



Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach    
Balraj Sahani Marg
Juhu Beach
Mumbai, India 400 049

(+91)22 66934444

Located in the financial capital of Mumbai, the home of Bollywood and the heart of modern India, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach is ideal for business guests, as well as those on holiday. Situated on the beach overlooking the Arabian Sea, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach is just 20 km from downtown Mumbai and offers 203 contemporary rooms, each with a media hub for connectivity and entertainment, plus an array of restaurants and bars, a spa, outdoor swimming pool, health club and sauna.

*Reprinted with permission from the Hotel Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach.


 Ground Transportation

For those unfamiliar with Mumbai, it is suggested that you arrange your car service to and from the airport before you begin your journey. If you do not make any pre-arrangements, pre-paid taxi kiosks are present within the international and domestic airport terminals towards the exit. You can also use this website to book a Meru Cab.



The Indian Rupee (INR) is the official currency of the Republic of India and is issued and controlled by the Reserve Bank of India.

The modern Rupee is subdivided into 100 paise. The coins have nominal values of 5, 10, 20, 25, and 50 paise, as well as 1, 2, 5, and 10 rupees. The rupee coins are more widely used than the paise coins which are rarely used in physical commercial transactions. The bank notes are available in values ranging from 1 to 1,000 Rupees.

The Rupee experiences rapid fluctuations in the global market. Check currency conversion.

It is suggested that you exchange your currency either before departing your home or upon arrival at the Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The hotel offers reliable currency exchange services, too.


 In and Around Mumbai


Pulsating, alive, vibrant and fun, Mumbai (known as Bombay until 1996) is India’s most modern and populous city and represents the modernization and technological advancements of the entire country. In recent years, Mumbai has developed as a city with thriving businesses and markets that represent diverse global cultures, and the city serves as the epicenter of India’s economy. The city represents the entire country’s advancement towards becoming a global economic superpower and intertwines the old with the new like no other place on Earth: it is common to see relics of the past alongside some of the most modern and efficient technology available.

Mumbai Facts

  • The city spans 170 square miles (440 square kilometers).
  • The population is 18 million, but is projected to be nearly 30 million by 2020.
  • Hindi and English are the official languages.
  • The time zone is GMT/UTC plus 5.5 hours (when it is 9:00 am in New York, it is 7:30 pm in Mumbai).
  • Business Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Many businesses are open for limited hours on Saturdays, but nearly all are closed on Sundays.

We hope that your travel schedule permits you to enjoy Mumbai and experience the stunning museums, gardens, temples and shopping. The Novotel concierge can assist you with tour packages and provide recommendations. For tourism suggestions, as well as to read more about the fascinating culture of India, visit  


 Climate and Dress


Mumbai natives joke that they enjoy three climate seasons: hot, humid and very humid. The months of October to February are the most pleasant. During these months, the city enjoys comfortable weather and clear skies. The average high temperature in February is 31°C (88°F) and the average low temperature at night is 17°C (63°F).

The meeting encourages business casual attire. Meeting rooms are well air conditioned and the inside temperature might be slightly warmer or cooler than you find comfortable. Therefore, it is suggested that you dress in layers (light jackets and/or shawls are a good idea to have with you).