Hi all I am planning to travel to jalandhar India for 2 weeks in December and I need to be able to use my phone almost as soon as I land.

I read a few of the other posts saying that there are booths in the Amritsar airport where I can buy a local prepaid minutes+data sim by providing some passport photos. However these posts were back from 2011-2013 and I was wondering has anything changed since? Is the time it takes to activate the same? The posts said anywhere between 15minutes and 2 hours, is that still the case?

Also if anything else has changed since please let me know


Nothing has changed to indicate the time to activate would have changed. In addition to the photographs, you will be required to provide proof of your address in India. I would also be prepared to give copies of passport, visa and a proof of residence in my home country.

In case you need a phone as soon as you land, I would suggest using a payphone at the airport.

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  • Great thanks, 1-2 hours is still the norm before the sim is activated and I can use my phone? – krilovich Oct 20 '15 at 12:25

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