26 Apr 2021

United States

Suspension of U.S. Visa Services in India

On April 26, 2021, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India announced new suspensions of routine visa services due to rising COVID-19 rates. Effective immediately: 

  • The U.S. Consulate in Mumbai is only providing essential services to U.S. citizens and limited emergency nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services until further notice. 
  • The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi has canceled all in-person visa and interview-waiver appointments from April 26 through May 9, 2021, and will make every attempt to honor previously scheduled emergency appointments.  
  • The U.S. Consulate in Chennai has canceled all routine services from April 26 through May 15, 2021, including appointments and routine services to U.S. citizens. Emergency appointments will continue to the extent that local conditions allow. 
  • The U.S. Consulates in Hyderabad and Kolkata continue to offer limited visa appointments, but may cancel future appointments if local conditions worsen. 

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are unable to reschedule any canceled appointments and have no available information about what appointments may be canceled or available in the future.  

At this time, international flights from India to the U.S. remain available and there is no entry ban on travelers from India—however, if pandemic conditions continue to deteriorate, it is possible that an entry ban could be imposed on short notice.  

T&S clients currently traveling through India are encouraged to discuss contingency plans with their employers in the event that further restrictions are imposed. T&S strongly advises clients to avoid international travel at this time. 

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