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Emergency Messages to U.S. Citizens

Emergency mesages provide information for U.S. citizens traveling or living in India. They are breaking news messages containing advice for
the resident community, such as those alerting U.S. citizens to demonstrations, a political crisis, a natural disaster, or a terrorist attack. Emergency messages may also contain Travel Alerts, issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions that pose imminent risks to the security of U.S. citizens/nationals.   

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Demonstration Notices

Demonstration notices provides security messages regarding routine demonstrations taking place in India.  Please monitor our websites regularly for information about protest activities in the country.   

Messages to U.S. Citizens

Messages provide routine but important messages such as voting news, outreach trip information, or newsletters.

Country Specific Reports

We provide information on every country in the world. For each country, you will find information like the location of the U.S. embassy and any consular offices; whether you need a visa; crime and security information; health and medical conditions; drug penalties; and localized hot spots.

Indian Visas

General information regarding Indian visa and immigration rules, including the addresses and telephone numbers for the FRRO offices, can be found at the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) website for its Bureau of Immigration at

Visa on Arrival

U.S. citizens seeking to enter India solely for tourist purposes, and who plan to stay no longer than 30 days, may apply for an electronic travel authorization at least four days prior to their arrival in lieu of applying for a tourist visa at an Indian embassy or consulate.  Please visit the Indian government's website for electronic travel authorization for additional information regarding the eligibilities and requirements for this type of visa.  Without the electronic travel authorization, which must be obtained at least four days prior to arrival, visas are not available upon arrival for U.S. citizens. If you do not have a valid passport and visa you may be immediately deported. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in India cannot assist you if you arrive without proper documentation. Please carry photocopies of the bio-data page of your U.S. passport and the pages containing the Indian visa and Indian immigration stamps. If your passport is lost or stolen, copies will help you apply for a replacement passport and an exit visa from the Indian government. Replacing a lost visa, which is required in order to exit the country, may take three to four business days.

You may also review the Indian Entry/Exit Requirements in the Department of State's Country Specific Report.



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