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India Immigration Response to COVID-19

Here you can find current information about India’s response to COVID-19 and the impacts to immigration.

Current Travel Restrictions
Since March 22, 2020, the Indian government has restricted the access of international commercial passenger aircraft services into India, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. While the Indian government has made efforts to repatriate Indian nationals and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) since May 7th, 2020, the government continues to prioritize minor children and the elderly, leaving many individuals stranded abroad. The current OCI cardholders are permitted to travel on these evacuation flights:

  1. Minor children who are born to Indian nationals abroad and who hold valid OCI cards;
  2. OCI cardholders who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies;
  3. University students who are OCI cardholders (not minors) and whose parents are Indian citizens living in India; and
  4. Couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national and who permanently reside in India.

At present the international flight restriction remains in place until at least May 31st, 2020, so individuals who remain stranded abroad and do not meet one of the above criteria, should plan on remaining abroad at least until June.

Required Quarantine
Individuals who are able to return to India will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival at government designated facilities or hotels near the port of entry.

Consular Services
Embassies and consulates continue to be minimally staffed with reduced operations. Routine passport and visa services continue to be suspended, with embassies and consulates only providing emergency visa and passport services. An individual needing an emergency visa or passport service should contact the embassy or consulate directly. Document and attestation services continue to be available by mail.

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