How to Apply for Entry Visa to India on Account of Family Emergencies in View of COVID Travel Restrictions

In the phase 7 of Vande Bharat Mission, the Government of India lifted restrictions for the entry/arrival of OCI cardholders and foreign nationals of Indian origin with a valid visa. Though several visa types for travel to India, which were earlier suspended in view of the Coronavirus pandemic, have been restored, tourist visa, e-visa (visa on arrival) and medical visa continue to remain restricted.

Foreign citizens of Indian origin are still scouring the Internet for information about visa restrictions on travel to India from USA and other countries. ‘Can I travel to India on air bubble flights?’ is the most common query having surfaced in online travel groups. If you are an Indian-origin foreign national holding a valid visa to India (other than tourist, medical and e-visa), you need not get the existing visa revalidated by the Embassy or Consulate.

If you hold a regular Entry (X) Visa (in paper, not in electronic format), you can use the existing visa to enter India in the current circumstances. You need not apply for an emergency visa to India.

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However, in case of family emergencies including critical medical condition or death in the family, an emergency visa to India will facilitate travel for those having neither an OCI card nor a regular entry visa (paper). If you are among those residing within the jurisdiction of any of the Indian Consulates or the Indian Embassy in Washington DC, you need to apply for an emergency entry visa (paper) on Indianvisaonline.gov.in.

You are required to fill out the application with requisite details, upload a photo, and submit the application. Thereafter, take a printout of the application and duly sign it. The next step requires you to email certain documents along with a copy of the signed visa application to asovisa.washington@mea.gov.in and visa1.washington@mea.gov.in if you reside within the consular jurisdiction of the Indian Embassy, DC.

At the same time, you need to print out a copy of the Additional Particulars Form and fill it out. The details you are required to furnish on this form include your nationality, passport number, name of spouse, his/her nationality, current employment status, employer details, criminal history (if there is any), etc.

  • A copy of the Renunciation certificate or the cancelled Indian Passport ascertaining that foreign nationality has been obtained.
  • A copy of the current passport and the existing visa to India (if any)
  • A copy of valid address proof in the country of foreign citizenship
  • A copy of the marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • A copy of the birth certificate of the child (if applicable)
  • A copy of eligibility proof for emergency visa: A signed letter from the doctor or hospital ascertaining an emergency medical condition or death in the immediate family in India
  • A copy of the filled Additional Particulars Form (mentioned above)

If you have not yet obtained the renunciation certificate, you need to apply to VFS Global Services for it and pay a certain fee. Please attach a copy of the fee receipt along with your entry visa application. Please visit Visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind for the renunciation certificate application procedure.

If the applicant for a regular entry visa to India on account of family emergencies is a minor (under 18 years) and his/her parents are Indian citizens, copies of the parents’ Indian passports should also be sent to the above-mentioned email addresses to the Indian Embassy, Washington DC. In addition, a copy of the Notarized Parental authorization form with signature of the parents of the minor applicant is a mandatory requirement. If you are married to an Indian citizen, you need to email a PDF copy of your spouse’s Indian Passport.

On receiving approval to the application for an entry visa to India for emergencies, you need to visit the Embassy and make sure to carry your original passport, two photographs, and the visa fee. No need to visit the Embassy unless the application is approved. You can write your queries to asovisa.washington@mea.gov.in and visa1.washington@mea.gov.in if there is any.

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If you reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands, please send your application along with the documents to cons.atlanta@mea.gov.in. Tel: 404-910-7919 and 404-924-9876.

If you reside in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, please send your application along with the documents to visa.chicago@mea.gov.in. Tel: 312-687-3642 and 312-468- 3276

If you reside in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Nebraska, please send your application along with the documents to enquiriescgi@swbell.net. Tel: 713-626-2149

If you reside in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, please send your application along with the documents to visa.newyork@mea.gov.in. Tel: 212-774-0607/347-721-9243

If you reside in Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, please send your application along with the documents to oci2.sf@mea.gov.in. Tel: 415 483 6629

26 thoughts on “How to Apply for Entry Visa to India on Account of Family Emergencies in View of COVID Travel Restrictions

  1. Chaitanya Reddy

    Hi

    I have booked a Emirates flight to Hyderabad, India traveling on Dec 27 and returning Jan 13. I am an US citizen with OCI card. Can someone please let me know if I am allowed to travel with Emirates

    Thank you

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Chaitanya! As of now, OCI cardholders from the USA can travel on Emirates flights to India. The travel eligibility norms may be revised in January or by December end.

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  2. Harp

    I am us citizen oci holder can i travel air bibble on qatar , do i need to take covid test in Doha.
    I plan on testing in US before departure.

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  3. Jayawanth Bharadwaj

    Warning to all US citizens travelling on British Airways. US citizens are not allowed to board India flights from London, even transit. BA confirmed and now I don’t get any refund, since technically the flight is still taking off. It was a business class ticket, and we have to purchase a new one way ticket

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  4. Veena

    I am applying for emergency visa (Entry visa) to India with valid reason and document. I do not have a urgency for same day visa as I will be travelling after 7 days.
    In the visa application form for Visa duration, what is the max I can fill. Do we have option for 1 year or 5 year Entry visa duration? This way I need not take visa again if the situation continues and I have to visit India again in next 1-2 years.

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  5. jeet

    hello, i am green card holder travelling amritsar from sfo on dec, 22 on qatar airways, i planned to covid test 72 hrs before departing ,i just want to confirm is qatar airways are allowed to go to india from doha, or it will be cancelled .

    thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jeet! Qatar Airways is operating flights between USA and India via Doha. We are booking QA flights for our customers. Because of low occupancy on a particular day, the flight may get cancelled.

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  6. GIRISH N GANDHI

    I am u.s. citizen born in usa i have 10 years valid visa for india stamped on us passport so can i travel to india by air bubble flight

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Girish! If the visa you currently have is a tourist visa, then you can’t. If the visa is an entry visa, you can travel to India.

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      • Prasen Modi

        Hello,

        I’m a US citizen of Indian Origin. I currently have a Indian Visa stamped in my US passport expiring in mid 2024. The visa is “multiple” entry visa. Am I eligible to travel to India? What is the difference between a “tourist” visa and an “entry” visa?

        I was under the impression that I will have to apply for a emergency visa but I may be wrong. Can you please clarify? Thank you so much.

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Prasen! Yes you can use the entry visa to travel to India. Currently tourist visa to India is banned. A tourist visa is meant for tourism in a country.

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  7. Dipa Roy

    I have to travel to India for my mother’s ill health and surgery. I am an US citizen with no OCI card. What are my best options to travel to India?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Dipa! In view of the existing and upcoming travel restrictions due to the new strain of Coronavirus in the UK and other parts of Europe, Air India and United Airlines (direct) are the best and safest options for you. We are booking our customers on flights of these airlines.

      Reply
  8. Nisha Kothari

    I am traveling to india in Jan and have scheduled a cover test on Jan 1 at 2 pm as my flight takes off at 2.25 from the first destination in the US on jan 4. There is no guarantee to get the results back in time. If I don’t get the results when I land in Mumbai, what are the options as I have already done the test. And i believe its 72 hours from start of journey which will be that time as its 72 hours from my first leg .

    thanks

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nisha! In case you’re not able to produce a negative RT-PCR test report in hard or soft copy, you can take an on-spot test after arrival at Mumbai Airport. If you are found negative, you will be allowed to exit the airport and stamped for home quarantine only.

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  9. Beena

    I am a US citizen and I do not have a valid visa to India. The 10 year visa with multiple entries expired in early 2020.
    Now because of COVID India is not allowing tourist visa but consulate and embassy are not even answering a simple question.
    What is the fee for a 10 year visa with multiple and for OCI.
    Does OCI expire and if so how long is it valid for.
    Thanks for any help you can provide

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Beena! A 10-year visa for multiple entry to India will cost you US$ 172.90 or a little more than that. An OCI card is a lifetime valid visa to India. Those above 50 years of age need to renew the OCI card only once when their passport is renewed. Those below 20 years of age need to renew the OCI card whenever their passport is renewed.

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  10. Robin Gladstone-Tseten

    I have been married one year last May. I have been unable to travel back to India to be with my husband due to Covid. It has been fourteen months apart now. It is causing us both mental stress that is too much to bear. I have been strong but I fell into deep depression and anxiety, and I just want to go home to my husband during this time. He is in process of Immigration but they are not even making appointments. I ask for emergency visa to please go home and wait with him. I can provide letters from my healthcare practitioner as proof this causing me so much stress. I miss my husband so much I cry every day now. I had one year visa and was planning to apply five year visa but was told to wait til visa become available again. I’m so afraid that it could be years and I cannot take much more of this.

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  11. Arjun

    Hello, live in the U.K. born in India but now British National. I got married in India and have elderly mother and disabled brother there. As mother joy in best of health I need to go back for couple of months to look after my disabled brother mother and wife. Only have 5 ur tourist multiple visa how can I go now, as the stress of them being alone is too much and need to be there to look after them I came back March 2020 been too long pls advise

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arjun! Currently, tourist visa and e-visa to India are suspended. You need to apply for either regular entry visa or emergency entry visa to India.

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  12. Deep

    Hi, I am a US citizen, I got married around two years back, After that I hardly visited to my wife last year. Due to covid her immigration file at US consulate in Mumbai for visa processing . Since it is long time I haven’t seen her and my Tourist visa no more valid to travel in this situation. Can I apply for entry visa? If yes, what type of supporting documents are required as this is not emergency like medical situation or so. Can someone assist me on this?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Deep! Yes, you need to apply for an entry visa to travel to India in the current circumstances. Please contact VFS Global services or visit the website of your nearest Indian consulate in the USA.

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  13. Sujatha

    Hello!
    My US passport says “Tourist” multiple entry visa to India, does that mean i need to get emergency entry visa?

    Thanks
    Sujatha

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sujatha! If you need to travel for some emergency in India, you need an emergency entry visa. Otherwise, you need to apply for an entry visa to India.

      Reply

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