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

354 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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
    • Neel P

      Yes, You are allowed to travel on OCI card. RTPCR tests would need to be done at port of entry.

      Reply
    • Swati

      Hello, I am Swati, I have to apply for the new OCI as earlier I had Tanzanian nationality and now I am USA citizen , I got my USA passport in December. I have filled up my form A and B and have got the File reference number to submit it to VFS. I want to travel to India in June but just in case my OCI doesnt arrive by that time can I stil travel to India ?
      Please guide
      Thanking you

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Swati! Hope you will receive the OCI card before your scheduled travel date. Or else, you need a tourist visa or a regular entry X visa.

        Reply
  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.

    Reply
  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

    Reply
  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.

    Reply
  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.

      Reply
    • Mr.Sharma

      can anyone help me find the link to apply for the emergency visa to India during Covid. It’ll be greatly appreciated.

      Reply
  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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
      • 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.

        Reply
        • 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.

          Reply
          • Rohit Kumar

            Hi I am Rohit from India, My Gf is from USA (US Born) and she wants to come in India in march for marry with me sooo,, she can apply entry visa for India?

          • Damion

            Hello! Is there any way i can get to India i have a fiance there, and we plan on getting married next month. Is there any visa which can get me to her with the sole purpose of marriage?

          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Damion! The only visa to India you can apply these days is a regular entry visa.

        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Harika! US citizens who don’t have an OCI card can travel to India on an entry visa. You can trust us. We have all the updates on the US-India travel domain at our fingertips.

          Reply
          • Harika

            Thank for the response. I checked my visa. It is unfortunately a “travel” multiple-entry visa. What is the best way to get a regular entry visa? and does it need to be emergency? mine is for my wedding.

        • Sanober

          Dear. Have you been given emergency visa or entry visa for marriage in india? I am in the same case. My bf is a britisher wanting to come to india for marriage. Amd tourist visa are ssupended. Can you please help me in this regard?

          Reply
          • Tejas

            Hi,
            I am also facing same issue. My fiance is us citizen. Can he apply entry visa or emergency visa. OCI process is taking forever.He is travelling may end.

  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?

    Reply
    • 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
      • Sathish

        Hello, I need to travel to India for my fathers surgery, I am a US citizen and OCI is pending. how to get evisa/urgent visa. called consulate of chicago and they suggested to send email. please let me know if anyone know the process.

        thanks in advance.

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          • Renu

            I have done the steps for the video you shred above. But since I do not have my renunciation papers or my Indian passport 9I lost it), they need me to go to VFS.com website to do a “Deed renunciation”. But I cannot find any such forms on the VFS website. can you help with that?

  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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  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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    • Ashley

      I am in a very similar situation. I am an American citizen, & my fiancé of 2 years Is an Indian resident. The distance is causing us both a lot of heartache and stress. I don’t know how to get to him, but I am so desperate. Were you ever able to get any help with your situation? I just don’t know what to do..

      Reply
  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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
      • prabhakar godugu

        Hi I believe VFS is the service provider on issuing Visas for India travel but tried hard to locate this website and I still see the links being routed to CKGS? Help? Also trying to apply for an Entry Visa for a US born Passport Holder(based on OCI Spouse), does any one know this type of visa is allowed to travel to India at this time? Thx

        Reply
  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?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  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

    Reply
    • 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
      • Rohit Kumar

        Hi, I m Rohit (Indian) and my Gf is from USA she wants to come in India in march for marry with me. She can apply the Emergency entry visa? If yes then she will get the visa soon?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Rohit! Congratulations! Is your GF a US citizen? If yes, she needs to apply for either a regular entry visa or emergency entry visa. If her travel date is near, applying for an emergency visa is recommended.

          Reply
          • S

            Hello. Does one’s own marriage count as an emergency for applying for emergency visa? I read somewhere that it does not.

      • RG

        Hello, what is a Regular Entry Visa vs Emergency Entry Visa, when I go online to apply, I dont see these Visa Types listed it only says Entry Visa? If there is no emergency, can I apply for Entry Visa for a US Born child of Indian Parents (Parents with Valid Indian Passports) and how long does it take to get the Visa?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Ram! If there is no emergency, you can apply for an entry X visa for your US-born kid.

          Reply
  14. Jasmine Gill

    Hi, I would like to know, how can I apply for emergency visa to India or entry visa to India. And how long does it take to process and also if we have to visit the Indian embassy in the US to get it or can it be granted electronically?
    Thank you!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jasmine! Please be advised to visit the website of your nearest Indian consulate or Indian Embassy, DC for more information.

      Reply
  15. Arpan

    Hi, I would like to know i am traveling to India after two month I have oci card but my two kids have regular visa type T and T-1 is it valid to entry to India or they have to get emergency visa?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Arpan! Currently, all tourist visas to India are suspended. You need to apply for a regular entry visa or emergency entry visa for them (if there is an emergency).

      Reply
  16. ck

    I have applied for emergency VISA as mentioned above for my 8 months old kid (US citizen) parent are indian citizens . I have not got any response yet from them. I have to leave in10 days. How long does it take to get response from them (DC embassy)?

    Has any one got this emergency visa ? I tried contacting through phone but no response.

    Reply
  17. Harpreet Kaur

    Hi,
    I need an emergency visa to travel to India, but not getting any response. This is super urgent can I get some help on availing the emergency visa?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Harpreet! Please be advised to contact some agent dealing in visa requirements.

      Reply
      • Anya

        Hi,
        I need an emergency visa for a family emergency. I have a U.S. citizen passport but I am of Indian origin. I wasn’t able to apply for my visa again with COVID. Can I apply for an emergency visa to India? Do I need an Indian passport or something of the sort?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Anya! If you have neither an OCI card nor a regular entry visa/any visa other than a tourist visa, you can apply for an emergency visa to India. You don’t need an Indian passport.

          Reply
  18. Karan Randhawa

    Hi, I have a valid tourist visa to India, but need to travel due to death of grandfather. how can I validate my existing tourist visa for this emergency? Or do I need a new entry visa?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Karan! Currently, tourist visa to India is suspended for an indefinite period. You need to apply for an emergency entry visa. Please be advised to contact the nearest consulate or Indian Embassy in DC. Hope things will fall in your favor.

      Reply
  19. Ravi

    Hi, I have a valid toursist visa with multiple entry on the passport, but need to travel to for some dad health issue. Do i still need to apply for the emergency entry visa?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravi! In view of the continued suspension of tourist visa to India, you need to apply for an emergency entry visa.

      Reply
      • Kaushal PANDYA

        HI, so for applying for Medical emergency visa for India, the letter from Doctor should Address the situation to Children or to the Indian Embassy? SO the doctor should write the letter the children and that we can attach to Application.? OR Doctor should write the letter to Embassy stating the situation and advising to grant VISA to applicant? Little bit confused on the process.. please help.

        Reply
  20. Ramachandra

    Hi, recently I renew my u s passport, first time I took my oci card at the age of 53 years do I need to renew my o I card? On my oci card they put my previous passport number, preseent I have a new passport with different number
    Can I travel both passports and oci? Because I don’t have much time to renew my oci, on my emergency travel to India.
    Please clarify, thanks

    Reply
  21. Karan Randhawa

    Hi,
    I am applying for entry visa for death of grandfather, already have tourist visa.
    1- Do I need original death certificate to apply? OR
    2- Do I need to notarize death certificate or just copy is fine?
    3- Do I need to submit documents to prove relationship along with application.
    Thank you for your reply to my question previously.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Karan! We are not an expert dealing in visa information. Please contact your nearest Indian consulate. We would have been happy to help you with information to these queries.

      Reply
  22. Raj Mehta

    Hi,
    I am a person with Indian origin but a US passport holder. Currently I have a tourist visa that expires in 2025. I have to get to India asap as by brother who has stage 4 cancer is critical. I live in Nebraska and the nearest embassy is in Texas. How do i get an emergency visa and how long will it take?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! Tourist visa to India continues to remain suspended. Please visit the website of Indian Consulate, Houston or contact them for the information related to an emergency visa to India. Our best wishes are with you.

      Reply
  23. Ravish

    HI,
    I have multiple entry 10 years tourist visa to india, however its looks like its no more valid. we try to apply for emergency visa a thttps://indianvisaonline.gov.in. we notice that they don’t have option for emergency visa. The visa category listed over there we don’t qualify for any of those.

    we want to travel to India to attend sick parent. please help and throw some light.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravish! You can qualify for an emergency entry visa to India only if you can establish your purpose of emergency travel. Please contact your nearest Indian consulate of Indian Embassy.

      Reply
  24. Bharath

    Hi,

    We are planning to visit India end of February or early March and tried to apply Indian entry Visa for my Son (US citizen/newborn). We contacted Newyork CGI 2 weeks back through PRAMIT and haven’t received any response on how to apply for entry Visa. Can you please let me know the process on how to apply Indian entry visa for my son.

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  25. Jay

    Hi Indianeagle,

    Thanks for this article. I am trying to get entry visa for my 1 year old daughter to travel to India sue to family emergency. She had a valid evisa which has now been suspended. We send a mail to visa.london@mea.gov.in. any idea what next? Nobody got back so far. Do you know how long they might take. I wanted to travel within 4 to 5 days. I couldn’t find any contact number to call them and check. London hci calls nobody answers now.

    Please let me know

    Thanks,
    Jay

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jay! We are not more knowledgeable about this. But for sure, it takes at least 7 days to get an emergency entry visa. You won’t be able to get it in just 4 days.

      Reply
    • karthik sathyanarayana

      Hi Jay, did you travel to India? even I am in a similar situation. Did u travel from the US?

      Reply
  26. User

    I recently acquired US citizenship, read on VFS website, there is a 3 months grace period, where I can travel to India using my Indian passport. I need to travel just for a week to India in Feb. Can I still use my Indian passport to travel and come back and then apply for renunciation and OCI services.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Soniya! We are not a subject matter expert dealing in visa and passport information. Please be advised to contact the Indian Embassy, DC.

      Reply
  27. Akshay Satam

    Does existing entry visa which issued before COVID pandemic is still valid to enter into India

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Akshay! If the entry visa has validity, you can use it to enter India.

      Reply
      • Lila

        I have a few questions: I am a u.s. citizen and my fiance is in india( he is indian). Can I apply for emergency visa to go there to get married? Also after getting married, would I be allowed to work or not? If not, does he or I have to have a certain amount of money in our bank accounts?

        Reply
  28. Purva

    My mom is an OCI card holder but got a new passport after she turned 50. She needs to get a new OCI card for the new passport, however we need to go to India for a urgent matter in the upcoming weeks. What is our options. Can we just file for a emergency visa instead of having to reissue the OCI card because it will take too long?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi RD! Qatar Airways and Emirates Airlines are operating flights between the US and India. We are not sure about flights through Turkey.

      Reply
      • R.D.

        I can purchase the ticket, and see the flights, just making sure no restrictions from incoming turkey flights.

        Reply
  29. Shahenaz

    Hi

    I am a US Citizen with no OCI and no visa and need to travel to India. What is difference between entry visa and emergency visa? Are they same with different name? How can I apply for entry visa. Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shahenaz! Emergency visa is also an entry visa but for emergency travel to India. Emergency entry visa is issued faster than regular entry visa.

      Reply
      • Amitabha Banerjee

        Are Indian consulates issuing entry visas for non medical emergency reasons… such as to attend my brother’s marriage in India?

        Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hello Sir! Yes, Indian consulates are issuing regular entry visas for non-emergency travel to India.

          Reply
          • Tenzin yangkyi

            Hello, i spoke to Indian consulate helpline and was told marriage is not consider ed as emergency. Can you please show valid website says otherwise? My wedding date is on April. Please help.

  30. Swati Mishra

    Hi, my minor daughter is US citizen and has Indian tourist visa with multiple entries in her passport. If that visa is no more valid- What kind of visa I have to apply for her so that she can accompany me during our travel to India?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi swati! You need to apply for a regular entry visa to India for her. It can be applied in both emergency and non-emergency categories depending on your purpose of travel to India.

      Reply
  31. Shahenaz

    The process is little confusing on where to apply for entry visa, I did send query on PRAMIT as well as sent email to consulate but there is no response yet. If I try to do application online it takes to CKGS which is no longer supported by consulate of India and there is no section of visa on vfs. Where should we do application for entry visa? I need to travel in 2 weeks please. Thank you

    Reply
  32. Shameem shah

    My mother is 85 years old and I need to go to care fir her as she is have knee replacement surgery. Will a knee surgery of my mother considered for emergency visa.

    Reply
  33. Amandeep

    Can I get a regular entry visa to attend my cousins or nieces wedding in India? It’s not an emergency.

    Reply
  34. Aman

    Hi, is the GOI issuing regular Entry Visas to people who want to attend a family function in India?
    In my case it’s my cousins wedding. Thank you!

    Reply
  35. Yogita

    Hi
    I am british citizen of Indian origin. I haven’t got visa or OCI card to travel to Indai at the moment.
    My aunty is having critical illness. I would like to visit her. Is there any way o can travel.

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Yogita! The only way is to contact India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

      Reply
  36. Sri

    Hi
    In order to apply for emergency entry visa, do we need to apply for renunciation certificate first? For emergency entry visa, do we need letter from hospital or doctor?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sri! If there is a medical emergency which requires you to travel to India immediately, a letter from the doctor or hospital is neccessary.

      Reply
  37. Niranjan

    I applied applied visa at new york consulate 3 days ago. i sent all the documents to the consulate but still not received visa approval. How long it takes to get the visa?

    Reply
    • Ajay

      I am in the same boat. I have applied entry/Emergency visa on 11th which had reached NY consulate on 15th, since then i havent heard anything from them, its been over 9 days now. Tracking shows its under process. I am alwys tracking UPS as well. No luck at all

      We have regular visa and also applied for OCI which is in the process, we are wanting to go to india since 1st of Feb due to family emergency, but couldnt reach out to none. So we applied for entry visa. still waiting for visa and passport

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      • ak

        did you get your entry visa ?? what all documents have you submitted to get an entry visa please help

        Reply
  38. Alamelu

    What is the procedure to apply if we fall under new york jurisdiction for emergency visa?

    Reply
  39. Krishna

    Hello,

    Highly appreciate if you can answer the following.

    Last month i took US citizenship and applied for US passport which is going to take 8-10 weeks to arrive.

    1. In mean time, in case of emergency, can i use my Indian passport and US naturalization certificate copy to travel to India?
    2. In case of emergency, once my US passport arrives, can i travel to India with US passport and old Indian passport( valid or cancelled) without Indian Visa?
    3. Will Indian passport be taken away if we renunciate Indian citizenship ?
    4. How long will it take to get multiple entry visa to India in current circumstances.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Krishna! On your renunciation of Indian citizenship, your Indian passport will become redundant. If the Indian passport gets cancelled on receiving the US passport, you need an entry visa to India.

      Reply
  40. Guru

    Hi can I travel to India with emergency visa with my one year old daughter who’s dependent on my breast feed who’s very small she is usa born citizen.. is my daughter could travel with me if I get emergency medical visa to india.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Guru! Your daughter can travel with you if you have got a valid visa to India for her.

      Reply
  41. AJAY

    Hello
    I had applied for OCI which would certainly take more than 5/7 weeks although i have an T visa which is suspended . During this time we had / have an emergency due to mother’s cancer operation and procedure. I had applied Emergency Visa which has reached NY consulate on 12th Feb, Typically it takes about 7 days times due to covid. All the necessary documentation provided even the doctors letter from hospital. Its been 11 days still no updates. There is no means to reach out anyone. Tried all possible ways, but no luck.
    Just wanted to know typically how many days it takes for emergency visa

    Reply
  42. Krishna Mummadisingu

    Hello,

    Thanks for your reply and answering my questions.

    Final question – For emergency purposes, can i travel with my new US passport and redundant/Cancelled Indian Passport without an entry Visa. Will i be able to board the plane in US or turned back once I land in india?

    Regards,
    Krishna

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Krishna! No. You need an entry visa or business visa/medical visa/student visa depending on your purpose of visit.

      Reply
  43. kum

    hi I need to go to india as my father is unwell I am a british passport holder however I do have a emergency visa which says entries multiple on it so can i travel from UK to india.
    please let me know

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Kum! Yes, you can travel to India from the UK. You need to take an RT-PCR test before departure from the UK and a COVID test upon arrival at the entry airport in India.

      Reply
  44. Anguselvi

    Hi,

    I recently got my US citizenship and got my renunciation certificate as well. I need to go to India in April to make preparations for my daughter’s wedding. Currently OCI is taking a lot of time, So, I am trying to apply for entry visa, but in the list of emergency visa documents, they are asking for a doctor certificate. I am not traveling to visit any one ill, i am just going to go and arrange for the wedding. Can i still apply without any doctor certificate ? Do i need to submit any other documents other than the listed ones in their website.

    Thanks
    Selvi

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anguselvi! As you will travel to India in April, you should apply for a regular entry visa, not an emergency entry visa.

      Reply
      • Krishna Jonnalagadda

        Hello
        Thanks for your response, I am in the similar situation and planning to visit India in May. Looking for instructions on applying for regular entry visa as OCI takes a long time. Can you please point me to the instructions or the site? Do you have info on the processing time for regular entry visa from Houston jurisdiction?

        Appreciate your help !!

        Reply
  45. Harshi

    I have my OCI card can I travel to India, and my son has a tourist visa can you please tell me he can travel with me I already apply OCI for him. Please let me know he can go with me.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Harshi! You can travel to India, but not your son because tourist visa to India is currently suspended. You need to apply for an OCI card or a regular entry visa for your son’s travel to India.

      Reply
  46. Radhika

    Hi,

    Is the travel ban for US citizens without OCI card or re entry visa lifted?
    The last time I heard was until end of February.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Radhika! Indian-origin US citizens without an OCI card are not barred from traveling to India if they have a valid visa to enter India.

      Reply
      • Nanda

        Thank you – I had the same question. I am visiting India next week for family death with a existing Indian tourist visa and don’t have a OCI card.

        Reply
        • Sheetal Chandraiah

          Hi Nanda,

          I am in the same lane. Were you able to travel with your existing tourist visa? I am traveling next week.

          Reply
          • indianeagle Post author

            Hi Sheetal! India currently does not permit entry for travelers with tourist visa.

  47. Mithun

    Hi

    My kid got US Passport recently. We are planning to make a trip to india for my sister wedding in Mid of April. Since getting OCI is taking longer time, I am planning to apply for regular visa. Can you please tell what is the procedure for that.

    Thanks
    Mithun

    Reply
  48. Ravi Janardan

    I am a US citizen and have a 10-year tourist visa (which I got just last year). If I apply for a regular entry (X) visa to enter India during Covid, will my tourist visa be canceled? Or will its 10-year validity be preserved if/when the current restrictions on tourist visas are lifted? Thanks.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Ravi! Applying for an entry visa to India won’t impact the existing tourist visa.

      Reply
  49. Nandini Biesk

    I am a US citizen and have an OCI. My son is a US citizen – 13yrs old and has a 10 yr multiple entry visa stamped on his passport. Can we travel together to India or do I need to apply for an emergency visa? Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nandini! You and your son can travel together. While having a valid multiple entry visa, your son does not require an emergency visa.

      Reply
  50. Dharmesh

    Is “Entry Visa” for a medical emergency the same as an “Emergency Visa”? I believe the answer is Yes.

    The Entry Visa form asks for an Expected Date of Travel. I would imagine the Visa is granted from that point on. How long is the visa valid for? Since that might depend on the purpose of the visit, in my case my dad is currently in the ICU. Thank you.

    Reply
  51. Raj

    Hello, both me and my wife are India born and USA citizen. My son was born in USA. I have a family emergency and need to go visit my ill brother. Can 3 of us (me, my wife, and my son) apply for emergency visa to travel to India to visit my brother? Would all of us be allowed to travel?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! If any of you does not have a PIO/OCI card, all of you can apply an emergency entry visa.

      Reply
  52. Anoli

    Hi. Can you please share the process of applying entry visa? I filled the application form on indianvisaonline.gov.in but once the application is submitted then what is the next process? There is no guidance regarding that.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anoli! Please visit the website of VFS Global Services or the website of your nearest Indian consulate.

      Reply
  53. Maulik

    I am US citizen and have 5 years tourists e-visa. I Know all tourist and e-visa is not valid. Can I apply for entry visa/emergency visa? I did bot have renunciation certificate or have cancel stamp on passport. Do I have to get renunciation certification to apply for visa.. Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Maulik! You need either a copy of the Renunciation certificate or a copy of the cancelled Indian Passport ascertaining your US citizenship.

      Reply
  54. Varinder kaur

    Hi I am green card holder i am going to India my daughter is 8 year old she is citizens from usa she don’t stay USA without me which visa I can apply

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Varinder! You need to get either an OCI card or a regular entry (not a tourist visa) for her.

      Reply
  55. WM 2021

    We are an Indian citizen wants to travel to India with our US Citizen daughter (7 years). We left a query for an emergency/ENTRY visa on PRAMIT and also e-mailed it to the New York consulate on March 3, 2021. We are yet to hear any response from the New York consulate for the next steps. Can anyone share their experience with the New York consulate, how long they take to respond to the initial query and issue the visa?

    Reply
  56. Navpreet

    I want to know .. that my daughter she is 2 years old .. we applied for emergency visa we want to go to india … and she received the X-1 visa she is USA citizen… almost 1 nd half month past away for receiving the visa .. someone told me that it’s important to go to india with in one month on emergency visa .. if you go late that you are not able to travel .. please tell whats the truth

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Navpreet! We’re not aware of this scenario. What we know is that you can use the X-1 visa to travel to India as long as the visa is valid.

      Reply
  57. VASAVI

    Hi, I had applyed emergency visa for my son (10 months old he dont have OCI card ) on 4th March 2021, to visit INDIA as EMERGENCY purpose. How long it takes to get status. THANKYOU IN ADVANCE.

    Reply
  58. Faldu

    I am US citizen, Indian origin. Do have valid T-visa with multiple entry. Can I travel to India while tourist visa ban?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Faldu! No. You cannot travel with a tourist visa until the ban is lifted.

      Reply
  59. JimS

    This is a fantastic thread of information. I read in many answers above that we can apply for a regular entry visa OR an emergency entry visa. But the consulate websites (eg: San Francisco) specifically ask for a doctors certificate or letter from hospital as part of the visa application.

    Could you pls point out how we can apply for a regular entry visa (not emergency)?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi JimS! Please be advised to contact or visit the website of your nearest consulate.

      Reply
  60. Govind

    Hi,
    We need to travel to India and me and my wife both are US citizens with OCI, however we do not have OCI for my son, what Visa we can get for my son who needs to travel along with us.

    Reply
  61. Raj

    Hi,

    1) Is the (regular) entry visa different from an emergency (entry) visa?

    2) My wife and I are both Indian citizens but our daughter was born here and is a US citizen. We want to travel to India in May. Which visa should I be applying for for my daughter, since tourist visas are closed, and my daughter does not have an OCI yet?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Raj! Regular (X) entry visa is different from an emergency visa. Your daughter needs either an OCI card or a regular (X) entry visa unless India lifts ban on tourist visa.

      Reply
  62. Raj dev

    Hi,.
    Could anyone please provide sample medical letter for emergency visa by Doctor/Hospital

    Thanks

    Reply
  63. Krishna Jonnalagadda

    Hello
    Is the process to apply for Regular (X) entry visa different than the emergency visa? How early we can apply for Regular (X) entry visa and does it require a medical letter from Doctor/Hospital?

    Thanks

    Reply
  64. Saugata Datta

    Dear all., Can anyone kindly help me? I am a US Citizen but Hold an X-1 Visa to enter India, and expiry is in 2023. Can I enter India, under these present Covid-related travel restrictions? This is regarding an imminent travel in April or first week of May?
    Thanks very much!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Saugata! Yes, you can enter India with a valid regular (X) entry visa.

      Reply
  65. Angie

    Hello,

    My husband (Indian National) and I (US Citizen) are trying to go to India to visit his family along with possibly having a wedding. We got married in 12/2019 and were planning to have our wedding in India in 2020 but obviously that plan was cancelled. As far as what I understand, it seems I should be applying for an Entry Visa, but I just wanted to confirm if that is the proper visa and if so, if Entry Visas are being allowed entry at this time.

    Thanks :),
    Angie

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Angie! You can apply for an entry (X) visa which is valid for travel to India during the pandemic.

      Reply
    • Mrunalini

      Angie, I am in similar situation where my husband is Indian citizen and I am US citizen and we want to go back to finish some work, because of pandemic evisa site is not letting you apply. Which website do you use for your visa application.

      Thanks.

      Reply
      • katrina

        yes I applied for this you have to through your nearest consulate by emailing them. However, they are still asking for emergency proof. Let me know if you get one?

        Reply
        • Mrunalini R Patel

          I had to fill up online application, then send to local consulate with the proof of emergency. They did approve the visa. Thank you.

          Reply
          • Sameer Ali

            I have applied the same. Please let me know how long they took to approve visa.
            thanks,
            Ruqsaar

  66. adeeba

    hey my fiance is in uk and I want her to come India to get married to me is it possible please let me know under which visa

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Adeeba! If your fiance is a citizen of UK and not of Indian origin, it may be difficult for her to travel to India.

      Reply
  67. Monisha Thomas

    Hi

    I am an indian citizen and my husband is a US citizen and not of indian origin. We need to travel to india for my father’s surgery. Can my husband apply for an emergency entry visa? Do we need document proof for surgery?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Monisha! Yes, your husband can apply for an emergency visa. A document proof regarding the medical emergency is required.

      Reply
  68. katrina

    Hello. I am currently wanting to travel to India to meet my husband over there. He had to leave recently on a urgent basis. he had no problem as he is of Indian origin. however me and my daughter are British. What type of visa can I apply for other than going down the emergency route?

    Reply
      • katrina

        I applied for this but they are still asking for emergency proof. I am about to give up, has anyone else on this thread managed to get one of these entry (X) visas?

        Reply
  69. raghav sharma

    Hi, me and my family have booked tickets to India for summer this year to attend a marriage. However, my son (3 yrs) is a US citizen and does NOT have a OCI nor any other visa to travel to India. What kind of visa should we we file for him at this time and what is the processing time? I could have filed for an OCI but the processing time is in contradiction with our travel plans.

    Reply
      • raghav sharma

        Thanks ‘indianeagle’. Could I request you to share the process or documentation link (and the fee) for this visa? When I check consulate website (new york for me), I only see an option for Emergency Entry Visa and for that visa, they are asking for medical letter/certificate. I am confused on how to apply for the regular entry visa. Could you please help?
        Thanks.

        Reply
        • SESHADRI ANANTHARAMAN

          Raghav – i wrote to the embassy in San Francisco and they mentioned that since I didn’t have a medical emergency, I need to write a letter explaining the reason for travel. However, it is up to the discretion of the visa officer to grant the visa

          thanks

          seshadri

          Reply
          • Urvashi

            Were you able to get your non emergency visa? I’m trying to do the same
            San Francisco consulate

  70. Katrina Kumar

    Hello just wondering if anyone on thia thread has managed to get that regular (x) visa? And how long it took? I have just sent all my documents off to the consulate and waiting on verification.

    Reply
    • raghav sharma

      I have written a query on PRAMIT (new york consulate website) but the response has simply been ‘Apply for a Entry Visa’ for your son. I asked them again if it is same as Emergency Entry Visa and if I need to submit a medical proof? What the process et al but the response came back as ”Apply for a Entry Visa’ for your son.

      I am confused If i should send the documents (with no medical proof) and will the visa be issued for my son. Reading your experience I am doubting it further. Did you finally provide the medical proof and did you email or mail the documents? Also, did u submit the fee (USD 103) mentioned for the Emergency visa?

      Reply
      • Katrina Kumar

        yes I am so confused to I also sent everything with no medical proof. Asking to apply for this entry visa and they just reply back that I need medical proof. Because I am in UK and you are in US it might be different but after sending all documents they will provide me with a face to face appointment. But so far I am not getting anywhere as they keep asking for medical proof which unfortunately I have not got yet. Check if you have to book an appointment because that’s what they keep asking me to do for entry visa but there are no dates available. Really hope you get it sorted soon, I know how frustrating it is. I will also keep you updated.

        Reply
  71. Ashok

    Hi – I’m in a similar situation like many others, US citizen with Tourist visa (which is not allowed now). I live in VA and the embassy does not provide any information regarding applying for entry visa except for emergency purpose.
    Is there an option to apply for regular entry visa at this time. Please help.

    Reply
  72. Sams

    Hello – I recently applied for entry visa at san francisco consulate due to parent health emergency back in india. any experience of how long it takes to get the visa, it has been 1 week since the packet was delivered.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sams! It usually takes up to 10 days to get an emergency entry visa and more to get a regular entry visa.

      Reply
  73. Rashmi

    Hi,
    I am a US citizen. My OCI was issued before I turned 50 stamped on an old passport. In February 2020, I had to travel on an e-visa. I now need an emergency visa for India for a medical emergency of a parent. How to get an emergency visa. The consulate says no in person appointments. This is urgent. Thanks. I need to travel within this week.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rashmi! You can send an E-mail to the consulate with all the details as to why you need an emergency visa. For example, if you are from New York, you can Email visa.newyork@mea.gov.in about the emergency. You will then receive a reply from them with a list of required documents. You will need to reply with the requested documents and upon successful reviewing of the documents, they might ask you to send the documents and passport via post. It may take up to 10 days. Please go through this article https://www.indianeagle.com/travelbeats/india-emergency-visa-procedure/ to check which consulate you have to send Email to.

      Reply
  74. Kris

    Hello, I US Citizen with No OCI card. However I have X-1 visa stamped on my passport and its valid till 2024. I do have to travel to India to take care of some property business. Do I need to take an Emergency Visa or should my X-1 visa be valid for me to travel?

    Reply
  75. Seshadri Anantharaman

    Sir/Madam – my wife and I are US citizens of Indian origin. We do not have OCI but we do have valid T-1 Visas. We would like to visit India to attend a family function. We understand that we can’t travel with tourist visas at this time

    We were wondering what we need to do to travel to India at this time? Should we apply for an “Entry Visa” and is the “entry visa” valid in this case (family function)

    thanks

    seshadri

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Seshadri! Yes, you can apply for regular entry (X) visa to enter India.

      Reply
      • SESHADRI ANANTHARAMAN

        Sir/Madam

        One more quesiton. Do we need to provide “Supporting documents for reason of travel” if we apply for an Entry Visa (not an emergency Visa)

        thanks

        seshadri

        Reply
  76. DG

    All – do you have advice on how to write the “purpose of travel” letter for an entry visa (not an emergency visa). This is for a wedding and I want to make sure it doesn’t come across as frivolous.

    thanks

    sesh

    Reply
  77. Annapurna

    You are offering very relevant information. Thank you.
    We have American passport with 10-year, ‘T-1’, ‘Multiple’ entry visa. Would we need any extra visa to go to India in May?
    If we book our tickets through Indian Eagle, would we get refund or flight credit in case we are unable to travel in May?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Annapurna! Since the ‘T’ visa (tourist visa) has been suspended, you need an entry X visa. If you buy refundable tickets, you will definitely get refund on cancellation (minus our service fee) if you cancel the tickets outside the 24-hr window from the time of booking. There is always an option like flight credit or flight voucher. Than you for giving us an opportunity to address your query.

      Reply
  78. Sandhya

    Hello, I am a US citizen of Indian origin and have a valid multiple entry tourist visa. I need to travel to India in the next couple weeks. What’s the best way/best visa for me to do this? Do I need to apply for a Entry visa or only an emergency visa approval? Been scouring everywhere for good information so I would highly appreciate it if you could please provide me the best option. Is there an expedited way to get an entry visa? I can provide a Doctor’s certificate for my Grand Mother’s critical condition as well, if needed

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sandhya! We have clearly written that tourist visas to India are currently banned. On grounds of your grandmother’s critical health condition, you can apply for an emergency entry visa.

      Reply
  79. Harika

    HI. I am a U.S. citizen with entry visa to travel to India. I am planning my travel for May. Are there restrictions of which airlines I can fly on and restrictions on airport layovers? Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Harika! There is no restriction if you have a valid entry X visa (not with the ‘T’ mark). You can travel on Air India, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, British Airways, Qatar Airways and Emirates.

      Reply
  80. Namratha Sastry

    Hello,

    I am an OCI holder, but I need to renew my OCI card because I got a new US passport. I have not heard any updates about my renewal application and I need to go to India soon. Can I apply for e-visa?

    Thanks!

    Reply
  81. Shashank Saxena

    Hello,

    I am a US citizen and have a multiple entries T visa for India. After reading this thread, I saw that I am not able to travel to India. Can I still apply for an OCI while I have an active visa.

    Thanks!

    Reply
  82. Deepa Sinha

    Hello there, can my husband who is a US citizen but was born and raised in Nepal ( had Nepalese passport previously) get an emergency visa to travel to India to see my very mother( his mother in law)? He has an e tourist visa which is suspended. Have applied for his OCI but that is taking a long time.

    Reply
  83. Barthi Ponnuraj

    I applied for an emergency visa and opened a query at PRAMIT.
    It has been three days and it is still in pending status. Should I send my documents by mail by the time I am waiting for the reply or should I wait for a reply? Will I still have a chance to go in person to drop off and pick up in one day?
    Do they allow that any more? I did this 6 months back when I had another emergency. Please advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Barthi! Currently, in-person visit is not entertained because of the pandemic.

      Reply
      • Chand

        Hi
        I applied for emergency visa at Indian consulate, NY. All papers reached consulate on March 29, 2021, early morning. Went thru all digital filing but my case keeps showing “under process”. Inquiry on PRAMIT also in pending status. Need to visit my mother who is extremely Ill and admitted to ICU. Mailed all papers, hospital letter, us passport. Etc. No one picks up the phone or responds to voice messages. Is that normal? Consulate website states walk-ins only allowed in case of death in the family. I guess after death all emergencies cease to exist. Don’t know what can be done. Under process is very generic message, I need to know if process is moving at all or not. Usps shows my documents delivered to consulate. Does anybody have a phone number that is monitored by NY CONSULATE?

        Reply
  84. Meha Jain

    Hello, I am a US citizen and need to travel to India as my whole family has covid, I’ll need to travel asap. My daughter (only 1.5 years old) and husband are both US citizens and do not have valid visa or OCI. how can I apply for visa for them to accompany me on the trip asap?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Meha! Please go through the article. The process for applying is mentioned.

      Reply
  85. jenson

    I applied for regular entry visa today for my two kids, Do anyone in this group who are Indian citizen got entry visa for their US born kids. If so can you please share the time it took after applying.

    Reply
    • Sanober

      Hello. My bf is a britisher. We have been waiting for 2 years for marriage now. Can you please tell me cam he apply for an emergency visa for self marriage or entry visa? I have been waiting for so long. But this article gives me hope. Please do let me know if he can come on emergency visa to marry me.

      Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Sanober! Only 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. Other than that, one can enter India if they have a regular (X) entry visa.

        Reply
        • Sanober

          Will he being britisher get approved for a regular X entry visa if i we submit appropriate documents and affidavit stating our situation for marriage?

          Reply
  86. Ashok Dravid

    I have applied for an entry visa at the Washington DC embassy (I don’t have an emergency) and they keep on asking me for a letter from doctor. We can safely assume that they are not giving regular entry visas at this time. IndianEagle please correct me if I’m wrong.

    Reply
  87. Suma Sastry

    Hello. I have applied online for an Entry Visa for travel in May. I have all the relevant documents to send to the Consulate in SF, along with the printed online application.
    Can you tell me if some kind of medical certificates are needed even though this is not an Emergency Visa application? Or is any declaration of purpose for the visit needed? I have been getting different answers online and from official sources.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Suma! You need not submit any medical certificates. You might have already mentioned your purpose of visit in the application. If there is any declaration form available, you can fill it.

      Reply
  88. Anna

    I have been told that I need to fill out and print “Additional Particulars Form” for submission along with other documents for Entry Visa. Can you tell me if that is needed for Entry Visa?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Anna! Yes, you need to print out a copy of the Additional Particulars Form and fill it out for entry visa.

      Reply
  89. Sunny

    As tourist visa is suspended for now, can US citizens apply for entry visa in order to travel to India? And if so how long it will take to get entry visa!
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sunny! Entry into India is currently permitted through emergency entry visa or regular (X) entry visa. It usually takes up to 10 days to get an emergency entry visa and more to get a regular entry visa.

      Reply
  90. Heidi

    Hello,
    I am an OCI card holder. My 5 year old daughter is an American citizen with a valid multiple entry Indian visa. I need to go to India for a family emergency. Can she fly with her valid visa or is her visa suspended for travel? I understand that new visas are not being processed but I am not clear if existing valid visas can be used.

    Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Heidi! If the multiple-entry visa that your daughter holds has the ‘T’ mark on it, it means the visa is a tourist visa to India. Currently the tourist visas are suspended.

      Reply
  91. Jacquelin

    I’m not India origin I’m foreign I’m us citizen how can I get Indian emergency visa I can get emergency visa or not

    Reply
  92. Puneet Anand

    I am trying to apply for emergency Visa to visit my mom (she is on her last few days). I have already filled the online application at Indianvisaonline.gov.in. For the next step: Your article and the SF Consulate process seem different. Your article says send an email first and wait for approval, and THEN send/go to the consulate for visa: “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” .. However the consulate document just asks to send all the paper work and passport over to them and wait for 7 days. https://www.cgisf.gov.in/page/entry-visa-services/
    what should one do ? send email and wait for approval, or just post all the docs as the consulate website says ?

    secondly, No where is there a mention of anything around emergency process. Is 7 days the emergency process ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Puneet! Thank you very much for bringing the difference to our notice. We will verify and modify our article accordingly. You can all the required documents along with an application/letter to them. As far as we know, emergency entry visa is granted within 7 days of the application.

      Reply
  93. Tenzin

    Hi,

    I am student with a US passport. I am in urgent need of applying for emergency to India due to sickness and religious reasons. I have been sick for almost 5 years and am in need of visiting India for religious reasons. Can I apply for Emergency Visa? Please help.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Tenzin! Yes, you can apply but you will have to submit medical certificates or documents regarding your sickness.

      Reply
  94. Srivatsav Sanapathi

    Hi Everyone,

    Can anyone suggest me – what all the documents required to submit for the entry visa application?

    Reply
  95. Srivatsav Sanapathi

    Hi Everyone

    Can anyone provide me the format for the Self explanatory letter stating the reason for travel to India?

    Reply
  96. NF

    For an emergency visit – are you able to explain what information is required in the doctor’s support note for the urgent visa?

    I haven’t been able to find a template for this anywhere online.

    Reply
  97. Arun K

    My Bulgarian girlfriend who is currently in London needs to travel to Mumbai to get married to me. I have filed a Notice with the Marriage Office in Mumbai and the marriage date is around mid June.

    What type of visa does she apply for? I am told that she can apply for a Special Travel Permit and travel to India.

    How does she apply for this Special Travel Permit? Does she have to apply in person?

    Thank you.

    Reply
  98. Subhashini Ramappa

    I need to travel to India due to my Father’s ill health and Surgery. I am a US Citizen and have a multiple Tourist Visa to India. I have not have an OCI card.
    Can I travel with my existing T-Visa and a medical letter from the hospital? Do I need a new Visa again?
    IF Visa is needed, – Emergency Entry Visa? What is the procedure? Each website has different information. Thanks in advance.

    Reply
  99. Urvashi

    Hi has anyone had a luck getting a Entry X visa regular. I’m a US citizen my husband is in india. You think I should be able to get my Entry X visa without any medical emergencies.
    San Francisco consulate

    Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Urvashi! You might be able to get Entry X visa without any medical emergency. Please be advised to check with the consulate.

      Reply
  100. Zara

    Hello, So I filled and submitted the application entering the expected date of journey as MAy 31st but due to lockdown in India, I did not mail the documents for further visa processing. I want to mail them now but will the dates entered matter? DO you think I should fill new application.?

    Reply
  101. Swati

    Hello,

    I have to travel to India as my dad is diagnosed with cancer and need to travel for his surgery.
    I have a US visa but doesn’t have an OCI.
    Can you or anyone pls guide me how can I get emergency visa?

    Reply
  102. Emily Lamech

    Hello,

    I have applied for my OCI card, I’m a foreign spouse of an OCI back in March of 2021, it is still under process. My minor son received his back already. My husband has OCI, my son has OCI, we are waiting for mine. I have tickets booked for JULY 1, 2021. Can I travel with him under his OCI card if I have not received mine yet? I know they were allowing that before, is that still the case? Currently, I have a tourist VISA. Not sure if there is enough time for emergency Visa.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Emily! We are not sure about this. Please be advised to contact your nearest Indian consulate regarding this or even the airline.

      Reply
  103. Swati

    Me, my husband and both kids (under18) have US passports. We need to travel to India on emergency. Me and my husband both have OCI but both kids do not but they do have tourist visa for India. Do we need to fill out any formalities for my kids to visit India since they do not have OCI?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Swati! Entry on tourist visa into India is currently prohibited. Since, it is an emergency, you can apply for emergency entry visa for your kids.

      Reply
  104. Reetu

    Hi! I have a Multiple entry tourist visa to India which expires in 2026. I have been trying to get information on how to travel to India since all visas were put on hold due to COVID-19. But the consulate website or the visa processing site does not inform clearly what the process for holders of such visas is! I have been pulling my hair out trying to get some clarification! Can you please give me some direction?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Reetu! Currently, entry into India on a tourist visa is prohibited. You can enter through regular ‘X’ entry visa or emergency entry visa (in case of an emergency). There are few other categories of visa allowed too. Please contact the nearest Indian embassy or consulate for more accurate information.

      Reply
  105. Ram Krishnan

    Hello,

    How long can you stay in India on an Entry (X-1) visa? I know one can stay as long as 180 days on Tourist visas which have been suspended. What about Entry (X-1) visas?

    Thank you very much

    Reply
  106. Saranya

    Hello,

    My daughter is US born kid and we came to India because of my Visa problems and she doesn’t have OCI card yet. We brought her to India with Emergency visa for her. After 180 days can we extend her visa from India or can we apply for OCI now. We are going to travel to US soon once we get the VISA stamped.

    Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Saranya! Yes, you can apply for OCI and if it takes time, then you can go for extension of emergency visa.

      Reply
  107. Gagandeep

    Hi .. I want to know my in laws, my brother-in-law son and my husband all are usa citizens. Wants to go India to carry ashes of my brother in law and do the rituals in India. They all have regular Indian visas. Do I need to apply for emergency visa

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Gagandeep! If they have a regular ‘x’ entry visa, then they can travel on the same without any issues.

      Reply
  108. Praveen

    Anyone has had luck with getting an emergency US passport for urgent travel needs recently? The phone lines for it is always busy and you can’t make online appointments for it anymore.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Praveen! Online appointments are not available for regular entry or emergency entry visa to India. The procedure is explained in the article.

      Reply
  109. Bhatia

    I got x1 emergency visa in July 2021 double entry visa to go see my husband but ended up not going to india due to work and health reason. My visa expires 12/31/2021
    But I would like to go travel in October 2021
    Can I still travel to India to see my husband or I would need to apply for a new visa

    Reply
  110. Suresh

    Hi can I apply emergency visa for my 3 month old girl born in USA to attended my wife brothers marriage . Me and my wife are indian citizen

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Suresh! Yes, you can. But we are not sure whether the emergency visa will be granted for attending a marriage in India.

      Reply
  111. Pragna

    Hello, 
    I have a few questions. I am planning to travel to India in the first week of Jan 2022 with my 2 kids. My husband and I are a US citizen and OCI card holder so we should be ok to travel with OCI, but the issue is with my kids. 
    My daughter is a US born citizen and she has a 10 years of India tourist visa,  but according to the current pandemic situation India has banned tourist visas.
    My son is also a US born citizen. His passport is under process. yet to come. We are hoping to get it by the end of Sep 2021. If we process to get OCI for him, we may not be able to get the OCI by the end of December. The purpose of visiting India is my brother’s wedding. 
    So what kind of visa is required to travel with current restrictions for my son and daughter. 
    Thank you so much in advance. 
    Regards, Pragna

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Pragna! You need to apply for regular entry X visa for your kids’ travel to India given the continued suspension of tourist visa. Hope the ban on the tourist visa will be lifted by this year end. Wish you a happy trip! FYI, we have the best economy, premium economy and business class flight deals. You can log on to IndianEagle.com or contact our fare experts at 1-800-615-3969.

      Reply
  112. satya

    Hi
    I am American citizen married with Indian citizen. Need to go India in November 2021 to attend my sister in law marriage.
    How can I get the VISA .
    Thanks
    satya

    Reply
  113. Praseeda Sridharan

    I have a question. My mother has a medical emergency and I need to travel to India. I have OCI in my old US passport and I have sent the paper work to update in the new US passport. The consulate has not approved it yet. I sent for urgent visa to san Francisco consulate. Do you know the wait time for visa and Did i even had to request for a visa ?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      HI Praseeda! Until December 31, 2021, you can travel to India with the OCI number on your old passport. Please make sure to carry both your new passport and old passport.

      Reply
  114. Sanjay Katiyar

    Today’s date: Sept 4, 2021:
    Travel to India (New Delhi) from USA using paper Tourist Visa for my 19 year old + 6 year old sons (both US citizens with valid paper tourist visas on their passports

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    We wish to travel to India on the occasion of the first anniversary of death of my father. The family is composed of 4 individuals and we wish to travel to India at the end of September or early October:

    2 adults US Citizens (OCI holders, born in India): Husband and Wife

    2 Children:
    19 years old son (US Citizen, has valid paper Tourist visa affixed on passport)
    6 years old son (US Citizen, has valid paper Tourist visa affixed on passport)

    The Embassy website says e-tourist visas are suspended, but are individuals with Paper Tourist Visa affixed on their passport allowed to travel?

    Indian Eagle in the title of this article says Tourist Visas remain suspended (which means both paper and electronic Tourist Visas are suspended.

    Please let me know, so that we can book air tickets based on your reply.

    Thanks,

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sanjay! Any kind of tourist visa to India is currently suspended. However, please be advised to confirm with the nearest Indian consulate or embassy in the US.

      Reply
  115. Shivani

    From everyone’s past comments I understand that for a wedding we can apply for Entry visa to visit India. I am a US citizen and I am travelling this January 2022 as well for my cousin’s wedding however what proof should we provide? Is wedding Invitation okay? Maybe something else?

    Reply
  116. wilma

    Hello,

    I will be married to a US citizen, next month. I would like to visit my family in India along with my husband. He used to have a tourist visa but they are suspended now. Could he apply for the entry visa, even if it isn’t an emergency situation, to travel with me to India?

    Thanks

    Reply
  117. Mani

    Hello

    I am us citizen with oci holder, my wife is green card and my son is 8 month old us citizen. Can we travel to india for my brother weding with what we have and just apply visa to india for my son because he cant aply for oci. Please help here 🙏

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mani! Your son (who does not have an OCI card) needs an entry X visa to travel to India.

      Reply
  118. Manpreet

    Why is it so difficult to get clear information from the Indian Embassy or Indian Consulate? From what I am reading here, Entry Visa (X) if a paper visa is valid for current travel to India? If you don’t have either a OCI or Entry Visa, then you need to apply for a fresh Entry Visa and if an emergency relating to a blood relative, then an Emergency Entry Visa.
    I trust your websites due diligence, but best to have an Indian government authority confirm this information.
    Thanks!

    Reply
  119. Shy

    Hi ,
    I have valid entry visa stamped om my passport and my father is 86 y/o with medicla problems I want to go see him as I habe not be able to with the pandemic. Do i still need to apply for emergency visa

    Please let me know

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shy! If the visa stamped on your passport does not have a ‘T’ mark, you are good to travel to India.

      Reply
  120. Anil Mecheril

    Hi I am Anil, I became a Us citizen recently and applied for my American passport. It is under process. I do knot have enough time to do renunciation and OCI before December first. My daughter’s marriage is fixed in December first week. After receiving my passport , I can do renunciation nd apply for OCI . But it may not be issued prior to my travel date. In that case, can I apply for an entry visa or emergency visa to go to India?. How many weeks it take to get an entry visa or emergency visa? I am so stressed now. Please reply me .Thanks

    Reply
  121. Ramesh M

    Hi: I am a US passport holder and hold a valid multiple entry tourist visa, which I understand is not good for entry to India currently.

    The reason for travel to India is to see my dad who is sick. I am trying to apply for the e-visa and not clear which category of e-visa I should use? For “e-medical” visa category, the only option I see is “short term medical treatment of self” – and does not appear to be applicable.

    Any thoughts on what e-visa category I should use? Thanks

    Reply
  122. Lucky

    Hello,

    I will be travelling to India with my family (2 Adults, 1 Child, 1 Minor (less than 2 years old ) in December. 3 of us have OCI and the minor child does not have OCI. Do i still require OCI for my minor child to travel to India ?
    All four of us are US citizens.

    My fear is that I won’t get the OCI on time if I apply right now for the minor, as they say it takes 10-12 weeks.
    Can i apply for E-Visa for my minor child? or will they waive the OCI requirement for my minor child.

    Reply
  123. Sruthi

    Hello, I travelled with my new born son to India on emergency visa, as we didn’t receive OCI card, we now want to extend our stay in India to 1 year, shld we extend our emergency visa or since we have now received OCI it is not needed? Kindly advise.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Shruti! Once the OCI card is received, the emergency visa is no longer needed.

      Reply
  124. Sweta Pathak

    Hi Team,

    My Husband is US citizen. Being an Indian Citizen I can travel to India but my husband has tourist visa and cannot travel to India. Can I apply entry visa for him as him now and how much is the processing time for normal Entry Visa.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sweta! You can apply for an entry visa to India for him now. FYI, India will start issuing fresh tourist visas from November 15.

      Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sabi! An entry visa is issued for any purpose of travel to India, while an emergency visa is issued for an emergency purpose of travel to India.

      Reply
  125. Manju

    I just applied for OCI and I don’t have visa to Nadia. My father is critically ill(age related) but not in the hospital talking medicines by a visiting doctor. Planning to visit and want to stay with my father about two months. Asking me to come sooner but I am planning on first week of November staying two months. How Ishould proceed with together visa, please.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Manju! You can apply for an emergency visa to India, which will be approved within 7 days.

      Reply
  126. Danny

    When applying for an emergency visa, I understand the first step is to fill out the online application.

    For the question “Visa Type” do I select “entry visa”?

    For the questions “Purpose” which one of the options do I select.

    I am trying to visit a family member in the ICU and have a doctors note already

    Reply
  127. Surinder

    Hi
    My Father is looking to travel to India on November 09th and has a British passport with a regular x-1 entry visa that was issued on 2019 and valid until 2024. Can he travel to India on this visa ? I have seen that it is possible but have not seen anything official from the Indian Government. As he is elderly i need to get confirmation before booking a ticket. If it is OK could someone provide a link for confirmation ?

    Reply
  128. surinder

    Hi

    Is it possible for my father who has a British Passport to travel to India on the 09th November 2021 with a regular Entry (X) Visa (X-1). It is a paper version that was valid from 2019 to 2024. I have not seen any confirmation to say that so an official link would be appreciated

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Surinder! To the best of our knowledge, your father can travel to India on a regular entry visa.

      Reply
  129. surinder

    THANK YOU – is there anyone on this forum who has travelled on an x-1 visa recently who can share there experience ?

    Reply
      • indianeagle Post author

        Hi Jaskirat! If you have a valid entry visa, you can use it for travel to India.

        Reply
  130. Mel Lopez

    Can some one give me a clue. I’m US citizen married to Indian citizen for 2 years; since tourist visa is irrelevant, I just applied for an (x) entry visa
    How long does the process usually take? I get different answers all the time, some say a minimum of 3-5 weeks
    Then read it can take up to 8-10 weeks. Does anyone know ? It’s been 7 weeks now waiting…. Status is still under process

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Mel! We have good news for you. India has started issuing tourist visas including e-tourist visa (which you can get on arrival if you’re eligible for this). You can apply for a tourist visa to India for traveling on or after November 15.

      Reply
        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi Mel! Starting on November 15, you can stay in India only for 30 days on a single entry.

          Reply
      • Mel Lopez

        I’ll rather wait for my entry visa I’m not gonna waist money just for 30 days
        I’ll rather stay 6 months with my hubby

        Reply
  131. Latha

    Hi, I am US (Naturalized) citizen have valid tourist visa until 2025 multiple entry visa. I would like travel to India around Dec 1st 2021. Can I use that to travel to India?

    Reply
  132. Shruti Kumar

    Hello, Me and my husband are Indian citizen with Green card. We have 3 kids – therefore US citizen and I recently applied for e-visa for them. We have to travel to India before 15 November to attend wedding of my sister. So is it possible – I mean can my kids allowed to travel? The visa issued to them mentions they cant travel before 15 November. What could be alternative option?

    Reply
  133. Jaskirat Kaur

    My 4 yrs old son is a US citizen and now we live in Canada. He got Entry (X-1) visa back in 2017 and is valid till October 2022. Can he travel to India now on the same visa? Or does he need a fresh Entry visa again? I couldn’t find any information about the entry visa suspension anywhere but I don’t want to get into trouble after landing in India.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jaskirat! The previously issued entry visa is not suspended. Your son can travel using the entry visa.

      Reply
  134. Rashmi S P

    My daughter is 1.5 yr old and is a Canadian citizen, now residing in the US. I applied for a Entry(X) regular visa, we need to travel in the first week of December. However, I learnt from writing via PRAMIT the application was rejected and no additional information was provided. While I am waiting to get the passport back, I wonder if a a letter stating the purpose of visit is mandatory. Is there a better way to track the application status, a way to know what documents maybe missing and how to send them? Also, do you happen to know what is the current processing time for a regular Entry Visa.

    Reply
  135. Sandesh T

    I have a flight to New Delhi on Nov 17th 2021. And I am a Nepali citizen with green card, currently living in Los Angeles, USA. Am I allowed to travel during that time? And do I need a visa to travel since Nepal and India shared open boarder for a long long time.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Sandesh! You can travel to India on NOV 17. Sorry, we have little knowledge of the visa requirement.

      Reply
  136. Rajni

    Hello,

    I am a US citizen and have X-1 visa for India travel. My visa was issue in 2018 and is valid til 2023. I am trying to figure out if i need to apply for e-visa or my current X-1 visa is enough to travel? thanks much!!

    Reply
  137. Syed Nayeem

    Hello! I’m a US citizen and I have applied for OCI a month ago and it seems like it’s being delayed and I need to travel to india on December 9th for my sisters wedding. Can you please suggest or advise me the fast way to get visa or any other way i can travel to india, if my OCI is delayed?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Syed! You can apply for an e-tourist visa to India, which currently allows 30-day stay in India on a single entry.

      Reply
  138. Nikhil Mamidi

    Hello, My wife and son US citizens having x-1 visa multiple entry valid till 2024 , just wanted to know is there any x-1 visa suspension. Do they need to apply for new e-visa?

    Can they travel on their current valid x-1 visa, we have booked flights tickets to India this month.

    Thank you

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nikhil! If their entry X-1 visa is in paper format, they can use it for travel to India.

      Reply
  139. Rashmi Dave

    Hi my son is (2.5)US citizen and I am Indian citizen greencard holder in USA. I have applied for my son OCI application seems like it will take long to get the card. I plan to travel to india around Jan 15th 2022 what should I do to get a entry visa or should I apply for emergency visa? can you please share the link? with some information about how to apply and where to apply? How long does it take to get emergency visa or entry visa?

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Rashmi! You can apply for an emergency visa only if you’re traveling to India for an emergency. Rather you can apply for a regular entry X visa if you want to stay in India for more than 30 days. If you will stay in India no more than 30 days, you can apply for an e-tourist visa for your kid.

      Reply
  140. Vijay

    I am an US Citizen of Indian Origin, I want to travel to India for 3 months to take care of my elderly parents. What VISA should I apply, I intend to travel in Jan 2022.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Vijay! Currently, a tourist visa to India comes with a 30-day limit for stay in India. Given your requirement, you should apply for a regular entry X visa to India.

      Reply
  141. Yan

    I would like to know if as the spouse of an Indian I can get a 5 year entry X visa. I have read numerous times that the spouses of Indian citizens only get a 1 year entry X visa. Only the application form I have the option of requesting (in months) the visa duration and the consulate also provides a fee breakdown. The price of 1 year entry visa and 5 years however is not the same. The consulate website clearly states it does not refund money under any circumstance and I would like not to pay the additional costs for “hoping” for a 5 year X visa if all I can get is a 1 year entry X visa. Please advice.

    Reply
  142. Baljit Bassi

    Hi, I have E-Visa multiple entry stamped on my passpirt expiring 2024. Can i use that visa to travel to India or need emergency Visa. There is check mark on Multiple, 180 days each stay,tourist. I dont know what the check mark means.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Baljit! If your entry visa has ‘T’ (tourist) mark and issued before October 6, 2021, then the visa is invalid for travel to India.

      Reply
  143. Jarnail Singh Sidhu

    I am JARNAIL SINGH SIDHU a Britiish citizen of the UK and I currently hold an X1 Visa due to expire in November 2022. I wish to visit India in February returning to the UK in March can you please advise me if my Visa is valid for this period.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Jarnail! In our knowledge, your XI visa is valid for travel to and from India before it expires in November 2022.

      Reply
  144. Geeta

    Hello, what is the processing time for an emergency visa. I need to leave for india within a week, is it advisable to apply for an emergency visa or an evisa ? I already got an evisa with 30 day limit. Trying to see if I can get more days if I can apply for an emergency visa.

    Reply
    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Geeta! In our knowledge, it takes maximum 7 days to get an emergency visa approved.

      Reply
  145. Vijay Mehta

    Hi,

    My wife is in India since Dec. 29 on a six-month emergency visa. This is expiring on April 27, 2022. My father is sick and she needs to stay there. She has 10 years valid visa which is now again reinstated by the Government of India. Can she go to a neighboring country and re-enter India on 10 years visa to stay there more. Please advise.

    Thanks,

    Vijay

    Reply
  146. Maureen B. Ross

    This is a very insightful and informative comment. Thank you to the author for sharing this information.

    Reply

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