US Dept of State Advisory on Travel to India

1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter India?


If you have an urgent need to travel to India, you must apply at the Indian consulate nearest your residence. Currently, only certain types of emergency visas are being issued. Once you get the permission, declare the same on the website of Delhi International Airport before traveling to India.

2. Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry in India?


You must show a negative PCR test result administered by a health clinic within 96 hours of boarding your flight to India.

3. Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine upon entry in India?


All passengers arriving in India from any country must home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Please contact your nearest Indian consulate for information on quarantine requirements prior to traveling to India.  COVID-negative certificates may be required in some instances; please contact the Indian consulate to learn whether you will be required to present a certificate.

4. Is travel to India restricted?


The US Depart of State has issued, on August 06, 2020, Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory on travel to India, which reads: Do not travel to India due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism.

5. How safe is India to travel for US citizens?

U.S. citizens should always practice good personal security and situational awareness. Be aware of your surroundings (including local customs and etiquette) and keep a low profile. Monitor local news reports, vary your routes and times in carrying out daily activities, and consider the level of security present when you visit public places, including religious sites, and when choosing hotels, restaurants, and entertainment and recreation venues.

India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect U.S. citizens directly or indirectly.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive messages from the Embassy automatically.

Despite the restriction put on by the travel advisory, if you are visiting India: Do not travel to:

  • The state of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest.
  • Within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict.

Quick Facts to Check Before You Travel


Must have six months validity


At least two blank page


Yes you need one


Entry, over $5k must be declared; exit, check with Indian Embassy

U.S. Embassy and Consulates Contact Info

U.S. Embassy New Delhi

Shantipath, Chanakyapuri

New Delhi – 110021


Telephone: +(91) (11) 2419-8000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) (11) 2419-8000

Fax: +(91) (11) 2419-0017


U.S. Consulate General Mumbai (Bombay)

C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex

Bandra East, Mumbai 400051


Telephone: +(91) (22) 2672-4000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) (22) 2672-4000 If you

are calling from within India, but outside Mumbai, first dial 022.

Fax: 91-(0)22-2672-4786