Travel Advisory - As issued by Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India

Travel Advisories for Sudan

Travel Advisory for Indian Nationals travelling to South Sudan

(July 11, 2016)
The security situation in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan has deteriorated since 07th July, 2016. We have reports of gun fire and fighting on the streets of Juba making any movement virtually impossible.
Ministry of External Affairs advises all Indian nationals against all travel to South Sudan till situation improves.

Advisory on assistance for Indian Nationals in South Sudan

(July 11, 2016)
Indian Nationals desirous of departing South Sudan may kindly register themselves at the following email ID controlroomjuba@gmail.com, with the following details at the earliest.

Name:
Passport No:
Destination in India:
Contact Number in South Sudan:
Contact Number in India:
Email ID:

It is important to have exact number of Indian nationals seeking facility of evacuation to make arrangements. Please be brief.
In case of absence of Internet, please text to +211955589611, +211925502025, +211956942720, +211955318587. Inform fellow nationals.
View the Travel Advisory for Indian Nationals and latest updates directly on:
http://www.mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/27009/Advisory_on_assistance_for_Indian_Nationals_in_South_Sudan

Travel Advisories for Libya

Travel ban on Indian nationals travelling to Libya

(May 23, 2016)
In view of prevailing security situation in Libya, security threats and challenges to lives of Indian nationals in Libya, the Government of India has decided to impose travel ban on Indian nationals planning to travel to Libya irrespective of the purpose. All Immigration authorities have been notified in this respect. Indian nationals may please take note of the travel ban for compliance. The travel ban is effective from 3 May, 2016 till further orders.

Travel Advisories for USA

Advisory for Indian Nationals travelling to the United States of America

(December 30, 2015)
This is in continuation of the Advisory issued on 23 December 2015 in connection with instances of denial of entry by the US Immigration authorities to Indian students having valid student visas to pursue studies in two educational institutions, namely, Silicon Valley University at San Jose and Northwestern Polytechnic University, Fremont.

Subsequently, there have been further cases of denial of entry to Indian students holding valid visas to pursue studies in other US educational institutions. Some Indian nationals travelling on business/tourism/work visas have also been deported. The US Government has conveyed that the decision to deny entry to these students is not because of the corresponding institutions being "black-listed” but based on the assessment made by the US immigration authorities of individual applicants. According to the US Government, the deported persons had presented information to the border patrol agent which was inconsistent with their visa status.

Government of India continues to remain closely engaged with the US Government on this subject. We have strongly emphasized the need for the US authorities to honour the visas issued by their own Embassy/Consulates.



Advisory for Students travelling to the United States of America (December 23, 2015)

December 23, 2015
In recent days, there have been several instances of denial of entry by the US Immigration authorities to Indian students having valid student visas to pursue studies in two educational institutions, namely, Silicon Valley University at San Jose and Northwestern Polytechnic University, Fremont.

Government of India has taken up this matter with the US Government. We have asked the US authorities to explain the reasons for denial of entry on a large scale to Indian students holding valid visas. The response of the US Government is awaited.

Till such time the matter is satisfactorily resolved, the students seeking admission in aforementioned two institutions are advised to defer their travel to the United States.

All Indian students seeking admission in US educational institutions are advised to do due diligence to ensure that the institutions to which they are seeking admission have proper authorization and capacities. Apart from travel documents, the students should also carry all required documentation regarding their study plans, housing, financial support, healthcare arrangements etc. and be prepared for admission (entry to the US) interviews with U.S. immigration officials.

Travel Advisories for Ukraine

Urgent advisory for Indian nationals particularly Indian students in Donetsk and Lugansk regions with request to leave at once

It would be recalled that the Embassy had evacuated Indian nationals from Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the eastern Ukraine in June 2014. The Embassy has since been issuing advisories against Indian nationals, especially students, returning to the region in view of the continued hostilities.

The Embassy had recently reiterated its advice for the Indian students in Donetsk and Lugansk to immediately leave the regions in view of the rapidly deteriorating security situation. Any further delay may result in their not being able to safely exit from there. Those students continuing to study may have problems with recognition of degrees by Medical Council of India as subsequent transfers may not be recognized as the Government of Ukraine has itself advised all foreign students to seek transfer to other universities in Ukraine.

2. As has been widely reported in the media, there have been intensification of shelling and fighting in Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the past few days. In view of the deteriorating security situation Indian nationals, especially the students, are strongly urged to leave Donetsk and Lugansk at once.

3. In case of Emergency, the Embassy can be contacted at any time at: [Please note Embassy’s new Email address]

Email: eoikmail@gmail.com (Please start SUBJECT of email with the word emergency in block letters and bold i.e. EMERGENCY, followed by subject matter)
Tel:+380-44-4687023, Mobile:+380-933559957 [For Education related queries]
Tel:+380-44-4686670, Mobile: +380-933559958 [Consular related queries]
Tel:+380-44-4686219,4686661 & Mobile: + 380-930913855 [For other queries]
Website: www.embassyofindiaukraine.in
Place: Kyiv,

Date : 30 January 2015
View the Travel Advisory and latest updates directly on http://embassyofindiaukraine.in/whats-new.php

Urgent advisory for Indian nationals particularly Indian students in Donetsk and Lugansk regions to leave immediately

It would be recalled that the Embassy had evacuated Indian nationals from Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the eastern Ukraine in June 2014. The Embassy has since been issuing advisories against Indian nationals, especially students, returning to the region in view of the continued hostilities. The Embassy had learnt about a handful of students who had rejoined their educational institutions in Donetsk and Lugansk regions and had urged them directly and through advisories posted on the Mission’s website to leave these regions immediately.

2. As has been widely reported in the media, there have been intensification of shelling and fighting in Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the past few days. In view of the deteriorating security situation Indian nationals, especially the students are strongly urged to leave Donetsk and Lugansk at once.

3. In case of Emergency, the Embassy can be contacted at any time at: [Please note Embassy’s new Email address]

Email: eoikmail@gmail.com (Please start SUBJECT of email with the word emergency in block letters and bold i.e. EMERGENCY, followed by subject matter)
Tel: +380-44-4687023, Mobile:+380-933559957 [For Education related queries]
Tel: +380-44-4686670, Mobile: +380-933559958 [Consular related queries]
Tel: +380-44-4686219, 4686661 & Mobile: + 380-930913855 [For other queries]
Website: www.embassyofindiaukraine.in
Place: Kyiv

Date: 20 January 2015
View the Travel Advisory and latest updates directly on http://embassyofindiaukraine.in/whats-new.php

Advisory for Indian nationals regarding situation in Ukraine

The situation in the eastern region of Ukraine remains very tense with a war-like situation prevailing in Lugansk and Donetsk regions. The normal life in these regions has been affected severely and local people in large numbers have had to flee. While a ceasefire has been announced, there are continuous reports of fighting in some areas. No attempt should be made to visit Donetsk and Lugansk regions, as there is a grave risk to life.

2. There is a general sense of insecurity and uncertainty prevailing in the country. In the last few months, there have been reports of bomb threats in Kyiv and blasts in Lviv, Kharkiv and Odessa recently. Indian nationals resident in Ukraine are advised to be very careful about their personal safety and security and constantly monitor the situation.

3. Indian nationals should avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine. Indians who decide to travel to Ukraine should in any case avoid travelling to the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine. They should also check with the concerned Ukrainian Embassy about any new regulations including those requiring visitors to hold a minimum amount of cash to meet expenses for the duration of their visit and restrictions on use of credit and debit cards.

4. The Embassy of India in Kyiv is constantly monitoring the situation and would be posting advisories on its website: www.embassyofindiaukraine.in, which should be checked regularly for updates.

5. This advisory is effective till Monday, 16 February 2015.

6. In case of Emergency, the Embassy can be contacted at any time at:

[Please note Embassy’s new Email address]
Email: eoikmail@gmail.com (Please start SUBJECT of email with the word emergency in block letters and bold i.e. EMERGENCY, followed by subject matter)
Tel:+380-44-4687023, Mobile:+380-933559957 [For Education related queries]
Tel:+380-44-4686670, Mobile: +380-933559958 [Consular related queries]
Tel:+380-44-4686219,4686661 & Mobile: + 380-930913855 [For other queries]
Website: www.embassyofindiaukraine.in
Place: Kyiv

Date : 12 January 2015
View the Travel Advisory and latest updates directly on http://embassyofindiaukraine.in/whats-new.php

Travel Advisory for Tunisia

Advisory for Indian nationals visiting Tunisia

There have been minor disturbances from time to time in law & order scenario in Tunisia over the past couple of years. In general, tourists are not the target of any kind of violence or political unrest. However, it is in the interest of every Indian traveler to observe some basic precautions to ensure his/her security including by being aware of the site of demonstrations etc. and avoiding them.

In case of any severe disruption to law & order, the Embassy may issue a specific travel advisory, if the need arises, which will appear on this website and on the Embassy’s notice board. Tourist areas, including the suburbs of Tunis and beaches, resorts of eastern Tunisia have generally been very safe.

The level of public hygiene and hygiene in hotels and restaurants is very high. However, in case of any health problems, the following nursing homes have relatively good emergency services which can be used:

I) Clinic Taoufik, Boulevard 7, November, El Menzeh, Tunis. [Tel: 71800211 PBX and Emergency Tel: 71783343].
II) Clinic Al Manar, Rue 7151 El Manar-I, Tunis 2092 [ Tel: 71872666 PBX and Emergency Tel: 71875000]
View the Travel Advisory and latest updates directly on http://www.embassyofindiatunis.com/

Travel Advisory for France

Advisory for Indian students / young professionals in France

The Embassy has been informed about a few instances of Indian students/young professionals having received calls purportedly from number 01 53 69 53 70, belonging to L’Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration (OFII), Paris, stating that they had filled in wrong information at the Immigration and that cases had been initiated against them.

The caller usually stated that proceedings were being initiated against them by the French Administration and they would be deported to India unless they paid a fine or penalty for closure of their case/files. The standard modus operandi has been to tell the students/professionals that they have deliberately suppressed information while filling immigration form and ask them to pay the penalty/fine through Western Union/ or unrecognized banking channels.

2. The Embassy has taken up this matter with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, who have informed that the calls from the above number have not been initiated by OFII, Paris. Ministry of Interior of France is already investigating this matter.

3. Indian students / professionals working in France are, therefore, advised

(a) Not to panic and not to pay heed to such calls.
(b) Inform Indian Embassy immediately in case they receive such calls and send relevant details at cons.paris@mea.gov.inCette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.
(c) Not to transfer any money towards penalty/fine through Western Union or any other unrecognized banking channel.
(d) Check with the concerned OFII office themselves

4. For further information, Embassy of India in Paris can be contacted at the following address:
20-22 Rue Alberic Magnard
75016 Paris
Tel: 01 40 50 70 70
01 40 50 51 09
01 40 50 50 94
View the Travel Advisory and latest updates directly on http://www.ambinde.fr/consular-services/public-advisories

Travel advisory to Indian Nationals visiting France

There have been several instances of Indian tourists being subjected to pick pocketing and theft in the recent past in Paris. Indian tourists visiting Paris are, therefore, advised

(a) Not to carry too many valuables, cash and credit cards while travelling by public transport, including metros. While travelling on public transport be cautious in response to approaches from strangers.

(b) Adequate precaution be taken while storing valuables including passports in the hotel; please note that a number of cases of theft of bags/briefcases have been reported from hotel lobbies when left unattended even for a brief time.

(c) Keep photocopies of passport and visa separately.

In the event of a mishap, the Indian Embassy in Paris can be contacted on the following address:
20-22 Rue Alberic Magnard
75016 Paris
Tel: 01 40 50 70 70
View the Travel Advisory and latest updates directly on http://www.ambinde.fr/consular-services/public-advisories

Travel Advisory for Iraq

Travel Advisory for Indian Nationals in Iraq

As indicated in the travel advisory of 24 June 2014, the Indian Embassy in Baghdad has opened camp offices in Najaf, Karbala and Basra for assisting Indians nationals in Iraq.

Following are the contact details of the officials stationed in these cities:

Najaf
Shri Abu Mathen George +964 771 6511190
Shri Srinivas Rao +964 771 6511181
Shri Rakesh Singh +964 771 6511179
Email:controlroomnajaf@gmail.com

Karbala
Shri P K Sharma +964 771 6511183
Shri Anil Sapra +964 771 6511180
Shri Jeewan Singh +964 771 6511176
E-mail: controlroomkarbala@gmail.com

Basra
Shri Pramod K Aggarwal +964 771 6511185
Shri Narasimha Murthy Kuppa +964 771 6511182
Shri Asif Shah Ahmed +964 771 6511178
E-mail: controlroombasrah@gmail.com

The 24 hour helpline, as per details below, set up by the Indian Embassy in Baghdad on 15 June 2014 also remains operational.

Tel. No. +964 770 444 4899 (Mobile)
Tel No. +964 770 484 3247 (Mobile)
Email: amb.baghdad@mea.gov.in
hoc.baghdad@mea.gov.in
cons.baghdad@mea.gov.in
edubaghdad@yahoo.com
Website:www.indianembassybaghdad.in

All Indian nationals requiring assistance in returning to India may contact the Indian Embassy officials at the station nearest to their location as indicated above. All necessary assistance, including provision of travel documents, air tickets and facilitation in any other form for travel out of Iraq, will be provided to those Indian nationals desirous of returning to India.

New Delhi,
June 28, 2014
View the Travel Advisory and latest updates directly on http://indianembassybaghdad.in/eoi.php?id=Travel_Advisory

Travel Advisory for Indian Nationals in Iraq​

The security situation in Iraq continues to be fragile. A travel advisory had been issued on 15 June 2014 for Indian nationals in Iraq.

Due to the uncertain and difficult security environment, Indian nationals in Iraq are again advised to remain indoors if they are in conflict-prone areas, and to leave the country on voluntary basis by commercial means, in areas where it is safe to do so. Indian nationals are advised to refrain from undertaking travel to Iraq until further notice. Airports in the cities of Erbil, Baghdad, Basra and Najaf are reported to be operational at present.

Indian nationals in Iraq who need assistance in this regard may wish to contact the Indian Embassy in Baghdad on the 24 hour helpline as per the contact details indicated in the previous travel advisory of 15 June, 2014.

Tel. No. +964 770 444 4899 (Mobile)
Tel No. +964 770 484 3247 (Mobile)
Email: amb.baghdad@mea.gov.in
hoc.baghdad@mea.gov.in
cons.baghdad@mea.gov.in
edubaghdad@yahoo.com
Website: www.indianembassybaghdad.in
The Indian Embassy in Baghdad will shortly open camp offices in Najaf, Karbala and Basra for the convenience of Indians nationals in Iraq. Details will be intimated once these offices are set up.

New Delhi,
June 24, 2014
View the Travel Advisory and latest updates directly on http://mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/23467/Travel+Advisory+for+Indian+Nationals+in+Iraq

Travel Advisory for Indian nationals in Iraq

In view of the precarious security situation prevailing in Iraq, Indian nationals are advised to avoid all travel to Iraq, until further notification.

Indian nationals in Iraq may consider leaving the country by commercial means if it is safe to do so. Our nationals living in areas affected by the ongoing armed-conflict are advised to stay indoors as far as possible and are advised to remain in contact with our Embassy in Baghdad for necessary advice and updated information on the evolving security situation. Those nationals who do not have travel documents or need other consular services are advised to seek assistance from the Indian Embassy in Baghdad.

The Indian Embassy in Baghdad has set up a 24-hour helpline, which can be accessed for information or assistance as per contact details given below:
Tel. No: +964 770 444 4899 (Mobile)
Tel. No: +964 770 484 3247 (Mobile)
Email: amb.baghdad@mea.gov.in
hoc.baghdad@mea.gov.in
cons.baghdad@mea.gov.in
edubaghdad@yahoo.com
Website: www.indianembassybaghdad.in
Sunday,
June 15, 2014
View the Travel Advisory and latest updates directly on http://mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/23434/Travel+Advisory+for+Indian+nationals+in+Iraq

Travel Advisory for Yemen

Advisory for Indian Nationals in Yemen

In view of the ongoing conflict and fragile security situation in Yemen, Indian nationals are advised to avoid all travel to Yemen, until further notification. Our nationals in Yemen are advised to avoid conflict areas and to remain in contact with our Embassy in Sana’a for necessary advice and updated information on the evolving security situation.

Indian nationals in Yemen may consider leaving the country on voluntary basis by commercial means, if it is safe to do so. Those nationals who do not have travel documents or need other consular services are advised to seek assistance from our Embassy in Sana’a.

The Indian Embassy in Sana’a has set up help lines, which can be accessed for information or assistance as per contact details given below:

Tel Number- 00-967-734 000 658 (Mr. Dilbag Singh)
00-967-734 000 657 (Mr. Ram Charan)
E-mail: hoc@eoisanaa.org
Website: www.eoisanaa.org
Indian Embassy:
Tel: 00-9671-433631/00-9671-433632
Fax: 00-9671-433630
New Delhi
January 18, 2015
View the Travel Advisory and latest updates directly on http://mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/24709/Advisory_for_Indian_Nationals_in_Yemen