April 10, 2020 - Health Alert - U.S. Mission to India Location: India Event: The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Mission to India have repatriated over 2,300 U.S. citizens from India to the United States in recent weeks. We are working to arrange a potential final set of special chartered flights for U.S. citizens and their families departing India and we need to re-assess demand for repatriation flights. If you are still interested in departing India on a U.S. government-facilitated flight, please register using this new form: https://tinyurl.com/uscit-indiaeven if you have registered, emailed, or otherwise contacted us before. If these flights are authorized, we expect these may be the final U.S. government-organized flights returning to the United States from India during the COVID-19 crisis. We urge U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States take advantage of this opportunity or be prepared to remain in India until commercial flights resume. By registering, you confirm your interest to travel at short notice within the next two weeks. The flights would likely follow the same route as previous flights: New Delhi to San Francisco, and Mumbai to Atlanta. The flights are not yet authorized or confirmed, but we are targeting the departure dates for the week of April 12. If you wish to travel to the United States on these flights, even if you previously filled out a form, please provide your information through the form. We will discontinue using information from people who have previously contacted us to fill these flights. You must register using the new form. Please do not call the Embassy to confirm your information; we will e-mail you if you are confirmed for a seat on a new flight. Please understand this flight is not free. All passengers will need to reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of the flight. Previous flights have cost between $2,000 and $2,500 per person. A legal document, called a promissory note, for the full cost of the flight must be signed by each adult passenger before boarding however payment is not required at the time of the flight. Please review payment information on promissory notes (DS-5528) here. While your passport will not be canceled, U.S. citizens who have signed a loan agreement for repatriation may not be eligible for new passports until the loan is repaid. You will be responsible for any arrangements or costs (including lodging and travel to onward destinations) beyond San Francisco or Atlanta. Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy is unable to book any onward travel or other arrangements for you. The exact departure time and routing of these chartered flights are subject to change. Unless you receive an email from the U.S Mission in India confirming your flight, please do not appear at the airport. Only U.S. citizens with confirmations from the U.S. Mission to India will be allowed to board the flights. Actions to Take: · Check your email regularly, including junk and spam folders, for messages from the U.S. Mission to India and consider carefully whether to take advantage of the flights being offered now. There are no guarantees there will be additional flights. · Have your travel documents ready. A valid U.S. passport and Indian visa will be required for travel. · Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. · Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. · For information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC's latest recommendations. · Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information regarding U.S. and foreign countries’ quarantine requirements and other global impacts. Please also refer to the travel.state.gov FAQs. · Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions. · Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in India. · Visit the Department of Homeland Security's website for the latest travel restrictions affecting travel to the United States. · Review the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website for information on COVID-19 and Indian travel advisories. Assistance: · U.S. Embassy New Delhi Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri 110021 telephone: +91-11-2419-8000 https://in.usembassy.gov · U.S. Consulate General Mumbai (Bombay) C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai 400051 telephone: +91-22-2672-4000 · U.S. Consulate General Chennai (Madras) 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006 telephone: +91-44-2857-4000 · U.S. Consulate General Kolkata (Calcutta) 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071 telephone: +91-33-3984-2400. · U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad 500003 telephone: +91-40-4033-8300. · State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 · India Travel Advisory and Country Page · Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive security updates · Follow us on Facebook and Twitter END: This News article is a courtesy of Health Alert. Please visit appropriate website or contact listed in this news. 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