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Reconsider Visiting India Says the U.S. State Department

July 20, 2021 • 10:53 am CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The U.S. Department of State issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory on July 19, 2021, advising against all travel to India. Level 3 encourages U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to the country due to serious safety and security risks, as conditions in any country may change at any time.

The State Department says 'do not travel to:

  • The state of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) is due to terrorism and civil unrest.
  • Within 10 km of the India-Pakistan border due to the potential for armed conflict.
  • The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in rural areas from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these areas.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates based in New Delhi continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions in India. U.S. citizens who must travel to India are strongly urged to get fully vaccinated before travel and continue to take personal health safety measures to protect themselves and avoiding crowded areas with poor ventilation.

And enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is one of the largest U.S. diplomatic missions in the world. The Embassy represents 17 U.S. federal government agencies and coordinates the activities of four consulates;  in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Hyderabad.

The Embassy also maintains a Virtual Consulate serving residents of Bangalore.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for India due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of disease in the country. However, your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA Authorized vaccine, says the CDC. India offers other COVID-19 vaccines, such as Covaxin and Covishield.