Information for Travelers
Security Message for U.S. Citizens
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Local media recently reported on possible terrorist threats to U.S. government facilities in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Hyderabad, as well as to major public places in these cities, suggesting attacks might occur on Sunday, July 21, 2013. In consultation with all relevant parties, the Embassy has determined the threat is not credible. There have been no changes to standard security procedures at any of our facilities or for any U.S. government employees as a result of these reports.
The current Worldwide Caution advises U.S. citizens to exercise vigilance whenever they travel overseas. Please take this opportunity to read the document and assess your personal security while traveling to or residing in India.
The US. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens traveling in and around India to exercise caution and monitor local media for security updates. U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad,” which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad.
Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App available through iTunes and the Android market to have travel information at your fingertips. In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain the latest information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is located at Shanti Path, Chanakya Puri 110021; telephone +91-11-2419-8000; fax +91-11-2419-8407. The Embassy's Internet home page address is http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/.
- The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay) is located atC-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai 400051, telephone +91-22-2672-4000; fax +91-22-2363-0350. The Internet home page address is http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/.
- The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai (Madras) is at 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006, telephone +91-44-2857-4000; fax +91-44-2857-4344. The Internet home page address is http://chennai.usconsulate.gov/.
- TThe U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata (Calcutta) is at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071; telephone +91-33-3984-2400; fax +91-33-2282-2335. The Internet home page address is http://kolkata.usconsulate.gov/.
- The U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad is at Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad 500 003; telephone: +91 (40) 4033-8300. The Internet home page address is http://hyderabad.usconsulate.gov/.
American Citizen Services is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. except for Indian and American holidays, to provide emergency and non-emergency assistance to U.S. citizens. Appointments should be made for all non-emergency services. https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=MDR&appcode=1 < class="paragraph">Our busiest days are Mondays, and the day following a holiday. To receive the fastest service, we recommend that you avoid these peak periods.
Please enter the U.S. Consulate at the main gate on Cathedral Road. You must present your valid passport or other form of government-issued photo identification to gain access to American Citizen Services.
Payment for services may be made in cash in either U.S. dollars or Indian rupees or by credit/debit card or by rupee demand draft made payable to the U.S. Consulate, Chennai. The following credit/debit cards are accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Novus/Discover, Diners, and "logoed" debit (purchasing) cards displaying the Visa or MasterCard logo.
The Consulate does not accept payment by personal check or traveler's check.
American Citizen Services cannot provide direct assistance to non-U.S. citizens, such as “green card” holders, nor can we assist in matters concerning Indian visas.
American Citizen Services is unable to answer visa questions. If you require information about immigrant visas, including how to apply to replace an alien registration card, or green card, or about non-immigrant visas, please press refer to the Visa Services section on this webpage.
American Citizen Services
You may also contact American Citizen Services in writing at ChennaiCS@state.gov
When writing, please provide your full name, address and contact information.
If writing to American Citizen Services, please address your envelope as follows:
220 Anna Salai (also known as Mount Road)
Chennai 600 006