Location: Kerala, India
Event: Protests and demonstrations concerning the Sabarimala Temple
Media report widespread protests and a call for a general strike throughout the state of Kerala related to the opening of Sabarimala Temple to women of childbearing age. Despite an Indian Supreme Court decision allowing entry, the entry of two women into the temple on January 2 has led to violent protests throughout Kerala, including in Palakkad, Kasargode, and Kollam. The protests have, so far, led to the death of one person and caused substantial property damage, including the destruction of 45 public buses. A general strike could cause work stoppages, shop closures, and transportation delays.
Alert: The U.S. Consulate General Chennai does not put out online advertisements for sale of motor vehicles belonging to U.S. diplomats. Please contact the Consulate if you come across such advertisements and read this link to protect yourself from car scams. Press Release in English (PDF: 271 KB) | Press Release in Tamil (PDF: 513 KB)
Location: Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, India
Event: Cyclone Gaja is predicted to cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Pamban and Cuddalore November 15. High winds are expected along and off the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, with gusts up to 100 kmph. A storm surge of approximately one meter is forecast to inundate low lying areas of the Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu and the Karaikal district of Puducherry at the time of the cyclone’s landfall.
Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Event: Protest by former employees of a private company. Please be advised of a protest near Chennai’s Directorate of Medical Services (DMS) office in the Teynampet area of Chennai today by former employees of a private company. It is recommended for everyone to take reasonable precautions regarding personal security and avoid any large crowds.
Location: Kerala State
Event: Extreme southwest monsoon rains continue throughout the state of Kerala, and adjacent districts in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, triggering landslides, flash floods and other emergency situations. As of the morning of Thursday, August 16, media reported more than 60 deaths and large numbers of people stranded due to the weather. Heavy rains are expected to continue with the ongoing monsoon season. Given above-average and ongoing precipitation in the past several weeks, many low-lying areas are flooded, and reservoirs have reached full capacity, requiring authorities to open the flood gates of dams.
Location: Kerala State
Event: Heavy southwest monsoon rains continue throughout the state of Kerala, triggering landslides and flash floods. Given above-average and ongoing precipitation in the past several weeks, some low-level areas are flooded and reservoirs have reached full capacity. Media reports the northern districts of Palakkad, Idukki, Wayanad, Kozhikode, and Malappuram in Kerala are among the most significantly affected, and have reported weather-related deaths. Kerala’s Idukki dam is opening its floodgates, which could impact the downstream area along the Periyar river in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. Local media reports flights to Kochi have been suspended.
Out of respect for the death of former Chief Minister Karunanidhi, many businesses are closed and transportation is disrupted.
Statement by Acting U.S. Consul General Lauren Lovelace on the Death of the Honorable Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Muthuvel Karunanidhi (August 7, 2018)
The Consul General directs the activities of the United States Consulate General in Chennai. The U.S. Consulate in Chennai is one of the top visa adjudication posts in the world, and the number one in processing employment based visas. The Consulate also provides an array of services to Americans residing or traveling to Chennai.
Location: Thoothukudi, and throughout Tamil Nadu, India
Event: Local media report that protests against the expansion of the Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi became violent on May 22, with fatalities reported and vehicles set on fire. Demonstrations are ongoing and may have the potential again to turn violent. Shops and businesses may be closed on May 24, 2018.
Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Event: The relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel on May 14 may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. There may be a demonstration on Friday, May 18th at 4:00 p.m. near Mannady and Parry’s Corner in Chennai.
Location: Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, India
Event: Some political groups have called for protests and boycotts April 3-5 following a recent Supreme Court decision regarding the sharing of Cauvery River water. Previous decisions regarding the Cauvery watershed have resulted in sporadic protests and violence.
A general strike has been organized throughout Karnataka for January 25, 2018, regarding a dispute over water resources with the neighboring state of Goa. Protests have been reported in Bengaluru (Bangalore) and across the state of Karnataka, and some services including public transportation have been suspended. Many businesses have closed, while hospitals remain open. Press reports indicate the strike and protests are expected to last one day.
The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. U.S. Consulate Chennai reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.
Local media report significant flooding of the main roads throughout Chennai, with some media predicting moderate to heavy rains to continue through November 5. Local schools, including the American International School in Chennai, are closed Friday, November 3. In addition to possible flooding, U.S. citizens may experience traffic delays and limited access to public transportation.
Local media report significant flooding in the Hosur-Sarjapur and Anugraha Layout in the Koramangala area in Bengaluru (Bangalore), with some media predicting heavy rains will continue overnight and into Thursday, September 28.
Local media sources have reported that a hartal (shut-down) has been called for Thursday, April 6 throughout the state of Kerala. The shut-down is reportedly organized in protest of police actions that occurred on April 5, 2017.
This is an update to the previous emergency message sent on January 19, 2017. Protests continue across Tamil Nadu, including at Marina Beach in Chennai, regarding the practice of bull taming (jallikattu). Various sources have reported confrontations between police and protestors in Chennai and in other cities across the state that in some cases have turned violent. Some schools and businesses have reportedly closed as a precaution. (More)
Local media outlets continue to report protests in Tamil Nadu, including at Marina Beach in Chennai, regarding the practice of bull taming (jallikattu). Protests have thus far been peaceful, although there have been reports of traffic interruptions. Some bus services, taxis, and rickshaws may suspend or reduce services. (More)
The U.S Consulate General in Chennai cautions U.S. citizens that Cyclone Vardah is expected to make landfall near Chennai, between Mahabalipuram and Nellore, tomorrow afternoon on Monday, December 12 and then weaken.
The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai will continue to operate with reduced staffing on December 7, 2016, and has temporarily suspended appointments for routine services to U.S. citizens and visa applicants. Applicants whose appointments are canceled will be notified by e-mail and provided a link to reschedule. The Consulate plans to resume routine services on Thursday, December 8, 2016.
Apollo Hospital announced that Chief Minister Jayaraman Jayalalithaa passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 11:30 p.m. Many businesses in Chennai are closed and public transportation is not operating.
Statement by Ambassador Richard R. Verma on the Death of the Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa
On behalf of the United States, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and the people of Tamil Nadu following her passing yesterday. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will be remembered for her years of public service to Tamil Nadu and as a supporter of closer ties between the United States and India. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu during this time of sorrow.
The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai will operate with reduced staffing on December 5, 2016, and has temporarily suspended appointments for routine services to U.S. citizens and visa applicants. Applicants will be informed by email. The Consulate will provide updates when routine services are restored. (More)
Important Message for Chennai Nonimmigrant Visas appointments, December 5, 2016
Due to scheduling changes, the Nonimmigrant Unit of the Chennai Consulate will not be able to honor your appointment today, Dec 5, 2016. As you have already completed your biometric appointment at the Visa Application Center you can just reschedule your interview appointment with the Consulate. There is NO NEED to contact the call center or customer support—simply login to your profile and reschedule both of your appointments.
We regret the inconvenience caused.
About the Region
The Chennai consular district includes the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and the Union Territories of Lakshadweep Islands, Pondicherry, and the Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.