Health Alert—U.S. Consulate General Chennai operating status in light of lockdowns in South India

Location: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala 
Event:  On May 8, 2021, the Government of Tamil Nadu announced a full lockdown from 4:00 a.m. on May 10, 2021, to 4:00 a.m. on May 24, 2021.  Shops and establishments are allowed to stay open Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Previously announced lockdowns in Karnataka and Kerala remain in effect. 

During the Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala lockdowns, certain online delivery services and basic food and provision shops may operate with limited hours. In all three states, existing international flights previously approved to operate will continue

The U.S. Consulate General Chennai will remain open.

U.S. Citizen Services: U.S. citizens with previously scheduled emergency appointments may come to the Consulate for those services. Please email if you need to cancel or reschedule. U.S. citizens in need of additional emergency services should email before coming to the Consulate.

Visa Services: Visa applicants with existing emergency appointments may come to the Consulate for those services.

On April 19, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice and on April 21, 2021, the Department of State issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory advising against all travel to India.  Level 4 is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. During an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.

New cases and deaths from COVID-19 have risen sharply throughout India to record levels.  COVID-19 testing infrastructure is reportedly constrained in many locations.  Hospitals are reporting shortages of supplies, oxygen, and beds for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related patients.  U.S. citizens report being denied admission to hospitals in some cities due to a lack of space.  Some states have enacted curfews and other restrictions that limit movement and the operation of non-essential businesses.

Actions to Take:

Monitor local media for developments.

Check Government of India sources for lockdown specifics and announced changes.

U.S. citizens who wish to depart India should take advantage of commercial transportation options.

Please review recent Health Alerts from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi for additional context about the COVID-19 situation in India.

Please visit the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website for the latest information on travel restrictions.

Please visit the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India COVID-19 Information webpage for additional information.

Enroll in STEP at in order to receive critical information from the Embassy related to health and safety in India.


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