Event: U.S. citizens in India should exercise caution in light of continued protests throughout the country in response to the approval of the Citizenship Amendment Act and avoid all areas with demonstrations. It is important that you monitor local media outlets for updates on demonstrations, road and mass transit closures, curfews, and possible impact on air travel. Intermittent internet and mobile phone service outages are also possible. The government-imposed law that prohibits political gatherings of four or more people – known as Section 144 – remains in effect in certain areas. Indian press reports there are plans for a “Million Man March” demonstration in Hyderabad over the weekend of December 28-29; local authorities have not yet approved the march or agreed to a specific time or location.
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 the “Traveler’s Checklist,” which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad.
Actions to Take:
Avoid areas with demonstrations and civil disturbances.
Keep a low profile.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Monitor local media for updates.
Review your personal security plans.
Notify friends and family of your safety.
Follow the instructions of local authorities.
Enroll in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP).
- Website: https://in.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/emergency-contact/
- U.S. Embassy New Delhi
Located at Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri 110021
- U.S. Consulate General Mumbai (Bombay)
Located at C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai 400051
- U.S. Consulate General Chennai (Madras)
Located at 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006
- U.S. Consulate General Kolkata (Calcutta)
Located at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071
- U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad
Located at Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad 500 003
+91 (40) 4033-8300
- U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs
+1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444
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