Hyderabad: US Embassy and Consulates in India have cancelled all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments from March 16 following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Your visa appointment stands as cancelled. Once Mission India resumes regular consular operations, appointments will be made available and you will be able to reschedule. Please see www.ustraveldocs.com/in and in.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ for further information”, US Embassy and Consulates in India posted on its website.

Effective March 16, the U.S. Embassy in India and its Consulates will provide only essential services to U.S. citizens and limited, emergency visa services. Accordingly, currently scheduled visa appointments will be cancelled immediately, the embassy said.

Similarly, beginning Monday, March 16, Mission India’s American Centers in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai will close public access until further notice.

Earlier US Embassy in India implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travellers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for additional information on these new measures.

Effective March 13, the Government of India suspended visas for all incoming foreigners, except diplomatic, U.N. or International organization, employment, and project visas.

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