Saturday, May 25th, 2024

India’s New York Consulate to remain open even on holidays for ‘genuine emergencies’

The Indian Consulate in New York has announced that it will remain open throughout the year, including weekends and other holidays, to address the “emergency needs” of people.

In a press release, the Consulate General of India, New York said it will remain open from 2 pm to 4 pm during all holidays from May 10.

“The Consulate will remain open from 2 pm to 4 pm during all holidays (including Saturdays/Sundays and other public holidays) to address the emergency needs of the general public with effect from May 10, 2024,” the release said.

“It is reiterated that this facility is for people with genuine emergencies and not for routine consular services,” it added.

The Indian Mission advised applicants to call the Consulate emergency helpline number: +1-917-815- 7066 before coming to the Consulate for any emergency service. The objective is to ascertain the need for supporting documents for these services and ensure that they fall in the category of emergency services, which cannot be postponed until the next working day of the Consulate.

Notably, this facility is only for emergency requirements of travel documents like emergency visa, emergency certificate (for same day travel to India) and transportation of mortal remains sent on the same day.

The Consulate General said applicants will be charged an emergency service fee for emergency visas, as has been the practice.

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