India’s New York consulate will stay open year-round for emergency assistance

The Consulate General of India in New York has made a significant announcement aimed at assisting individuals facing urgent travel needs to India. In a recent press release, the Consulate revealed its decision to operate continuously throughout the year, including on holidays, to cater to genuine emergencies.

Beginning immediately, the Consulate will maintain operational hours from 2 pm to 4 pm on all holidays, weekends, and public holidays. This extended service period is specifically designated to address emergency requirements of the public, emphasizing that it is not intended for regular consular services.

Prospective applicants seeking emergency assistance are urged to contact the Consulate’s emergency helpline beforehand to verify necessary documentation and confirm eligibility for emergency services. This proactive measure ensures that individuals requiring immediate attention receive timely assistance.

The emergency services offered by the Consulate encompass the issuance of Emergency Visas, Emergency Certificates for same-day travel to India, and the transportation of mortal remains on an urgent basis. Notably, applicants availing themselves of these services will incur an emergency service fee for Emergency Visas, in line with established practice.

Serving a wide geographic area, the Indian Consulate in New York extends its assistance to residents of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The Consulate’s leadership underwent a recent change with the appointment of career diplomat Binaya Srikanta Pradhan as the Consul General in New York in January of this year. Pradhan, who brings with him extensive experience including his prior role as High Commissioner of India to Tanzania, assumed his duties with a commitment to providing essential services to the Indian community in the region.