Emergency Visa Guidelines Emergency Visa Guidelines

Consulate General of India



  1. The Government of India, from time to time, has revoked the suspension on several categories of visas for travel to India, which were earlier put in place due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The details of currently permitted categories are available at PERMITTED CATEGORIES FOR TRAVEL TO INDIA.
  2. The Government of India has restored all existing visas, which had been suspended earlier, except electronic visa (e-Visa) of all types, Tourist Visa and Medical Visa. All those who hold such valid visas (other than e-Visa, Tourist visa and Medical) need not apply to the Consulate for re validation of their existing visa.
  3. If an applicant has a valid regular paper 'Entry (X) Visa' (and not an electronic visa), he/she can travel on the existing visa and there is no need to apply for an emergency visa.
  4. Foreign nationals of Indian origin residing within the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, Houston (cgihouston.gov.in) and requiring visiting India in family emergencies may note the following:

(i) Please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.inand apply for REGULAR/PAPER VISA APPLICATION and make an application for ENTRY VISA. Fill the application, upload the photo, submit the application and take a print-out of the visa application and sign the same.

Documents Required to be send along with duly filled and signed application form:

  1. Copy of Duly filled and signed online visa application form.
  2. Additional Particulars Form(PDF)
  3. Copy of *Renunciation certificate/cancelled Indian passport with endorsement that foreign nationality has been acquired (if previous nationality was Indian).(*If renunciation certificate has not been obtained earlier, please make an application with VFS (details available at https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind) and enclose a copy of the fee receipt on submission of renunciation application along with your visa application.)
  4. Eligibility: Documentation (letter from the doctor/hospital) regarding eligibility for getting Indian visa on account of emergencies like critical medical condition/death in the immediate family AND copies of the Indian passports of the parents in case of minor applicants of Indian citizens AND copy of Indian passport where the applicant is married to an Indian national.
  5. Copy of address proof.
  6. Copy of Birth Certificate of the child (if applicable).
  7. Marriage Certificate (if applicable).
  8. Copy of passport and existing visa.
  9. Notarized Parental authorization form(PDF), duly signed by both the parents, with copies of their passports (if the applicant is under the age of 18 years).
  10. Original passport
  11. Photographs
  12. Visa fee* and a prepaid return envelope to the address:

Consulate General of India,
4300 Scotland St,
Houston, 77007

  1. *Visa fee for Entry visa is in two money orders; USD 100 and USD 3 in the favor of Consulate General of India