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11/9/2020 - FAQ

The federal government is not planning any further return flights for India.

In order to be informed directly from us about the current situation, please register - if you have not already done so - in our crisis prevention list at www.diplo.de/elefand.

As soon as return flights from other EU embassies are confirmed, we will publish the latest information on our website or on our social media presence.

Citizens of other countries should contact the embassy of their home country directly. The travelers must organize their onward journey to Germany independently.

All travelers from Covid 19 risk countries such as India must register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany. A 10-day quarantine at home is mandatory. In order to shorten the quarantine period, a negative Covid-19 test can be presented to the local health authority, which is carried out on the 5th day after arrival at the earliest. Violations of registration and quarantine requirements can result in a fine of up to € 25,000. Further details can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (www.bmi.bund.de) and the Federal Ministry of Health (www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de) .

The nationwide curfew as well as the airspace closure for commercial international flights apply up to and including 09/30/2020. Air traffic within India was resumed on May 25, 2020. Appropriate measures to contain the pandemic such as mask compulsory, fever measurements, distance rules are being carried out. Inquire in good time with the respective airline about the exact details of the procedure as well as any quarantine measures or other applicable provisions of individual Indian states or Union territories. Current information can be found, for example, on the websites of the airport or the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Please keep up to date with the Indian media, the information on the website of the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (https://www.mohfw.gov.in/) and the travel and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office - preferably via the Free app "Safe Travel" - informs about the current situation developments.

If you want to come to Delhi now, please contact the hotel of your choice prior to your arrival in order to register. Please remember to secure your money supply. You can increase the credit limit or have money sent via Western Union. Please also remember to check the validity of your visa. Contact the Indian authorities (FRRO) to extend the visa should this be necessary.

The embassy cannot predict when commercial international air traffic can resume in India. Please keep yourself informed about the Indian media, our website and our social media presence. You can access the current travel and safety information for India using our free “Safe Travel” app.

Following the EU recommendation, Germany has extended the entry ban beyond July 1, 2020 for travelers from risk areas. This also includes India. EU citizens and foreigners who return to their place of habitual residence in Germany are exempt from this rule. All travelers from Covid 19 risk countries such as India must register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany. A 10-day quarantine at home is mandatory. In order to shorten the quarantine period, a negative Covid-19 test can be presented to the local health authority, which is carried out on the 5th day after arrival at the earliest. Violation of registration and quarantine requirements can result in a fine of up to € 25,000.

Further details can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Health.

After the lockdown prescribed on March 24, 2020, it has been gradually opened since April 20, 2020. Currently there is only a strict cordoning off of so-called containment zones. Air traffic within India was resumed on May 25, 2020. Appropriate measures to contain the pandemic such as mask compulsory, fever measurements, distance rules are being carried out. Inquire in good time with the respective airline about the exact details of the procedure as well as any quarantine measures or other applicable provisions of individual Indian states or Union territories. Current information can be found, for example, on the websites of the airport or the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

We strongly advise against booking flight connections that are not carried out as repatriation flights, even if they are shown online as available!

In order to be informed directly from us about the current situation, please register - if you have not already done so - in our crisis prevention list.

What do I do with my booked flight that falls within the extension of the airspace closure? When can I expect commercial air traffic to reopen?

All commercial flight connections to and from India are suspended until further notice. If you have made a flight booking that falls within this period, please contact the airline directly.

The embassy cannot predict when commercial international air traffic can resume in India. Please keep yourself informed about the Indian media, our website and our social media presence. You can access the current travel and safety information for India using our free “Safe Travel” app.

When contacting your insurance company / your employer, refer to the current travel and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office (www.diplo.de) as an official source of information.

The travel and safety information page for India states that "commercial international travel (...) is currently prohibited in principle".

Please remember to increase the credit card limit or overdraft facility credit of your current account and / or to fill up the account in Germany. In India, money can also be supplied by withdrawing cash from credit cards at machines and in exchange offices. If necessary, use the options of money transfer -also by family members and friends in Germany - using, for example, Western Union or MoneyGram. Secure your hotel room / accommodation until the day of departure and clarify with the hotel / guesthouse / private landlords, among other things, food.

Yes. We recommend that you contact the local immigration authorities (the Indian Bureau of Immigration or the relevant FRRO) immediately before the visa expires.

Due to the special situation, the Indian authorities have guaranteed an extension free of charge; the fine due to "overstay" is waived for extensions. We ask for your understanding that the embassy cannot answer questions that are the responsibility of the Indian authorities. Please note that you can only leave the country with a valid visa or an "exit permit" (you can apply for the latter if the visa has already expired).

Following the EU recommendation, Germany has extended the entry ban for travelers from risk areas. This also includes India. EU citizens and foreigners who return to their place of habitual residence in Germany are exempt from this rule.

In Germany, people entering from risk areas are currently subject to a 10-day quarantine obligation. All travelers from Covid 19 risk countries such as India must also register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany. In order to shorten the quarantine period, a negative Covid-19 test can be presented to the local health authority, which is carried out on the 5th day after arrival at the earliest. Violation of registration and quarantine requirements can result in a fine of up to € 25,000.

The quarantine obligation does not apply to travelers without symptoms that indicate a disease with COVID-19.

Since the regulation on the quarantine obligation is issued by the federal states under their own responsibility, please inquire on the website of the federal state into which you are entering or where you are domiciled or where you will be accommodated to find out what the quarantine regulation looks like there. More information can be found here.

For travel to or from other European countries, please contact the respective airline or the travel and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office.

Take your medication to an Indian pharmacy, there they will give you appropriate local preparations. As things stand today, the majority of all drugs are available in India. If you are unsuccessful with one pharmacy, try other pharmacies, if necessary by telephone first.

So far there have been no instructions from the central government that (German) foreigners are to be treated differently from Indian travelers. Unfortunately, we also receive news that German citizens are also being expelled from hotels and guest houses, are not even allowed in and sometimes sent directly to quarantine. Many hotels have also stopped or shut down regular operations due to the low number of visitors. Inquire before arrival at your hotel / guest house whether you will still be accepted there and look for alternative accommodation in the area if necessary.

The embassy has no way of influencing the security and quarantine measures ordered by the Indian authorities; this also applies to the location of the quarantine. The quarantine period is usually between 14-28 days. Please ask when and under what conditions a discharge from the hospital would be possible, e.g. B. Submission of a flight ticket to leave India on the same day. You can - not - terminate a quarantine prematurely in India and complete it in Germany. Please follow the instructions of the authorities and hospitals.

If you are concerned about COVID-19, please contact the Indian helpline + 91-11-23978046 / Toll Free No: 1075 for further instructions.
Since it is usually overloaded, email: [email protected]
Telephone numbers in the ind. States & Union Territories on the side of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:
https://www.mohfw.gov.in/

In NEW DELHI, please contact one of the following hospitals by telephone:

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
Address: Sri Aurobindo Marg, Ansari Nagar, Ansari Nagar East, New Delhi, Delhi 110029, India
Tel .: 2658 8500, 700

RML Hospital (Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hispital)
Address: Baba Kharak Singh Rd, Near Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Type III, Con-naught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Tel .: 2340 4286

Fever measurements are taken at the airport. People with a fever or other symptoms are not transported and must expect quarantine measures from the Indian authorities. Wearing respiratory masks is compulsory in between.

In Germany, people entering from risk areas are currently subject to a 10-day quarantine obligation. All travelers from Covid 19 risk countries such as India must also register at www.einreiseanmeldung.de before entering Germany. In order to shorten the quarantine period, a negative Covid-19 test can be presented to the local health authority, which is carried out on the 5th day after arrival at the earliest. Violation of registration and quarantine requirements can result in a fine of up to € 25,000.
The quarantine obligation does not apply to travelers without symptoms that indicate a disease with COVID-19.
Since the regulation on the quarantine obligation is issued by the federal states under their own responsibility, please inquire on the website of the federal state into which you are entering or where you are domiciled or where you will be accommodated to find out what the quarantine regulation looks like there. More information can be found here.
For travel to or from other European countries, please contact the respective airline or the travel and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office.

Commercial international travel is currently prohibited in principle. Tourist entries remain prohibited until further notice; E-visas and visas for tourist purposes that have already been issued are suspended. Visas for other travel purposes, the validity of which was previously suspended, are valid again with immediate effect. Entry by water and air for these other travel purposes is possible again, provided that the validity of visas that have already been issued has not expired or that a new visa has been issued upon request.
Entry by land is still not possible.
If in doubt, please contact the Indian diplomatic mission or FRRO responsible for you.

Whether or not a trip can be canceled free of charge is a question of travel law that the embassy or the Federal Foreign Office cannot answer. Trips can usually be canceled free of charge if unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances significantly affect the trip, according to the law (BGB). A travel warning from the Foreign Office is an indication of this, but not necessary:
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