Information on COVID-19
Travel restrictions for India
Since October 21st, 2020 foreign nationals are permitted to enter India. India and Germany have made bilateral air travel arrangements ("Air Bubbles") which allow flights between both countries.
If you are planning to travel to India, please check the quidelines for international arrivals issued by the Indian government before travelling. The guidelines can be found here.
Travel restrictions for Germany
With effect from August 01, 2021, the Federal Republic of Germany designated India as high-risk area.
For travellers from India the following regulations apply:
1. Before entering Germany, you must register on the following website https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/#/.
2. All travellers entering Germany are obligated upon entry to present proof of the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (test result or proof of vaccination or recovery). Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the obligation to furnish proof.
3. Persons entering Germany following a stay in India in the last 10 days must self-isolate for 10 days.
Residents of non-EU countries are only permitted to enter Germany if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need to travel. The transport and entry ban does not apply to (among others) German nationals and their accompanying close family members (spouse and children) and residents of Germany, holding a valid residence permit, issued by the competent authority in Germany (a visa issued by the German Embassy or Consulate in India is not sufficient).
The complete list can be found here.
Visa for India
Most types of visas have been restored.Visa applications will be handled by the Consulate General of the Republic of India in Munich. Information on Visa and travel restrictions can be found here.
In case of any urgent questions the Consulate General of the Republic of India in Munich can be reached via the following E-Mail adress: visa.munich(at)mea.gov.in
Since 09.04.2021 the Indian government has resumed e-Visa services for German nationals.
Until further notice Tourist Visas for India will not be issued. The German Federal Foreign Office warns against unnecessary tourist travels to India.
Indian citizens in Germany
The Indian Embassy in Berlin is operating a hotline in case of urgent questions.
In addition, the Consulate General of the Republic of India in Munich has published answers on frequently asked questions on its website.
If your residence permit is expiring soon, kindly contact the relevant immigration authority. The contact details of the immigration authority in Stuttgart can be found here.
Distressed Indian Nationals can apply for assistance from the Indian Community Welfare Fund. More information can be found on the website of the Consulate General of the Republic of India in Munich.
Humanitarian aid for India
If you would like to support India in its fight against the Corona pandemic with donations in cash or in kind, we kindly ask you to contact the Indian Red Cross. The Red Cross is supporting the local health authorities while containing the pandemic. More information can be found here.
In addition, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce has created a platform where companies can offer help or ask for it. Furter details are available here.
Up-to-date information on the virus from the German Government
You can find up-to-date information on India and COVID-19 on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.
Information for investors in India
Invest India has just launched the Invest India Business Immunity Platform, which is a comprehensive and interactive resource for investors and the wider business community to access all relevant information about India’s fight against COVID-19.
It is a dynamic platform which keeps a regular track of developments in controlling the impact of the virus and provides the latest information about government announcements. Invest India is using this platform to disseminate information on best practices on how corporates in India are managing the disruption to their businesses and most commonly asked questions during this time.
Investors can also reach out to Invest India using the 'Live Chat' on the platform.
Please be informed that the given information can change without prior notice. We ask you to check the provided websites on a regular basis.