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 April 26, 2021, the Federal Republic of Germany designated India as a country with significantly elevated risk of infection (virus variant area).
Therefore, entry to Germany, even with a valid visa, is generally banned for passengers who have visited India during the last 10 days.
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 Munch.
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.