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FedEx Service Alerts

Hurricane Florence

FedEx is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence. Our contingency plans are in place and, as always, our priorities are the safety and well-being of our team members and minimizing the effects of potential storms on service. FedEx will be prepared to provide service to the best of our ability in areas affected by the storm and as local conditions allow.

Please continue to check FedEx Service Alerts for updates.

Up to date information on weather advisories can be found at the National Weather Service.

FedEx cares about your safety and we encourage you to prepare for natural disasters. Click here to learn how to prepare your family.

Shipping to affected areas?
To help avoid delays, we encourage you to contact your recipients to verify whether their location is open or able to receive deliveries.

Note that potential service disruptions may not affect FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, FedEx Office, etc. the same. This may result in different levels of impact as well as cities, states, and ZIP Codes serviced.

Continue to check fedex.com for service updates. For specific shipment status information, please track your shipment at fedex.com.
UPS Shipping Alerts

No Pickups or deliveries in Puerto Rico:
Due to the recent severe impact of Hurricane Maria, service will continue to be suspended in Puerto Rico, where there will be no pickups or deliveries are being made.

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Important Notice from Consulate/Embassy:

Consular Services facilitation Camps

It is hereby clarified to the Indian Community/Visa applicants that M/s Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) is the sole agency to whom work relating to Indian Passports/Visas and OCIs has been outsourced. M/s CKGS arranges regular Consular Camps with explicit authorization of the Consulate to provide efficient services to applicants.

It is hereby reiterated that only M/s CKGS has the mandate/authority to run such Camps/Fairs/Facilitation camps. Applicants for Indian Consular Services are advised to only utilize such authorized/approved Consular Camps for obtaining Consular Services. They may approach the Consulate/Embassy for any clarification/information on any such Camp/Fair being organized for Consular Services. Click here to view the notice from Indian Consulate, New York.


UPS Service Alerts

Severe Weather in Northeastern US Causing Service Delays

A Service Update showing ZIP codes where UPS services are affected is posted on ups.com®. Additional areas may be affected by severe weather, so check ups.com throughout the day for updates. Service delays and shipment progress are displayed in UPS tracking and visibility tools including ups.com, Quantum View and UPS My Choice.

More Information
  • When severe weather impacts UPS operations, we balance our priorities of customer service and safety, both for our employees and the public, and make every effort to deliver to all areas as conditions safely permit
  • Customers can sign up to receive proactive UPS Brown Bulletin service updates by email
  • The UPS Service Guarantee does not apply to shipments that are delayed due to events, such as bad weather, that are beyond UPS control; see the Tariff/Terms and Conditions of Service for details
Customers should log in to My LTL Freight or call UPS Freight Customer Service at 1-800-333-7400 for information regarding UPS Freight shipments.

PASSPORT SEVA DIVAS

A Message from the External Affairs Minister on the occasion of the Fourth Passport Seva Divas being held on 24th June 2016.
Please click here to view the message.

PUBLIC ADVISORY

1. Indian citizens living in India and abroad are advised to apply for urgent re-issuance of their passports in the following cases:-

(i). HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From the 25th November, 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.

The Government of India has been issuing Machine Readable Passports since 2001. The Passports, however, issued before 2001 and particularly those issued during mid 1990s with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs. All handwritten passports with pasted photographs are also considered non-MRPs.
By the end of November 2014, it is estimated that there are approximately 2.86 lakh handwritten passports in circulation. Approximately 6 crore Indian hold valid passports.
Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding such passports with validity beyond the 24th November, 2015 are advised to apply for re-issue of their passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa or international travel.

(ii) PASSPORTS VALID FOR LESS THAN SIX MONTHS
Many international travellers may not realise that having an unexpired passport is sometimes not enough to obtain Visas or to enter certain foreign countries. Indian citizens travelling on Passports which may expire in less than six months should renew their passports before any upcoming international travel. It is especially important to check the passports needs of any minor who may be accompanying their parents as passports for minors have a shorter validity period (5 years) than passports for adults (10 years). The universal practice in vogue now is; "Once your passport crosses the nine-year mark, it is time to get new passport".

(iii) EXHAUSTION OF VISA PAGES
Some countries do not accept passports which may have fewer than two pages remaining. Please check your passport to ensure that you have enough visa pages. There is no provision of additional booklets/pages and you will be required to apply reissuance of passport following standard procedures. Frequent travellers may opt for Jumbo Passport containing 60 pages.

2. All Passport Issuing Authorities have instituted a simple and fast-track procedure for renewal of passports. For more details related to passport services, website - www.passportindia.gov.in - or the National Call Centre (1800-258-1800 - Toll Free) may be accessed. Indian citizens living abroad should visit the website of respective Indian Mission/Post.

ADVISORY FOR INDIAN NATIONALS

Indian nationals traveling and / or residing in the United States are advised to be mindful of the laws of the United States, including those relating to treatment of young children. There have been cases brought to the attention of the Embassy from time to time, when children of Indian nationals have been taken into the custody of United States authorities (Children / Family Services) on reported grounds of negligence / maltreatment of those children by parent(s).