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How to Obtain Emergency Travel Documents for Indian Citizens

For Indian citizens who find themselves in an emergency situation and need to travel abroad, there are certain documents that must be obtained in order to do so.

This article will provide a detailed overview of the process for obtaining emergency travel documents for Indian citizens and how to go about filing the necessary paperwork.

What is Emergency Travel Documents?

An emergency travel document is a document that is issued by the Indian Government to Indian citizens in case they need to leave India. The emergency travel document, also known as an e-tourism visa, allows citizens to apply for visas at any embassy or consulate in any part of the world.

The Emergency Travel Document can be obtained by visiting the nearest passport office and providing your details such as name and address etc.


In order to obtain emergency travel documents you can follow the steps below:

  • Contact the nearest Indian
    Embassy or Consulate
    – If you are outside India, you can contact the
    nearest Indian Embassy or Consulate to request emergency travel documents.
    You can find the contact information for Indian embassies and consulates
    on the website of the Ministry of External Affairs of India. 
  • Gather required documents – To apply
    for emergency travel documents, you will need to provide certain documents
    such as a completed application form, proof of Indian citizenship (such as
    a copy of your Indian passport), and proof of the reason for your
    emergency travel (such as a letter from your employer or a hospital). You
    should check with the embassy or consulate to find out exactly what
    documents are required. 
  • Submit your Application – once you
    have gathered all the required documents, you can submit your application
    for emergency travel documents to the embassy or consulate. You may need
    to pay a fee for the documents. 
  • Wait for your Documents – Once your
    application has been processed, you will receive your emergency travel
    documents. You can then use these documents to travel back to India or to
    another destination.                                                                                                                                        
    Emergency Travel Document for Indian Nationals Documents Needed                                           In order to apply for an ETD, you will need to submit the following documentation:

·        A completed application form.

·        Two recent passport photographs.

·        Your current passport or travel
document (if available).

·        Evidence of your Indian nationality
(e.g. birth certificate, national ID card).

·        Proof of your travel itinerary.

Once your application has been processed, you will be issued an ETD which will allow you to return to India. Please note that ETDs are only valid for a single journey and you will need to apply for a new passport once you return to India.

ETD Benefits

There are several benefits to having an emergency travel document (ETD) for Indian citizens: 

1.      ETDs allow you to return to India if you do not have a valid passport. This is particularly useful if your passport has been lost, stolen, or has expired while you are abroad. 

2.      ETDs are issued quickly, usually within a few days of your application. This means that you can return home as soon as possible if you are in a difficult or emergency situation. 

3.      ETDs are issued free of charge, so you do not have to pay for a new passport if you do not already have one. 

4.      ETDs are issued for a single journey, which means that you can use them to return to India and then apply for a new passport once you are back in the country. 

5.      ETDs can be used as a temporary form of identification while you are abroad, which can be helpful if you need to prove your identity or citizenship in certain situations. 

 

Overall, ETDs are a useful tool for Indian citizens who find themselves without a valid passport while abroad and need to return home. 

 

It is important to note that the process for obtaining emergency travel documents may vary depending on your specific circumstances and the location where you are applying. You should always confirm the process with the embassy or consulate and ensure that you have all of the necessary documents.