Closure of US Consulate Kolkata for Bandh on September 7, 2010

The U.S. Consulate will be closed on September 7 because a general strike (“bandh”) called for on that day threatens to disrupt normal business and transportation and can present an increased security risk for the public.  The U.S. Consulate recommends that U.S. citizens defer all travel within West Bengal for the duration of the strike, which has, in the past, entailed significant disruptions and occasional incidents of violence against travelers.  The 24-hour bandh is expected from 6 am on September 7 until 6 am on September 8. The Consulate General strongly recommends that all U.S. citizens in India register their presence and check for the latest security information on the Department’s Internet website at http://travel.state.gov. For additional information, please refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” found at http://travel.state.gov.  The U.S. Consulate General in Calcutta (Kolkata) is at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071; telephone +91-33-3984-2400 through 2282-3615; fax +91-33-2282-2335. The Internet home page address is http://kolkata.usconsulate.gov.   The afterhours emergency number is:  +91 99030 42956 and the email for the ACS section is:  consularkolkata@state.gov U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s latest Country Specific Information for India and the Worldwide Caution, both available at http://travel.state.gov.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is located at Shanti Path, Chanakya Puri 110021; telephone +91-11-2419-8000; fax +91-11-2419-8407. The Embassy's Internet home page address is http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov. The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai (Madras) is at 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006, telephone +91-44-2857-4000; fax +91-44-2857-4443. The Internet home page address is http://chennai.usconsulate.gov. The U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad is at Paigah Palace, 1-8-323 Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad, 500003; telephone +91-40-4033-8300; fax +91-40-4033-8303.  The internet home page address is http://hyderabad.usconsulate.gov/. The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay) is located at Lincoln House, 78 Bhulabhai Desai Road, 400026, telephone +91-22-2363-3611; fax +91-22-2363-0350. The Internet home page address is http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov.