Tourist visas suspended in India to contain coronavirus spread

Published on : Thursday, March 12, 2020


In an attempt to contain the spread of the new coronavirus in India all tourist visas has been suspended until April 15 from seven virus-hit countries.


The COVID-19 cases double to 73 and all incoming travellers will be quarantined.



The World Health Organiztion has declared the outbreak as a pandemic and the countries worldwide scramble to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The move came after this.



On March 13 from 12:00 GMT India’s visa suspension began at the port of departure.  The Diplomatic visas and visas for international organisations, employment and projects are exempt.




Majority of the COVID-19 cases have been found in China which shares a border with India and the number the new infections has steadied there.



New hotspots have emerged in Italy, Iran and Spain.



In December more than  3,000 people died in China where the pandemic originated. The total number of infections stands at 80,924.



The statement read as -All travellers, including Indian nationals, “arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after February 15 will be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days.


In  the past four days the number of COVID-19 cases has doubled to 73 in India.



After a meeting of ministers led by Health Minsiter Harsh Vardhan the visa decision was reached.


The government advised Indian against non-essential foreign travel warning that they can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days.



After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that he would not celebrate the spring festival of colours Holi celebrations in India was muted.


Until April 15, visa-free travel granted to Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card holders some three million people but nationals from ethnic Indian families living abroad was put on hold.


Through designated checkpoints with robust screening facilities the land border traffic was funneled.


For compelling reasons, foreign nationals who plan to travel to India can contact their nearest Indian mission.


India’s Bureau of Immigration said that all visas and e0-visas granted to French, German and Spanish national before Wednesday who did not enter India will remain suspended with immediate effect.


Before February 5, visa granted to Chinese nationals before will remain suspended.


Those foreigner who are already in India having valid visas will be unaffected by the new requirements.

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