Coronavirus Update : India suspends all tourist visas and e-visas for travellers
As the World Health Organization delcares cornavirus a pandemic, important decisions are taken at the 2nd meeting of the GoM on #COVID19 held at the Nirman Bhawan on Wednesday under the chairpersonship Dr.Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. Mr.Hardeep S Puri (Minister of Civil Aviation), Dr. S Jaishankar (Minister of External Affairs), Mr. Nityananda Rai (Minister of State for Home), Mr. Mansukh Mandaviya (Minister of State -(I/c), Minister of Shipping, Chekincals and Fertilizers) and Mr. Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Minister of State, Health and family Welfare) were present.
The recommendations and decisions are as follows:
1. All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.
2. A visa-free travel facility granted to OCI cardholders is kept in abeyance till April 15th, 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.
3. Any foreign national who intends to travel to India for compelling reasons may contact the nearest Indian Mission.
4. All incoming travelers, including Indians, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain & Germany after 15th Feb 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. It will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.
5. Incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, are advised to avoid non-essential travel and are informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days on their arrival in India.
6. Indian nationals are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad. On their return, they can be subjected to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.
7. International traffic through land borders will be restricted to Designated check posts with robust screening facilities. These will be notified separately by M/o Home Affairs.
8. Provision for testing primarily for students/compassionate cases in #Italy Italy to be made and collection for samples to be organized accordingly. Those tested negative will be allowed to travel and will be quarantined on arrival in India for 14 days.