India’s Travel Advisory aims at controlling the spread of Coronavirus. It has laid down certain ground rules and steps that will help reduce the spread of the virus.
Coronavirus or COVID-19 has created a stir all around the world. A coronavirus is a large group of viruses that caused illness and severe other diseases. The virus which began in China has caused an epidemic and is spreading slowly to other countries in the world. India also became one of the countries after 50 cases were reported in the past 41 days. These cases are spread in over 12 states and 18 cities/districts. The first case was reported in Kerala, Thrissur district. This number has increased since with the recent cases being from Maharashtra which was till now untouched by the virus. These cases reported have a travel history to two countries the US and Dubai where the virus is on a rise. In order to stop and take precautions against the spread of the virus, India’s Travel Advisory has taken certain steps.
Please note the updated advisories on #COVID19.
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— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) March 5, 2020
India’s Travel Advisory to control the spread of Coronavirus with the following steps:
1) Expect for some visas like the diplomatic official, UN/International organizations, employment and project visas, India has suspended all visas until April 11th.
2) The advisory has also suggested terminating any non-essential travel.
3) Overseas Citizenship of India, a visa-free facility is also suspected until April 15th.
4) Indians or other travellers travelling from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after February 15 will be kept in isolation for a minimum period of 14 days.
5) The entry of any international cruise ship, crew or passenger with a travel history to coronavirus-hit countries post-February 1, 2020, to its major ports is prohibited till March 31. Only the International cruise ships will be allowed that has intimated calls to the ports by January 1st, 2020 as per the Ministry of Shipping.
6) Any foreign traveller who has to visit India for compelling reasons must inform the nearest Indian Mission.
7) Students and compassionate cases will undergo primary testing in Italy and those tested negative will be allowed to travel and kept in isolation for 14 days.
Due to certain current developments, travel to India on E-visas stands temporarily suspended with immediate effect. This applies to holders of Chinese passports and applicants of other nationalities residing in the People’s Republic of China.
— India in China (@EOIBeijing) February 2, 2020
Per the travel advisory published by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs on March 12, 2020, “visas of all foreigners already in India remain valid. (1/2)
— U.S. Embassy India (@USAndIndia) March 12, 2020
— NZ in India (@NZinIndia) March 12, 2020
— India in the UK (@HCI_London) March 11, 2020