Govt issues fresh advisory on coronavirus travel

Govt issues fresh advisory on coronavirus travel

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New Delhi, Mar 3 : India has suspended all regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visa (including Visa on Arrival for Japan and South Korea) granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan and issued before March 3, 2020 with immediate effect following the threat of Coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

In view of the emerging global scenarios regarding COVID19, in supersession of all earlier advisories, the following advisories have been issued for immediate implementation, the Health Ministry said in a release here. Those requiring to travel to India due to compelling reasons, may seek fresh visa from nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate, the release here said.

The Union Government in a revised travel advisory has already suspended regular (sticker) visa /e-Visa granted to Chinese nationals, issued on or before February 5, 2020. Those needing to travel to India under compelling circumstances can apply for fresh visa to the nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate. Regular (sticker) visas/e-Visas granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan on or after February 1, 2020, and who have not yet entered India stand suspended with immediate effect.

Diplomats, officials of UN and other International bodies, OCI cardholders and air crew from these countries are exempted from such restriction on entry. However, their medical screening is compulsory, the release said. Passengers of all international flights entering into India from any port are required to furnish duly filled self-declaration form (including personal particulars, that is phone no. and address in India) and travel history, to Health Officials and Immigration officials at all ports.

Foreign and Indian passengers (other than those restricted) arriving directly or indirectly from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan must undergo medical screening at port of entry. Indian citizens are advised to refrain from travel to China, Iran, Republic of Korea, Italy and advised to avoid non-essential travel to other COVID-19 affected countries, the advisory reiterated. (UNI)