Indian government announces multiple visa restrictions and updates its travel advisory

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 12, 2020, 12.42 PM(IST)

India issues travel advisory due to coronavirus. Photograph:( AFP )

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So the message for everyone in India is to stay put and avoid travelling abroad unless it is unavoidable.

India has announced multiple visa restrictions and updated its travel advisory for Indian citizens. The idea is to ensure that COVID-19 carriers do not enter the country.

Details about these restrictions:

Starting with foreign nationals:

  • All existing visas of foreign nationals from across the world have been suspended until April 15.

  • Only diplomats and officials from organisations like the united nations will continue to have an active visa.

  • The move will come into effect from 5:30 AM Indian Standard Time tomorrow.

  • But if a foreign national is already in India, they should not be worried their visa will still be valid and they can even seek an extension if they want.

For overseas citizens of India:

  • Visa-free travel back to India has been suspended until April 15 (this move will also come into effect tomorrow)
  • All travellers who are coming to India after visiting a virus-hit country will be quarantined for 14 days (this move will apply to Indian nationals as well)

  • So if a citizen has been to Italy, or china or some other virus-hit country on or after February 15. 

  • They will be quarantined upon your arrival in India.

  • At land borders, entry into India will only be permitted at designated immigration checkpoints and these checkpoints will have screening facilities to ensure that travellers don't show symptoms of coronavirus.

  • Indian nationals have been asked to avoid all non-essential travel abroad.

  • If for some pressing reason they do visit a foreign nation, they can be quarantined upon your return for a minimum of 14 days.

 

So the message for everyone in India is to stay put and avoid travelling abroad unless it is unavoidable.

The message is the same for the Indian nationals who are currently abroad.

  • Avoid all non-essential travel

  • Stay indoors as much as you can

  • If you do decide to return home, you can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days.