Coronavirus: Health Ministry issues new travel advisories for COVID-19

New Delhi: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare announced today that in view of the emerging global scenarios regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in supersession of all earlier advisories, new advisories are issued for immediate implementation.

All regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visa (including VoA for Japan and South Korea) granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, or Japan, and issued on or before 3 March 2020, and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended with immediate effect. Those requiring to travel to India due to compelling reasons, may seek a fresh visa from the nearest Indian Embassy or Consulate.

Regular (sticker) visa/e-Visa granted to nationals of the Peoples Republic of China, issued on or before 5 February 2020, were suspended earlier. It shall remain in force. Those needing to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for a fresh visa to the nearest Indian Embassy or Consulate.

Regular (sticker) visas/e-Visas granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea or Japan on or after 1 February 2020, and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended with immediate effect. Those requiring to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for a fresh visa to the nearest Indian Embassy or Consulate.

Diplomats, officials of UN and other international bodies, OCI cardholders and aircrew from the above countries are exempted from such restrictions on entry. However, their medical screening is compulsory.

Passengers of all international flights entering into India from any port are now required to furnish duly filled self declaration form (including personal particulars i.e. phone no. and address in India) and travel history, to Health Officials and Immigration officials at all ports.

Passengers (foreign and Indian) other than those restricted, arriving directly or indirectly from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, or 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.


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