COVID-19 | India suspends visas of travellers coming from Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan, along with China

Visas, both regular and electronic, granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to any of the five countries on or after February 1, 2020, also stand cancelled.

Updated - March 03, 2020 06:43 pm IST

Published - March 03, 2020 01:58 pm IST

Passengers being screened for COVID-19 at Thiruvananthapuram airport on Saturday.

Passengers being screened for COVID-19 at Thiruvananthapuram airport on Saturday.

India has suspended all visas granted to foreign nationals from Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan in the wake of three people, including a tourist, testing positive for COVID-19. Visas given to Chinese nationals had already been suspended.

Visas, both regular and e-visas, granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to any of the above mentioned five countries on or after February 1, 2020, also stand cancelled, a press release stated on Tuesday.

Those requiring to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for a fresh visa at the nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate, it added.

 

Diplomats, officials of the UN and other international bodies, OCI cardholders and aircrew will be allowed after compulsory medical screening at the point of entry.

Passengers 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.

In a fresh travel advisory, the Union government has urged Indian citizens to avoid non-essential travel to COVID-19 affected countries and refrain from travelling to China, Iran, South Korea and, Italy.

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