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Coronavirus: Govt issues FAQs on new visa restrictions

  • Indian nationals who want to return to India will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival only if they have visited China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany on or after 15 Feb
  • Covid-19 Negative Certificate is mandatory for the Indians who are coming from South Korea or Italy

In the wake of new restrictions imposed due to the spreading of coronavirus and uncertainty surrounding them, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday issued a series of Frequently Asked Questions for those who stand to be affected.

Indian nationals who want to return to India will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in India only if they have visited China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany on or after 15 February, 2020.

Indians transiting through these countries will not be quarantined upon arrival in India because transit through airport is not considered stay.

Covid-19 Negative Certificate is mandatory for the Indians who are coming from South Korea or Italy.

Indians are strongly advised to avoid non-essential travel to coronavirus-affected countries. On their return to India from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany they will be mandatorily quarantined.

Foreigners who are currently in India can extend their Indian visas before expiry by approaching their jurisdictional FRRO/FROs through e-FRRO (https://indianfrro.gov.in/frro).

Foreigners can go out of India and return back but before 15 April, 2020, they would require a fresh visa to enter India again.

Among foreigners who want to come to India, those who whold Employment and Project visa, diplomatic passport holders, official passport holders those in UN/international organsisations will be allowed.

Nepal and Bhutan nationals are allowed while the Maldives nationals would require visa.

India on Wednesday suspended all visas, except a few categories such as diplomatic and employment, till 15 April in view of the coronavirus outbreak, which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The suspension came into effect from 1200 GMT on March 13 at the port of departure.

"All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International organisations, employment and project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020. This will come into effect from 1200GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure," an official statement said issued on Wednesday.

Visa-free travel facility granted to Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card holders is also kept in abeyance till 15 April, it said.

The number of novel coronavirus cases on Friday rose to 81, which include 16 Italians and one Canadian, Health Ministry officials said.

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