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Coronavirus update: India temporarily closes door on nationals of France, Germany & Spain

Tourists wear protective masks in awake of deadly coronavirus infection, in New Delhi.  (ANI )Premium
Tourists wear protective masks in awake of deadly coronavirus infection, in New Delhi. (ANI )

  • Visas granted to all foreign nationals who have travel history to these countries on or after Feb 1 and who have not yet entered India also stands suspended
  • New notification was issued after Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba held a high-level meeting of secretaries of various ministries

NEW DELHI : Amid the rising cases of coronavirus affliction globally, India on Tuesday barred entry of the nationals of three more countries -- France, Germany and Spain -- suspending the regular as well as e-Visas granted to them till date.

"All regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visas granted to nationals of France, Germany and Spain and issued on or before March 11 and who have not yet entered India stand suspended with immediate effect," said a Bureau of Immigration notification issued late Tuesday night.

Regular visas, including e visas, granted to all foreign nationals who have travel history to these countries on or after February 1 and who have not yet entered India also stands suspended, it said.

The new notification was issued shortly after Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Tuesday held a high-level meeting of secretaries of various ministries and departments, grappling to contain the spread of the deadly Covid-19.

The meeting was held to review the status, actions, preparedness and management of COVID-19 cases in the country, an official statement of Union Health Ministry said after the meeting.

With more than 100 countries across the world now having reported cases of COVID-19, the Union Health Ministry in its advisory also urged its citizens returning from abroad to self-monitor their health and follow the recommended do's and dont's.


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