Coronavirus travel ban: India on lockdown till April 15
- India has suspended all tourist, medical visas till April 15.
- The suspension will come into effect starting March 13.
- Indian nationals, at home and abroad, have been advised to avoid all travel since they could be quarantined for 14 days on entering the country.
Any travel plans up to April 15 will have to be put on hold as India suspends all movement along its borders.
#CoronaVirusUpdate: Visa restrictions issued by Bureau of Immigration (BOI) after meeting of GoM on #COVID19 today… https://t.co/aNFAwqJvtK— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) 1583951298000
However, it may not be the ideal solution. “Travel restrictions can cause more harm than good by hindering info-sharing, medical supply chains and harming economies,” said director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in February.
Here’s everything you need to know as India puts itself under quarantine to keep the coronavirus from entering the country:
- All visas — except diplomatic, official, issued by international organisations, employment, project visas — are suspended till 15 April 2020.
- Visa-free travel facility for Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders has also been suspended till 15 April 2020.
- All incoming travellers from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain and Germany after 15 February 2020 will be quarantined for at least 14 days.
- Provision will be made to test students coming in from Italy. Those tested negative will be allowed to come back to India. However, they will also be quarantined for 14 days.
- Incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are advised to avoid all non-essential travel.
- Indian nationals are also advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad.
- International traffic through land borders will be restricted to designated checkpoints equipped with screening facilities.
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