India Suspends All Tourist Visas Till April 15: The Indian government has imposed strict travel restrictions by suspending all visas to India as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed more than 118,000 Covid-19 cases and 4,291 deaths in a total of 114 countries, across the globe.
- World Health Organisation has declared the Covid-19 as a pandemic.
- Indian Health Minister announced suspending visas to India till April 15.
- Total confirmed cases of coronavirus in India now rise to 67.
Recently, India has also witnessed a sudden increase in the count of confirmed Coronavirus cases with 62 infected people. Luckily there are no confirmed deaths so far from the disease in India. The coronavirus scare has also forced the closure of many schools and colleges in several parts of the nation. Especially, Delhi has shut down its primary schools till March 31.
The WHO, on the other hand, has classified the coronavirus outbreak as a worldwide public health emergency previously on January 30 and had been unwilling to call it a pandemic over concerns that it might cause unnecessary panic among people across the world.
Overall, out of infected people in India, a few of them are a group of tourists from Italy. In the meantime, the Union health ministry said all current visas are going to be suspended till April 15.
One must take note that all the visas are not canceled; there are few exceptions for visas such as diplomatic, official, UN/International organizations, employment and project visas. On the other hand, the visa-free travel facility for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) holders has been also suspended until the same date.
An announcement that has been issued late Wednesday night by health minister Dr. Harshvardhan reads, “This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure,”
The statement was made after a meeting of a Group of Ministers headed by the Indian Health Minister. The facilities for Visa had been suspended earlier to some extent from the COVID-19 nations, those countries where the virus is already on a rampage.
Any foreign national who urgently wants to travel to India will have to now contact the nearest Indian mission. These consist of holders of medical visas. Other than this, the health ministry in the earlier advisories stated 14-day quarantine was compulsory for all travelers, comprising Indian nationals, coming from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain as well as Germany after February 15.
Furthermore, the incoming travelers, which consist of Indian nationals, are now advised to avoid non-essential travel and are also well-versed that they can be quarantined for a least of 14 days on arrival.
The decision was taken after a meeting was held by a group of ministers (GoM). This involved health minister Harsh Vardhan, aviation minister Hardeep Puri along with foreign minister S Jaishankar. In addition to that, a committee of secretaries chaired by the cabinet secretary had also made thorough recommendations to the GoM.