With the UN recognizing Corona outbreak as a pandemic, India cancels all of the visas of the foreigners till April 15. The existing foreigners will not be affected due to this. This rule will also exempt diplomats from other countries and also UN officials.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has said that all the visas being issued to any nationals will be suspended till April 15. The existing foreigners will need to contact the Foreigners Regional Registration Office(FRRO) or Foreigners Registration Office(FRO) through the e-FRRO module to extend the stay in the country or convert the visa.
This new rule will come into effect from 00:00 March 13. The Bureau of Immigration(BOI) has said that any foreign national who wants to travel to India with compelling reasons must contact the nearest Indian mission for visas. It also said that the Indian citizens arriving from various countries like China, Italy, Korea, Itan, France, Germany will be quarantined for 14 days before they are allowed to have any human contact. Also, International traffic through land borders will be screened with robust medical facilities.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has advised the Indian citizens residing in other countries to not travel to India unless its an emergency. Even if they travel they will be quarantined for 14 days.
On Wednesday, the WHO has confirmed the Corona outbreak as a pandemic. WHO has been assessing the situation across the world. “The spread of this virus is very alarming”, WHO said in its latest statement.
Over 100 countries are affected by this outbreak of the virus. It has impacted over 124,000 lives resulting in 4500 deaths. In India, over 60 people are tested positive to the Coronavirus. China is the country that is most affected by this virus with 80,000 confirmed cases and 3000 deaths in total.