Consolidated Travel Advisory for COVID-19
In view of the evolving situation of COVID-19 across the world and in India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued travel advisories from time to time. The issued travel advisories are consolidated as under:
Indian citizens are advised to refrain from travel to China, Iran, Republic of Korea, Italy, Japan, France, Spain and Germany and advised to avoid non-essential travel to other COVID-19 affected countries.
- All regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visa (including VoA for Japan and South Korea) granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and issued on or before 03.03.2020 and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended with immediate effect. Those requiring to travel to India due to compelling reasons, may seek fresh visa from nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.
- Regular (sticker) visa / e-Visa granted to nationals of Peoples Republic of China, issued on or before 05.02.2020 were suspended earlier. It shall remain in force. Those needing to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.
- Regular (sticker) visas/e-Visas granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to Peoples Republic of China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan on or after 01.02.2020, and who have not yet entered India stand suspended with immediate effect. Those requiring traveling to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.
- All regular Visas (including e Visas) which have been granted to nationals of France, Germany and Spain on or before 11.03.2020 and where these foreigners have not yet entered India stands suspended. Regular visas (including e Visas)granted to all foreign nationals who have travel history to these countries on or after 1.2.2020 and who have not yet entered India also stands suspended.
- Visas of all foreigners already in India remain valid and they may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/conversion etc of their visa or grant of any consular service, if they choose to do so.
Compulsory Certification of having tested negative for COVID-19
In addition to Visa restrictions already in place, passengers traveling from /having visited Italy or Republic of Korea and desirous of entering India will need certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from the designated laboratories authorized by the health authorities of these countries. This will be enforced from 0000 Hrs of 10th March, 2020 and is a temporary measure till cases of COVID-19 subside.
Universal Screening and self-declaration
All international Passengers entering into India are required to furnish duly filled self-declaration form (including personal particulars i.e. phone no. and address in India) to Health Officials and Immigration officials and undergo Universal Health Screening at the designated health counters at all Points of Entry.
All incoming international passengers retuning to India to self-monitor their health and follow the recommended “DOs and DON’Ts”, since more than 100 countries across the world now have reported cases of COVID-19 and travelers to these countries, or any person having travelled abroad, might possibly have come in contact with people affected with COVID-19 during their stay there or even while in transit at airports.
Passengers with travel history to China, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Japan, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Iran, Malaysia, France, Spain and Germany to undergo self-imposed quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival, and their employers to facilitate work-from-home for such employees during this period.
- Diplomats, officials of UN and other International bodies, OCI cardholders and Aircrew from above countries are exempted from such restriction on entry. However, their health screening is compulsory.
Health measures to be followed at all times
Those having compelling reasons to travel to COVID-19 affected countries (updated list available at World Health Organisation) and while abroad they should follow these simple public health measures at all times as under:
- Observe good personal hygiene.
- Monitor your health.
- Practice frequent hand washing with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
- Follow respiratory etiquettes - cover your mouth with tissue or handkerchief while coughing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness, such as cough, difficulty in breathing etc.
- Wear a mask if you have symptoms such as cough, fever or difficulty in breathing.
- Contact local doctor immediately if you have cough, fever or difficulty in breathing.
While returning back to India, if a traveler feels sick during his/her journey
- Inform the airlines crew about illness.
- Seek mask from the airline crew.
- Follow the directions of airline crew.
- Follow the direction of the airport health officer after disembarkation.
If a traveler feel sick (cough/fever or difficulty in breathing) within 28 days after return from COVID-19 affected areas
- Immediately call the Helpline number (011-23978046), inform about your travel history and follow the directions provided.
- Isolate yourself at home and wear a mask till such time you are examined by a doctor from health authority.
- Follow the directions of the health authority
For any queries related to health, people may contact Ministry of Health & Family Welfare 24*7 helpline number (+91-11-23978046) or email at (email@example.com)
Source : Ministry of Health & Family Welfare