Revised Travel & Visa Advisory for prevention and management of COVID-19 as on 18 March 2020

In addition to the Visa & Travel restrictions already in place, the following visa & travel restriction shall also come into effect from 1200 GMT on March 18, 2020.

1. All passengers coming from European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden), European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), Turkey and United Kingdom have been prohibited from entering India from any of the Land/Air/Seaport ICPs. This restriction shall come into effect from 1200 hrs GMT on March 18, 2020 at the port of first departure, and shall remain till March 31, 2020 and is a temporary measure.

2. The earlier visa restrictions, as mentioned below, shall also remain in force;

i. All existing visas issued to nationals of any country except those issued to Diplomats, Officials passport holders, those in UN/International Organizations, those on Employment, Project visas and those who are operating aircrew of scheduled commercial airlines, and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended till 15th April 2020.

ii. Visas of all foreigners already in India remain valid. They may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/conversion, etc. of their visa or for grant of any consular service

iii. The validity of OCI cards of foreigners presently in India shall remain.

iv. Visa free travel facility granted to OCI card holders is kept in abeyance till April 15th 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT (2100 JST) on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure of any foreigner for onward journey to India.

v. Any foreign national (including OCI cardholder) who intends to travel to India for compelling reason may contact the nearest Indian Mission for fresh visa.

vi. International traffic through land borders will be restricted to Designated check post, to be notified by Ministry of Home Affairs vide O.M. No.25022/12/2017-Imm dated March 14, 2020

Read full Advisory here Revised_Travel_Visa.pdf (294.26 kb)

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